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Non-Stop Racing In The Bay of Cadiz

- France's Mestre, Poland's Dziarnowska, Trepczynski and Wasiewicz, Turkey's Senol and Vatan, Italy's Modena and Spain's Tomas are all solid leaders after the third day of racing

- The Balearic Caterina Tomas is the unbeaten leader in the Under 17 fleet, with the Andalusian Antonio Medina on the podium among the boys.

- Tomorrows ranking will be final for the medal series.

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Puerto Sherry, Spain, March 9th, 2023

With an average of 15 knots wind the windsurfers were able to race all planned races on day 3 of the International iQFOil Games Andalucía, which is being held until Saturday in the Bay of Cadiz. The conditions were demanding and required a great deal of effort and technique of the athletes in their pursuit reaching their goal. The slalom and trapeze (course racing) events were also combined today, with five more events for all classes. Tomorrow, On friday the final ranking will be decided before the medal series after which the top 10 will race on Saturday in an-all-or nothing elimination series.

Frenchman Adrien Mestre continues to be unbeatable in the men's fleet, where he is already fifteen points ahead of second-placed Croatian Luka Mratovic, who owes it to his victory in the last race to overtake Finland's Jakob Eklund, who is now in third with three more points. Both sailed very close throughout the day until the last race, which was won by the Croatian.

There was a lot of excitement today among the women fleet, where this second day of racing was enough for Poland's Maja Dziarnowska to extent her lead away from Estonia's Ingrid Puusta, with two firsts and a second place for the polish compared to two 10th places and a 2nd place for the Estonian, leading the ranking now with a 12-point lead.

Changes in the U19 fleet, where Poland's Stanislaw Trepczynski is in the lead with three race wins, a third and a second place. He is followed by his compatriot Igor Lewinski with four points behind him, Latvian Davis Mazais is 6 points away from the leader giving up his first position. Poland's Maciek Pietrzak, now fourth with three more points, has also lost two places compared to yesterday.

Aleksandra Wasiewicz is unstoppable towards her victory in the U19 girls' fleet, where the Polish has once again won four races. The changes in the ranking are coming from lower, with a duel between the Czech Kristyna Chalupnikova and the Polish Karolina Gajdzinska, which resulted in second place for the Polish.

Spain's Caterina Tomas Cardell is clearly dominating the U17 fleet after winning all five races today. Tomas is already eleven points clear and remains out of the tight battle behind her, w Italian U15 Medea Marisa Falcioni takes second, six points ahead of Czech Alexandra Lojinova, in third.

The U17 boys are up to date with seven events already on their scoreboard, after which the new leader is the Turkish Artun Senol after winning one slalom event and four course races. Senol is in a very good position for tomorrow, with a seven-point lead over Portugal's Martin Mendes. A good day for the Andalusian Antonio Medina, who has secured the third place with eight points ahead of the Balearic Jorge Ruiz, who is in fourth.

Tomorrow we are back with three and five more races scheduled, the first possible start at 13:00.


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