Published On: Mon, Jul 6th, 2015

Curaçao represented at the IFCA JYM Slalom World Championships Reggio Calabria Italy 2015

Jean Paul Da Silva De Goes from Curacao and Ethan Westera from Aruba Vice World Champions in their categories

championshipREGGIO CALABRIA, WILLEMSTAD - Last week, from June 29 to July 4, 2015 took place the IFCA JYM Slalom World Championship 2015, at the beautiful location of Reggio Calabria. This prestigious World Championships known in the windsurfing Slalom world for its extremely high level, counted with the participation of 71 professional windsurfers from the countries of France, Italy, Austria, Norway, Peru, Spain, Slovenia, The Netherlands, Aruba and Curacao, participating in the categories of Juniors, Youth, Masters 35+, Youth Girls and Junior Girls.

Curacao was well represented in the Junior U-17 class by the talented Windsurfer and World Champion Junior U-15 2013, Jean Paul Da Silva De Goes, age 16. Aruba also was well represented in the Youth class by the experienced World Champion Junior U-15 2011 and Junior U17 2012 Ethan Westera, by Nik van den Eerenbeemt, and by Mark Tjon.

Throughout the previous three days of the event, the windsurfers trained with average winds of 16 knots, however for the rest of the week, the wind dropped considerably, obligating all the competitors to sail with their biggest equipment for the whole event.  On the first day of competition, the wind was blowing at the minimum of 11knots enough to start the first elimination for all categories, but soon the wind declined not being able to finish completely the 1stelimination on that day.

During the days two and three of the event the Mother Nature didn’t want to cooperate making it impossible to race due to low winds. On day four, the thermic wind kicked in early in the morning, making it possible to finish the 1stelimination and to complete the 2nd one. On the day five, (last day of competition), two more eliminations were completed for the whole fleet of Juniors and Youth, with the minimum wind conditions of 11 knots allowed in the racing rules. After 12 races for a total of 4 eliminations with one discard of the worse heat, the results in the podium for our Dutch Caribbean boys was excellent.

championship1CURACAO: With great demonstration of talent, speed and professionalism, the constant battle in the water was between Curacao, France and Italy. Competing in his category among 31 of the most experienced and fastest athletes from all around the world, the young windsurfer Jean Paul Da Silva De Goes gave a ferocious battle in the water to the French European Champion 2015 Jimmy Thieme, maintaining until the last minute a first place in his category during three of the four heats of the event. In Heat four, due to a gap of low wind around the first buoy, even though Jean Paul was sailing with his biggest equipment, he lost speed during the race consequently loosing his spot at the winners final. This unfortunately did cost him one place down in the overall position.

This inconvenience was in advantage of the competitor from France whom recovered from his mistakes on day one, winning the first place in last heat and consequently the World Championship, with a small difference in points closely followed by our “Yu di Korsow” now 2015 Vice World Champion U17 Jean Paul Da Silva De Goes in the second place, and Mathis Guillou from France in the 3rd Place.

ARUBA: The battle between the fastest in the Youth class was between the professional talent of Aruba Ethan Westera, France and Slovenia. Ethan Westera with his speed as a bullet was leading the competition all the time, but a small mistake on the start at the last 4th heat made him loose his first position, becoming 2015 Vice World Champion Youth. 1st place was for the French Nicolas Goyard and 3rd place also for Basile Jacquin also from France. With a great performance as well Nik van den Eerenbeemt from Aruba ended in 4thplace.

In Youth Girls the winner was Marie Simonet from France. In Juniors U17 the winner was Oceane Bellon from Fance. In the Masters 35+ the winner was Andrea Rosati from Italy.

Our biggest congratulations go for our Dutch Caribbean boys for their excellent performance. Special thanks to the competitor’s individual sponsors for their constant support, without their help the participation of our local athletes in international events wouldn’t be possible. For more information about this event, please visit the IFCA FB page link

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