- 20 May 2009 | Windsurfing
Another day of sun and wind had the slalom fleet hard at work on the fourth day of competition in Korea. Showing early form, Alice Arutkin (Starboard / North) capitalized on a strong start in the opening women’s race (race 5), to notch up her first win of the competition: “The wind had picked up so I had to change my sail before the heat, but I was still sailing my biggest board as there were patches of light wind all over the course. It’s always tough sailing against Valerie (Ghibaudo) and Karin (Jaggi) but I think I sailed well. I’m really happy to have won.”
The subsequent three women’s heats saw utter domination from Valerie Ghibaudo (Tabou / The Loft), as she executed back to back wins to firmly cement her name at the top of the women’s rankings.
Chasing Ghibaudo, Karin Jaggi (North) and Alice Arutkin filled out the majority of the day’s remaining podium positions to secure second and third respectively in the overall standings so far.
Lena Erdil (Starboard / Loft) showed early promised after finishing second in the opening race, but seemed to drop off the boil as the day progressed. She scraped together a disappointing sixth and seventh in the following races, dropping her down to fifth overall, behind Sarah Hebert (Starboard / Naish) in fourth.
The men’s racing kicked off by finishing up the remaining three heats of race four. The explosive race had already seen the departure of Finian Maynard (RRD / NeilPryde) and Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne) after a collision in the semi final. Maynard: “Bjorn was 30m ahead of me going into the mark, then I don’t know what happened to him, a lot of people have said he stopped. I never saw him. So I went in to do my gybe and got a big gust from behind. The next thing I know I’m just barreling into him. I’m really sorry for Bjorn, it was definitely my fault, but it came as a total surprise for me. It’s just an unfortunate racing incident.”
This incident left Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde) free to add another victory to his stash. In second, Josh Angulo (Dakine / Angulo / MauiSails) bagged his best slalom result of the season so far, and Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Exocet / MauiSails) showed a glimpse of the form he enjoyed in Austria to take third.
The men’s last completed elimination of the day saw a total reshuffle on the finish line. Kevin Pritchard (Starboard / Gaastra / Dakine) finally got to grips with conditions to secure third place, far and away his best result of the event. Micah Buzianis (JP / NeilPryde) continued to show outstanding consistency in second, in turn securing him second position in the event so far. But topping the elimination was Maynard, who had been hinting as his ability to win races, but thus far had never delivered. Maynard: “I started the race in the middle to upper part of the line, and just tried to hold my speed down the first reach. Micah had a better start than me but we both met mid way down the run. I decided to back off him at the gybe and try and take him on the second reach. Again, we got to the gybe together. I did a wide, high-speed gybe which really paid off and allowed me to overtake. From there I managed to control the race and was able to finish ok. It was a good run.”
The day finished up with inroads made into the sixth men’s elimination, before fluky wind had the race committee call an end to racing.
- 19 May 2009 | Windsurfing
Shrugging off the past two days of windless calm, day three in Korea saw Jinha Beach awake to show its true colours. Serving up wall to wall blue sky accompanied by strengthening side shore wind, the sailors took their positions to start proceedings.
The women’s fleet were first to christen the race course, with Sarah Hebert (Starboard / Naish) setting the early pace: “The first race was really light, but I got a good start so I was leading from the beginning. After that I managed to stay in front and make some good gybes; I was pumping a lot to make sure I was going fast. I’m really happy with the win, it’s the first time I’ve won competing against Valerie (Ghibaudo) and Karin (Jaggi). Now I know I can win!”
The second women’s clash saw Valerie Ghibaudo (Tabou / The Loft) muscle her way to the front of the pack to claim her first race win: “I got a really nice start, but it was hard conditions. Sometimes it was really light and then there were really strong gusts. Luckily I managed to hold on and win, but I think I made a lot of mistakes today. Tomorrow I’m going to try and sail better and hope I have good luck!”
However, stealing the show was Karin Jaggi (Severne), who displayed composure to win the remaining two races and in turn take the event lead at competition’s midway point. Also looking threatening in the building wind was Turkey’s Lena Erdil (Starboard / Loft Sails), who currently sits in third overall thanks to a string of consistent results that included a second and a third place finish.
The first men’s race was dominated by Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne), who took charge of the final, holding off Jimmy Diaz (Starboard / North Sails) in second and flying Dutchman Ben Van Der Steen (Exocet / Simmer) in third. Surprisingly, previous event winner, Ross Williams (Gaastra / Tabou), was absent from the race final after false starting in his semi final.
The saying ‘business as usual’ springs to mind when describing the remaining two race eliminations. Dialled into the conditions and looking rock solid at the front of the pack, Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde) showed true class to sail to victory in both showdowns. More impressively, the Frenchman completed this feat without the use of one of his index fingers, after a deep cut on the palm of his hand recently got infected and required surgery.
Antoine Albeau: “It’s quite hard sailing here, as we’re in the bay, and the wind is coming off the hills, so it’s really, really gusty. Today it was blowing 7-22 knots, it’s really up and down. It makes the starts hard as well. Sometimes there are a lot of gusts, and others it’s super light. You really have to concentrate to get a good start.”
“In race two Micah (Buzianis) was leading. It was quite tight between us, especially at the second reach and the second gybe. We were right together, so close we almost crashed, and after that I came on the inside and overtook him to win.”
“In race three, Finian (Maynard) took the first gybe, he was leading and I was second, but I managed to have a really nice gybe on that first mark. On the second reach I found a nice gust and overtook him…so two wins out of three, I’m really happy.”
- 19 May 2009 | Windsurfing
After his victory on his home event in North Oeland, Anders Bringdal (SWE) has taken the lead in the 2009 Speed:World:Cup ranking. Second is Cyril Moussilmani now, ahead of Bjorn Dunkerbeck (SUI).
No change in the womens ranking, Valerie Ghibaudo (FRA) clearly ahead of Zara Davis (GBR) and Marion Raisi (FRA).
The next event will be the ISAWC Worlds in Karpathos end of July, were the top 45 men and women on the world will compete for the World Championship titles.
ISWC Overall Men
1. A. Bringdal, SWE
2. C. Moussilmani, FRA
3. B. Dunkerbeck, SUI
4. C. Bordes, FRA
5. D. Garrel, LUX
ISWC Overall Women
1. V. Ghibaudo, FRA
2. Z. Davis, GBR
3. M. Raisi, FRA
4. K. Jaggi, SUI
5. B. Hoefer, GER
ISWC Board Manufacturers Ranking
4. Carbon Art
ISWC Sail Manfacturers Ranking
1. North Sails
2. Loft Sails
3. KA Sails
5. Neil Pryde
ISWC Nations Ranking
IKA Overall Men
1. Alexandre Caizergues, FRA
2. Sylvain Hoceini, FRA
3. Rob Douglas, USA
4. Chris Prin-Guenon, FRA
5. Jerome Bila, FRA
IKA Overall Women
1. Charlotte Consorti, FRA
2. Sjoukje Bredenkamp, RSA
3. Melissa Gil, USA
4. Caroline Adrien, FRA
5. Jemma Grobbelaar, GBR