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.
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.
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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