Poor winds meant that only two races were held on the first day of the Israeli 470 Class Sailing Championship at the Tel Aviv Marina. The real action of the day, meanwhile, took place out of the water, as Olympic gold medalist Gal Fridman and former world champion Lee Korsitz skipped the Neil Pryde windsurf trials at the same location.
Israel Sailing Association chairman Yehuda Ma'ayan unleashed a storm on Korsitz, the 2003 Mistral world champion, saying that she would not travel to the first international tournament to be held with the new Neil Pryde board - which replaces the Mistral - in Palma de Majorca on April 5, and that he planned to oust her from Israel's Elite Sports Unit.
Ma'ayan said that his wrath had been reserved for Korsitz, as not only did she skip the trials, but she had not been training seriously.
"Fridman has been training and I wanted him to take part in the trials to gain experience with the new board," Ma'ayan said. "The problem with Korsitz is that she hasn't been working according to the program set for her and she won't be traveling to Palma. If she isn't ready, then she can stay at home. The association isn't a travel agency. I also plan to have her removed from the Elite Sports Unit. Perhaps she had things too good and we need to remind her of when she had nothing."
Meanwhile, in the 470 championships, Gidi Klieger and Udi Gal won both races in the men's event. Only two pairs took part in the women's event, which was thus not registered as the national championship; and as in the trials at Sdot Yam last week, Noah Bucher and Lia Trachtenberg continued to show better coordination than Adi Gilboa and Vered Buskila. Both pairs, however, will represent Israel in international competition.
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