There was no time for a breather however, as we went straight into the second round. We witnessed some very tight battles, with riders close together at the pin end of the starting line, only to disperse after the second buoy, going into the more strategical upwind reach.
For the eight women registered, each heat is a final, meaning there’s no room for error. Olivia Piana (FRA) showed her win in the first round was no coincidence, once again crossing the finish quite far ahead of the competition. Behind her, the battle for second was tense, with Flora Artzner (FRA) making up for her mistake in the first round by finishing just ahead of Bowien van der Linden (NLD).
Two standout heats for the men were the U16/U19, with a nail-biting last reach where Riccardo Zorzi (ITA) and Benjamin May (DEU) raced each other to the finish line, cheered on by the spectators. It was Zorzi who won the heat after a massive crash from May, after which Zorzi also crashed on the finish line.
After this heat, the Masters showed that with age one does not necessarily become less competitive. Klaas Voget (DEU) took his second win, but right behind him, his two fellow Fanatic/Duotone riders Craig Gertenbach (ZAF) and Henning Nockel (DEU) were in a thrilling fight for second place, screaming all the way to the finish line. It ended in a crash right before the line for Gertenbach, who had to settle for third.