Polands Tomek Janiak (RRD) in the Masters category and Maks Zakowski (Temavento/Ozone) in the Youth category have taken the lead after 4 races in challenging conditions.
The Mistral winds showed up in time for first races of this years championship, with winds ranging from 15 knots for the first races to 23 knots in the later afternoon. Each of the three fleets completed their scheduled 4 races, with the masters being reseeded for day 2 of their qualifying series. The Youth Fleet is a racing a single opening series throughout Saturday, with 4 medal races scheduled for each fleet on Sunday.
While Tomek Janiak won all races in his flight, runner-up Wilson Veloso (BRA, ML/Ozone) was only able to score 3 bullets which will make up for an interesting challenge in the Final series, starting tomorrow.Pedro Garijo (ESP, ML/Ozone) is currently sitting in second place and will have to challenge Veloso in todays races.
In th Youth fleet both Zakowski and Maxime Nocher (FRA, North) took two bullets and are tied in first. In third place with a solid performance is Spaniard Florian Trittel (Temavento/Cabrinha).
As Men and Women race together at this event, best ranked women in the Masters Fleet is Ariane Imbert (FRA, North) in 10th position and Elena Kalinina (RUS, Temavento/ELF) in the youth fleet in 12th position after not having finished 1 race and being given redress for another one.
Racing continues on Thursday, 15 May with the first warning signal to be made at 12:00 hours.
Full results can be found here: http://internationalkiteboarding.org/images/documents/results/2014YMWorlds.pdf
The video of the day can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf7j0U3EX2w&feature=youtu.be