Champions!

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The 2017 Raceboard and DII European Championships have come to a close in Balatonfured, Hungary. Almost 100 windsurfers from all over the world competed in the event organised by the Hungarian Windsurfing Association.

It has been 20 years since the last major windsurfing event held on Balaton lake, but it was worth the wait. As Istvan Boka, the Mayor of Balatonfured, emphasised during the opening ceremony the city would love to welcome further windsurfing events and hopes that guests would be satisfied with their stay and that they would come back again in the future.

Balaton known for light wind conditions provided some excellent racing during the first part of the championships with 11 races completed within three days. Later it got a little tricky and the final 12th race was conducted just minutes before the last possible warning signal.

The six times Olympian and Hungarian windsurfing legend, Aron Gadorfalvi, claimed the championship in the Raceboard Men’s fleet with Latvian Ilona Grinberga taking the top spot in Raceboard Women.

After the event Aron was really happy stressing that it had been over twenty years since he last had the opportunity to race on his home ground. The support he got from the local community was great and to have the whole family with him was special. “My place is always easier for me as I train a lot here and know the lake well.”

Over in the DII class Irek Kutyla from Poland won the Division C and Janko Prisusek from Slovenia the Division A.

Full coverage on the official event website

The European Championships wrap up a series of major Raceboard events in Europe. So until next year!

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text by Piotr Oleksiak

pictures by Gergő Zsilák

 

European Div II – Day 1- Race summary

European DIV II championships – 1st day of race summary by Piotr Oleksiak, pictures by Márk Ujvárosi

Today, four races were completed in Balatonfured, where the Raceboard and DII European Championships are taking place.

96 sailors from over 20 countries started off at 11 o’clock with the enthusiastic DIV II class going out first., followed by Raceboard Women and then Raceboard Men.

The two smaller fleets sailed on the outerloop in winds ranging from 5 to 12kts.

The men went on the inner with an exciting start of 71 windsurfers racing here in a fleet ranging from youth, through seniors to veterans including former and current Olympians.

After 3 races a one hour break was scheduled for the event, and then the fleet returned for the final race.

The conditions were typical for the area. The wind speed and direction changing throughout the day. This was not a problem however for the local Áron Gádorfalvi, who won 3 out of 4 races. Behind him the former champion – Patrik Pollak in second and Sánta Bence third.

Over in the ladies fleet Viviane Ventrin from France is leading, followed by Ilona Grinberga from Latvia and Molly Howell from Great Britain.

The DII is led by Irek Kutyła from Poland, followed by Juris Rozkalns from Latvia and Peter Murray from Great Britain.

We start tomorrow at 11:00 and you can follow the races live both on the event website and on the led screen at the venue.

http://europeans2017.raceboard.org/news/full-schedule-on-the-first-day

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Diaporos Regatta 2017

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23-25 June took place in Vourvourou of Sithonia Halkidiki the 6th edition of the classic Diaporos regatta. 9 participants, 5 Greeks and 4 Slovenians raced to the event and the race committee completed 8 races for the fleet regatta despite the very light winds. For 2017 an innovation, Match Race a competition activity recently adopted by ID2CA, is added to the event and this was the first ever such race of the class. The result was very satisfactory and this fact will push to further implementation of this activity in the future. As mentioned above the wind was light, the whether sunny and warm, the typical summer whether of Halkidiki. Friday 23/6 took place and completed the Match Race, Saturday 24/6 four courses of the fleet regatta and Sunday 25/6 the rest four courses. The competition level was high with often interchanges in the placements during the courses and very small time laps between sailors in the marks and the finishing lines. The light wind conditions and the similarity of the equipment (ring A for everybody) favored the implementation of the tactical and strategy skills by the sailors. To the end we must say that the spirit in and out of the water was fantastic reminding the old classic spirit of division 2 races of passed decades.

Now a new appointment between sailors has been fixed for the next events to be held in Piran and Balaton September 2017.

 

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ID2CA launches Match Racing!

Dear D2 sailor,

Starting May 2017, ID2CA is activating Match Racing competition now as integral part of its racing format  (PS: Match Racing is already part of ID2CA RRS).

Make no mistake: Division IIs are the “Perfect”, “Unrivaled Windsurfing” boards designed to perform such a racing format.

This very popular race format, crystallized by the well known and highly visible Americas Cup,  emphasizes the need for strong board handling, improves all aspects of sailing, specifically time-on-distance skills, starting line positioning, rules understanding, short course strategy and board-on-board tactics. While strengthening again camaraderie between all of our sailors, Match Racing will provide the missing bridge to improve our sailing skills for tactical regatta.

Tournament-style format will make it fun by maximizing the number of races per day and can be organized close to shore. Any DII sailor can start practicing with best friends everywhere, any time without requiring any official Events. Beware, Match Racing is highly “addictive” !

ID2CA will refer to World Sailing 2017-2020 RRS – Appendix C Match Racing rules that it will adapt and simplify to windsurfing use (i.e. single handled crew).

Implemented for 2017 as a test period, it will increasingly ramp up to full speed by the end of year 2018 program.

At this point, ID2CA is launching two MR circuits in parallel:

  • Match Racing specific, official tournaments or as parts of Fleet Events, and
  • Permanent annual Ladder at regional, national and if possible international levels, where sailors can challenge each other and meet everywhere, anytime.

First Match Racing competition will occur at Diaporos Regatta in June this year (check calendar)

Every organizer/club interested to organize Match Racing format Events is invited to contact us.

In the mean time,  every D2 sailors is encouraged to start practicing with best friends, set ladders at local level when number of competitors permits and share the information with Class Association.

Full set of information about Match Racing is available for reading or for download to get familiar with racing format. For more information, feel free to contact us anytime

Have good “fight” and a lot of fun with your best friends!

ID2CA

2017 Division II European Championships to be held in Hungary

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ID2CA and IWA invite Division 2 sailors to the 2017 D2 European Championships to be held in Balatonfüred, Lake Balaton, Hungary , 4-9 September 2017.

Championships is open to sailors in good standing with their Class memberships with equipment properly tagged (ID2CA official stickers).

The Event counts for the 2017 ID2CA annual ranking list and is a coefficient 2 competition

French Nationals – Event summary by Jonas Davidson Vittel SWE-78

My participation in French Nationals D2/RCO 21-23/10 2016

by Jonas Davidson Vitell – SWE-78

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Jonas Davidson – French Nationals, La Baule. Picture © Marc Quentel

The D2 European championship in Brest was a really good competition. On the way home to Sweden I discussed improvements with my friend Rikard but the problem was if there were any more D2 regattas this year. I wanted to change my board and rig a bit and get it tested against the best sailors. I got big help from Fred Bequart, Florent Lambert and Alain Cadre keeping me updated about French Nationals in La Baule. Finally it looked like it could be a very good competition. It is 2000 kilometers plus one night on the ferry from Sweden so the thing that finally made me decide to go was that my son would join and get some excellent RSX competition. We arrived on Thursday lunch and went sailing with Francois Leduey, Alain Cadre and Gilles Tanguy. I was testing a wider centerboard than the one I am used to and it felt good but not as lively as my narrow one so I decided to use my old next day.  Registration went on without problems and I was glad to see nine D2 competitors. The feeling is really good between sailors with a touch of reunion, family and sharp racing. First racing day was Friday with sun and 1-3 knots of wind. We started together with raceboards. Pumping was free and that felt ok. The course was a kind of stretched RSX style as follows: start- upwind mark- downwind mark- upwind mark- reaching mark- downwind mark- reach to finish line. I liked the course and it worked out excellent to race together with raceboards. I was behind from the start, tired after the long trip and maybe I should have taken my wide centerboard to avoid stalling upwind. Didier Boujean was very fast and also tacked correct on the shifts. Alain also went fast and the right way. I finished 7:th far away from the top sailors. My analys was that next time in 1-3 knots I will use a wider centerboard, softer mast and get more rest before racing.  The wind died and racing was cancelled for the day. Day two we had 10-14 knots of wind. I had slept 12 hours and eager to compete. We made four races. I was a little bit behind in the starts but worked my way up in each race. Alain Cadre showed excellent balance with good speed and tactical tacking upwind. I got better after each race and began closing the gap to Alain, especially downwind. I finished 2,2,2 and in the fourth race I took the lead at last upwind mark. On the downwind I felt fast and gybed before Alain into the middle of the course and  ended in less wind. Alain went to the right corner with more wind and finished first again. So Alain had four first places and I had four second places after day two. In the evening we got invited to dinner with Francois, Gilles, Alain, Florent and Georges. My son had to rest but I had a wonderful time and I was glad that Florent could translate the dinner conversation.  Sunday was last day of racing and the forecast promised 20 knots of wind. As usual I was a bit behind in the start but advanced through the field. I was second after Alain at last upwind mark but this day I had learned from yesterdays mistake and with fantastic downwind speed I managed to finish first. Second race had a little bit more wind and I with good speed I won again. I wanted to race more but they only let the RSX do three races so we went ashore. In summary Alain had 111122 and I had 222211 so Alain won and I was proud on second place with Didier Boujean on third place. I got my test of the improvements and a very nice time among fantastic sailors. I am really looking forward to more D2 events and hope the class will grow.

Jonas Davidson Vitell

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