Valérie Ghibaudo

Its party time, Turkey style, as the Pegasus Airlines World Cup draws to an exciting climax. Antoine Albeau and Valerie Ghibaudo predictably take the titles. 

It was a long and hot day in Alaçati, as the competitors sweated it out on the beach, nervously waiting as the wind hovered around the minimum. With 5-15kts on the course, light wind patches were making life exceptionally difficult for race director Juan Antonio. Eventually at 16.30 he was forced to admit defeat and the show was finally over.

However on the beach, a huge crowd had gathered, the carnival atmosphere aided by the free flowing supply of Fosters beer. The obviously decision for the organization was to run a fun event, so the top 8 men were called forth once again for an encore.

The format was simple. A beach start in front of the growing audience, up to the first outside gybe mark, before continuing around the 4-buoy slalom course to finish back on the beach.

Allen proved he continues to be a powerful force in the lighter airs by dominating from start to finish. Behind Buzianis (JP/NeilPryde) and Albeau (JP/NeilPryde) scrapped for second, but for a change it was Albeau that came out the loser, taking third place.

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2009 PWA Turkey in Alaçati

The majestic sun rose slowly over the Cezmi Peninsular, casting its warm glow upon the glassy waters of the Alaçati bay; Just another perfect morning in the paradise of Turkey.

Just one important difference to every other day however: No wind. With local predictions varying all hope hung on a late thermal wind kicking in after lunch. As the day wore on however, expectations dropped and slowly the reality of the situation hit.

However the day was saved with the introduction of the ROZI LADIES CUP. A team challenge generously organized by event partner, Rozi. Team Turkey versus team France versus the World team, in a relay battle in front of an enthusiastic and energetic crowd.

Team Turkey consisted of their finest athletes. Çagla Kubat (Starboard/North Sails), Lena Erdil (Starboard/The Loft) and Melek Toraman (Starboard/North Sails).

Team France included event leader Valerie Ghibaudo (Tabou/The Loft), Alice Arutkin (Starboard/North Sails) and Marion Raïsi (Naish/Naish).

The World Team incorporated three of the event top four, with Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard/NeilPryde), Sarah Hebert (Starboard/Naish) and Karin Jaggi (F2/Severne) making up the seemingly invincible dream team.

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RS:X Windsurfing Class has been confirmed in the 2012 London Olympics

The Executive Board of the IOC confirmed the line up of events and disciplines for the 26 sports on the Programme for the London 2012 Olympic Games at their meeting in Berlin, Germany today. The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) had made a request to keep the number of sailing events at 11, maintaining the Open Multihull event.

The IOC President Jacques Rogge wrote today to ISAF: "Whilst the IOC Executive Board fully recognises the value that Sailing brings to the Olympic Games, it decided to maintain its decision of 2005 regarding the overall quota of sailors and medals. As a consequence, Tornado Multihull shall not be on the programme of the Games of the XXXth Olympiad in London.

The decision to reduce the number of sailing events at the 2012 Games from 11 to 10 was previously made by the IOC Executive Board in 2005, based on the recommendation from the IOC Olympic Programme Commission.

ISAF was one of 17 International Sports Federations who submitted a request to modify their events at the London 2012 Olympic Games. These requests were analysed by the IOC Olympic Programme Commission, which submitted its finding to the Executive Board.

At a press conference following today's Executive Board meeting, the IOC President said the main reason for not granting requests for additional events received by sports was because the Games has reached maximum capacity, "Most of the applications have been politely declined because all of the applications combined resulted in a potential accumulation of 720 athletes to the already 10,500 of Games. So we kindly said to the Federations, sorry but we cannot accommodate your request," Rogge said.

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