The 5th day at the Brandenburger Strand in Sylt, Germany, seemed to offer a quite nice day with some more winds and sunny moments. Keeping confident with an optimistic mindset and the good chance of wind, competitors arrived at 10am to be briefed on the plan for the day. This plan turned out to be quite similar to day 4 – slalom and course racings were announced.
The wind held on to provide slalom racers the perfect opportunity for next competiton. The 4th race of the Worldchampionship in Slalom commenced in 12-15 knots. All slalom races were defined by close finishes and constantly changing placements, with the current stand-out leader – Julien Kerneur on first and Maxime Nocher, on second. The french riders dominate the slalom field followed by Rolf van der Vlugt (NED).
In the women slalom races, Katja Roose from Netherlands, rode very consistently throughout the day with a powered approach. French girl, Caroline Adrien, in the overall ranking on place two, followed by Kristin Boese, Germany, on third.
The course racer started with 4 races into the day. In the provisional overall rankings of the day (7th in total), Florian Gruber (GER) took the win followed by Rolf van der Vlugt (NED) and Maxime Nocher (FRA).
In the women division, there were a few close finishes with Caroline Adrien (FRA), who is leading the provisional first place, while Katja Roose (NED) took second place and Christine Bönniger (GER) took the lead over Ariane Imbert (FRA), who finished 4th overall.
Overall the 5th day of the MINI Kitesurf Worldcup Sylt proved to be an amazing day. With all the excitement of big racings action coupled with amazing course slalom performances.
For tomorrow, we hope for sufficient wind to finish the double elimination in freestyle and to crown the Worldchampion in Slalom as the highlight of the day. Skippers meeting is set up at 10am with freestyle or racings until 2:00pm. At 3:00pm the top competitors will accept their awards for the European Championship and also for the Worldchampion title in Slalom !
Nice pictures of slalom and course races click here