Friday, 17 July 2009


IFCA Slalom 2009 Bonaire day 4

official press release
What a difference a day makes. The sun was shining brightly and the winds were blowing creating a nice day of sailing. Heats were postponed when I left at 4:30, to change the course. The winds kept shifting creating some challenges the marks. Twice today the committee members moved buoys around.
Luigi Romano, from Italy and Nicole Van de Velden, from Aruba both expressed frustration on the course. Nicole also had some gear issues impacting her heats. The winds kept squirrelling around making it a challenge for riders and committe members. The IFCA officials did a great job running the heats for day 4.

In the Master’s Division, heat 1, afternoon session, Argentinian Sergio Mehl had a great day of sailing. Diego Domenianni sailing for the US , raced well placing third in this heat of the afternoon. In the heat 2 group, Marcus Poltenstein took first and Italian Thomas Fauster blazed a close second. Former Olympian Patun Saragoza followed a close 3rd. Event organizer Elvis Martinus took to the course after a long day of work and organization.
Enes Yilmazer a Turkish student studying in Corpus Christi continued to reign today in the afternoon heats.

Malte Reuscher from Italy commanded the heats and came in second in heat 2 this afternoon
. Richard Jones, despite a heavy night of dancing and partying was rising to the occasion placing third. In the other group, Sebastian Kordel from Germany was top sailor in his heat sailing on a 7.8 sail. He was far from the packing leading the way to the finish. Ege Kurt from Turkey placed second and Sara Quita , the shining star of Aruba came in third. Gutek Kerzewski is still on fire dominating his heats.

The Superkids were getting ready to sail as the day came to an end. More results will follow tomorrow. Tonight at Sorobon there is DJ music and dance.

Tomorrow is the final day of the Slalom Series.
A special thanks goes out to all our sponsors and the many volunteers who make this local event happen. Please see today’s results at

Photo courtesy of Aaron Balentien


(after 6 races)
1. Kurczewski, Radoslaw - POL 75
2. Romano, Luigi - ITA 911
3. Demont, Morane - FRA 59

Youth (after 6 races)
1. Yilmazer, Enes - TUR 2
2. Kördel, Sebastian GER 220
3. Reuscher, Malte - ITA 7777
8. Finies, Archuendro NB 77

(after 6 races)
Fauster, Thomas - ITA 106
2. Poltenstein, Markus - AUT 30
3. Mehl, Sergio - A 21

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