Sarah-Quita Offringa 

Alaçati served up another day of strong Meltemi winds allowing two more rounds of high-octane slalom racing. The leaders maintained their supremacy, but the battle for the podium positions was intense.

Men’s

The first race of the day, race seven, saw Finian Maynard (RRD/NeilPryde) finally notch up a well-deserved victory. His performance has been awe-inspiring all week, but he lacked that crucial bullet next to his name until this morning. At the close of today’s proceedings he moved up into second overall by a comfortable margin.

Maynard “Results only count at the end of the event. For me nothing is certain until the race director finally calls it off at the end of the contest. I have had some personal problems here but I am just trying to stay focused.”
Antoine Albeau (JP/NeilPryde) however recorded the lowest points score of the day with a first and a second, once again stating to the fleet why he is the world Champion.

Albeau “I am more relaxed than normal knowing I am already World Champion. It takes the pressure off, but still I want to win. I want everyone to know I am still here and fighting just as hard!”

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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.

Women’s
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.