Bjorn is the new 2011 PWA Slalom world champion!




After more than five years, and a nerve-wrecking Alaçati event were one mistake could prove fatal, Bjorn walks away with another event win and the 2011 Slalom title. Sarah-Quita meanwhile, had already scored one world title this year, and to have both freestyle title and a slalom title is truly a career highlight. Having been involved in over two years of product development, of both sails and boards, the mutual efforts of Bjorn, Starboard and Severne have paid of with undeniable results.



With the pressure still on, Dunkerbeck shone through the initial races of the day, sailing a slick set of heats to earn his position in the winners’ final. From the outset of the final Dunkerbeck looked like he meant business as he raced down the opening leg and into the lead. Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde) and Peter Volwater (Fanatic / MauiSails) challenged him to the second mark, but from then on Dunkerbeck was away, all he had to do was stay on his board and the race was his.
Having won five races in Alacati, Dunkerbeck secured a significant lead that could not be matched therefore granting him the event win prior to the finish of the competition. With four events under his belt and second place to his name Dunkerbeck has earned himself the 2011 world slalom title with one event to spare.



Bjorn Dunkerbeck:
"“It has been a very successful year for me, my iSonics and my Severne Reflexes have been going really fast. We have been working for three years on a sail that can win competitions, and so far I won four firsts and a second so its mission accomplished. With one competition to go I am the world champion, it’s been a while. This is my fourth sail maker, I won my first title in 1988 and this is my first victory with Severne sails so that makes me really happy. It has been a tough week, but the fast course has suited me really well, I had a few crashes but overall it went smoothly. The wind has been fantastic this week and Alacati has shown itself to be an amazing spot."


Men’s Fleet
Having sailed an incredible week in Alacati, Finian Maynard (RRD) had his hands on second place throughout the competition. However the last day of racing saw Maynard go over early in the semi-finals of elimination ten and he was unable to qualify for the winner’s final in elimination eleven. Unfortunately for Maynard, a very on form Ben Van Der Steen (Starboard / Loft / Mystic) and Albeau secured the top spots in the last finals, causing Maynard’s result to plummet to fourth place. Albeau started the week in twelfth, however a stellar set of races from the many times world champion allowed him to plough his way through the ranks and onto the podium. Albeau secured a third and a fourth place finish in today’s racing, but it wasn’t enough to block Dunkerbeck from taking the title.

Elimination eleven, the final race of the competition saw early exits from key players Alberto Menegatti (Starboard / Gaastra), Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / North) and Volwater as they failed to qualify past the first rounds. A swift set of heats allowed the big names to shuffle themselves into their respective finals. Josh Angulo (Angulo / Gun / Dakine) dominated in the closing winners’ final of the competition to raise himself into sixth position. Angulo opened the heat with a blinding start, and ripped his way down the first leg. Having won the contest and the title a relaxed Dunkerbeck teased the rest of the fleet winding his way down the first two straights. Albeau was pushing hard along with Van Der Steen for the top positions but Angulo and Dunkerbeck were well ahead by the third mark. With clean wind the pair cruised around the remainder of the course, with Angulo fending off an elated Dunkerbeck down the final straight.

Women’s Fleet
Jaggi opened the day’s competition with a huge lead on the rest of her opponents on the results ladder; she would only need to qualify for the winners’ final to secure the competition win. Eager to finish on a high, Jaggi stole the show in the elimination ten winners’ final with an amazing gybe at the third mark, allowing her to overtake a flying Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic) who had led the fleet up until that point.

A rough ride for Offringa throughout the week saw her drop some critical gybes on the high wind days. However it all came together for the final day. Valerie Arrighetti (Tabou / Gaastra / Mystic) led the fleet the whole way around the winners’ final with a charging Offringa in close second. Arrighetti displayed a smooth set of gybes to control the pack all the way to the final mark when disaster struck as she carved her way around the final gybe and she went down, opening up the door for Offringa to slip into first place on the final straight. Having won two of the four women’s slalom events and claimed podium positions at the remaining competitions, Offringa has posted the most consistent scores allowing her to win her second world title of the year.



Sarah-Quita Offringa:
“I am happy I have had a great season competing. I wanted to have a good ending here in Alacati. I didn’t have the best week but I managed to come back yesterday and today. Lena, Valerie and I were really close for three days we were only separated by a point, but today I won so I managed to finish in second. It’s a great way to end the year.”

The day also witnessed Greta Benvenuti (Patrik / Point-7 / AL360) and Marion Mortefon (AL360) sail two amazing losers finals as they both nailed their starts and take control from the very beginning to win the races.

The 2011 Pegasus Airlines PWA World Cup Men’s results
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 Micah Buzianis (JP / NeilPryde)
6th Josh Angulo (Angulo / Gun / Dakine)
7th Jimmy Diaz (Starboard / North)
8th Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde)
9th Peter Volwater (Fanatic / MauiSails)
10th Pieter Bijl (JP / NeilPryde)

The 2011 Pegasus Airlines PWA World Cup Women’s results
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 Delphine Cousin (JP / NeilPryde)
6th Fanny Aubet (JP / NeilPryde)
7th Lise Vidal (Exocet / North)
8th Alice Arutkin (Starboard / North)
9th Marion Mortefon (AL360)
10th Cagla Kubat (Starboard / North)

The 2011 Men’s Overall Slalom Results (after 6 events)
1st Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / DunkerbeckEyewear)
2nd Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde)
3rd Ben Van Der Steen (Starboard / Loft / Mystic)
4th Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / North)
5th Finian Maynard (RRD)
6th Micah Buzianis (JP / NeilPryde)
7th Peter Volwater (Fanatic / MauiSails)
8th Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde)
9th Josh Angulo (Angulo / Gun / Dakine)
10th Jimmy Diaz (Starboard / North)

The 2011 Women’s Overall Slalom Results (after 4 events)
1st Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic)
2nd Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne)
3rd Valerie Arrighetti (Tabou / Gaastra / Mystic)
4th Alice Arutkin (Starboard / North)
5th Fanny Aubet (JP / NeilPryde)
6th Lena Erdil (Patrik / Loft / AL360)
7th Delphine Cousin (JP / NeilPryde)
8th Lise Vidal (Exocet / North)
9th Cagla Kubat (Starboard / North)
10th Greta Benvenuti (Patrik / Point-7 / AL3360)



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.


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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, Ben 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.


Hard day for Ben

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)



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 fleet 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.


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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 days 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.

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.


Cyril Moussilmani

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.


Alberto Menegatti, light wind specialist

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.

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.


Sarah overpowered and taking off

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)

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.

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.


Ben van der Steen

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).
Alice Arutkin

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.

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.

Results

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)



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.


Cyril mid-gybe

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.


Dunkerbeck leading

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.

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.


Aliec being consistent

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)






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.


Bjorn at Alacati

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.


Ben van der Steen

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.


Jimmy managed to keep Ben van der Steen and Micah at bay

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.


Alice


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.


Sarah-Quita Offringa

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)



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