On the second day of racing in Alacati the PWA’s fastest were greeted with wall-to-wall sunshine and a gentle breeze. Luckily the wind swiftly strengthened throughout the morning allowing the competition to commence in glamorous conditions by midday. Two races were completed for both the men’s and women’s fleets, giving everyone the opportunity to prove their worth.
Over the course of the day the wind varied between ten and twenty knots causing the sailors to swap gear on a constant heat by heat basis. 9.5s and big boards were the order of the day when the wind was down, and 8.5s and medium boards were preferred when it was up.
Due to the gusty conditions race director, Juan Antonio Aragon made the decision to revert back to the standard 8 man heat format for the men’s fleet.
The Buzianis Show
Former world champion, Micah Buzianis (JP, NeilPryde) once again posted two consistent results to remain at the front of the fleet. He may not have scored quite the perfect day that he had yesterday, but two seconds firmly consolidates his lead, and makes him the man to beat here in Turkey. He played it safe throughout his heats to ensure his place in every final. There was no racing for glory, but also no stupid mistakes, which is a sure fire way to lead the fleet.
The Real Albeau
Race one saw the return of the 2009 world champion and current tour leader, Antoine Albeau (JP, NeilPryde). After a consistent start to the event, he stepped up his game and began to destroy the fleet. A string of firsts saw him happily into the final, and a perfect start had him leading the way. Needless to say, with Albeau in a commanding position he was completely untouchable, and flew to victory in race 3. Unfortunately race 4 didn’t go quite the same way, but another consistent finish sees him strong in second overall.
After his shock exit in race 2 yesterday, Finian Maynard (RRD, Gaastra) came back with renewed motivation and a score to settle. In the first race of the day he made partial amends by qualifying for the final. But, a sixth was all he achieved. With the knowledge that he could better his last result, he headed out to race 4 with work left to do. He shot off the start line and screamed into the first mark with seven sailors bearing down behind him. After the gybe he pulled ahead, not once needing to look back, leaving everyone else to fight it out behind. A first and a sixth see him climb the ranks with only Albeau and Buzianis left in his way.
Aside from Buzianis, Albeau, and Maynard there were a few other sailors that stood out from the crowd. In the first race Australian, Steve Allen (Starboard, Severne) sailed extremely well to launch himself into the final. Following an outstanding first gybe, and plenty of speed, he finished just behind Buzianis to claim third. Unfortunately, his second race didn’t go quite the same way due to an enormous collision at the first gybe with Ludovic Jossin (Starboard, Loft).
Italian shaper, Patrik Diethelm (Patrik, North) also sailed an awesome first race to claim fourth behind Allen. However, his second race went the same way as Allen’s when Ertugrul Icingir (Starboard, NeilPryde) fell off directly in front of him. With nowhere to go, he sailed straight over Icingir’s sail, resulting in a swim. Still, a fourth for Diethelm has improved his ranking, and reminds him that he’s capable of fighting it out with the best of them.
Flying Frenchman, Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard, North) also stepped up his game today qualifying for both winner’s final. A seventh and a fifth see him climb into fourth, and keep him in with a chance of a podium finish.
Another sailor to step up to the mark was Dutch racer, Ben Van Der Steen (JP, Mystic) who had a taste of things at the top with a fourth place in race 4. This sees him move into the top twenty, but with two bad results he’s desperately in need of a further discard.
Results After Four Races
1st Micah Buzianis (JP, NeilPryde)
2nd Antoine Albeau (JP, NeilPryde)
3rd Finian Maynard (RRD, Gaastra)
4th Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard, North)
5th Julien Quentel (RRD, NeilPryde)
6th Bora Kozanoglu (JP, NeilPryde)
7th Alberto Menegatti (Starboard, Simmer)
8th Sylvain Moussilmani (Starboard, Simmer)
9th Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard, Severne, Mystic)
10th Enes Yilmazer (JP, NeilPryde)
The 2009 world champion, Valerie Arrighetti (Tabou, Loft, Mystic) had an excellent day of racing which sees her sitting pretty at the top of the table. Throughout the first race final she was fighting with the young freestyle world champion, Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard, Gaastra). Offringa flew off the line to lead at the first gybe, but Arrighetti’s experience shone through to take the win.
Offringa Fights Back
In the second final, Offringa shot off the line with the same display of speed as the first time round. However, she’d obviously learnt from the previous race and sailed a much smarter heat, blocking any advances from Arrighetti to take the win. An excellent day for the three times freestyle world champion which sees her move up the rankings to within a stones throw of the podium.
Queen Of Consistency
Former world champion and current tour leader, Karin Jaggi (Patrik, Severne) had a conservative day with two third place finishes seeing her maintain her position in second. However, with Arrighetti firmly in first there’s plenty of work to do if she’s to wrap up the world title race here in Turkey.
Results After Four Races
1st Valerie Arrighetti (Tabou, Loft, Mystic)
2nd Karin Jaggi (Patrik, Severne)
3rd Sarah Hebert (Naish, Naish)
4th Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard, Gaastra)
5th Fanny Aubet (JP, NeilPryde)