Malte Reuscher (RRD, Challenger Sails) ci aggiorna sul Day 3 del PWA Slalom ad Alacati in Turchia.
Ciao a tutti!! Terzo giorno di gare qui ad Alacati. Il vento è stato leggermente più forte di ieri e ci ha permesso di finire la terza prova, iniziare un quarto tabellone e arrivare alle finali del quinto! Per me è stata una giornata tutto sommato buona, nella terza prova ho passato il primo turno ma poi nel secondo dopo causa un buco di vento in strambata non sono riuscito a qualificarmi…
Nel quinto tabellone finalmente ho ritrovato il ritmo e sono riuscito ad arrivare in finali perdenti e per poco anche in vincenti! Abbiamo iniziato la finale ma alla seconda boa il vento è calato e quindi si rimanda tutto a domani!! Mi sento molto veloce in queste condizioni e non vedo l’ora di gareggiare anche domani!! A presto!
Matteo Iachino perde qualche posizione in classifica generale e scende al 9° posto. Andrea Rosati in 21° posizione.
Results After Elimination Four Pegasus Airlines Alicati PWA World Cup – Men’s Slalom
1st Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde)
2nd Pascal Toselli (Starboard / Point-7)
3rd Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)
4th Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic)
5th Tristan Algret (Patrik / Loft Sails / Mystic)
6th Josh Angulo (Angulo / Gun Sails)
7th Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / North)
8th Ben Van Der Steen (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic)
9th Matteo Iachino (Fanatic / North)
10th Antoine Questel (Starboard / Loft Sails)
Results After Elimination Four Pegasus Airlines Alicati PWA World Cup – Women’s Slalom
1st Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Mystic)
2nd Delphine Cousin (Starboard / Loft Sails)
3rd Lena Erdil (Patrik / Loft Sails / Mystic / AL360)
4th Fujiko Onishi (Starboard / Loft Sails)
5th Ayako Suzuki (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic)
6th Cagla Kubat (Starboard / Loft Sails)
ALACATI PWA WORLD CUP
Day 3: Julien Quentel assumes control at the top, as Sarah-Quita Offringa continues to look seemingly unbeatable
The wind kicked in earlier than anticipated on the third day of the Pegasus Airlines Alacati PWA World Cup allowing just over five hours of racing to be completed. By the end of an intense day of competition a further two races were completed as Ben Van Der Steen (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic) and Pascal Toselli (Starboard / Point-7) claimed the bullets in the men’s, whilst Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Mystic) maintained her perfect record – consisting of four victories out of four.
Into the second winners’ final of the day and Pascal Toselli (Starboard / Point-7) timed his start to perfection to break into the lead from the word go. As in prior events this season Toselli’s board speed was second to none and he rounded the opening buoy in the first place ahead of Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde), Julien Quentel – who executed a great gybe to overtake Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails) for third and fourth. The top three remained unchanged after the penultimate gybe, but Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Loft Sails) seized the opportunity to dive down the inside of Bordes to take fourth place. After safely navigating the final turn Toselli stormed down the final straight to claim his first bullet of the week in front of Albeau, Quentel and Costa Hoevel. After the completion of race four Julien Quentel assumed the position of event leader after overtaking Pascal Toselli in the rankings. The man from Saint Maarten produced fantastic performances in each of his last three eliminations to record one bullet and two, third places to lead at the midway point of the event.
Elsewhere Jordy Vonk (F2 / Point-7) was unlucky not to qualify for the quarterfinals. The young Dutchman held fourth place as he approached the final mark only to have Fred Morin (JP / NeilPryde) lose his footing on his gybe and inadvertently take out Vonk in the process, which allowed Giorgos Sakantaris to sneak into the top four alongside Ludovic Jossin (Patrik / Loft Sails), Sylvain Moussilmani (Simmer) and Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Loft Sails).
Sarah-Quita Offringa led into the opening mark – as she has done in each of the other two races – and from here the Aruban gem didn’t look back as she extended her lead over the remainder of the course to cruise to her third victory in a row. Behind her, Delphine Cousin (Starboard / Loft Sails) claimed another second place finish as the reigning world champion held off competition from local girl Cagla Kubat (Starboard / Loft Sails), who took home third. Japan’s, Fujiko Onishi (Starboard / Loft Sails) overtook Valerie Ghibaudo (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic) as they finished in fourth and fifth respectively.
The women have also been whittled down the just the winners’ and losers’ finals in race five, but up until this point there has been no major upsets.
The forecast for tomorrow promises to provide another action packed day of racing with the strongest winds of the week being predicted right throughout the day. Skippers’ meeting has been called for 10:30am again tomorrow morning with the action commencing from 11am. Don’t miss any of the exhilarating racing by tuning into www.pwaworldtour.com where you’ll be able to follow the amazing action as it happens via the PWA live stream and live ticker.