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In the Goyard family, we know Thomas as one of the best French RS: X sailors and now Nicolas, his younger brother, has just won the title of IFCA Slalom Youth World Champion in Rosas in Spain with a perfect score.

"We arrived 4 days before the championship to train.  The Tramontane makes for interesting starts and buoy rounding.  I didn't know my competitors but on the training day the race committee launched starts every 5 minutes and I could see that I had a very good speed, even compared to the Masters, and I was pretty good compared to the rest of the competition.  This somewhat reassured me even if we had not had actual confrontations on the water.

"The first 2 days we didn't race but on the third day the Tramontane strengthened to 12-13knots. The race committee made the best of the conditions and it went well for me in the end!

"I was aiming for the top places but I was still surprised at the outcome with three victories in three races sailed. I was relaxed on the water, I had a good speed, I did not make any mistakes and that's it!

"As the wind was rather light, I think that my background in RS: X helped me and allowed me to have a speed a notch above the others. I also took good clean starts every time.

"Even after this, at my level, I still did not want to devote myself exclusively to slalom.  I will continue in both disciplines knowing that each brings a lot to the other until the day I have to make a choice.  I will also have to defend my title next year!

A big thank you to my partners Loft Sails and Diesel with equipment that has been really crucial in the quest for the world title ... "

- Windsurf Journal - 25/06/2014 Source : Nicolas Goyard   Photos : Jose Pina/GEN Roses

On the 5th and final day of the IFCA Slalom Junior, Youth & Masters World Championships in Rosas in Spain, the tension was palpable with a slalom # 3 started the day before, still in progress, and the final result set to have a significant impact on the general classification. ......( more )

Just like yesterday the thermal wind slowly built up after mid day, just a bit later this time.  Wind measurements were 11 to 15 knots in the beginning. A few cancellations took place in the Masters Gold and Silver fleet due to unstable winds at the buoys. After a short break the conditions quickly improved ......( more )

The day started off  nice and easy with clear blue skies, a light breeze increased slowly by the hour.  After lunch time thermal winds blew from 11 to 14 knots and the competition could finally begin.  The Youths and Junior eliminations were scheduled first followed by the Masters.......( more )

A relaxing morning breeze welcomed the competitors on the 2nd competition day.  Hourly announcements were made after the skippers meeting due to poor conditions in the morning.  Somewhat after lunch time the wind seemed to be picking up but still not good enough for an official race. Wind measurements from the water crew: 10 to 14 knots. ......( more )

The IFCA Slalom Windsurfing World Championships for Junior, Youths and Masters has kicked off.......( more )

On site registration is now open in the Race office at Hotel Montecarlo.  Early arrivals are already testing the waters, looking forward to practice races and also to the Opening Ceremony this evening for the IFCA Junior, Youth and Masters World Championships taking place this week on the Costa Brava, Spain.......( more )

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IFCA are delighted to be returning to GEN Roses - Catalunya Costa Brava (Girona) Spain for the 2014 IFCA JUNIOR, YOUTH & MASTERS SLALOM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS from 16th to 21st June 2014.  Notice of Race has now been published.

GEN Roses hosted the  IFCA Slalom World Championships for women and the European Championships for men in 2012.  See video below for highlights of that amazing event.


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 d'Emporda (marshland). Wind steady area from February to November.

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