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- 04 August 2008 | Windsurfing
Antoine Albeau (FRA, Starboard) and Karin Jaggi (SUI, F2, North) are the speed windsurfing world champions 2008. After 7 rounds of speedsailing in challenging conditions, Albeau took the victory with a perfect score of 3.5 points.
Vice world champion became Patrik Diethelm (ITA, F2, North). Bjorn Dunkerbeck (SUI, T1/Proof, North) took the last days race as a discard, as he was already well ahead of Finian Maynard (BVI) in fourth.
In the womens fleet, it was very close racing in the beginning of the event between Valerie Ghibaudo (FRA, Loft Sails), taking two bullets in the first rounds, and Karin Jaggi, winning the next four races. The final day brought no changes to the ranking anymore. Marion Raisi (FRA) taking third place then.
The event started with challenging conditions as the wind was pretty light in correlation to the deep angle of the course. The top speeds came close to 40 knots, with a close battle between Albeau and Diethelm.
With improving wind speeds Dunkerbeck came closer, but was never able to really challenge the top duo. The places behind were hardly fought for between Maynard and the Moussilmani brothers, Slalom specialists Dan Ellis (GBR, Fanatic) and Peter Volwater (F2, North) as well as living legend Anders Bringdal (SWE) completing the top 10.
With higher wind speeds and the high tide in the afternoon the top speeds improved over the curse of the week, with Antoine Albeau again setting the top speed of the event with 40.54 knots average over the 500m speedcourse.
The womens competition was ever more thrilling, with a tie in points after 4 races between Karin Jaggi and Valerie Ghibaudo. Karin was then able to take advantage of the harder conditions towards the end of the competition, and closely snatched the victory.
The final place on the podium was open for a long time, with Zara Davis (GBR) retiring after round 6 it became close between Marion Raisi and Emanuelle Duby (FRA), with the better end for Marion.
The next tour stop will be the European Championship in Karpathos, beginning on the 20th of August. All top riders are expected to take part in this event again, to get important points for the years world cup ranking.
- 01 August 2008 | Windsurfing
Neil Pryde have issued 50 sets of equipment to competitors participating in the Olympic Regatta. The balance will be issued when those athletes arrive on site.
After two years of concentrated effort and attention to detail, we are pleased to report that no major issues have been encountered. The RS:X equipment has been subjected to the most intense scrutiny by the athletes who report that speed differences have been reduced to a minimum.
The sails look amazing with national flags taking up a full panel promising a strong visual impact during the OG.
Athletes have been out training on their supplied equipment and confirm that they are satisfied. In fact, one has been seen looping his RS:X as it has been unusually windy with no ill effects!
Neil Pryde have taken the utmost care to ensure that the hulls remained in a temperature controlled environment since leaving the factory. They were shipped and stored in an air-conditioned container to ensure that they were not subject to excessive temperatures.
- 01 August 2008 | Windsurfing
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.
The womens competition was dominated by Karin Jaggi today, with a top speed of 35.53 knots she would have ranked 17th in the mens competition... Valerie Ghibaudo (FRA, Loft Sails) was not fully powered up today, only two second places for the lady.
The overall ranking is still lead by Antoine Albeau, with a perfect score of 3.5 points. Patrik Diethelm then behind, chased by Bjorn Dunkerbeck. Finian Maynard and Cyril Moussilmani (FRA, Fanatic, North Sails) already clear behind as well.
In the womens fleet a clear picture now as well, with Karin ahead of Valerie, Marion Raisi (FRA) and Emanuelle Duby (FRA) fighting for the place on the podium.
The forecast for tomorrow looks even better than today, and with the second discard after seven races then the ranking can be still mixed up. With another two days to go and a good forecast it will be a close battle for the world championship title until the last race.
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