PWA Gran Canaria, day 6

Three full slalom eliminations allowed Antoine Albeau (Starboard, NeilPryde) to lay rest any demons that may have haunted him, following his failure to qualify for the race six final the previous day.
 
Silencing criticism that his defenses were weakening, he towered above the opposition to win all three races in a commanding manor, and further stamp his authority on the event.
 
Following on from day five’s freestyle single elimination, Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard, NeilPryde) once again defended her first position stronghold to walk away with her second double elimination win.

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PWA Gran Canaria, day 5

Following Sarah-Quita Offringa’s (Starboard, NeilPryde) victory in day four’s double elimination, the women hit the water to start the second round of freestyle in a solid 30 knot wind.

Advancing in the first round were Yolanda Freites De Brendt (Fanatic, North Sails) and Evi Tsape (Fanatic, NeilPryde), who went on to face Daida Moreno (North Sails) and Sarah-Quita Offringa in round two.

The underdogs had their work cut out, and despite spirited performances, they eventually succumbed to their more experienced rivals. Also in the second round, Iballa Moreno (North Sails) would fall victim to Japan’s freestyle sensation Junko Nagoshi (Simmer Sails, Dakine), who becomes more and more dangerous with every passing heat. On the other side of the draw Silvia Alba Orozco (MFC) was forced out the single elimination by Laure Treboux’s (Fanatic North Sails) switch stance trickery.

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Race 3 of the Maui Race Series was yet last Saturday. 40 sailors gathered at Kanaha for the Quiksilver Cup to test their skills, but it was Phil McGain leading the pack in the Mens pro division right out of the gates.

McGain using his TR-4 6.6 and 58cm Carbon Art, powered his way to take 3 wins out of 4 and won this division from Peter Slate and Alex Aguera.

In the afternoon heats McGain competing in the 40-49 age group again was able to nail his starts and drive with precision around the course to win 3 heats out of 4 and take another victory away from Alex Aguera with Elon Wong in third place.

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