The IFCA European Slalom Championships 2010 are over. 6 full eliminations has been sailed in all three categories, the men, ladies and youth class. Julien Quentel took the title in the men category, Marianne Kaplas from Finland is the new European Champion in the ladies category and William Alikiagalelei dominated the youth class.
Our last report was about day 2. We give you an overview about the last three days of the event, day 3 to day 5.
On the 4th day the sixth elimation got sailed. Wojtek Brozozowski (POL-11) dominated the final and could win in front of Pierre Mortefon and Dennis Little. Julien Qunetel did not make it in the final and had to discard race 6 in which he finished in 13th. In the youth and ladies class 2 more eliminations got finished on day 4. Finish sailor Marianne Kaplas continued winning in the three ladies only fleet. William Alikiagalelei took one more victory. The race 6 had been won by talented Enrico Morotti from Rijeka in Croatia.
On the final 5th day, the race crew could not guarantee the safety of the windsurfers and cancelled the last race. “The waves were too high and with winds over 20 knots strong. The description “extreme” was an understatement! Relief rather than disappointment that the final would not be run in these conditions!” the IFCA stated. Six eliminations were held during the week, giving two discards.
It was a good championship and French prosailor Julien Quentel took the IFCA European Championship title in the men category. 60 riders got ranked overall in this class. His French friend Pierre Mortefon placed in second position and multiple Formula worldchampion Wojtek Brozozowski from Poland took the third position having an extremely strong final. All three top placed sailors are just in between 3 points.
Dutchman Peter Volwater finished in fourth position, around 15 points behind the winner Quentel, who dominates the French tour in 2010. Second placed Mortefon gets better and better and could also make it into a PWA final at the Costa Brava event plus winning the 2010 Defi Wind. Pierre also had by far the lowest discard with 13 points only. Wojtek Brozozowski, who is back on the Slalom circuit since this season, proofed again, that he is extremely hungry to win and could leave many top guys behind him like Volwater, Van der Steen, Littel, Kozanoglu, Warembourg, Orth…In general the result looked like the young racers are getting better and better and could challenge the experienced top names a lot.
The ladies class just saw less starters. Only three girl were fighting for the title and Marianne Kaplas from Finland took the title in the end with the lowest possible points after six eliminations.
In the youth class 14 competitors from 5 different countries were competing for the title and William Alikiagalelei from France took the title in the end. He dominated the event and had to discard a first place in the end!
1) Julien Quentel
2) Pierre Mortefon
3) Wojtek Brozozowski
1) Marianne Kaplas
2) Marie Airault
3) Femke van der Valk
1) William Alikiagalelei
2) Benjamin Remy
3) Enrico Marotti
Check the official full results, sponsors and points:
Source: IFCA 2010