Day 1 at the 2016 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championship

The Opening series started today with nice planing conditions for the men and the women fleets.
A quite morning shifted in to a back to back racing day with sunny skies, choppy waters and winds from 15 up to 18knots. 3 Races were completed for the men and women divisions with some intense action for some of the youth competitors.

The men division is split into a Yellow fleet and a Blue fleet in the Qualifying series, except the women who do compete in a single fleet.

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The leaders in the Youth men fleet are Yoav Omer from Israel – the defending Champion -who is in great shape, with a confident attitude and charisma and Mack van den Eerenbeemt from the Caribbean island of Aruba with a stable performance. Both competitors won the 3 races in their fleets just  in front of the Limassol Nautical Club.

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The first race of the women fleet was an exciting one, as Noy Drihan from Israel – also the defending Champion- blasted away from the pack at ease, but unfortunately a little mistake made, caused for her to slip to second place and making room for Maria-Belen Bazo from Peru to take the lead and also winning the first race. The following 2 races were dominated by Noy Drihan who quickly learned from her earlier mistake and is one to keep an eye on in the next racing days.

Youth Men top 5 :
1.    Yoav Omer | ISR 24
1.     Mack van den Eerenbeemt | ARU 11
3.    Tom Reuveny | ISR 60
4.    Camille Bouyer | FRA 2
5.    Sil Hoekstra | NED 25

Youth Women top 5:
1.     Noy Drihan | ISR 20
2.     Maya Morris | ISR 7
3.     Katy Spychakov | ISR 32
4.     Emma Wilson | GBR 7
5.     Mariam Sekhposyan | RUS 13

A successful first competition day at the 2016 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championship
Tomorrow should be another great day as the forecast predicts a bit stronger winds then today.

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The Day started with late Registrations & Equipment Check.
A Practice Race was scheduled and sailed around mid day, the conditions were great for training with winds from 15 to 18 knots, choppy water and bright sunshine, temperatures somewhat around 23C°.

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Coaches Meeting also took place later in the afternoon with some important announcement from the race committee and the Organizing committee.


Tomorrow is D Day at the RS:X Youth World Championship in Limassol, Cyprus

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The Opening Ceremony took place on the 19th of November at the Evagoras & Kathleen Lanitis Foundation – Carob Mill Limassol after a Flag parade with marching competitors trough the streets near the Limassol Marina.


The event was officially announced open with Opening speeches from:

Dr. Panayiotis Kontides, President of the Organizing committee on behalf of Limaasol Nautical Club
Dr. Michaelis Michaelides on behalf of Cyprus Sports Organization
Mr. Andreas Christou, the Mayor of Limassol
Mr. Carlo Dalla Vedova, President of the International RS:X Olympic Windsurfing Class Association

Traditional Cyprus dance performances and a cozy dinner followed at the end of the evening for all invited guests.

Facts and Numbers:

73 men
25 women
A total of 98 Sailors registered from 19 Countries and 5 continents

The Defending Champions
Women Division: NOY DRIHAN | ISR 20
Men Division: YOAV OMER | ISR 24

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The International RS:X Olympic Windsurfing Class Association, A step ahead of all Olympic Sailing Classes with its first Major event after the successful 2016 RIO Olympics, now looking forward to a week of exciting racing, where the youths- the next generation, our future Windsurfing Olympic sailors from around the World take on the challenge in waters of the Eastern Mediterranean at this scheduled World Championship. The races will be a one design full fleet racing format held from the 21st trough the 25th of November at the Limassol Nautical Club on the island of Cyprus.

The Limassol Nautical Club was founded on Sunday the 14th of January 1962

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