On Sunday May 25 2008, the remaining top ten sailors at the Delta Lloyd Regatta met windy and wet conditions in the Medal Races.

The strong breeze and choppy IJsselmeer were challenging. The competitors showed spectacular battles with lots of capsizes around the course. The leaders tried to stay out of troubles and others had to take extra risks.

Some gained and some lost. According to many Olympians, this year’s Delta Lloyd Regatta has been a good training for Beijing with an interesting end.

“Today was a different competition”, said overall winner Julien Bontemps (FRA). “It is interesting to finish the series like this. I had a good start with Dorian. Of course I was covering him, but my upwind speed was bad and he was in front of me.”

The two Dutchmen Dorian van Rijsselberge and Casper Bouman, both coached by McIntosh (NZL), like the heavy weather conditions and were flying. Going into the Medal Race, Bouman was in ninth position. He needed to finish top six in order to qualify for Beijing. He took the bullet, but missed the sixth position by just one point. He has one more chance in Kiel. If he fails, Van Rijsselberge will go.

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The second leg of a short european tour to promote the formula bid for 2012 begins with a visit to UK by Allison Shreeve (AUS911).

The three times (and current) formula world champion will be competing in the Inlands 2, before moving onto Christchurch for the British Open; and finally the Sopot (POL) Formula Grand Prix.

Allison has been training over the past few days with Rich Jones on Carsington Water, and is looking forward to meeting UKWA sailors at Whitwell. Allison was selected to launch the 2012 bid and provide feedback to the FWOD Steering Committee on the performance of equipment submitted in the formula bid to ISAF.

Allison is very knowledgeable, and approachable …ready, willing, and able to discus with ,answer questions from, anyone wanting to learn more about the project.

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Expectations were running high as competition entered its final day in Korea, and all hopes of securing a result from the first leg of the slalom tour boiled down to the day that lay ahead.

Temperatures soared in the calm morning conditions, building hopes of a thermal sea breeze bringing the required wind to JinHa beach. By early afternoon, conditions had started to develop, raising hopes of getting the 7-knot minimum to allow racing to go ahead.

At 3.45pm, with the wind still too light for official competition, the race committee settled upon organizing a fun race for both the men’s and women’s fleets. The ensuing race, grouping both men and women together, started with a mass beach start before the entire fleet hit the water for a lap of the slalom course. The beach swelled with ecstatic local fans, as they cheered their hero’s around the course. 

The race proved to be a tactical battle of wits, taking place in challenging 4-7 knot winds. Ultimately, Julien Quentel (Starboard, NeilPryde) and Lee Korzitz were rewarded for their efforts, claiming first place in the men’s and women’s fleets respectively.

The race committee’s continued attempts to get racing underway were hampered by gusty winds which, although strong enough at times, eventually proved too inconsistent and at 6.00pm competition was finally called off for the day and the event.

The 2008 Ulsan PWA World Cup concluded without any successfully completed heats, despite numerous attempted efforts, and without official results in both the men’s and women’s fleets.

Despite the week’s contest being plagued by teasing, marginal conditions, this event will be remembered for the warm and vibrant atmosphere created by the hosts, and the exceptional organization witnessed throughout the event. This stop of the slalom tour very obviously remains hugely popular with competitors from all over the world.

There was a mammoth amount of effort put in by the local hosts, from the lavish opening ceremony in the Lotte Hotel, to the energetic closing ceremony on the sands of beautiful Jinha Beach, where the winners of the final day’s fun race were awarded their silverware under a technicolor backdrop of fireworks and rock ‘n’ roll.

This event will live long in the memory of all who have taken part, and experienced the beautiful and diverse Korean culture.

The PWA would like to express enormous thanks to the Ulsan Broadcasting Corporation and all the sponsors of this event. We look forward to returning in 2009 and for many seasons to come.

Source: PWA World Tour