Funny races and smiles

12/05/2024

In a light breeze, Saturday's Défi Wind in Gruissan saw 2 funny races validated, providing an opportunity to offer some action to the competitors and a spectacle for the many spectators in attendance.

At first light, an east to north-easterly wind blew into Gruissan for this 3rd day of the Défi Wind, surprising both the competitors and the organisers, who decided to make the most of it. It's well known that the wind doesn't let up on the Défi Wind, and it was at 11am that the participants set off on a 12km course in a wind that was already showing signs of weakening. Very fast in these conditions, which logically favoured foiling, Alexandre Cousin shone from start to finish, crossing the finish line ahead of Pierre Mortefon and Nicolas Goyard. In the women's race, Marion Mortefon confirmed her current good form and won the race, finishing 22nd overall.

In the afternoon, just as the wind seemed to be strengthening, a 2nd funny race was launched, under the watchful eyes of the spectators who had flocked to enjoy this beautiful day. Italian Matteo Iachino came out on top this time, ahead of Johan Soe and Hidde van der Meer. Marion Mortefon continued her fine form, this time getting the better of Femke van der Veen and Lola Brotschi-Eibel.
Sunday sees the continuation and conclusion of the Défi Wind, with a less than optimistic weather forecast, but in the same friendly and festive atmosphere that is the hallmark of this unique event...

 

Source: Défi Wind
Photos: Défi Wind/Jean Souville - Défi Wind/Louis McHugh

tags: Défi Wind Gruissan

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