The IFCA Slalom World Championships for women and the European Championships for men 2012 saw some more action on the water on the fourth and final day of the competition in Roses, Catalunya, Spain. Both sailors, Karin Jaggi and Matteo Iachino, could defend their lead from the previous day and win the titles.
The ladies final at Roses
The ladies completed a full elimination, number 7, which was won by Turkish celebrity, upcoming Slalom racer and windsurfing school owner Cagla Kubat (TUR-75) from Alacati, who booked a place on the podium in the last minute. Kubat definitely has shown again, that she improved her speed and skills while the winter months a lot. Overall Karin Jaggi (Sui-14) took the victory and the IFCA Slalom World title in front of a very strong sailing Delphine Cousine (FRA-775) from France. Karin Jaggi, who currently leads in the 2012 PWA Slalom tour ranking, too, confirmed her strong form. Now the ladies fleet has a long summer break due to a lack of international Slalom events. Just the very young, juniors or youths or older ages can compete for the Youth and Master Slalom worldtitle at Torbole, Lake Garda while the second week of July 2012. The third PWA Slalom for the ladies will take place in Alacati, Turkey in the end of August.
Matteo Iachino won his first international windsurfing title
On the final day Matteo Iachino (ITA-140) defended his lead against his strong opponents. In really light elimination 4 of the men got started, but never came to end. Matteo and most of the big names qualified for the winnerÂ´s final, but then the wind dropped. In the end it was a really tight decision at Roses for the European Slalom title. The top 5 ranked sailors were within 3,3 points and the top 3 sailors within 1,8 points. Arnon Dagan (ISR-1) from Israel made it in second winning the silver medal. Again a second for him as he won the silver medal in the Formula Europeans a week ago at Sylt. Bora Kozanoglu, who has excellent speed this season, finished in third just a point ahead of Pierre Mortefon (FRA-14), the best placed French sailor. The competition saw most of the sailors from France in the menÂ´s category with a 14 participants in total, followed by 12 sailors from France. Soon the next international Slalom competition will be started. And itÂ´s a funny coincidence. It will be the PWA Slalom at the Costa Brava, just a few kilometers further south from Roses, at the Camping Ballena Allegra, where the third PWA Slalom of the season for men will be started on the 12th of June. Check out the list of 58 registered riders here.
Congratulations to all winners and have a look at the full results below!
Full result ladies IFCA Slalom World Championships 2012 here
Full result men IFCA Slalom European Championships 2012 here
Medals in all classes and the pricemoney split here
Day Three - There's really nothing in the points between the top three men. After three rounds, it is Matteo Iachino ITA 140 who is at the top of the leaderboard with 2, 1, 12; Arnon Dagan is second with a 1, 8, 3 and Bora Kozanaglu third with a 7, 2, 2. These guys really need some more races as each has a round they could really do without!
"Today I made a big mistake and crossed the line from the wrong side. There was another boat above and below the red finish buoy so that confused me. And tomorrow seems no wind and this mistake caused me to lose the title (maybe)." A good tip for youngsters: "read notice board carefully not to make mistakes like this." Bora Kozanoglu
After 6 rounds, Karin Jaggi is firmly at the top of the ladies fleet with four bullets to count after two discards. Delphine Cousin, her closest rival, has two bullets and two second places to count.
Marianne Kaplas and Lena Aylin Erdil both have 15 points but the tie is split in favour of Marianne now in third place.
Day two was a nice sunny day and thermic breezes were expected. 10-15 knots filled in from the north before changing to the expected direction but there was not enough for racing.
Day one saw four races completed for the women. Delphine Cousin (FRA 775) took the first win but then Karin Jaggi (SUI 14) found form and took the next three wins. Marianne Kaplas (FIN 13) took a couple of second places and sits in third place.
The men have completed one round and Arnon Dagan (ISR 1) is at the top of the leaderboard, followed by Matteo Iachino (ITA 140) in second and Maciek Rutkowski (POL 23) in third place. The 20-25 knots offshore winds dropped before the men could complete the final in round two.
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Roses is a marine and touristic town at the north Costa Brava and gives the name to the Gulf of Roses, 35 km to French border and 160km to Barcelona international airport. Surrounded by nature parks Cap de Creus and Aiguamolls dEmporda (marshland). Wind steady area from February to November.