The opening day of the competition in Lanzarote kicked off to a relaxing start, allowing the sailors to prepare their equipment and focus their minds on the challenges ahead.

Once the formalities of registration and the skippers meeting were completed the trade winds had risen to around 15-20 knots allowing the competitors to hit the water at 2pm.

On sails around 5.3m, the sailors ploughed their way through the opening nineteen heats of the single elimination. The final heat in the second round featuring, Israel’s Yarden Meir vs. four times world champion Jose Estredo and Yegor Popretinskiy vs. Brazil’s Ian Mouro Lemos was run twice but was cancelled due to fading winds. However as the afternoon progressed the wind retreated forcing competition on hold until the riders were ultimately released at 5pm.


The big upset of the day came between Anthony Ruenes and Tonky Frans. The sailors each sailed an exceptional heat, landing all the big moves with faultless precision. Tonky separated the pair with the first back loop of the competition; however Ruenes quickly fought back with a gigantic one-handed shaka, and a no-handed funnel. It came down to a 2-1 decision from the judges and just half a point separating the sailors in favor of Ruenes.

Text: Ed Sinclair/PWA I ©continentseven 2011

The venue at Playa Las Cucharas - Pic: PWA/John Carter