The IFCA Slalom World Championships for women and the European Championships for men saw further races and results on the third day of the competition in Roses, Catalunya, Spain. After a day without wind the conditions got suitable on day 3. The men´s final of elimination no. 2, two more of the ladies eliminations and the full elimination no. 3 got completed.

Karin Jaggi (SUI-14) and Delphine Cousine (FRA-775) both took a victory. Jaggi is already clearly leading with 4 victories, 2.8 points, which is the lowest possible amount of points and two discards. The Swiss lady is followed by the strong sailing Cousine, who has 5,4 points. A bit behind with 15 points overall is Marianne Kaplas (FIN-13) from Finland, who shares the third place with the Turkish sailor Lena Erdil (Tur-33). This will be a tough fight for the remaining place on the podium on the fourth and final day of competition.


Karin Jaggi dominates at Roses (Pic: Jose Pina).


Surprisingly, Matteo Iachino (ITA-140) from Italy ended up winning elimination no.2 . Maciek Rutokwski and Bora Kozanoglu were fighting for the first place but missed the finishline and had to double jibe to come back to finish the race correctly. Bora Kozanoglu: “Today in the first final I was wining and the young Polish rider Maciek was in second, but there were 2 boats at the finish line with finish buoy in the middle, so I was confused and passed from the wrong side, also Maciek, Arnon, etc. We had to jibe back and cross again.”

Anyway, the young Italian has been competing on the PWA tour for a few years already, but the 2012 season is definitely his best season so far and after the mistake of Bora and the rest of the sailors, he maybe can win this event. Bora Kozanoglu, who won a PWA elimination at South Korea two weeks ago, finished race no. 2 then in second place, followed by Maciek Rutkowski.

In the late afternoon elimination no. 3 got started. This time, Antoine Questel won the elimination in front of Bora Kozanoglu and Arnon Dagan. After three eliminations and one discard, the Italian sailor Matteo Iachino has the overall lead, followed by Arnon Dagan and Bora Kozanoglu. Just 1,3 points are between them. So far it´s a real sensation and a very surprising ranking!

Tomorrow will be the final day of the event and it will be an exciting one. Let´s see, whether Matteo Iachino will manage to defend his lead. For sure Arnon Dagan and Bora Kozanoglu will try everything to make it to the top of the podium. 


Matteo Iachino from Italy leads the Slalom Europeans after 3 full eliminations (Pic: Jose Pina).


Results overall after day 3 Ladies Slalom Worlds here

Results overall after day 3 Men Slalom Europeans here


© IFCA 2012, Jose Pina