Challenger Sails riders with a great performance at the IFCA Slalom Worlds Waterz – Maciek Rutkowski is Vice World Champion
Congrats Maciek Rutkowski (POL-23) to your great 2nd place in Hvide Sande at the IFCA Slalom World Championships. It was a close battle in between the Challenger team rider and Enrico Marotti from Rijeka, Croatia, who won the 2018 world title in Denmark. It was one of his best events during the first season with Challenger Sails, won two eliminations and was only 1.6 points behind Enrico after 7 completed eliminations. We are very proud and can only congratulate Maciek!!! Very well done and good luck for the PWA final on Sylt!!
„The event didn’t start so great for me. The start-line calling was pretty liberal, everyone was really aggressive like always in flat water and I broke my best 490 mast. So the first day I couldn’t really find my rhythm and scored two very mediocre results. Then I told myself “either I quit and go home, or adjust and put myself back in the game”. I’m happy I chose the latter and scored 3 of the best days I had in my career. Some mistake free heats and some others with very slight mistakes only. Before the last day I was 2 points behind Enrico for the title, but because of the discard we would have to run 2 eliminations for me to have a chance. We did only one and I came away with 2nd, 1 point behind, which is OK. I put myself in the hole the first day and Enrico stole all the momentum, so hats off to him. Later on I performed well, so I’m really happy about that. Now all eyes on Sylt!“ Maciek Rutkoswki about his IFCA Slalom vice World title
Congrats to Andrea Ferin (ITA-1111) to the 8th place in the 2018 IFCA Slalom Worlds! He managed to make a podium in a single elimination and has the skills to end up on the podium next time, too. Very well done Andrea. Keep the good pace for Sylt!!! Here is a little interview with Andrea.
CHS: How was it in Denmark?
Andrea Ferin: Thanks! Im not really happy about my result, but anyway is not that bad. We were lucky with the wind! 8 elimination in 5 days. We used from 6.2m small board to 9.4m big board
And it was nice to have the possibility to register 3 boards and 6 sails at an IFCA event finally! !
CHS: How was it competing in an IFCA event compared to the PWA tour with no rules?
Andrea Ferin: I personally prefer competing in the PWA, because Slalom racing with the sailing rules in this IFCA event is many times a big problem. I mean the rules are coming from course fleet racing where time and spaces are much bigger and everything is going slower ….
But we always have to keep in mind the that most of the competitors in this event are young or simple not professionals. So maybe the no rules concept is a bit too extreme and dangerous.
CHS: So you used pretty much all of the equipment you had with you in Hvide Sande, Denmark.
Andrea Ferin: Yes, honestly I was not using 6.2m and 9.4m. I used 7.0m to 8.6m, because the wind was up and down off shore. 6.2m was too small in the holes and 9.4m too big in the gusts. But heavy guys like Gunnar Asmussen used 9.4m and light guys like Sebastian Kornum used 6.2m.
CHS: What do you expect from the World Cup final in Sylt, which will start on September 28th in Westerland?
Andrea Ferin: I want to make into the top 10 in the event as I want to enter the top 16. Full power!!!
other ranked Challenger Sails riders at the IFCA 2018 Slalom Worlds:
27. Fabian Wolf (GER-404) (10th in the youth category)
32. Julien Pockrandt (GER-18) (12th in the youth category)
42. Giorgi Giorgi (ITA-125) (7th in the master category)
55. Sven Feuer (ITA-86)
Gaia Benzi (ITA-91) was the only female rider on Challenger Sails and she made it in 14th place overall. Jenna Gibson win the female category.