Published On: Thu, Sep 5th, 2013

Windsurfing success for Curaçao in Slalom World Championships

Curacao-Team-with-flagALACATI, TURKEY – Windsurfer Jean Paul Da Silva De Goes brought more windsurfing glory to the island of Curaçao by returning home with the coveted title of IFCA U-15 World Champion 2013. The young windsurfer formed part of a four-man team that competed in the IFCA Junior, Youth & Masters Slalom World Championships in early July.

Team members Jean Patrick Van Der Wolde (2011 World Champion U-17), Aron Etmon (2012 World Champion U-15) and Oscar Etmon completed the all-star line up.

The pressure was relentless as 104 top competitors from 18 countries raced through the crystal-clear waters off the coast of Alaçati, western Turkey. Sailors taking part in the Championships enjoyed five days of steady winds during which the race committee hosted 235 starts, eight eliminations and three discards, on each category for the final scores.

Aron Etmon joined Da Silva De Goes on the podium having scored third place in the Junior U-17 category behind second place finisher Jurgen Saragoza from the neighboring island of Bonaire.

In the Junior category Oscar Etmon finished in fourth place in the U-15. Although Jean Patrick Van Der Wolde failed to score a podium place he had a successful regatta, leading the fleet home for a couple of races and scoring a good position among the group.

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