> Three races for the Raceboard Fleet on the final day of the 2014 African Championships in Bejaia. Three separate race winners but there was no beating Kheireddine Boussaha (ALG-11) for the championship title. He finished a good 7 points clear ahead. The battle between Youcef Andjechairi (ALG-06) and Faycal Benserai (ALG-16) was settled on the final race. They had equal points at the end of race 7 but Youcef took the win for race 8 taking him just one point ahead.
Likewise, in the Techno 293 Fleet, three races today and it was down to the last race to declare Ramzi-Ahmed Boudjatit (ALG-23) the champion. In second place Safouan Mami (TUN-5) was on fire, taking the bullets in races 8 and 9, but a third in his final race and a win for Ramzi-Ahmed meant a two point difference in the end. Imed Brighet (ALG-28) took the well deserved third place on the podium, 16 points clear of the next rival.
The podium order remained the same after two more races for RS:X. Hamza Bouras (ALG-12) took gold, 6 points clear of his closest rival Zakaria Belaidouni (ALG-27) who held on to his silver position by just one point ahead of Aly Sultan (EGY-8) in bronze place.
The Race Committee has worked exceptionally hard to bring the best racing possible in the unexpectedly difficult conditions and thanks go to everyone involved in staging a great event and to the competitors for maintaining their friendly competitive spirit.
> RS:X and T293 competitors completed 2 races whilst the Raceboard fleet completed one outside the harbour this morning in 15 plus knots of wind and it was cold! After a break, conditions in the afternoon became very shifty both in force and direction. Only the RS:X fleet were able to complete one more race whilst the others waited then were eventually sent back ashore as things got too complicated.
The RS:X fleet enjoyed three good races today resulting in a change to the podium places. Hamza Bouras (ALG-12) has regained the top spot on the leaderboard pushing Zakaria Belaidouni (ALG-27) back into second place. These two are enjoying a great battle. Ali Bouras (ALG-10) has been kicked off the podium by Aly Sultan (EGY-8) who took the bullet in race 6. However, Aly needs to watch his back as he is only ahead by one point and the chasing pack are still in with a chance, not least Egyptian Ahmed Habash who took the bullet in race 5 and a second in race 6.
In the Techno 293 Fleet, Tunisian Safouan Mami (TUN-5) is fighting back with two bullets today and a correction to his race results yesterday means he is back on the podium in second place, 7 points adrift of Ramzi-Ahmed Boudjatit who still occupies the top spot on the leaderboard. Imed Brighet (ALG-28) is consolidating his third place position, stretching the gap to a good 18 points clear of his closest rival.
Just the one race for the Raceboard Fleet today so there is no difference to the order. Kheireddine Boussaha (ALG-11) is dominating the competition scoring yet another bullet, Youcef Andjechari (ALG-06) is in second place and Faycal Benserai (ALG-16) in third.
Just one more day of racing to go - stay tuned!
> After days of rain and cold, the sun brightened the skies and enabled two races each for RS:X and Raceboard fleets and three races for the Techno 293 competitors.
With a first and second today Zakaria Belaidouni (ALG-27) has gained a two point advantage over Hamza Bouras (ALG-12) and Ali Bouras (ALG-10) has stepped on to the podium with a fourth and first.
All change in the Techno Fleet as Ramzi-Ahmed Boudjatit (ALG-23) has streaked right up to the top of the leaderboard with three bullets today and, just for good measure, discards his opening DPI and finishes the day on 5 points. Equally impressive, Ilyas Aouadi (ALG-09) has rocketed up from 8th to second place overall, second over the line in each of today's races and also discarding his poor day one result. He is however 6 points behind the leader. Imed Brighet (ALG-28) has remained consistent and maintains his third podium position.
No such drama in the Raceboard Fleet as the top eight are ranked exactly as the day before. Kheireddine Boussaha (ALG-11) was again first over the line in both races, Youcef Andjechairi (ALG-06) and Faycal Benserai (ALG-16) taking a second and third apiece.
Two more days of racing, all to play for if the wind goods
> The race committee set a small course inside the harbour to take advantage of the conditions and competitors set out under chilly grey skies. Two good races were completed for Techno 293, Raceboard and RS:X.
In the RS:X fleet, Algerians Zakaria Belaidouni (ALG-27) and Bouras Hamza (ALG-12) are well matched with both taking a bullet and a fourth place, whilst Egyptian Aly Sultan (EGY-8) was third over the line in both races. Meanwhile, in the Raceboard fleet, Kheireddine Boussaha(ALG-11), Youcef Andjechairi (ALG-06) and Faycal Benserai (ALG-16) scored first, second and third exactly the same in both races.
Tunisians dominate the Techno 293 Fleet with Safouan Mami (TUN-5) at the top of the leaderboard after taking both bullets with Asiz Khoudja (TUN-7) in second place overall showing that consistency pays with two fourth places. However, Algerian Imed Brighet (ALG-28) is just one point behind. Ramzi-Ahmed Boudjatit (ALG-23) made a mistake in the first race, scored DPI, but came second in the next race. As soon as discards come into play he will also be in contention for a podium place. All to play for!
> Day 1: All races are delayed for the second day because extreme weather conditions, a BMS announced for that day winds peaks reached 32 knots, freezing cold