- 30 August 2010 | Windsurfing
For the first time in the history of windsurfing we have a female over-all Champion. Former IMCO World Champion Perinne Messialle (FRA) delivered a stunning performance to become the first Kona European Champion and the first girl ever to claim the title in a one fleet event.
In the light conditions, her boat speed and excellent tactical sailing kept her in contention from race one, and as the Championship progressed Perinne just got better and better, finishing off with three 2nds. and two bullets.
Remarkable, but not surprising considering the friendly and fair Kona "non pumping" rules - enhancing tactical sailing. Perinne's celebrated victory certainly proved the point of the unique Kona OD concept, and it was even boosted further by the fact that 4 women finished in the top 10. Helena Andreatta (4), Kajsa Larsson (6) and Lucie Belbeoch (8) gave the boys a run for their money.
Although the conditions were light throughout the event, - with winds from 3 to 9 knots - the organizers managed to run 10 races, which again would be unattainable in any other windsurfer class today. The French dominated in home waters, with Julien Congar Scalabrin and Morgan Behrel finishing in 2nd. and 3rd.
The competitiveness of the class is steadily growing, something the current leader of the world ranking Lucien van Delst (NED) experienced- finishing in 12th. this time.
1 Perrine Messialle, France 109
2 Juliano Congar Scalabrin, France 108
3 Morgann Behrel, France 107
4 Helene Andreatta, France 106
5 Jean Baptiste Daniel, France 105
6 Kajsa Larsson, Sweden 104
7 Joachim Larsson, Sweden 103
8 Lucie Belbeoch, France 102
9 Christophe Boutet, France 101
10 Pieter Schutujser, Belgium 100