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24Apr/12Off

The wind arrives for the PWA

Late afternoon sees the wind finally arrive at Reggio Calabria…

After four frustrating days on standby, the PWA Slalom fleets burst into action late yesterday afternoon as the wind finally arrived.

Karin Jaggi flys over the line to take the win in the first elimination

The Ladies fleet was the first to hit the water, with top seed Karin Jaggi putting her years of experience to use to take the win comfortably. Fighting for second place were Turkish sailor Lena Erdil and Alice Arutkin from France. Erdil’s higher top speed meant she took the silver in the winners final. Laura Linares, who won the first heat of the year, couldn’t repeat her performance and finished in 8th position.

Lena Erdil finishes second

In the men’s fleet, the names advancing to the winner’s final are Antoine Albeau, Peter Volwater, Jimmy Diaz and Alberto Menegati. The likes of Dunkerbeck, Angulo and Costa Hoevel all have the potential to join the medal race if the wind returns today. Shock early exits included Cyril Moussilmani and Micah Buzianis, with Buzianis colliding with an object in the water to dash his chances.Antoine Albeau looked at home on his new RRD boards, with two bullets and a second

Alberto Menegatti joins Albeau, Volwater and Diaz in the final...who else will advance?

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13Aug/11Off

PWA Turkey 2011 – Day 5

Sarah-Quita Offringa

Sarah-Quita Offringa

The 2011 Pegasus Airlines PWA World Cup Alacati Turkey – Day five: A nervous day in Alacati as Dunkerbeck inches closer to the world title and Sarah-Quita Offringa sticks two more bullets in the bag.

The wind continued to blow for the penultimate day of racing in Alacati, allowing the slalom fleet to take to the water on their 7.8m sails from the word go. A Consistent breeze of around eighteen knots powered the world’s fastest slalom sailors through two and a half more dramatic eliminations.

Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic) dominated in the women’s fleet with two more bullets, taking her back into second place. Peter Volwater (Fanatic / MauiSails) took advantage in men’s elimination eight and Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde) claimed his second win in elimination ten.

Men’s Fleet

Despite having a tough day on the water, Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / DunkerbeckEyewear) retains his position as the event leader in Alacati. Dunkerbeck sailed his way into the winners’ finals today, but on both occasions he was caught amongst the pile-ups at the marks. He managed to recover a fourth place finish in elimination eight but he was only able to make sixth in elimination nine, opening up the door for Maynard to creep up behind him on the results table. Dunkerbeck will have to be on form tomorrow to retain his position in first place.

Maynard had a mixed day on the water as he was disqualified in the quarter finals of elimination eight due to a premature start. However he made his comeback in elimination nine with an incredible race where he finished second place in the final.

Volwater was the man in charge throughout elimination eight, he sailed an almost perfect set of races and always made it to the mark first. The winners’ final saw his main rival Dunkerbeck go down at mark one, Albeau had a significant lead on the fleet all the way to the final gybe when disaster struck and he too went down. Volwater was able to close the gap and overtake Albeau along with four other members of the fleet and steal his first bullet of the season. Having won the first heat followed by a second place in elimination nine, the tough semi-final line-up featuring all the big names caught Volwater out and forced him into the losers’ final.

Volwater:
“I have had a great day, I have finally sorted out my starts, I was struggling a little earlier in the week but now I have worked out the right routine and it seems to be working. In the semi-final of elimination nine I really wanted to change my equipment but I didn’t have time, so I was caught out at the first mark, but I came back and won the losers final. I am super-stoked about winning the race before, I was happy in second but then Albeau fell and I was able to take the opportunity and as long as I stayed on my board I was fine.”

Having suffered a heavy blow in elimination eight, Albeau returned with a vengeance in elimination nine. The French world champion stormed through the opening heats and the dreaded semi-final featuring Dunkerbeck, Maynard, Micah Buzianis (JP / NeilPryde), Volwater, Alberto Menegatti (Starboard / Gaastra), Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde) and Andrea Cucchi (Patrik / Point-7).  Albeau nailed his start putting him ahead of the fleet and free from any crashes taking place behind him, he managed to build up a significant lead on the rest of the pack and he charged his way over the finish line to claim his second win in Alacati, moving him into fourth place and a step closer to the podium.

Other standout sailors from today’s racing included Jesper Orth (RRD) who continued with his superb starts. The light-wind master, Alberto Menegatti (Starboard / Gaastra) who blitzed his way into the winners’ final alongside flying Dutchman Peter Bijl (JP / NeilPryde).

Elimination 10

With the wind still blowing the race crew were eager to press ahead with the opening half of men’s elimination ten. The first round of heat was completed in quick succession. However a number of key players failed to shine through.

After a fantastic day of starts and a sixth place in the elimination nine losers’ final, Kurosh Kiani (Angulo / Simmer) was unable to match the pace of his opponents, seeing his early exit from the elimination.

Unfortunately for Arnon Dagan (Tabou / Gaastra) he suffered at the extremely busy first mark in his heat, he was caught amongst a pile up, rendering him unable to complete the race.

Having had a run of bad luck on the water here in Alacati, Ross Williams (Tabou / Gaastra) was caught out once again in his heat, seeing him unable to qualify. Williams was pressured into making mistakes both on the start-line and the final mark where he went down on both occasions.

Credit has to go to Greece’s Jean Mark Fantis (JP / NeilPryde) for winning his first heat; Fantis dominated from the start-line and from then on there was no catching him. Fantis cruised over the finish-line ahead of the fleet and into the next around.

Women’s Fleet

Offringa was back on form for the fifth day of racing, after a few dropped gybes in the high winds yesterday Offringa was meticulous with her corners today. The Aruban freestyle and slalom maestro timed her starts to perfection to lead the fleet in both finals, ensuring that she claimed two first places.

Offringa
“I was a little scared the wind was going to be as strong as yesterday, but it ended up being a really good day. I was using my medium board, as it’s a little easier to control. I had some really solid starts today, and once you’re at the front it so much easier to race as you don’t have to worry about passing people. I had a catapult in the elimination nine qualifying round but I managed to finish in fourth. I think I had the best start of my life in the winners’ final and that allowed me to go ahead and win the race.”

The current event leader, Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne) performed a two great races in the qualifying rounds, however two dropped gybes in the winners’ final saw her finish slightly lower down the fleet than usual in 4th and 8th, however Jaggi still maintains a significant lead on the rest of the fleet with overall consistent scores.

Valerie Arrighetti (Tabou / Gaastra / Mystic), Greta Benvenuti (Patrik / Point-7 /AL360) and Fanny Aubet (JP /NeilPryde) were the standout women of the day. The three sailors were fighting for the top spots throughout the day and hitting the starts with perfect timing.

With one more exciting day of racing to go, everything is to play for, the tension is mounting and the results are sure to go down to the wire. Dunkerbeck, Maynard, Van Der Steen, and Albeau are all in with a chance of taking the 2011 Pegasus Airlines PWA World Cup for themselves. With the results so tight none of the top five can afford to make any more mistakes, otherwise their results could plummet. Out of the top five Maynard has the most breathing space with a consistent set of results and no major mistakes. If Dunkerbeck wins the competition tomorrow he will walk away with the 2011 world slalom champion title, overthrowing the five-year stronghold of Albeau. If Dunkerbeck finishes lower down the ranks tomorrow, then the world champion title will be left open, with everything coming down to the final event of the year in Sylt.

Make sure you tune into the live ticker for the final day of action. Will Dunkerbeck take the title? Will Albeau fight back? Will Maynard throw a spanner in the works? The final day of racing will kick off at 11am tomorrow morning with the skippers’ meeting, with the first possible start to racing at 11:30am.

Results:
Men’s results (after 9 eliminations)

1st Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / DunkerbeckEyewear)

2nd Finian Maynard (RRD)

3rd Ben Van Der Steen (Starboard / Loft / Mystic)

4th Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde)

5th Micah Buzianis (JP / NeilPryde)

6th Jimmy Diaz (Starboard / North)

7th Josh Angulo (Angulo / Gun / Dakine)

8th Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde)

9th Peter Volwater (Fanatic / MauiSails)

10th Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / North)

Women’s results (after 9 eliminations)

1st Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne)

2nd Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic)

3rd Valerie Arrighetti (Tabou / Gaastra / Mystic)

4th Lena Erdil (Patrik / Loft / AL360)

5th Fanny Aubet (JP / NeilPryde)

6th Marion Mortefon (AL360)

7th Delphine Cousin (JP / NeilPryde)

8th Lise Vidal (Exocet / North)

9th Alice Arutkin (Starboard / North)

10th Cagla Kubat (Starboard / North)

Scope the action

For more information on all the entrants, and to keep up to date with every piece of the action, click on www.pwaworldtour.com

Here you can use our:

- Live ticker service for heat-by-heat bulletins

- Check live elimination ladders

- View results

- Read daily news summaries

- Browse awesome action photo galleries

- Follow the event live, with top class commentary from pros and industry insiders.

Check out the awesome photos on the dedicated website at www.surfnsound.org

Or for more information, please contact the PWA office via info@pwaworldtour.com

12Aug/11Off

PWA Turkey 2011 – Day 4

Karin Jaggi

Karin Jaggi

The 2011 Pegasus Airlines PWA World Cup Alacati Turkey – Day four: Thirty knots of wind hammered Alacati for the fourth day of racing leading to explosive starts, dangerous gybes, ferocious straights and a mixed bag of results.

The PWA’s elite slalom fleets were treated to a day of extreme winds for the fourth day of competition allowing the race crew to power through three dramatic eliminations. Gusts reaching up to thirty knots tested the sailors to the edge of their ability as they struggled to hold onto their equipment as they battled down the race course. Edge of your seat racing, full throttle crashes and aggressive action, the fourth day of racing had it all.

The race crew were on the water straight away for a 10am start to the racing, picking up the action from men’s elimination five at heat number eight.

Men’s Fleet

The man on top Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / DunkerbeckEyewear), had a mixed day on the water scoring a fifth place in elimination five due to a crash at an early mark. He claimed his fourth bullet in elimination six by sailing an incredible race, but unfortunately he was taken out in the semi-finals of elimination seven and he was unable to recover a qualifying position.

Bjorn Dunkerbeck:
“Everything went well today apart from being taken out in the semi-finals. I was entering my gybe in second place with loads of speed, but then I was wiped out so I couldn’t make the final. I am still in the lead with two days to go so there’s plenty more races to come.”

Finian Maynard (RRD) kicked off the day’s proceedings on top form and he claimed first places in his first two races, showing the crowds what he was really made of in the stronger winds. Maynard continued all the way to the winners’ final. However he was caught out by his own determination to succeed and he went over early. Maynard continued with his stellar performance throughout the day scoring fifth and sixth places in the following winners’ finals, allowing him to keep his hands on second place.

Another sailor obviously enjoying the high winds was Micah Buzianis (JP / NeilPryde). Buzianis was pushing the start-line hard all day and it paid off as he scored second place finishes in two winners’ finals and a second place in the losers’ final knocking his score up a notch, into third place past Ben Van Der Steen (Starboard / Loft / Mystic).

Elimination five witnessed the many times world champion Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde), claim his first race win in Alacati. Albeau went on to score fourth in elimination six but an enormous catapult in the elimination seven semi-finals forced him into the losers’ final, he went on to dominate leading the fleet the whole way around the course. After a successful day Albeau made his way from ninth into fifth place.

Antoine Albeau
 “Today was good fun it was really windy, I was sailing on my 7.0m and my small board. The course was flat and the first reach was really fast. I won a race, finished in fourth and I catapulted in the next race because I was pushing it a little too hard, but it’s part of the game. I hope tomorrow is the same so that I can keep going and make the podium.”

Josh Angulo (Angulo / Gun / Dakine), Jimmy Diaz (Starboard / North) and Peter Volwater (Fanatic / MauiSails) all took the stronger winds in their stride and they each made it into the finals in all the eliminations with Volwater claiming a second place and Angulo stealing third.

The third race win of the day came from Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / North). Without Albeau and Dunkerbeck present Cyril was free to take control of the race. Right from the first mark Cyril was in the lead and he made sure that he didn’t make any mistakes around the course to secure his first win in Turkey bumping him up into thirteenth place.

Having had a great start to the competition in the lighter winds, Steve Allen (Starboard / Severne), Alberto Menegatti (Starboard / Gaastra) and Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Fanatic / North) struggled to make it through their heats in the stronger winds, and each sailor dropped a few critical places as a result.

Women’s Fleet

An outstanding day on the racecourse for Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne) saw her claim her third and fourth bullets and a second place finish in elimination six, putting her well ahead of the rest of the fleet. The elimination five winners’ final saw Jaggi take advantage of Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic) and Delphine Cousin (JP / NeilPryde) at the third mark to gain a significant advantage. She lost control in elimination six but managed to recover quickly and make her way into second place, and in elimination seven she had a tough battle with Fanny Aubet (JP / NeilPryde) but she managed to steal the win at the finish-line.

Karin Jaggi: 
“I had a great day, I won two of the races and I also came second so it couldn’t get much better. It has been a really windy day, especially for Alacati. I don’t think many people expected that. I didn’t have my smallest sail, I was on my 5.5m but that felt great, it’s hard to sail but everyone was falling so it was ok.”

Alice Arutkin (Starboard / North) dominated women’s elimination six, she nailed her gybe at the second mark and sailed past Offringa and Jaggi who had gone down. Arutkin managed to build up a big lead allowing her to happily cruise over the finish line and win her first race in Alacati. Arutkin finished in tenth place in the winners’ final of elimination five and seven but it was enough to take her into seventh place on the overall scores.

The current tour leader Offringa, sailed some amazing heats to earn her a position in the winners’ finals. Offringa was the standout starter of the day and always led the charge to the first mark, but she went down on a few critical gybes allowing the rest of the fleet to overtake. She looked to be seriously over-powered sailing on her 6.2m sail when the rest of the fleet were on around 5.2m; however she still scored ninth, third and fifth position.

Consistent sailing from Lena Erdil (Patrik / Loft / AL360) in all conditions allowed her to keep her third place on the overall scores. Erdil charged for the top positions throughout the day and displayed superb gybes and blistering speed on the straights.

Aubet claimed exceptional positions in every elimination to see her rocket into fifth place. With a fourth, a fifth a second place finish to her name Aubet really shone through in the stronger winds, if she can maintain the same scores she will certainly be able to make her was onto the podium.

After an exhilarating three races the sailor were released for the day. The wind is forecast to be blowing for the fifth day so fingers crossed. The skippers’ meeting will kick off at 10:30am with the first possible start to racing at 11am.

Results: 
Men’s results (after 7 eliminations)

1st Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / DunkerbeckEyewear)

2nd Finian Maynard (RRD)

3rd Micah Buzianis (JP / NeilPryde)

4th Ben Van Der Steen (Starboard / Loft / Mystic)

5th Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde)

6th Jimmy Diaz (Starboard / North)

7th Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde)

8th Josh Angulo (Angulo / Gun / Dakine)

9th Antoine Questel (Loft)

10th Steve Allen (Starboard / Severne)

Women’s results (after 7 eliminations)

1st Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne)

2nd Valerie Arrighetti (Tabou / Gaastra / Mystic)

3rd Lena Erdil (Patrik / Loft / AL360)

4th Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic)

5th Fanny Aubet (JP / NeilPryde)

6th Lise Vidal (Exocet / North)

7th Alice Arutkin (Starboard / North)

8th Delphine Cousin (JP / NeilPryde)

9th Marion Mortefon (AL360)

10th Marianne Kaplas (Starboard / Severne)

11Aug/11Off

PWA Turkey 2011 – Day 3

Finian Maynard nails a start

Finian Maynard nails a start

The 2011 Pegasus Airlines PWA World Cup Alacati Turkey – Day three: Alacati continues to serve up outstanding slalom conditions allowing Finian Maynard and Delphine Cousin to claim their first victories on the testing waters.

Another day in paradise for the world’s fastest sailors, crystal clear water, glorious sunshine and winds blowing fifteen knots over the four mark downwind course provided the perfect conditions to complete elimination four and the opening round of the men’s fifth elimination.

After a relaxed morning spent tuning their equipment the sailors took to the water at two o’clock for the fourth action packed elimination.

Men’s Elimination 4

From the world go elimination four was full of surprises, premature starts from five sailors in the first round saw their early exit from the race, including big name Josh Angulo (Angulo / Gun / Dakine).

The first round also witnessed the current event leader, Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / DunkerbeckEyewear) lose out on a qualifying position. Ross Williams (Tabou / Gaastra) sailed an exceptional heat to fend off the master. Dunkerbeck tried all of his tricks to take fourth place, but Williams was quick to defend his position and faster down the final leg.

Dunkerbeck explains all: 
“I have had a great start to the competition and I have been sailing really fast on my largest board and 9.2m & 9.7m sails. This morning the wind picked up just as the heat started and my equipment was too large for the conditions. The other guys had swapped down to their medium boards and I couldn’t catch them, so it shows that you have to be really on it in Alacati as anything can happen. I have won three races and a today I had pretty bad race, but I am confident for the week. The wind is forecast to pick up tomorrow so we will see what happens.”

After a successful day yesterday Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / North) suffered in the quarter-finals as he failed to complete his race due to an equipment failure resulting in his overall score being knocked down into tenth place.

Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Fanatic / North) was performing exceptionally well in all of his heats, claiming two first places, however his luck ran out in the semi-finals when he pushed the start too hard and went over early.

The many times world champion Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde), made it to his first winners’ final in Alacati where he claimed a fourth place finish, raising him into ninth place.

We caught up with Albeau after the days racing to find out about his week: 
“The conditions here are completely different to the other events as the wind is very light here, even in Korea we had more wind. I had some bad luck in the first three eliminations, I am sailing fast and I made the final today, it will be hard to fight for first place now, but it will depend on how many races we complete.”

Winners’ final

Finian Maynard (RRD) was the man on fire in Alacati today, Maynard sailed the perfect elimination, scoring first places all the way through the race and finishing the heat with an incredible display of speed.

Maynard timed his start to perfection hitting the line at full speed right on the buzzer, however big guns Micah Buzianis (JP / NeilPryde), Ben Van Der Steen (Starboard / Loft / Mystic) and Albeau were charging hard behind him. Two slick gybes from Maynard saw him gain a significant lead putting him well ahead of the rest of the pack. The real battle came from Buzianis and Van Der Steen as they were fighting for second place.

We caught up with Maynard to find out how he was feeling after an excellent start to the week. 
“I love Alacati, and I really enjoy the flat water. I feel like I’m on really great form after a tough start to the year, my boards feel fantastic and I am just trying to have a lot of fun on the water. I am looking forward to the next few days of racing.”

Women’s elimination 4

The women’s elimination kicked off with an over early from Fanny Aubet (JP / NeilPryde), and she was quickly placed in the losers final. Once the race was underway, Valerie Arrighetti (Tabou / Gaastra / Mystic) stole the show; she nailed the start and took the early advantage. Alice Arutkin (Starboard / North) and Marion Mortefon (AL360) tried to catch her but Arrighetti sailed the perfect race.

After a tough day on the water yesterday, Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic) was back on form and flying down the straights as she claimed first place in the second heat. Lise Vidal (Exocet / North), Delphine Cousin (JP / NeilPryde), Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne) and Marianne Kaplas (Starboard / Severne) brought in the remaining qualifying positions.

Aubet made up for her premature start in the losers final. She dominated on the start-line and held the lead the whole way around the course, fending off the likes of Dilara Uralp and Greta Benvenuti (Patrik / Point-7 / AL360).

Winners’ final

Jaggi flew over the start-line to take the lead in the women’s winners’ final; however by the first mark Cousin was leading the fleet. The pair held the top positions followed by Arrighetti and Offringa for the following two gybes. Jaggi made her move at the third mark and cut inside of Cousin, but Cousin was quick to get back to full speed. The pair dueled the whole way down the final leg but Cousin hit the finish line first claiming her first race in Alacati.

The PWA caught up with current event leader Jaggi to find out about her week: 
“I had a successful day yesterday as I won two races which I am really pleased with, and today I finished in second with my main competitors behind me so I am really happy. We have had light wind for the last two days so everything could change tomorrow if the strong wind arrives.”

Men’s elimination 5

As the afternoon progressed the wind began to drop off, however the race crew were eager to press ahead. They advised the sailors to go out on their largest equipment for the first round of men’s elimination five.

The opening heats saw superb racing from Arnon Dagan (Tabou / Gaastra), Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde), Costa Hoevel, Alberto Menegatti (Starboard / Gaastra), Jimmy Diaz (Starboard / North), Albeau and Dunkerbeck as each sailor dominated in their heats and claimed an easy pass into the next round.

Unfortunately for Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / North) he snapped a mast at the first gybe mark, rendering him unable to complete the race. The bad luck also rubbed off on Cyril Moussilmani as he failed to qualify for the next around as well consistent sailors Kurosh Kiani (Angulo / Simmer), Peter Volwater (Fanatic / MauiSails) and Chris Pressler (Starboard / Severne).

Heat eight was started and Maynard led the charge, however a wind hole at the second mark ensured the race was abandoned. With the conditions deteriorating the sailors were released for the day at 6pm. There is an extremely promising forecast lined up for the fourth day of competition so skippers meeting will kick off at 9:30 with the first possible start to racing at 10am.

Result
Men’s results (after 4 eliminations)

1st Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / DunkerbeckEyewear)

2nd Finian Maynard (RRD)

3rd Ben Van Der Steen (Starboard / Loft / Mystic)

4th Micah Buzianis (JP / NeilPryde)

5th Steve Allen (Starboard / Severne)

6th Antoine Questel (Loft)

7th Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Fanatic / North)

8th Jimmy Diaz (Starboard / North)

9th Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde)

10th Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / North)

Women’s results (after 4 eliminations)

1st Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne)

2nd Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic)

3rd Lena Erdil (Patrik / Loft / AL360)

4th Valerie Arrighetti (Tabou / Gaastra / Mystic)

5th Delphine Cousin (JP / NeilPryde)

6th Lise Vidal (Exocet / North)

7th Cagla Kubat (Starboard / North)

8th Alice Arutkin (Starboard / North)

9th Marion Mortefon (AL360)

10th Marianne Kaplas (Starboard / Severne)

Scope the action

For more information on all the entrants, and to keep up to date with every piece of the action, click on www.pwaworldtour.com

Here you can use our:

- Live ticker service for heat-by-heat bulletins

- Check live elimination ladders

- View results

- Read daily news summaries

- Browse awesome action photo galleries

- Follow the event live, with top class commentary from pros and industry insiders.

Check out the awesome photos on the dedicated website at www.surfnsound.org

Or for more information, please contact the PWA office via info@pwaworldtour.com

10Aug/11Off

PWA Turkey 2011 – Day 2

Bjorn Dunkerbeck

Bjorn Dunkerbeck

The 2011 Pegasus Airlines PWA World Cup Alacati Turkey – Day two: Dunkerbeck stamps down his authority in Alacati with two more bullets and Karin Jaggi sails two faultless finals to secure her place in the lead.

Golden sunshine beamed down onto the event site and combined with a gentle breeze providing the perfect conditions for an extremely relaxing morning for the second day of competition in Alacati. The sailors spent their time chilling out to the tunes from the main stage, in between tweaking their equipment for the races ahead.

By the time the clock struck two, the wind had built up to around ten knots, allowing the sailors to plane around comfortably on their largest equipment and the races to go ahead.

The race crew picked up the action from where they had left off yesterday, at men’s heat number nine of elimination two. Fluctuating wind throughout the elimination led to a fairly stop start affair, ensuring the sailors had to maintain their concentration for long periods of time and tactics were essential on the racecourse.

Men’s Elimination 2

After two attempts to start heat number nine it was eventually underway on the third, the sailors flew down the opening reach; however the extended starting period had obviously had an adverse effect on the mind-sets of Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Fanatic / North) and Ross Williams (Gaastra / Tabou) as they both suffered from poor starts and they were unable to recover qualifying positions in the lighter winds.

The upsets continued throughout the round, Arnon Dagan (Tabou / Gaastra) lost out early on due to a premature start, as did Benoit Moussilmani (Tabou / Simmer). Reigning world champion, Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde) suffered his second major blow of the competition; after a slow start he went down at the first mark, and was unable to catch the fleet for the remainder of the race, causing his overall score to plummet.

Finian Maynard (RRD) continued to wow the crowds in the semi-finals and the remainder of the afternoon. Maynard’s precise timing on the start-lines, blistering speed down the straights and his faultless cornering allowed him to retain his second place in the competition.

The second semi-final saw the former world champion, Micah Buzianis (JP /NeilPryde) cross the start-line early. However he quickly redeemed himself in the losers’ final with an incredible display of speed, fending off Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / North) and Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde), to earn ninth place in the elimination.

Winners’ final

Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / DunkerbeckEyewear) and Ben Van Der Steen (Starboard / Loft /Mystic) hit the start-line at full speed putting them ahead of the fleet on the first leg. By the first gybe Alberto Menegatti (Starboard / Gaastra) had worked his way in-between the pair and Steve Allen (Starboard / Severne) was in fourth. The top four held control all the way to the fourth mark, when disaster struck for Van Der Steen and he lost control of his equipment, allowing Allen to slip into third and Antoine Questel (Loft) to finish in fourth. Dunkerbeck cruised over the finish line claiming his second win in Alacati.

Men’s Elimination 3

The breeze really kicked in for the third elimination, clean wind gusting up to fifteen knots provided plenty of power for the sailors to plough through the opening round of heats in quick succession, however they weren’t without their upsets.

Big names, Volwater (Fanatic / MauiSails) and Buzianis missed out on qualifying positions due to exceptional sailing from Benoit Moussilmani and Damien Le Guen (Exocet). The pair both finished in fifth place, marking their early exits from the elimination.

Costa Hoevel and Allen were the standout sailors of the elimination as both sailors cruised through their heats with ease, challenging for the top spots with every opportunity to finish in fifth and seventh place in the winners’ final.

Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / North) shone through his heats to earn his first entrance into the winners’ final in Alacati, where he was able to secure a fourth place finish.

The semi-finals brought another shock for Albeau as he was forced to slam on the brakes at the start-line to prevent him from going over- early. Whilst Albeau was at a standstill the rest of the fleet were able to pull away from him and Albeau had to settle for a place in the losers’ final. A super-fast Bora Kozanoglu (NeilPryde / JP) stole the show in the loser’s final with Albeau coming in second.

Winners’ final

Maynard opened up the winners’ final with a perfectly timed start; however Dunkerbeck’s straight line speed saw him sail into first place by the first mark, with Cyril Moussilmani and Dagan in third and fourth. Two swift gybes later and Dunkerbeck controlled the fleet, with Maynard in hot pursuit in second place. Rapid Van Der Steen had made his way into third place by the fourth mark with his amazing board speed down the straights, knocking Cyril down into fourth. The current tour leader Dunkerbeck claimed his third consecutive win in Alacati, putting him in a great position to claim the 2011 world title.

Karin Jaggi

Karin Jaggi

Women’s elimination 2

Women’s heat one kicked off with Fanny Aubet (JP / NeilPryde) dominating the start, providing her with the advantage straight away, followed by super consistent Alice Arutkin (Starboard / North). The pair held their positions the whole way around the course to guarantee their places in the winners’ final.

Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne) and Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic) were the standout sailors from heat two. The pair launched off the start-line to secure a significant lead in front of the rest of the fleet.

The losers’ final witnessed a stellar performance from new girl to the tour Jo Wright. Wright nailed her start and fended off the fleet the whole way around the course. As much as Turkish sailors, Burce Vardarli and Unlu Fulya (Starboard / North) tried there was no catching up with Wright.

Winners’ Final

Lena Erdil (Patrik / Loft / AL360) was first off the start-line; however Jaggi came from behind with amazing pace to make it to the mark first. The pair dueled down the second leg with Offringa following. Jaggi and Erdil went around the second mark with ease but unfortunately for Offringa she went down and she was unable to recover her position. By the fourth mark Jaggi held a huge lead on the fleet to claim her first race in Alacati.

Women’s elimination 3

Erdil nailed her second start of the day to open up heat one, but once again she was beaten to the mark this time by Cagla Kubat (Starboard / North). Kubat charged around the course to claim her place in the winners’ final.

After a great start from Jaggi she led the fleet however Offringa was back on form and she barged her way into first place. Delphine Cousin (JP / NeilPryde) sailed a slick heat earning a third place finish and a place in the final.

Winner’s final

Valerie Arrighetti (Tabou / Gaastra / Mystic) was the one to watch in the women’s winners’ final. Arrighetti stormed down the first, second and third leg in the lead with Jaggi, Arutkin and Erdil following behind. Jaggi chose her moment and went for the overtake at the final mark however a small mistake saw her go down, however Jaggi was determined to take her second win of the day and quickly caught up with Arrighetti overtaking her on the final leg, putting her into the event leading position.

After a particularly eventful afternoon on the water the sailors were released for the day at 6:30pm. The action will continue tomorrow morning, kicking off with the skippers’ meeting at 11am, with the first start to racing at 11:30am.

Results:

Men’s Fleet (after 3 eliminations)

1st Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / DunkerbeckEyewear)

2nd Finian Maynard (RRD)

3rd Ben Van Der Steen (Starboard / Loft /Mystic)

4th Jimmy Diaz (Starboard / North)

5th Steve Allen (Starboard / Severne)

6th Antoine Questel (Loft)

7th Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / North)

8th Bora Kozanoglu (JP / NeilPryde)

9th Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde)

10th Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Fanatic / North)

Women’s Fleet (after 3 eliminations)

1st Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne)

2nd Lena Erdil (Patrik / Loft / AL360)

3rd Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic)

4th Lise Vidal (Exocet / North)

5th Alice Arutkin (Starboard / North)

6th Delphine Cousin (JP / NeilPryde)

7th Marion Mortefon (AL360)

8th Valerie Arrighetti (Tabou / Gaastra / Mystic)

9th Jo Wright

10th Cagla Kubat (Starboard / North)

Scope the action

For more information on all the entrants, and to keep up to date with every piece of the action, click on www.pwaworldtour.com

Here you can use our:

- Live ticker service for heat-by-heat bulletins

- Check live elimination ladders

- View results

- Read daily news summaries

- Browse awesome action photo galleries

- Follow the event live, with top class commentary from pros and industry insiders.

Check out the awesome photos on the dedicated website at www.surfnsound.org

Or for more information, please contact the PWA office via info@pwaworldtour.com

9Aug/11Off

PWA Turkey 2011 – Day 1

Dunkerbeck across the startline

Dunkerbeck across the startline

The 2011 Pegasus Airlines PWA World Cup Alacati Turkey – Day one: Alacati provides standout slalom conditions for the opening day of competition allowing Bjorn Dunkerbeck and Sarah-Quita Offringa to take charge.

Fifteen knots of wind and blazing sun provided the perfect conditions for the opening day of competition in Alacati. The enormous sixty-three man and nineteen women slalom fleet spent the morning registering and preparing their equipment for an action packed week on the water.

Once the formalities were complete, the race crew wasted no time in sending the sailors out onto the turquoise sea to battle through the first elimination and opening round of the men’s second elimination.

The current tour leaders Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / DunkerbeckEyewear) and Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic) were on fine form, charging their way through their heats to secure first place in the winners’ final and an early advantage over their opponents.

Men’s Elimination 1

A smooth set of heats saw the big names of the series quickly advance into the second round, alongside super-charged Emirhan Kolburan (JP / NeilPryde), Fred Morin (Starboard / NeilPryde) and local legend Bora Kozanoglu (JP / NeilPryde). Kozanoglu sailed an incredible set of heats and continued with his winning streak all the way through the elimination to earn him a position in the winners’ final.

Superb racing from Ben Van Der Steen (Starboard / Loft / Mystic), Josh Angulo (Angulo / Gun / Dakine), Finian Maynard (RRD) and Dunkerbeck allowed them to claim first places in the second round and continue with their paths through the elimination.

The semi-finals brought with it a dramatic twist, Angulo was first to lose out on a place in the winners’ final as he went over early. Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde) was next to follow, Albeau was caught by a hole in the wind at mark three, causing him to drop off the plane allowing the rest of the fleet to fly past. Desperate to rectify the situation Albeau quickly picked up speed and tried to undercut the pack, however he was unable to control the corner and he went down rendering him unable to complete the race.

The upsets continued into the second semi-finals when Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / North) failed to qualify for the winners’ final as did speedster Ludovic Jossin (Loft). After a tough start Dunkerbeck wowed the crowd with an incredible display of speed as he unleashed everything down the third leg seeing him move from sixth into third position.

Winners’ Final

With a number of the major contenders out of the way Dunkerbeck was free to speed his way through the winners’ final without any attacks from the rest of the fleet. Dunkerbeck took control from the start-line enabling him to build up a whole legs lead on the rest of the pack by the time he hit the finish line. The real battles came further down the pack; Finian Maynard and Jimmy Diaz (Starboard / North) managed to fend off rapid racer, Van Der Steen and super-consistent Micah Buzianis (JP / NeilPryde) to claim their places on the podium.

Men’s Elimination 2

With the Meltemi wind still blowing and the crowds on the Alacati hillside hungry for more action, race director Juan Antonio Aragon decided competition would continue until the opening round of the men’s second elimination was completed.

A super set of starts from Kurosh Kiani (Angulo / Simmer) and Jesper Orth (RRD) allowed them to blitz their way past the rest of the fleet securing, third and first place respectively and their places in round two.

The big upsets from the first round arose from heat three. A premature start from Matteo Iachino (JP / Gaastra / Mystic / AL360), guaranteed his early exit from the elimination, and a tough heat for Ludovic Jossin (Loft) put him in fifth place and out of the race.

Obviously enjoying the conditions, Dunkerbeck closed the days racing with another spectacular race, guaranteeing his pass into the second round.

Women’s Elimination 1

The women’s opening heat kicked off to a dramatic start, with three sailors going over early. Fanny Aubet (JP / NeilPryde), Great Benvenuti (Patrik / Point-7 / AL-360) and Alice Arutkin (Starboard / North) were all too eager to make an appearance in Alacati, putting them straight in the losers’ final.

Once heat one was underway, Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne) and Valerie Arrighetti (Tabou / Gaastra / Mystic) stole the show. The pair swapped first and second place the whole way around the course until a smooth gybe from Jaggi at mark four allowed her to push ahead and take first place.

A smoother start to heat number two saw, Lena Erdil (Patrik / Loft / AL360) cross the starting line first, followed by Offringa and Cagla Kubat (Starboard / North). By the first mark Offringa had taken the lead and she held onto it the whole way around the course, alerting the rest of the fleet she meant business.

Arutkin made her come back in the losers’ final, hitting the start-line ahead of the rest of the fleet and charging down the first leg. Arutkin flew around her gybes without fault to secure her win.

Winners’ Final

Offringa hit the start-line as the starting horn was sounding, providing her with the best possible chance of winning the first elimination. Erdil and Kubat weren’t far behind by the first gybe; however a small mistake from Kubat sent her flying, causing a small pile-up at the mark. Unaffected by the rest of the fleet Offringa made her getaway and she secured a huge lead on the rest of the pack allowing her to cruise over the line and claim the first elimination of the event. A clean set of gybes from Erdil ensured the rest of the fleet was unable to catch her and she was able to secure second place.

After a fantastic opening afternoon of racing the sailors were released for the day at 5:30pm. The action will continue tomorrow morning kicking off with the skippers’ meeting at 11am with a first possible start to racing at 11:30am.

Results:

Men’s Fleet (after 1 elimination)

1st Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / DunkerbeckEyewear)

2nd Finian Maynard (RRD)

3rd Jimmy Diaz (Starboard / North)

4th Ben Van Der Steen (Starboard / Loft /Mystic)

5th Micah Buzianis (JP / NeilPryde)

6th Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Fanatic / North)

7th Bora Kozanoglu (JP / NeilPryde)

8th Pierre Mortefon (North / Fanatic)

9th Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde)

10th Ludovic Jossin (Loft)

Women’s Fleet (after 1 elimination)

1st Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic)

2nd Lena Erdil (Patrik / Loft / AL360)

3rd Lise Vidal (Exocet / North)

4th Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne)

5th Marion Mortefon (AL360)

6th Cagla Kubat (Starboard / North)

7th Marianne Kaplas (Starboard / Severne)

8th Jo Wright
9th Fulya Unlu (Starboard / North)

10th Alice Arutkin (Starboard / North)

Scope the action

For more information on all the entrants, and to keep up to date with every piece of the action, click on www.pwaworldtour.com

Here you can use our:

- Live ticker service for heat-by-heat bulletins

- Check live elimination ladders

- View results

- Read daily news summaries

- Browse awesome action photo galleries

- Follow the event live, with top class commentary from pros and industry insiders.

Check out the awesome photos on the dedicated website at www.surfnsound.org

Or for more information, please contact the PWA office via info@pwaworldtour.com

27Jun/11Off

PWA Aruba 2011 – Day 8

Bjorn Dunkerbeck

Bjorn Dunkerbeck

2011 Aruba Hi Winds Grand Slam – Day 8: The tables turn in Aruba seeing Bjorn Dunkerbeck and Sarah-Quita Offringa burst into first place and claim the event crowns.

The tension on the beach could be cut with a knife as the sailors entered the final day of competition, race director Juan Antonio Aragon announced at the skippers meeting that elimination seven would be completed and only one more race would be sailed after that.

With the trusty trade wind’s kicking in around 10:30am, the action picked up with heats one and two of women’s elimination seven. Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne) and Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic) began the day with very little between their scores; both sailors knew they had to be on top form to emerge victorious in Aruba.

In the opening heats both Fanny Aubet (JP / NeilPryde) and Valerie Arrighetti (Tabou / Gaastra / Mystic) stormed into the top spots having timed their starts to perfection. Both ladies held off the fleet the whole way around the course in order to secure their entry into the final.

The ensuing showdown saw Offringa turn on her turbo chargers and unleash everything she had, in order to claim the valuable victory.  Meanwhile the rest of the fleet were caught in a pile-up initiated by Alice Arutkin (Starboard / North). Karin Jaggi somehow managed to avoid the drama until a rough piece of chop caught her out, rendering her unable to complete the race. Offringa’s result bumped her up into first place, leaving everything to play for in the final elimination before it was set in stone.

The men’s elimination seven was full off thrills and spills, seeing Josh Angulo (Angulo / Gun / Dakine) Jimmy Diaz (Starboard / North) and Kurosh Kiani (Angulo / Simmer) all lose out in the quarter finals due to premature starts.

Taty Frans (Starboard / MauiSails / Mystic) sailed an incredible set of heats, working his way into the winner’s final for the second time this week, reaching blistering speed on his 6.6m sail while the majority of the fleet were using 8m and up.

Entering the men’s elimination seven winner’s final, Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / DunkerbeckEyewear) sat a fraction of a point behind Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde), the crowds on the beach fell silent as the pressure mounted and the sailors crossed the start line.

Ben Van Der Steen (Starboard / Loft / Mystic) opened the heat with a perfectly timed start, but lost his lead at the first mark to Dunkerbeck who was fired up and gunning for the vital heat victory.  Albeau suffered during the hustle at the start line putting him in an unrecoverable position from the outset. The crowds watched the marks fly by as Albeau managed to work his way into fourth chasing down Van Der Steen, Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Fanatic / North) and his arch nemesis Dunkerbeck but his efforts were in vain as Bjorn succeeded in securing a huge lead on the fleet, marking the turning point in the overall event scores.

After having his claws on the number one position through six eliminations, Albeau had now dropped down into second place and needed to win the final race, with Bjorn at least finishing fifth in order to steal back the victory.

Elimination eight opened up to an explosive first heat, once again Frans caught the attention of the beach as he displayed his lighting speed working his way from fourth into the lead, overtaking Micah Buzianis (JP / NeilPryde) and Sebastian Kordel (NeilPryde) on his way past.

Disaster struck for Costa Hoevel in the second heat, as he over-stepped the start line early, seeing him struck from the elimination. Having had a great run at this event Costa Hoevel was knocked down from fourth to a disastrous eleventh place in the overall standings.

More drama arose in heat five as Kiani erupted out of the starting gates to take the lead, followed by Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde). Surprised by his lead Kiani then made a fatal error and took off towards the fourth mark rather than the second. In an attempt to rectify his mistake, he was forced to put a tack in just in time to watch the rest of the fleet fly past.

Moving into the quarter finals, the pressure to perform increased, leading to more and more premature starts, the first to suffer were Peter Volwater (Fanatic / MauiSails) and Cedric Bordes (Tabou / Gaastra / Mystic) in heat twelve, shortly followed by Frans in heat thirteen.

The final and critical crescendo came in heat fourteen, when Ross Williams (Tabou / Gaastra), Ludo Jossin (Loft) and windsurfing icons Albeau and Dunkerbeck all forced too hard and went over early. The dramatic turn of events cemented Dunkerbeck’s event win and left Albeau helpless in the battle for second place leaving the door open for Van Der Steen to snatch the valuable podium spot. With only four men remaining in heat there was no need for it to be run and the racing progressed into the finals.

Having the blessing of the wind gods Van Der Steen had the opportunity to break into the Dunkerbeck, Albeau stronghold over first and second. In order to cause an upset at the top of the ranks it was essential for Van Der Steen to perform to his fullest potential.

Opening the winner’s final Van Der Steen hit the start line right on the button, closely followed by Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / North) and Quentel. In spite of the challenges from the rest of the fleet Van Der Steen delivered an exceptional performance seeing him win the race and slide into second place overall, knocking Albeau down into third.

The PWA caught up with Van Der Steen to find out how he was feeling after such a momentous day.

“I am super stoked; this is my first time in second place at a PWA event. I came in third in Costa Brava, but second is even better. I am right up there with the big boys now.”

Over in the women’s fleet the tension was also causing the sailors to crack under the pressure with one round remaining. The first heat saw Zofia Klepacka (RRD / North) fall victim to a false start. In with a chance of a podium finish Fanny Aubet sailed a perfect race securing herself a position in the winner’s final whilst Mio Anayama of Japan (NeilPryde) crashed hard and failed to complete the race.

In order for Offringa to secure an event win it was essential she made it into the winner’s final. Casting all nerves aside she flew out of the starting gates in the second heat and built up a substantial lead in front of the rest of the fleet securing an easy win.

With everything to play for all eyes were on the women’s winner final.  Valerie Arrighetti (Tabou / Gaastra / Mystic) executed a perfect start securing her an early lead on the pack, followed by Aubet and Jaggi, with Offringa back in fourth. In an aggressive move to chase the number one spot Jaggi took the inside line at the first mark but unfortunately clipped her sail causing her to lose control and fall down. Taking advantage Offringa slipped into third knowing that if he held onto the position she could win the event. Offringa set her sights on second place behind Arrighetti and charged passed Aubet, however not wanting to make a mistake she took the remainder of the course cautiously to secure her event win.

The PWA caught up with Karin Jaggi to find out her thoughts on the weeks racing.

“The week started great with a win, I felt really confident, but then I didn’t manage another one. The start has been quite difficult in the gusty conditions but you have to be right at the front to make it, you can’t come from the back full speed, so I had to get used to that. The racing was great and the level is really high, there are four or five girls winning so that is great to see. In the end Sarah-Quita was more consistent and I am really pleased for her to win on her home ground.”

Quotes from the top

Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / DunkerbeckEyewear)

“This is amazing; my equipment is really fast so I knew if everything was working I could win. I had a few hiccups at the start of the competition, I crashed in the second final, and went to the wrong mark after they had adjusted the course in another, and then after that I won four out of eight. I am really happy that it came down to the last round and I managed to pull it off.

Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic)

“I was quite inconsistent throughout the competition but every time it went well I came in first which meant I didn’t have to fight really hard today. I managed to win the first final today, which put me just ahead of Karin; I then just had to finish in front of her of within fourth to win.  Karin crashed at the first mark so from then on I just wanted to win second place and not make any mistakes.”

Results

Men’s Fleet

1st Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / DunkerbeckEyewear)
2nd Ben Van Der Steen (Starboard / Loft / Mystic)
3rd Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde)
4th Finian Maynard (RRD)
5th Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde)
6th Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / North)
7th Antoine Questel (Loft)
8th Arnon Dagan (Tabou / Gaastra)
9th Taty Frans (Starboard / MauiSails / Mystic)
10th Micah Buzianis (JP / NeilPryde)

Women’s Fleet

1st Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic)
2nd Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne)
3rd Valerie Arrighetti (Tabou / Gaastra / Mystic)
4th Fanny Aubet (JP / NeilPryde)
5th Alice Arutkin (Starboard / North)
6th Cagla Kubat (Starboard / North)
7th Lena Erdil (Patrik / Loft / AL360)
8th Delphine Cousin (JP / NeilPryde)
9th Zofia Klepacka (RRD / North)
10th Lise Vidal (Exocet / North)

The PWA will now embark on the Canary Islands leg of competition, opening up with Lanzarote for the fifth stop on the men’s freestyle tour, taking place on the Jun 30 – Jul 03. For more information, please contact the PWA office via info@pwaworldtour.com

Scope The Action

For more information on all the entrants, and to keep up to date with every piece of the action, click on www.pwaworldtour.com

Here you can use our:

- Live ticker service for heat-by-heat bulletins

- Check live elimination ladders

- View results

- Read daily news summaries

- Browse awesome action photo galleries

- Follow the event live, with top class commentary from pros and industry insiders.

There’s also a dedicated event website which can be found at http://hiwinds-aruba.com

Or for more information, please contact the PWA office via info@pwaworldtour.com

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27Jun/11Off

PWA Aruba 2011 – Day 7

Sarah-Quita Offringa

Sarah-Quita Offringa

2011 Aruba Hi Winds Grand Slam – Day 7: The tension mounts on competitions penultimate day in dazzling Aruba as the scores draw tantalizingly tight at the top.

The sailors awoke to another day in paradise at the Aruba Hi Winds Grand Slam. The sun blazed down onto the Fisherman’s Huts and the trade winds returned to full strength providing wind between 15-20 knots, perfect for another standout day of slalom.

Race director Juan Antonio Aragon scheduled a mammoth day of competition seeing two more eliminations furiously fought out on the glistening waters, and all but the finals of a further elimination completed.

The PWA caught up with Ben Van Der Steen (Starboard / Loft / Mystic), to find out his thoughts on Aruba’s playground.

“The conditions are great, the water is warm and the weather is amazing. I have used the same equipment every day, my 8.6m sail and 107 liter board with a 41cm fin. We have sailed the same course each time so all the sailors are used to it, making the racing really exciting. This is an outstanding location for slalom”

An electrifying day saw emotions running high as the sailors gave it everything they had to work their way around the racecourse.

Highs

Fanny Aubet (JP / NeilPryde) was overjoyed to have won her first ever winners final, having displayed an outstanding set of polished skills defeating current event leader, Karin Jaggi (Patrik /Severne) and local legend Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic).

Taty Frans (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic) continues to prove he has what it takes to make it on the slalom tour, steaming into the winner’s final on his 6.6 meter sail. Frans has been labeled the ‘wasp that won’t go away’ by the rest of the fleet as he continues to perform outstanding gybes stealing the top spots from the world’s best.

Offringa scores her third bullet, putting her in an ever stronger position to upset the top spot and claim her second win on her home turf.

Lows

Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / Dunkerbeck Eyewear) made a fatal mistake in the men’s elimination 6 winners final. Heading out to the wrong mark and then crashing in an attempt to rectify his mistake. Dunkerbeck lost out on the race win and potentially the event lead.

Consistent performer Pieter Bijl (JP / NeilPryde) fell victim to another premature start, early into the men’s fifth elimination taking his record up to four in the event so far.

Men’s elimination 5 final – Forcing the front

An explosive start for the men’s final as Taty Frans (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic) and Finian Maynard (RRD) pushed hard for the front of the fleet, resulting in a premature start and their disqualification.

The remaining six sailors were fuelled with adrenaline for the second start. In an attempt to take advantage of the reduced fleet Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde) and Pascal Toselli (RRD / Point-7) pushed ahead, but both sailors timed it fractionally wrong and crossed the line early and were consequently disqualified from the final.

In the third attempt to start the race, Ross Williams (Tabou / Gaastra) give it everything he had at the start in order to go for the victory but it was his turn to fall victim to his own eagerness, leaving just three remaining sailors for the remaining showdown.

Guaranteed a top three finish the remaining sailors made sure they had a clean start. Dunkerbeck was fastest out of the blocks and edged ahead of Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Fanatic / North) and Antoine Questel (Loft), however a rare mistake from the multiple World Champion saw him speed off towards the wrong mark. Costa Hovel seized the opportunity and sailed straight into first place. In an attempt to catch Costa Hovel, Questel flew into the second gybe but lost control seeing him go down, providing Dunkerbeck with an opportunity to catch up. Costa Hoevel held his ground for the remained of the race, whilst Questel and Dunkerbeck battled it out for second and third. The crowds on the beach were ecstatic with the action as Costs Hoevel claimed his first bullet and Questel held of Dunkerbeck who was obviously furious with his costly error.

Men’s elimination 6 final –Bjorn’s confidence boost

The next winner’s final was a much more efficient affair. Albeau opened the race with an initial lead around the first mark, but Dunkerbeck wasn’t going to let him have it so easy. Burning down the second leg Dunkerbeck overtook Albeau and continued to charge his way further in front of the fleet. Down the pack Jimmy Diaz (Starboard / North) and Van Der Steen battled it out for third and fourth place seeing Diaz snatch 3rd by a whisker. Dunkerbeck cleaned up in this elimination ensuring the points sit extremely close at the top and everything will come down to the final day of competition.

Women’s elimination 5 final- Aubet’s moment

French slalom specialist Fanny Aubet (JP / NeilPryde) displayed an outstanding set of racing skills during the women’s winner finals. Aubet opened the race with a blinding start followed by a perfect collection of slick gybes and blistering board speed down the straights. Aubet secured her first race win holding first from start to finish. Disaster struck for Jaggi in the winner’s final as she failed to stick her opening gybe taking Colette Guadagnino (JP / NeilPryde) down in the process.

Women’s elimination 6 final – Offringa’s the boss

Disappointed with her previous performance Jaggi stormed the start of the second final closely followed by Offringa. Out of nowhere Cagla Kubat (Starboard / North) managed to cut underneath the two off them to lead at the first mark but her flat out speed wasn’t enough to fend off Offringa or Jaggi who overtook the Turkish celebrity by the third mark. In the ensuing battle, Jaggi tried to cut upwind leaving Offringa with her dirty wind, but when it came to the gybe Offringa spotted her line early and came out fully planing allowing her, to distance herself from the rest of the fleet and secure a well-earned first place.

Results

Men’s Fleet

1st Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde)

2nd Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / Dunkerbeck Eyewear)

3rd Ben Van Der Steen (Starboard / Loft / Mystic)

4th Gonzalo Cost Hoevel (Fanatic / North)

5th Finian Maynard (RRD)

Women’s Fleet

1st Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne)

2nd Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic)

3rd Fanny Aubet (JP / NeilPryde)

4th Alice Arutkin (Starboard / North)

5th Lena Erdil (Patrik / Loft / AL360)

Another perfect forecast is lined up for the final day of competition; the action will kick off with the final rounds from elimination 7. Tune in at 10am for the skippers meeting and what promises to be another action packed day of racing in Aruba.

Scope The Action

For more information on all the entrants, and to keep up to date with every piece of the action, click on www.pwaworldtour.com

Here you can use our:

- Live ticker service for heat-by-heat bulletins

- Check live elimination ladders

- View results

- Read daily news summaries

- Browse awesome action photo galleries

- Follow the event live, with top class commentary from pros and industry insiders.

There’s also a dedicated event website which can be found at http://hiwinds-aruba.com

Or for more information, please contact the PWA office via info@pwaworldtour.com

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25Jun/11Off

PWA Aruba 2011 – Day 6

Ross Williams nails a start

Ross Williams nails a start

2011 Aruba Hi Winds Grand Slam – Day 6: Antoine Albeau and Karin Jaggi play their consistent card’s to secure their positions at the top in Aruba’s testing trade winds.

A dark cloud lingered over the event site throughout the day leading to a tactical day of racing on the Caribbean’s azure blue water. The gusts came through blowing anywhere between 8-20 knots leaving the sailors hard pressed for equipment choice when race director Juan Antonio Aragon called a start to the day’s proceedings at 10am.

Fired up from yesterday races the PWA crew flew through two more eliminations and the opening round of a third before the winds backed off and the sailors were released, exhausted after a hard day in the office at 5:15pm.

Standout sailors

There were a number of sailors that really stepped up their game today in the lighter winds.

Lena Erdil (Patrik / Loft / Mystic / AL360) put in an outstanding race in the elimination three women’s final. Erdil stormed off the line and sailed a stellar race, fending off Karin Jaggi (Patrik /Severne) to secure her first ever women’s final win.

Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic) disposed of her opening disastrous streak and went on to win the winner’s final in the fourth elimination. Offringa crossed the line well over 100m in front of the rest of the pack.

Finian Maynard (RRD) delivered an exceptional day of racing seeing him work his way into fifth position having claimed a first place in elimination three losers final and a fourth place in fourth elimination showdown.

Up and coming British slalom campaigner, James Dinsmore (JP / NeilPryde) also deserves a mention. He made it all the way through to the loser’s final, proving he has what it takes to compete with the PWA’s most established pros.

James Dinsmore

James Dinsmore

Men’s elimination 3 final – Albeau puts one more in the bag.

Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde) opened the winner’s final with a blinding start securing him a significant lead after the first gybe. Arch nemesis Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / DunkerbeckEyewear) failed to break through the pumped up fleet after starting at the back of the pack. Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / North) stormed off the line in the lead, but the pressure was too much as he dropped his gybe at the first mark allowing the rest of the sailors to fly by. Dunkerbeck switched into turbo drive as he stormed down the second leg, but with the lighter winds he could only manage to claw back into fifth place. A lull at the fourth mark saw the fleet hit a standstill but it had no effect on Albeau as he blew the competition out the water with a lead over well over 100 meters.

Men’s elimination 4 final – Clash of the titans

After a disappointing start in previous winner’s final Dunkerbeck made sure he was first over the line in this elimination. Eager to make his mark Maynard held second, fighting off Ben Van Der Steen (Starboard / Loft / Mystic) and Albeau. A slick gybe from Albeau saw him undertake the two off them and slide into second place. The remainder of the final became a two-man drag race between the sentinels of windsurfing. Dunkerbeck charged around the remaining marks with a hungry Albeau nipping at his heal. Both sailors unleashed everything they had in their armor to squeeze out every inch of speed but ultimately Dunkerbeck emerged victorious with Albeau second by a board length, leaving the crowds on the beach in hysteria at the excitement of the photo finish.

Women’s elimination 3 final – Erdil emerges victorious

The women’s final opened up with a cautious start, as the ladies were unwilling to make a mistake early on. Disaster struck at the first mark for Valerie Arrighetti (Tabou / Gaastra / Mystic) when she lost control of her equipment and went down leaving her to fight for sixth place. Erdil spotted her opportunity early on and steamed into first place past Jaggi. Erdil managed to hang on to her lead throughout the remainder of the race as an enraged Jaggi went full throttle but she was unable to close the 30m gap.

Women’s elimination 4 final- Offringa cleans up

Alice Arutkin (Starboard / North) exploded over the start line placing her in first immediately, however Offringa was looking to make up her early mistakes and gave it everything she had on the second straight to steal first place. Chasing close behind the two leaders Fanny Aubet (JP / NeilPryde) put in a faultless race in an attempt to catch her enemies. Offringa managed to hold Arutkin off for the remainder of the race securing another victory to the sounds of the cheers from her home fans.

Results

Men’s Fleet

1st Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde)

2nd Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / DunkerbeckEyewear)

3rd Ben Van Der Steen (Starboard / Loft / Mystic)

4th Finian Maynard (RRD)

5th Arnon Dagan (Tabou / Gaastra)

Women’s Fleet

1st Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne)

2nd Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic)

3rd Fanny Aubet (JP / NeilPryde)

4th Lena Erdil (Patrik / Loft / Mystic / AL360)

5th Alice Arutkin (Starboard / North)

Tomorrow we pick up the slalom where it left off today, completing the remaining rounds of elimination five before going into the sixth race elimination. Tune in from the 10.00am (UTC-4) skippers meeting to follow all the action live.

Scope The Action

For more information on all the entrants, and to keep up to date with every piece of the action, click on www.pwaworldtour.com

Here you can use our:

- Live ticker service for heat-by-heat bulletins

- Check live elimination ladders

- View results

- Read daily news summaries

- Browse awesome action photo galleries

- Follow the event live, with top class commentary from pros and industry insiders.

There’s also a dedicated event website which can be found at http://hiwinds-aruba.com

Or for more information, please contact the PWA office via info@pwaworldtour.com

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24Jun/11Off

PWA Aruba 2011 – Day 5

PWA Aruba Slalom

PWA Aruba Slalom

2011 Aruba Hi Winds Grand Slam – Day 5: Antoine Albeau and Karin Jaggi storm into first place after an epic opening day of slalom at the Aruba High Winds Grand Slam!

The fifth day of competition in beautiful Aruba saw a change in discipline, as the freestylers packed away their gear the slalom fleet were released on to Aruba’s glistening water for their turn to fight it out for first place.

The Caribbean trade winds cranked it up a notch, proving that Aruba’s pristine turquoise waters were not only a freestyle haven but also a dreamland for the men and women’s slalom fleet. The racers took to the water by mid-morning and competed relentlessly until the golden sun had dropped behind the horizon. By the end of a hectic day of thrills and spills on the water, two eliminations and then the opening round of the third elimination were completed.

The big five shake-ups of the day

1. After an outstanding start to the first heat of the day, disaster struck for Peter Bijl (JP / NeilPryde) due to his mast snapping at the first gybe mark, seeing his early demise from elimination 1.

2. Eager to prove himself on the racecourse, freestyle fanatic Taty Frans (Starboard / MauiSails / Mystic) fell victim to his own excitement leading to three consecutive premature starts.

3. New boy to the tour Juan Marino (Starboard / MauiSails) proved he is a force to be reckoned with, blitzing his opening race against highly ranked sailors Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / North) and Micah Buzianis (JP / NeilPryde).

4. Micah Buzianis (JP / NeilPryde) took down Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / DunkerbeckEyewear) causing an explosion at the third mark in the second winner’s final, ensuring a few expletives was shared prior to finishing the race.

5. Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic) failed to make the winner’s final in the first elimination. Offringa crossed the start line early in the loser’s final in an attempt to fly past her competitors, a disastrous start for Aruba’s finest female sailor.

Men’s elimination 1 final – Bjorn’s back in town.

Dunkerbeck stormed the start in the winner’s final leaving the rest of the pack to wallow in his wake. Arnon Dagan (Tabou / Gaastra) steamed down the second straight in an attempt to match his opponent but lost it on the gybe allowing Ben Van Der Steen (Starboard / Loft / Mystic) to sneak into second and then on to his position the rest of the way around the course. Further down towards the back of the pack Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde) fought for fourth place against Ross Williams (Tabou / Gaastra). The final straight saw Van Der Steen squeeze out a couple of extra knots, leading to a man on man drag race against the mighty Dunkerbeck. The crowds on the beach erupted at the photo finish, but ultimately Dunkerbeck held his cool and claimed the first win of the day.

Men’s elimination 2 final – Albeau strikes back

The sailors burst out the starting gates and the pack stuck together throughout the first leg of the race. The first gybe saw Albeau spot his line early and deliver an exceptionally clean undertake allowing him to pull on the power, and force his way into first place. Carnage came at the third mark when Buzianis lost control and piled into Dunkerbeck sending his equipment flying. Albeau managed to increase his gap from the fleet and cruised undisturbed around the rest of the course, securing him the event lead.

Women’s Elimination 1 final – Jaggi steals the show

A clean start for the women saw Colette Guadagnino (JP / NeilPryde) fly in front of the rest of the fleet, leaving Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne) in second. Carnage at the second gybe mark saw Guadagnino go down, followed by the rest of the pack. Jaggi managed to avoid the drama and sail a smooth race all the way to the finish line, asserting her position back at the top.

Women’s elimination 2 final – Offringa’s return

Alice Arutkin (Starboard / North) stole the start in the second women’s final, followed by Offringa and Jaggi. Offringa charged her way round the second and third marks and managed to break her way into first place by the fourth. The girls fought hard down the final straight as Arutkin was determined to take back her winning spot but once Offringa had the finish line in her sights there was no stopping her.

Results

Men’s fleet

1st Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde)

2nd Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / DunkerbeckEyewear)

3rd Arnon Dagan (Tabou / Gaastra)

4th Ben Van Der Steen (Starboard / Loft / Mystic)

5th Micah Buzianis (JP / NeilPryde)

Women’s fleet

1st Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne)

2nd Zofia Klepacka (RRD / North)

3rd Valerie Arrighetti (Tabou / Gaastra / Mystic)

4th Lena Erdil (Patrik / Loft / Mystic / AL360)

5th Alice Arutkin (Starboard / North)

With another perfect forecast lined up for day six, tune in tomorrow for another full throttle day of racing. The skippers’ meeting is planned for 10 am with a first possible start to racing at 10:30.

Scope The Action

For more information on all the entrants, and to keep up to date with every piece of the action, click on www.pwaworldtour.com

Here you can use our:

- Live ticker service for heat-by-heat bulletins

- Check live elimination ladders

- View results

- Read daily news summaries

- Browse awesome action photo galleries

- Follow the event live, with top class commentary from pros and industry insiders.

There’s also a dedicated event website which can be found at http://hiwinds-aruba.com

Or for more information, please contact the PWA office via info@pwaworldtour.com

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