Fourth consecutive win for Steven van Broeckhoven in the 2009 EFPT Alacati 

There was not enough wind on the third day of the Alacati King of the Bay to run another race. With two double eliminations completed we have a great result and Steven van Broeckhoven (F2) is winning the fourth event in a row.

After the party at Sole Mar on friday night everybody was happy that skippers meeting was set for 11.30h. The wind did not pick up more than 7 knots, so a super session was sheduled for the afternoon, but also that could not be run due to insufficient wind. The riders were chilling at the ASPC surfcenter and got prepared then for the big party at the Shaka surf bar.

Around 23.00h the party got underway with the RedBull Hummer and DJ pumping the beats all over place. Everybody was in perfect mood after 2 days of good sailing conditions and ready to go full power. At 01.00h the event prize giving got started. All riders were called on stage and got awarded with medallions and trophies for the top3, Nico Akgazciyan (Starboard/Gun), Andre Paskowski (Fanatic/North) and Steven van Broeckhoven (F2). One more time it was Steven on top with another victory and strengthening his current lead in the European Freestyle ranking.

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Shahar Zubari

Israel's Shahar ZUBARI and Marina ALABAU of Spain are the 2009 RS:X European Champions, claiming the titles following today's Medal Races in Tel Aviv.
The women’s Medal Race was held first and it turned out to be a sweet victory for Marina ALABAU (ESP). European Champion in 2007 and 2008, she now adds the 2009 RS:X European Championship title to her impressive list of successes. By finishing second in the Medal Race, she has demonstrated that she is the dominant force in the Women's RS:X fleet. No other woman can live with her, except perhaps...

Her team mate. Blanca MANCHON (ESP) ran out of power on the last day. She topped the leaderboard for the whole of the championship. However, she scored a DNF in the first race of the day yesterday suffering from heat stroke. She dug deep. Took on the 10th race in the series (the second of yesterday's races) and came third. All she had to do today was finish in the top five.

Sadly, it was not to be. She spent the morning in hospital, hooked up to a glucose drip. She was so dehydrated that the doctors told her not to race.

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Blanca Manchon

Israeli star and Beijing bronze medallist Shahar Zubari tightened his grip on 2009 RS:X Europeans in Tel Aviv on Thursday whilst in the women's fleet the battle for victory tightened between the two Spanish leaders.

Whilst the leader, Shahar ZUBARI (ISR) has only to maintain consistency and sail conservatively, the battle for the minor places is just beginning to develop.

Olympic silver medallist Julien BONTEMPS (FRA) did not have a good day. Two 10th place finishes let Ivan PASTOR (ESP) through to take over second and gave João RODRIGUES (POR) hope that he can retake third place or better. Five points is the difference he has to make up to take second.

Behind them, realistically speaking, there are five sailors fighting it out for fifth place overall. Nimrod MASHICH (ISR) is the current holder of that position with Piotr MYSZKA (POL) just nine points back in ninth overall. In normal fleet racing, the gap would be considered too big but with the Medal Race counting double points for the top 10, MYSZKA must live in hope.

Especially in view of the fact that it will be impossible for MASHIAH to cover everyone. That would include Byron KOKALANIS (GRE), Alexandre GUYADER (FRA), Samuel LAUNAY (FRA) as well as MYSZKA. These guys know what they are doing so will be ready to exploit any possible opportunity on Saturday.

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