2024 ILCA 4 World Championships – Days 4 & 5

Viana do Castelo, Portugal — After a day without racing at the ILCA 4 World Championship, conditions impressed enthusiasts and participants alike on its sixth day, held amidst ideal sailing conditions. Today marked the commencement of the final races, promising a culmination of skill, strategy, and sheer adrenaline on the water.

The day began promptly at 10:40 with D Flags up for the Men Gold and Women Gold fleets, signaling the start of a series of exhilarating races. Competitors faced a steady breeze originating from 330º, initially clocking in at 13 knots and steadily gaining momentum to reach 17 knots by the third race, ensuring challenging yet rewarding conditions for all sailors.

Throughout the day, all fleets, undeterred by the competitive stakes, navigated through and completed three demanding races. Each race showcased the sailors’ prowess and determination as they maneuvered their boats with precision around the course, aiming for optimal performance and positioning on the leaderboard.

Current Leaderboard (after eight races):

  • In ILCA 4 – Men, Josip Tafra from Croatia is now in the lead, followed closely by Carlos Charabati of Canada, and Ali Poyraz Özdemir from Turkey is in third overall.
  • For ILCA 4 – Women, Hieke Schraffordt from the Netherlands has moved into first, Feline Van Ede, also from the Netherlands, sits in second, with Katrina Micallef of Malta still in pursuit.

With the final day of the championship scheduled for June 30th, anticipation builds for the remaining three races. The action will kick off at 13:00, promising another day of riveting competition and strategic racing maneuvers.

As the championship draws to a close, the sailors prepare for the grand finale, culminating in the prize-giving ceremony at 18:00. Tomorrow’s events will help determine the ultimate champions across both categories and celebrate their talents and contributions to youth sailing.

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Text by: Prow Media / Edited by ILCA

Photos & Videos by: Prow Media @Prow_Sailing