2009 PWA Turkey in Alaçati

Albeau (JP/NeilPryde) continues to dominate the 2009 Pegasus PWA world Cup despite jumping the gun in race six. Dunkerbeck (Starboard/Severne) holds firm in second with consistent sailing throughout, whilst Maynard (RRD/NeilPryde) storms into the remaining podium position after a strong day on the water.

Valerie Ghibaudo (Tabou/The Loft) looks ever more likely to take the PWA slalom crown as she finishes day three counting a clinical score of straight wins. Two more bullets were added to her tally after she delivered another dominating performance.

Valerie Ghibaudo: “I am very easy with my gear and I like these conditions. It’s not finished yet, but for the moment it is OK for me.”

Karin Jaggi (F2/Severne) once again delivered a determined display of sailing, particularly in the second final. After a terrible start Karin fought her way back, finishing second after a tantalizing battle with Marta Hlavaty (Starboard/MauiSails).

Karin Jaggi: “I pressed my start watch two seconds late. I knew it at the time, but when it came to the start I forgot. It was super windy so everyone was really over powered and I just held on.”

Sarah Hebert (Starboard/Naish Sails) holds onto third place with a mixed bag of results. However a solid second place in race five proved she deserves to be on the podium, for both the event and the overall.

Sarah Herbert: “I have learned to tune my equipment really well and my speed is solid. Now I just need to be a bit more consistent.”

Lena Erdil (Starboard/The Loft) also raced fantastically today, showing moments of magic but failing to capitalize on a number of advantages. Sara-Quita Offringa (Starboard/NeilPryde) proved her worth with a second position in race five, but finished down the pan in the final race. Still, her performance was enough to move her up into fourth place overall.

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Longboard Racing at Exmouth

Wednesday 5th August was the sixth of eight race nights that have been planned by Waterfront Sports Exmouth.

Since the beginning of the year the race night has been gaining momentum and now regularly has over 15 competitors.

Our last race night was a huge success that saw Dave Hackford from Tushingham start the event with a very detailed talk about tactics and tuning, This was then followed by a number of practice starts to get the races in tune with how to start a race.

We then had 3 races around a pre planned course and finally ended up in the Beach Pub for a well deserved de brief.

The racing was very close considering the diverse range of kit and ability. The 14 sailors on the water were of all standards and that included an Olympic squad member from Holland ( who happened to be holidaying in Exmouth).

I would like to thank Dave for his help and all our racers for turning up and supporting our long board resurgence. It is fantastic to see young children from the local comprehensive getting involved and well done to Shane for making it around the course. We some how need to let more people know about the Long Board come back and get the children involved from an earlier age.

We have two more race nights and a marathon cruise planned please visit our website for more details.

Results Race 1                 Race 2       

1st  Mark Taylor               1st Pete Manfield
2nd Dave Hackford           2nd Mark Taylor
3rd Alex Burges               3rd Dave Hackford         
4th Pete Manfield            4th Alex Burges

Exmouth provides a super safe environment for all levels of racers. The club scene is growing and the fun is as much off the water as on the water.

2009 PWA Turkey in Alaçati

Twenty to twenty five knot thermal winds here in Alaçati gave the race director the perfect chance to put the worlds best to the test. Three exciting races gave the results an interesting twist as the first discard came into play.

In the men’s racing Antoine Albeau (JP/NeilPryde) has moved into pole position while yesterday’s winner Ross Williams (Tabou/Gaastra) had a disastrous day and dropped back to 13th overall. Former world champions Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard/ Severne) and Micah Buzianis (JP/NeilPryde) have moved up into second and third respectively.

Taking maximum advantage of the discards was Valerie Ghibaudo (Tabou/The Loft) who after a devastating start on day one regained control with three straight bullets. Coming into the event, only a major catastrophe could deny Valerie her first PWA World Title and she will certainly be sleeping easier tonight.

Valerie Ghibaudo, “Yesterday was a bad day for me, but today is my day here. I need to do well here to be World Champion and, if I can win, it is even better. I liked the conditions today and my gear was working well. I hope the wind stays the same all week, but it’s not over for sure.”

Karin Jaggi (F2/Severne) moved into second place but her body language and attitude demonstrated that hope was disappearing quickly for her chance to win back her PWA World Title.

Karin Jaggi. “I think it’s too late for the title. She has been going really well all year and has been super focused. My only chance now is for her to go over early in every round!”

Sarah Hebert (Starboard/Naish Sails) remained consistent and together with yesterdays top performance she holds onto the final podium position. However the standout performance was Sara-Quita Offringa (Starboard/NeilPryde). The freestyle World Champ showed all round skills to mix it with the best on the racecourse. Some costly errors throughout the day held her back, but a second place in race three proves she has what it takes to make the podium.

Local lady, Çagla “Miss Turkey” Kubat (Starboard/North Sails), had a impressive day too, making all three finals and moving into fifth overall, just one point behind the flying French girl Alice Arutkin (Starboard/ North Sails)

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