Final Day of the 2024 ILCA 4 World Championships

Viana do Castelo, Portugal — Despite the weather constraints, the young sailors demonstrated remarkable resilience and skill, making the most of the conditions to deliver thrilling performances on the water. The final races were a testament to the dedication and talent of these young athletes, who have trained tirelessly for this moment.

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.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Final Races: Due to wind conditions, only the gold and silver fleets for boys and gold girls competed today, showcasing their exceptional skills and sportsmanship.
  • Prize-Giving Ceremony: Awards were presented to the top sailors, celebrating their dedication and outstanding performances.
  • Celebratory Gathering: The event concluded with food and beverages, fostering a sense of camaraderie among participants and supporters.

FINAL STANDINGS

ILCA 4 – Men:

  1. Carlos CHARABATI (Canada) – 2024 ILCA 4 Youth World Champion male
  2. Josip TAFRA (Croacia)
  3. Ali Poyraz ÖZDEMIR (Turkey)

ILCA 4 – Women:

  1. Hieke SCHRAFFORDT (Netherland) – 2024 ILCA 4 Youth World Champion female
  2. Feline VAN EDE (Netherland)
  3. Katrina MICALLEF (Malta)

The championship wrapped up with a prize-giving ceremony, where the top sailors were honored for their exceptional achievements. Trophies were awarded to the leading competitors, recognizing their hard work and determination throughout the competition.

The closing ceremony featured a joyful celebration with food and beverages, providing an opportunity for participants, coaches, and supporters to come together and reflect on the week’s events. The atmosphere was festive, marking the end of this prestigious event with a sense of community and shared success.

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Text by: Prow Media / Edited by ILCA

Photos & Videos by: Prow Media @Prow_Sailing