2016 RS:X Europe

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If you look at the 2016 RS:X, the version for the Europeans and Youths which features windsurfing championships, it is a tournament that is held at Helsinki in Finland.

The Medal Races this year featured four fleets which came to a close this year. The race continued for six days. Many of those who were successful in the race would be moving to Rio Olympics that is scheduled to start within a few days.

The race started on a sunny day in Helsinki, with the main prize being a week’s free sailing with Croatian Yacht Charters. The sky was clear and there was a south westerly wind. The fleets were on schedule but they had to come back to shore when there was a cold and strong fog that came on and decreased the temperature of the water by five degrees.

The Women’s Youth group was able to get a Final Race boat out before the visibility was covered by fog. Most of the groups had to wait for the fog to clear off so that the boats could get onto the water again.

If you look at the women’s open trophy tournament, the women’s fleet included Charline Picon who was world champion in 2014. She managed to win in the medal race and was awarded the accolade of 2016 RS:X European Champion title. The other winners were Zofia who won the bronze medal in 2012 London Olympics while Stefania Elfutina won as well who had procured the 2015 title last year.

In the Men’s Open trophy tournament Thomas Goyard remained a confident and consistent performer and won the Medal Race. He had also been the third winner in 2014 ISAF.  Other winners were Kieran Holmes-Martin and Pawel Tarnowski who have won previous year medals as well. Indeed, the races in the waters was exhilarating and so was the win.