IFCA class crowns first foil world champions

August 27, 2019 | Windsurfing
Luuc van Opzeeland: the first ever IFCA Foil world champion | Photo: IFCA

Luuc van Opzeeland and Anna Sagulenko have taken out the first-ever IFCA Foil World Championship, in Lake Silvaplana, St. Moritz, Switzerland.

The 2019 IFCA Foil World Championship came to an end after 11 races in light to medium winds, three discard and only two general recalls.

The event had the largest start line so far with 71 foil windsurfers competing for medals, glory, and a place in the IFCA class history books.

The fleet included top PWA World Tour athletes.

Reigning world champion Gonzalo Costa Hoevel was the title defender in the foil race division and is considered an absolute specialist in this discipline

However, the Argentine windsurfer had to settle with fourth place.

Van Opzeeland ended up winning five races and kept Julien Bontemps and Steve Allen at a comfortable distance.

"I am thrilled. I can't explain the feeling of becoming youth and world champion - that's two titles in one week. I'm so stoked!" expressed the Dutch windsurfer.

On the women's side, Anna Sagulenko got emotional when she stepped on the highest

"It's unbelievable. Dreams do come true. You just have to believe! I almost cried when the anthem played," added the Ukrainian sailor.

2019 IFCA Foil World Championships | Results

Men
1. Luuc van Opzeeland (NED)
2. Julien Bontemps (FRA)
3. Steve Allen (AUS)

Women
Anna Sagulenko (UKR)
Helle Oppedal (NOR)
Izzy Adconk (GBR)

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