The first race day morning at the Bic Techno 293 Worlds in Brest, France was a calm one with breeze at a minimum but the racers got onto the course late in the afternoon to complete one race.
Following the briefing, it was agreed to postpone until 14:00. However it was not until 15:00 that the first racers were called out to the race areas. The strength and direction of the wind did not allow the 400 racers to complete the first race easily. The wind was varying in direction during the afternoon, and the three race committees attempted many starts. The three groups (Orange, White and Yellow) were only able to complete their first race late in the day: despite the onset of difficult conditions, the Race Committee was able to validate this first day of competition with one race.
Of the 400 registered competitors, one hundred and twenty French will try to properly represent their country on the prize giving podium. "They come from all corners of France," said Valerie Boutet-Massonneau. "I lead a group of eight young girls who come from Poitou-Charentes, Languedoc Roussillon, South Pas-de-Calais and Brittany. The strongest is Lucie Pianazza. She will represent France at the Olympic Youth Games in August. She comes from the League of Poitou-Charentes and is in the youth division (under 17). I organize meetings throughout the year. We are satisfied with the female dynamic. If in Britain the number of practitioners is the most important when we look at the performance of athletes, we see that the best are based in cities where training centers provide the best qualities: in Britain, but also in regions of Marseille, La Rochelle, Montpellier we have very good competitors,"
said the Brest coach.
Adrien, 13, comes from the Nord Pas de Calais, "I'm here with my team to participate in the competition and try to get a good result. I'm in the Junior category (under 15). I had good results recently so I hope to continue like this."
At the end of the opening day Israel's Yoav Omer and Yoav Cohen share the Under 17 Boys lead whilst France's Youth Olympic Games competitor Lucia Pianazza tops the Girls equivalent.
In the Under 15s, Giorgia Speciale (ITA) and Fabien Pianazza (FRA) lead the girls and boys division.
Clement Guevel (FRA) has the Techno Plus Men's advantage and Jeanne Penfornis (FRA) tops the bill in the Techno Plus Women's.
Check out day one highlights here