Patras, Greece - May 10, 2023
The 2023 Open iQFOiL European Championships continued today with day 2 of exhilarating racing in Patras, Greece. This annual event brings together the world's best "foilers," as they are known, to compete for the prestigious European title. Amidst some exceptionally difficult conditions, the athletes showcased their skills and resilience in a thrilling display of windsurfing skills.
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The day began with the winds howling at over 35 knots, posing a significant challenge for the competitors and the race committee. Despite the formidable conditions, the men's fleet took to the water after a brief program delay and completed a total of four races. The wind fluctuated between 25 and 35 knots, making each race a true test of skill and determination. Nicolas Goyard from France exhibited remarkable skills, winning all four races and solidifying his position at the top of the leaderboard. However, Huig Jan Tak from the Netherlands secured a close second place, followed by Sebastian Koerdel from Germany in third position.
In the women's fleet, Sharon Kantor from Israel demonstrated exceptional mastery of the difficult conditions, claiming victory in all four races. Her outstanding performance showcased her ability to navigate the challenging winds and waves with finesse. Tamar Steinberg, a 16-year-old Israeli prodigy into the senior class and last years Youth world Champion, closes the gap to the top where she is now in a commendable second place, proving that she is a rising star among the world's best windsurfers. The Israeli team's remarkable achievement was further highlighted by both the girls their “under-21” (years old) status, making their performance truly exceptional. Sara Wennekes from the Netherlands, yesterday's leader, secured the third spot on the ranking for the women's fleet.
It is worth noting that the races were streamed live on YouTube, allowing enthusiasts from around the world to witness the thrilling action as it unfolded. The live stream coverage brings the excitement of the championships directly to screens, promoting wider engagement with the sport and fostering a sense of community among windsurfing enthusiasts. Credit: @SailingEnergy / @iQFOiLClass
As the iQFOiL European Championships continue, the competitors prepare to tackle the challenges that lie ahead. With each race presenting a unique test of skill and adaptability, the stage is set for intense battles and gripping displays of windsurfing excellence. Spectators can look forward to more heart-pounding moments as the athletes continue to push their limits and strive for victory on the open waters of Patras.
Tomorrow promises another thrilling day as we will split into the Gold and Silver fleet and plan on racing the Marathon race.
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