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PWA COSTA BRAVA DAY 3

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@testo_Francesco Favettini

Dal nostro corrispondente:
Le ultime notizie della finale di ieri dove Alberto Menegatti è arrivato ultimo sono che il nostro Albertone ha avuto un mancamento durante la finale e a fatica è riuscito ad arrivare alla fine della run, appena arrivato in spiaggia si è accasciato sulla sabbia e per le tre ore seguenti ha avuto problemi di vista e mancamenti fisici. Oggi mi ha detto di essersi ripreso e pronto per la giornata di gare.

Il terzo giorno di gara in Costa Brava è passato con vento molto altalenante, quello che noi italiani chiamiamo Garbino e quì in Spagna chiamano Garbì, insomma Sud-Sud-Ovest, quasi sempre rafficato come oggi, 12/23 nodi.
Dalle 14 in avanti è stato un altalenarsi di partiamo/non partiamo, con gli atleti che cercavano di stare in acqua per non raffreddare troppo i muscoli, il vento non riusciva distendersi nonostante le raffiche di Garbì off shore intorno ai 22 nodi. Vengono provate due o tre partenze e in una di esse vengono richiamati e quindi squalificati 2 atleti che successivamente, non si sa bene come, vengono riaccettatia partecipare alla partenza successiva. Ho sentito solamente le opinioni di Slabe e di Rosati ma credo che fossero le stesse di tanti altri regattanti .Se un giudice internazionale prende una decisione non può tornare sui suoi passi dopo pochi minuti.
Dopo le rimostranze di alcuni atleti sembra che il giudice di qui sopra, perchè innervosito, abbia spostato il campo di gara molto distante dalla spiaggia ( prima due strambate erano a 50 metri dalla spiaggia), e fatto di tutto per far partire la batteria che è rimasta in acqua per ore aspettando il vento.

Il vento si è fatto attendere fino alle 17.30 quando all’improvviso ha iniziato a stendersi e a creare le condizioni per far partire e concludere un tabellone intero.
Iachino in quarta batteria arriva secondo e passa ai quarti ma non andando oltre, Ferrin non passa ai quarti e Cucchi nella stassa batteria arriva secondo dietro Maynard ma si ferma ai quarti di finale arrivando sesto. La sesta batteria era una delle più aggressive con Albeau, Volwater, Diethelm, Rosati, Warembourg, Questel, Slabe e Torres Isach si è conclusa con Albeau primo, Diethelm terzo e Rosati terzo mentre Menegatti vinceva le settima ma nn riusciva a passare alle semifinali.
Semifinali combattutissime che vedono portarsi alla finale Allen, Moussilmani C., Costa Hoevel, Quentel, Dunkebeck, Diethelm, Albeau e Frans; Albeau non sembra veloce ma alla seconda boa prende le distanze e mantiene l’andatura fino alla fine mentre dietro di lui Dunkerbeck e Allen lottano per la seconda posizione a qualche lunghezza dal gruppo di coda che comprende Patrik Diethelm che arriva sesto.

La previsione di vento per domani sembra buona con termico da Sud-Est…a ver lo que dice Eolo!

@foto_Valentina Sommadossi

PWA Catalunya Windsurf World Cup

Day 3 : ALBEAU HITS BACK TO WIN THE SECOND ELIMINATION

The third day of competition in Costa Brava didn’t kick off until twenty past five, as the wind continued to change direction and strength. Eventually after three and half painstaking hours on standby, the sailors’ patience was rewarded and the whole of the second race was completed in fourteen to twenty four knots of wind. Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) came out on top as the Frenchmen claimed his first elimination victory of the year with an assured display.

Elimination Two

Winners’ Final

Steve Allen (Starboard / Severne) came flying out of the blocks in heat sixteen after a textbook start. The Australian held his lead into the first mark, as Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / Dunkerbeck Eyewear / Chris Benz) came roaring past Albeau to move into second place. However the terminator wasn’t in the top two for long as his archrival, Albeau, flew through his opening gybe and exited fully planing to move back into second place. The big Frenchmen looked like a man on a mission and he soon had Allen in his sights. He combined his blistering top speed and flawless gybes to take the lead by the exit of the second mark, and from this point on Albeau only extended his advantage to take a thoroughly deserved victory. Meanwhile, Starboard and Severne teammates, Dunkerbeck and Allen, battled it out for second and third place respectively. The Australian managed to hold onto second place until the final gybe, however at this point Dunkerbeck struck as he took the inside line to overtake his team mate. Allen tried to fight back on the final straight but Dunkerbeck used his wealth of experience to block him off, the Australian was left to settle for third. Completing the top four was the super consistent Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde), who finished ahead of Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / Severne / Mystic).

Winner’s Quote

Antoine Albeau speaking after claiming his first elimination victory of the year:

“I’ve definitely been waiting for my first victory so it’s nice to do that today. The wind was really good at the end, so in the winners’ final I was on my 7.8 and medium board. At the start I had a big fight with Bjorn because we were all late apart from Steve Allen, who had a killer start. I was behind both of them into the first turn but I managed to perform a really good gybe at the first mark to move Bjorn, which was great. By the end I was feeling very confident, I felt I had good speed and that I was gybing well. I am delighted with how today went.”

Losers’ Final

In the losers’ final Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / North) made the best start of the fleet, and he took full advantage of his early lead to cruise to victory in heat fifteen. The race for second place was a much tighter affair, involving Jimmy Diaz (Starboard / North), Ludovic Jossin (Patrik / Loft Sails) and Josh Angulo (Angulo / Point-7). As they left the third mark it was Jimmy Diaz who had managed to muscle his way into second, and he showed no signs of relinquishing it. Jossin won the battle for third ahead of Josh Angulo and Cedric Bordes (Tabou / Gaastra / Mystic).

Prior to the finals the opening rounds of the second elimination saw no major upsets, as the top seeds all safely navigated their way into the next round. However the quarterfinals proved to be a whole different ball game as the big names began to fall. In heat ten the winner of Korea, Micah Buzianis (JP / MauiSails), was extremely unlucky, as the American followed Cedric Bordes into the gybe, Bordes fell which left Buzianis no room to maneuver, meaning that the two sailors collided. This altercation saw both the sailors drop out of the top four and unfortunately Buzianis was unable to recover, however Bordes fought his way back through the pack to finish in second place. Buzianis wasn’t the only casualty from heat ten as Ben Van Der Steen (Starboard / Loft Sails / Mystic) and Arnon Dagan (Tabou / Gaastra) both failed to qualify as well. Heat eleven proved to be no different either as Finian Maynard (RRD / Avanti) was pipped to the crucial fourth spot by a flying Jimmy Diaz. Other sailors who failed to progress past the quarter finals, included Sylvain Moussilmani (Tabou / Simmer) and Alberto Menegatti (Starboard / Gaastra), who both made the winner’s final on day two, proving just how competitive the men’s slalom tour is.

Men’s Slalom Standings After Elimination 2

1st Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / Dunkerbeck Eyewear / Chris Benz)

2nd Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)

3rd Steve Allen (Starboard / Severne)

4th Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde)

5th Jimmy Diaz (Starboard / North)