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131 competitors for the Techno 293 OD European Championships in Eilat/Israel

131 competitors for the Techno 293 OD European Championships in Eilat/Israel

DAY 5

The championship is over, but it is just another step in life of possible future stars. 

What is the next one? What are their goal? Does each one of them wants to be an astronaut,

 or they just want to continue to enjoy windsurfing? Find out what are their goals....

 

 

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Final results

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DAY 4
A more promising start to day 4 of racing at the T293 European Championships, and the hope of at last being able to complete three races for the first time in this championship. Expectation soon turned to disappointment, for some, as it was decided that since "marginal planing" conditions existed for the first two races today no more races could be scheduled.

Today's results leave the championship finely balanced in the youth division - only 1 point separates the top 3 girls; and 4 points separate 2nd and 5th placed sailors in the boys.

Ofek Elimelech (Israel) consolidated his position at the top with two second places - consistency brings its rewards! Oleksandr Goncharenko (Ukraine) moved back into silver medal position with a win in the final race today. In the Girls Mariam Sekhposyan (Russia) also moved into silver position with a first and second today.

Over in the junior division (under 15 years of age) there was no change in yesterday's podium positions of both boys and girls. However, the 'stand-out' sailor of today in the boys fleet was Yoav Cohen (Israel) with two bullets - he may yet regret the two "black flag disqualifications" on day 2 of the competition!

Katy Spychakov (Israel) will feel very confident going into the final day after consolidating her position at the top of the junior girls with two first places today

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DAY 3

A frustrating day and only one race completed on day 3 of competition at the T293 Europeans in Eilat. A misty dawn improved very little as the scheduled time approached to send out the racers for race 5 of the championship, the first race of the day.

However, it was decided that conditions would improve by first possible warning signal and the course was set and competitors brought to the starting line. Conditions did not improve and the course needed to be reset due to the shifting pattern of the light breeze. Racing eventually got underway an hour later than scheduled. It was not possible to finish a second race for the youth boys - with the race having to be abandoned due to a further big shift in the wind direction.

All divisions were sent ashore to wait for improved conditions, but by mid afternoon it was decided to call a halt for the day. Israeli sailors once again top the leader-board in all 4 divisions after 5 races.

It is no change in the podium positions for junior boys - despite the top finishing places in race 5 going to lower ranked competitors. The top 3 finishers in junior girls are now in the top 3 positions in the overall ranking with Katy Spychakov regaining pole position.

Francisco Saubidet from Argentina moved up the youth boys rankings into 3rd position after dropping his earlier OCS and finishing today's race in second. Ofek Elimelech won race 5 and moved up to first overall.

Shoval Ravitzki retained the lead in the youth girls, but Noy Drihan is now only one point of the lead after her win in the race today, Mariam Sekhposyan regained 3rd overall with her second place in race 5. Two days to go, and with better wind forecast it is still all to play for!

 

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DAY 2

A further dramatic change in wind conditions affected the racing schedule on day 2 at the Techno 293 Europeans in Eilat. Israel command 1st place in only 3 divisions, but increase their overall dominance in the total podium positions!

The unpredictable light winds of day 1 gave way to no wind halfway through the morning session on day 2. Only the Youth Boys (under 17) were able to complete their scheduled 2 races before the Principal Race Officer called a halt to proceedings and abandoned the race for Girls and Junior (u15) boys.

Quite rightly the sailors were sent ashore to wait for suitable conditions for racing to come back.

Eventually conditions improved, with the (unusual) south wind kicking in, and the final race of the day got underway.

Significant changes emerged at the conclusion of race 4 in the Junior division, but nothing changed at the top for the Youths.

 

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Video Day 2

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DAY 1

Home advantage really paid off on the first racing day at the 2013 Techno 293 European Championships in Eilat, Israel.

Israel command 1st place in all four divisions, with 4 different countries breaking into each divisions top 3 to spoil the party for the hosts!

As so often happens, the stronger winds of the previous 2 preparation days gave way to light winds. Championship rules permitted a maximum of 2 races today in these conditions - and the race committee wasted no time getting down to business. On the scheduled time the first race got underway - and it was to be the race with the better winds, which guaranteed a different winner in each of the 4 competition divisions.

 

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Video Day 1

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The Techno 293 OD European Championships, being held this year in Eilat, Israel, from the 27th October to the 3rd November, have just got underway under the warm sunshine of a very long-lasting summer in this part of the world. After a very beautiful opening ceremony, the 131 competitors from 18 different countries got together on the beach for yesterday's training sessions to help them familiarise themselves with conditions here at the top of the Red Sea, close to the Egyptian and Jordanian borders. The threat of conflict in the region in September had thinned out some of the teams, but for now that threat has receded, and it's time for the sport to begin ! The organisers can be well pleased to have managed to get more than 130 riders onto the starting lines for the various events. The first offical heats are due to get underway this morning in a light to moderate wind. Let the festivities commence !

 

 

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