2009 PWA Ulsan, day three

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.”

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Anders Bringdal

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.

Rankings 2009
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
1. Starboard
2. Fanatic
3. T1
4. Carbon Art
5. F2

ISWC Sail Manfacturers Ranking
1. North Sails
2. Loft Sails
3. KA Sails
4. Simmer
5. Neil Pryde

ISWC Nations Ranking
1. France
2. Netherlands
3. Germany
4. Switzerland
5. Greece

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

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Formula Windsurfing

The first North Sea Cup event of 2009 was already a big success.

In total 86 competitors from France, United Kingdom, Holland and Belgium travelled to Ostend this weekend for some exciting international competition.

The Techno293 and Raceboard fleets completed seven races during the weekend, from patchy light wind with strong current on Saturday up to 16 knots and big fun planing conditions on Sunday.

The FW fleet managed 4 races.

Stuart Hards (GBR 597) showed a great overall performance in the T293 class; with strong performances also from Julien Boutilleux (FRA 67) and Koen Sonck (BEL 2) respective winners in the Raceboard and FW fleets.

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