Antoine Albeau

Another two rounds of speed sailing have been completed today in epic conditions.  Antoine Albeau (FRA, Starboard) and Karin Jaggi (SUI, F2, North) are now leading the overall ranking after six rounds and one discard.

The day started already windy, and all sailors were aware of what would follow. The first start was scheduled for 11:00 then, and the 63 competitors were off on the water.

This time it was Patrick Diethelms (ITA, F2, North) turn, winning the first leg ahead of Dunkerbeck (T1/Proof, North) and Antoine Albeau. Chris Lockwood (AUS, Carbon Art, KA Sails) in fourth, finally his equipment was tuned for the conditions. With quite a big swell speedsailing in Fuerteventura is different to the flat water of Sandy Point, where Chris is regulary setting world class speeds. Another surprise in fifth, Dan Ellis from Great Britain scored his best result so far.

In the second leg then, the revenge of Antoine, with 40.54 the top speed of the competition. Diethelm in second this time, and Finian Maynard (BVI) finding his way back to the top with a third place. Dunkerbeck in fourth, and all three Moussilmani brothers in fifth to seventh place.

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PWA Fuerteventura 2008 

Entering the final day of competition, the top positions in both the men’s and women’s fleets had already been decided upon, after Marcilio Browne (Mistral, Gaastra) and Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard, NeilPryde) dominated the first two eliminations, making them effectively untouchable.

However, in both fleets the remaining positions on the podium were wide open, with the subsequent third double elimination proving crucial for all involved.

In the men’s elimination, Kiri Thode (Starboard, Gaastra) had given himself the most work to do if he wanted to bag a place on the podium. He started his assault six heats back from the final, by beating Anthony Ruenes (Tabou, Gaastra).

Gaining momentum and looking evermore dangerous, Normen Gunzlein (JP, NeilPryde) and Antxon Otaegui (JP, NeilPryde, MFC) were Thode’s next victims, before he sat on a collision course with Ricardo Campello, who had his sights firmly set on second position in the event.

When crunch time came, it was Thode who was packing the biggest blows. A barrage of air funnels and super slick triple spocks had Campello on the back foot, and some costly falls form Campello eventually awarded Thode the victory. Campello had still done enough to claim a podium position in third overall.

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Antoine Albeau 

First shock to the final day’s proceedings was that Micah Buzianis (JP, NeilPryde, MFC) would not be participating after sustaining a broken leg in the previous day’s racing. The upshot of Buzianis’s injury meant he’d clock up last place finishes in all subsequent races, a devastating blow to his event campaign considering he was ranked second overall.
 
Men’s Eliminations
 
Having completed 11 races over the previous four days, the men’s fleet needed to rack up a minimum of two races on the final day to gain a crucial third discard (i.e a sailor’s worst three results could be discarded).
 
Ample wind and time on the clock meant this wouldn’t be an issue, and the first two races were completed back to back before lunch.
 
A late flourish from Benoit Moussilmani (F2, Simmer Sails) saw him sail home to victory in the final of race 12, awarding him his first ever race win in PWA competition. Behind him, Ben Van Der Steen (Exocet, Simmer) continued his assault on the podium in second, and Bjorn Dunkerbeck (T1, North Sails) added a third to his bag of results. Antoine Albeau (Starboard, NeilPryde) took a conservative tenth place, handing him the guaranteed event title, with races still to go.

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