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IFCA Worlds Slalom 2014 officially closed

The Azores IFCA  Slalom World Championship 2014 is officially closed, congratulations to the new World Champion Ben Van Der Steen and Delphine Cousin is Women's IFCA Slalom Champion.

On the final championship day, skippers meeting was held at 09.00 as usual with the last possible start scheduled for 17:00.  "The wind really sucks" summed up the whole day, competitors being on standby until the next announcement at 13.00.  There was no change so competitors decided it was de-rigging and packing time and looked forward to the Awards Ceremony casual style in the evening.

Many thanks to Carlos Borges and his event committee who have provided a great event in a beautiful location; many thanks also to race director Bruno de Wannemaeker and his race committee who have spent endless hours out on the water looking for the wind.  They made the best of the small window of opportunity to secure a valid championship with some spectacular nail-biting action - see the Video of the Gold Final from ContinentSeven.  And special thanks to all the competitors for their patience and sporting attitude in such frustrating conditions.

Posted On:  10/05/2014 07:39:15

Day Four in the beautiful Azores and we finally got wind and some racing!  Ben van der Steen from the Netherlands came out on top at the end of the day with Italian Matteo Iachino in second and Israeli Dagan Arnon in third.  Delphine Cousin heads the ladies leaderboard.

After the previous "will it, won't it" day when the winds were just not that good enough for official competition, the ever hopeful race crew made a few changes to the course in anticipation of a good day and the ladies were scheduled to start first.  ......( more )

Posted On:  08/05/2014 20:37:11

Race Officials went out by boat towards Porto Martins before the 8am scheduled meeting for the riders on another early Azorean morning here on the 3rd event day.

Porto Martins Wind measurements on the outside 9 to 14 knots
Porto Martins Wind measurements on the inside 5 to 11 knots ......( more )

Posted On:  08/05/2014 07:29:21

Day two started out as before with some clouds and a light breeze.  After the 9am skippers meeting the AP flag went up and competitors were on standby as the conditions turned into very tricky unstable winds that blew from 5 knots to 20 knots out on the course area.

Some competitors took their time to prepare their gear and most of them when out for a test run on their biggest sails. Several times the wind seemed to be kicking in but, it just would not cover the whole course area and even if it did, it did not last too long either.......( more )

Posted On:  06/05/2014 17:34:07

The Opening Ceremony took place yesterday evening on the event site with some nice BBQ and music. A welcome word from the Mayor's representative followed by words from the events Principal Race Officer Bruno de Wannemaeker.

The Registration detail for the 2014 Azores IFCA Slalom Windsurfing World Championship shows 57 entries from 18 nations representing 3 continents.  The top five from the 2013 Worlds in Germany are here:  World Champion Gunnar Asmussen (GER-88) from Flensburg, Vincent Langer (GER-122) from Kiel, Dutchman Jordy Vonk, Sebastian Kornum from Denmark and Maciej Rutkowski from Poland.  ......( more )

Schedule of the IFCA Slalom World Championship

Monday 5 May 10:00-18:00 Arrival & Registration    18:00h Official Opening

Tuesday 6 May 09:00-11:00 Late Registration    13:00h First possible warning signal

Wednesday 7 May to Saturday 10 May 10:00h Racing

Saturday 10 May - 17:00 Last possible warning signal    20:00h Prize giving ceremony & party

The World Championships for IFCA Slalom and Formula Windsurfing, to be held between April 28 and May 10, in the city of Terceira, were presented by The Naval Club of Victoria Beach at the Lisbon Tourism Fair. 

The ceremony was attended by Victor Fraga, Regional Secretary of Tourism and Transport. "Events like these championships have a multiplier effect for the Azores. The investment in this type of organisation is important not only in the sports context, but also in the strategy that the Azorean government has outlined for tourism, "he said. "Praia da Vitoria within a decade will be a world reference in the sport," he concluded.

Over 200 sailors are expected for these two events.  The "Azorian Gateway" has been set up to provide all the information competitors and visitors require for their trip to Praia da Vitoria.  You will find:

More information about the Formula Windsurfing World Championships . . .

More information about the IFCA Slalom World Championships . . .

The Bay - "Praia da Vitoria is a city and municipality located in the eastern part of the island of Terceira , in the central group of the Azores archipelago" .....

Terceira - "Terceira is one of the nine islands of the Azores , a member of the "Central Group" . Formerly known as "Island of Our Lord Jesus Christ of Terceiras", being the administrative centre of the Terceiras islands , it was designated as the Azores . . ."

The Weather

Photos, Videos and much more . . . http://azoreangateway.com/

TAP and the Azores travel allowances

Competitors are reminded about the travel sponsorship provided by TAP for their trip to the World Championships in the Azores. Only by flying with TAP can you be assured of the baggage allowance deal; and it is necessary to fly from main hubs with TAP, on the planes big enough to carry lots of equipment. The details were published via the travel link in the Notice of Race.

REMINDER - you must travel on a Monday or a Thursday to take advantage of the TAP sponsorship and the excess baggage deal offered below.

In addition to the personal luggage allowance your first two equipment bags go FREE OF CHARGE; any additional bags will be charged at 50% of the published rate (this amounts to 100 euro per additional bag). You are reminded that each bag must weigh no more than 32kg.

For further information and bookings contact - mailtvendasdirectas.ter@tap.pt