PWA ALACATI WORLD CUP
After a relaxed opening to the event, yesterday was at the opposite end of the spectrum as the Pegasus Airlines PWA World Cup exploded into life. The wind arrived right from the off, which allowed two men’s and women’s eliminations to be completed in incredible slalom conditions over a grueling seven and a half hours on the water. The competitors made the most of the perfect, 15-25 knots of wind, as they treated the crowds to a relentless episode of adrenaline fueled slalom.
Men’s Slalom – Elimination One – Winners’ Final
The opening winners’ final of the event saw Ben Van Der Steen give an absolute master class as he led from start to finish to claim the first bullet of the day. The Dutchman came flying out of the blocks keeping the rest of the chasing pack at bay, which consisted of Bjorn Dunkerbeck, Finian Maynard (RRD / Avanti) and Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde). However by the third mark Maynard had crashed out of contention, allowing Dunkerbeck and Albeau to pass as well as the hotly pursuing Cyril Moussilmani. The top four remained unchanged until the finish line with Dunkerbeck being Van Der Steen’s closest challenger followed by the French contingent of Albeau and Moussilmani.
Elimination Two – Winners’ Final
Right at the start of the second winners’ final of the day Bjorn Dunkerbeck jumped the gun which resulted in terminator having to settle for eighth place and a restart for the remaining sailors. Once the race was underway again we saw an intriguing battle for the front as Albeau, Maynard and Ross Williams made brilliant starts. As the leading three sailors headed for the first mark it was the Frenchman who held his nerve, under some serious pressure, to take command of the race, whilst Finian Maynard ran wide to lose his momentum. Albeau continued to put the pedal to the metal and it wasn’t long before he was claiming his maiden victory of the week. Micah Buzianis and Taty Frans completed the top three, whilst Finian Maynard held off the challenge of Ross Williams to claim fourth.
Results After Two Eliminations : Men’s Slalom
1st Antoine Albeau (RRD/ NeilPryde)
2nd Bjorn Dunkerbeck
3rd Micah Buzianis
5th Finian Maynard (RRD / Avanti)
7th Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde)
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