Antoine Albeau: he chases Dunkerbeck in the lead

The 2011 PWA World Tour is fired up. In the Slalom title race, the heat is definitely on. In the 2011 Sotavento Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam, Antoine Albeau recovered from the gap to Björn Dunkerbeck, in the overall ranking.

In Spain, during the winner’s final, an extremely nervous Albeau sat watching from the beach as the green flag was raised and the slalom elite charged over the start-line. Angulo opened the race at terminal velocity, putting him in the lead whereas Cyril Moussilmani was further down the fleet.

Maynard and Dunkerbeck were rapid down the straight and able to beat Angulo to the mark. Eager to win a final, Dunkerbeck pulled two super smooth gybes, fending off Maynard and Van Der Steen at every turn. Cyril was trying everything he could to make his way to the front, but the top three weren’t making any mistakes.

Dunkerbeck claimed the final with Cyril coming in fourth, much to the relief of Albeau on the beach.

"I had a great week, I won a lot of races but I also had a few poor results. I made a few mistakes and catapulted in the semi-final so I missed out on two winners' finals. I feel like I sailed really well in both the light and the strong winds", said Albeau.

"At the end I broke a mast and I couldn’t do anything. It was a really tense finish having to watch the final, but I was the most consistent sailor and I am really happy with the result."

Having battled it out in five events around the world the slalom fleet still have everything to fight for in the next two competitions. Dunkerbeck currently leads the fleet with three event wins. Albeau sits just behind him on the ranking ladder with two of his own win’s, and just behind the sentinels of windsurfing, Cyril Moussilmani and Van Der Steen are in easy reach of causing some upsets at the top.

Who will claim the 2011 slalom champion title is anyone’s guess so make sure you head over to the PWA website for the final two events on the slalom calendar. The next stop will be the 2011 Pegasus Airlines PWA World Cup taking place on the 8th-13th August in Alacati, Turkey.