Day 2 - Three completed races today allow Antoine Albeau and Valerie Ghibaudo to assert their authority and move into healthy leads.
Dunkerbeck “I was on my 7.0 pretty powered. I had a good start and managed to round the buoy in first position. After that I made sure Antoine could not pass me. He tried to go above and below, but I had him under control the whole race.”
Moving into 3rd place was Micah Buzianis (JP/NeilPryde). A win in the final race of the day saw him sneak ahead of Josh Angulo (Angulo/MauiSails/Dakine) by just 0.3 of a point. Angulo has been racing fantastically so far and joins a queue of sailors desperate for a podium finish.
Finian Maynard (RRD/NeilPryde) also waits in line. Consistency sees him very much in the game. He also has been nominated for the “sailors of the day award” after victoriously winning a quarterfinal heat sailing the final three reaches with no harness. A truly impressive feat when you consider how powered up these guys race.
Kevin Pritchard (Starboard/Gaastra/Dakine) had a better day today, qualifying for every final and unlucky to miss out on a win in Race two. Meanwhile Gaastra team mate Ross Williams (Tabou/Gaastra) probably had the worst day of anyone. Arriving at the beach this morning in first place, poor Ross walks home in 13th position. A string of disastrous races saw him miss out on an opportunity to challenge for the top.
The Dutch boys were battling it out day. Benny Van Der Steen (Exocet/Simmer Style) and Peter Volwater (F2/MauiSails) seemed to be attacking each other at every opportunity. Best friends off the water, but on the water it is a different story. Twice Van Dar Steen forced Volwater out of the course area, cruelly snatching the final qualifying position meters from the line.
Top of the Turks was Bora Kozanoglu (Starboard/NeilPryde). Fresh from his win at the recent Turkish Championships he is clearly flying, but jumping the gun three times has pushed him well down the rankings. However a win in the race three losers final certainly gave the crowd something to cheer about and let the world know that it is not over yet.
Mens Results after 4 Races.
1 Antoine Albeau NeilPryde, JP
2 Björn Dunkerbeck Starboard, Severne Sails
3 Micah Buzianis NeilPryde, JP
4 Josh Angulo Dakine, Angulo, MauiSails
5 Finian Maynard RRD, NeilPryde
6 Kevin Pritchard Starboard, Gaastra,Dakine
7 Ben Van Der Steen Simmer Style, Exocet
8 Cyril Moussilmani Starboard, North Sails
9 Peter Volwater F2, MauiSails
10 Gonzalo Costa Hoevel Exocet, MauiSails
Womens Results after 4 Races.
1 Valérie Ghibaudo Loft Sails, Tabou Boards
2 Karin Jaggi F2, Severne Sails
3 Sarah Hebert Starboard, Naish Sails
4 Alice Arutkin Starboard, North Sails
5 Cagla Kubat Starboard, North Sails