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Competition/2011/JYM & W Slalom Hyeres



7th to 11th September 2011 - Almanarre, Hyeres, France

equipment list         FINAL RESULTS      PHOTO GALLERY by Eric de Souza

IFCA 2011 Almanarre by EXES83

Hyeres - Final Results

All fleets had sailed two rounds by the end of day one, with the exception of the masters. Frustrated by the lack of wind, the race committee were eventually able to sail the masters runners up on Saturday after a general recall of the masters final. After that, no wind!

On Sunday the race committee tried again to run the masters final and kept them on the water for about an hour and a half hour. But sadly the wind only reached 9-10 kts so it couldn't be done. Thus all the masters who reached the final are given 5 points each.

Delphine Cousin (FRA 775) is the Women's Slalom World Champion, Lise Vidal (FRA 19) is second and Marianne Kaplas (FIN 13) is third.

15 year old Benjamin Auge (FRA 2) takes the junior title with a fourth and a first. William Huppert (FRA 330) matched Benjamin in points with a first and a fourth, but this is where RRS A8.2 comes into play ". . . they shall be ranked in order of their scores in the last race", so William, aged 16, finishes in second place. Jean Le Bot (FRA 332), also 16, is third.

William Alikiagelelei (FRA 540), aged 19, is the clear winner of the youth fleet with two bullets. Jordy Vonk (NED 69) and Jocelyn De Souza (FRA 873) also finished on equal points but RRS A8.1 determines that 18 year old Jordy is second overall and 19 year old Jocelyn is third.

In the Masters Fleet Pedro Soares (POR 24) breaks the French domination of the championship titles and is First Master. Fabian Courtiade (FRA 70) is second and ITA 92 Giovanni Franchine is third and also first Grand Master.

Well done to Hyeres Windsurf Organisation for putting on a great event despite the lack of wind.


Day one of racing brought very challenging winds, shifting up and down, but 2 rounds for women, youths and juniors, and one round for the masters, were completed.

Delphine Cousin (FRA 775), winner of the first round, is currently leading the women. Lise Vidal (FRA 19) is second and Marianne Kaplas (FIN 13), winner of the second round, is third.

In the Junior Fleet, Benjamin Auge (FRA 2) and William Huppert (FRA 330) are equally matched, both winning a round and both with a fourth in the other! Jean le Bot (FRA 332) is third.

William Alikiagelelei (FRA 540) is showing who is boss in the youth fleet. He won both rounds today and sits comfortably at the top of the leaderboad. His closest rivals Jordy Vonk (NED 69) and Jocelyn de Souza (FRA 873) have equal points.

Pedro Soards (POR 24) was the winner of the Masters Round, Fabien Courtiade (FRA 70) second and Giovanni Franchini (ITA 92) third.

Here's hoping for favourable winds on day two.

IFCA Women's Slalom Worlds and JYM Europeans
Registration is now complete and we have 90 competitors from 12 countries, 2 continents, so it's a great entry.

In the ladies championship we have Alice Arutkin (FRA 111) here to defend her Women's World Champion title. Fanny Aubet (FRA 809), Lena Aylin Erdil (TUR 33), Delphine Cousin (FRA 775) and Lisa Vidal (FRA 19) - all top ten ranked in PWA Slalom - are sure to give her a tough challenge.

View the full entry list - the breakdown is: 22 girls, 21 U17, 23 U20 and 24 Masters.

Registration pics on Facebook

The aim for the first day's racing is for at least 3 slaloms for every division.

Entries are now starting to come in and we already have confirmation that rivals 18 year old Jordy Vonk from the Netherlands and Jocelyn de Souza from France, who will be 19 by the time of the event, will be attending.

Jordy snatched the first youth title from Jocelyn at the recent World Slalom Championships in Texel; but this was after Jocelyn had beaten Jordy into third place at the Curacao Youth Worlds earlier in the year. Which one will come out on top at Almanarre?

Jordy has been windsurfing since he was 12 and specialises in formula and slalom with many Dutch titles under his belt. He is doing sports studies at the Johan Cruyff University. During a busy summer vacation Jordy spent a week full of surfing, parties and chilling with guys from the IFCA Worlds Freestyle at the Brouwersdam. He also did some slalom training there with his friends and you can catch the action on YouTube.

He will be training the week before the Formula Youth Worlds in Skive Denmark, aiming for a podium finish. Then he returns home to get his stuff ready for the European Slalom Championships in Hyeres just days later.

He says Hyeres is a "cool spot". Jordy was there for the Junior Youth and Masters Slalom Worlds last year but had a mixed bag of results, starting off with a win in the first round but unable to maintain the form. Hyeres Windsurfing managed a great event, despite the quite challenging conditions, so we can expect yet another brilliant championship event next month.

This time Jordy expects to go back home with a "nice prize"!

Jocelyn has been windsurfing longer than Jordy - since he was 5 - and competes in Formula, Slalom and Wave. He trains at La Rochelle - Chatelaillon beach, his home base where he lives with his parents and sister Alizee - who will also be competing at Hyeres.

He has travelled the world in the family camper visiting mythical Essaouira, Moulay, Tarifa, Canos de Meca, Guincho, Sagres, Rhodes, Naxos, Paros, Gruissan, Leucate . . .

Unfortunately for the JYM Slalom Worlds in Curacao in April, the wind conditions were far from great, unusual for the time of year. Still, the race directors and competitors managed to sail one elimination round so official World Champions could be crowned on the final day. Jocelyn came second, ahead of Jordy in third.

He says of his performance in Texel in June: "Overall not bad. I made too many 'avoidable' mistakes - but that's how we progress . ."

He too, no doubt, will be hoping to take home a "nice prize" from Hyeres!

From 7th to 11th September Almanarre will host the 2011 IFCA Junior, Youth, Women & Masters Slalom Championship. Not only are there European Championship titles up for grabs but also the 2011 IFCA Women's Slalom World Champion will be declared at this event.

Current Women's World Slalom Champion, 19 year old Alice Arutkin from Wimereux, France, proved to be unbeatable at the Worlds in Brazil last November, winning every round.

This was after she had stamped her authority over the girls at the IFCA Slalom Youth Championships at Hyeres in April, when she won 7 of the total of 9 rounds - three discards led to a perfect score of 4.2.

She is also 2nd on the overall PWA Women's Slalom ranking at the moment so a formidable opponent to beat! Come on ladies - who is up for the challenge?

IFCA returns to the venue of the 2010 Junior Youth and Masters which attracted more than 130 competitors from 18 countries around the world. Almanarre was also the venue for the IFCA Slalom Worlds 2007 - "the highlight of the IFCA Slalom season".

Located in the South of France, on the Mediterranean coast, close to the city of Hyeres, the white sandy beach at l'Almanarre stretches for nearly 3 miles along the western spit of the Giens tombolo. Visit "Discover Hyeres" or Hyeres Tourism to find out more about the area.


In addition to the parking lot next to the site:

The closest Camping: "Saint Pierre des Horts"04 94 57 65 31 www.camping-deshorts.com camping.deshorts@free.fr

Camping Eurosurf 09 77 87 52 87 eurosurf@campeole.com


There is a variety of holiday-rental accommodation, hotels and apartments you can choose from, just follow this link – www.hyeres-tourisme.com


There will be an airport pick-up for competitors and their gear from Hyeres airport. Please contact us, in advance, to arrange time for your pick-up.