Please select your home edition
Edition
SailX 728x90

PWA Alacati World Cup - Ballistic slalom on day 5

by Vivienne Masters on 24 Aug 2013
Alacati action - PWA Alacati World Cup 2013 © John Carter / PWA http://www.pwaworldtour.com
The Turkish Meltemi winds finally returned on day five of the PWA Alacati World Cup, to provide a brilliant day of racing. After almost six hours of competition Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / North) now finds himself at the top of the men’s rankings, whilst Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic / Chris Benz / Maui Ultra Fins) maintains her lead at the top in the women’s, after another assured display, overall.

Heat sixteen was finally completed on the third attempt, after light winds had brought a halt to the proceedings after the opening gybe on the previous two efforts. Josh Angulo (Angulo / Gun Sails) made a flying start as he burst into the lead, but Andrea Cucchi (Starboard / Point-7) soon found himself in the lead as he showed great pace down the opening reach.


The Italian held his nerve over the remainder of the course to claim the first bullet of the day, and more importantly his first ever elimination victory on the PWA World Tour. In the meantime Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde) claimed second place as he held off Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / Severne) and Matteo Iachino (F2 / Challenger Sails / AL360), who finished in third and fourth place respectively. However, Ben van der Steen (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic / Different) was left unhappy after an altercation with Angulo at the third mark, which resulted in the flying Dutchman finishing in eighth place.

The second winners’ final of the day witnessed a combination of dropping winds and premature starts, which led to numerous re-sails - Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde), Finian Maynard (RRD / Avanti) and Pieter Bijl (Angulo / NeilPryde) were all disqualified from the final having all jumped the gun, leaving just the remaining five sailors to battle it out for top honors. In the final showdown, Cyril Moussilmani made the best start, but before entering the first gybe he sailed into Alberto Menegatti (Starboard / Point-7) which saw Moussilmani drop from first to last, whilst Menegatti found himself outside the top four with both sailors having to radically readjust their sailing line to make the buoy. Antoine Questel (Starboard / Loft Sails) took full advantage, having avoided the carnage, to burst into the lead and by the end of the race he had built a substantial advantage over his closest rival Cyril Moussilmani, who made a fantastic recovery. Menegatti also staged a comeback as he claimed third, with Ludovic Jossin (Patrik / Loft Sails) and Micah Buzianis (JP / MauiSails) finishing in fourth and fifth place respectively.

Tristan Algret (Patrik / Loft Sails / Mystic) threw away a golden opportunity to qualify for the semifinals after dropping his gybe at the third buoy, which enabled Cyril Moussilmani to leapfrog Algret and claim the final qualifying place from heat nine.

Jordy Vonk (Patrik / Loft Sails) - on the other hand - enjoyed a terrific and memorable day as he qualified for his debut semifinal. This time around the Dutchman couldn’t secure his place in the winners’ final, but he is looking like a name to look out for over the coming years. In the losers’ final Vonk was left slightly disappointed after slipping off his board exiting a gybe whilst in fourth place, but overall, today will still stand as a memorable day for the twenty year old.


The fourth elimination was started in the evening and the opening heats of the first round were completed. However, in those four heats they has already been a couple of major upsets as Ben van der Steen and Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Chris Benz / Dunkerbeck Eyewear) both took uncharacteristically early exits from the first round.


Sarah-Quita Offringa picked up exactly where she left off from - after her victory in the opening elimination - as she led from start to finish with an accomplished display in elimination two. Valerie Arrighetti (Tabou / Gaastra / Mystic) was pushed all the way by Ayako Suzuki (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic), but the reigning world champion eventually pulled away to claim second place, with Suzuki in third. Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne) started well but eventually had to settle for fourth place.

The second winners’ final of the day started under dramatic circumstances as Sarah-Quita Offringa and Valerie Arrighetti collided on the start line, however both women made quick recoveries, but not quite quick enough, as Delphine Cousin (JP / NeilPryde) held the lead into the first mark with Cagla Kubat (Starboard / Loft Sails) and Melek Toraman (Starboard / Loft Sails) just behind as Offringa and Arrighetti approached in fourth and fifth place. Cousin looked confident in the lead and it wasn’t long until the young French lady was claiming victory - as she mounts a serious challenge for the world title - ahead of local hero Kubat and Offringa - who eventually fought her way back to third - with Dilara Uralp (JP / NeilPryde) producing a great performance to clinch fourth.
[Sorry, this content could not be displayed]

Tomorrow’s forecast promises more wind to hopefully deliver a thrilling climax to a superb week here in Alacati. The skippers’ meeting for the men tomorrow morning will be held at 10am with the first possible start at 10:30am, whilst the women’s skippers’ meeting will be held at 10:30am with the action commencing from 11am.






Results After Three Eliminations - Men’s Slalom

1st Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / North)
2nd Antoine Questel (Starboard / Loft Sails)
3rd Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / Severne)
4th Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde)
5th Alberto Menegatti (Starboard / Point-7)
6th Ben van der Steen (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic / Different)
7th Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Loft Sails)
8th Andrea Cucchi (Starboard / Point-7)

Results After Three Eliminations - Women’s Slalom

1st Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic / Chris Benz / Maui Ultra Fins
2nd Delphine Cousin (JP / NeilPryde)
3rd Cagla Kubat (Starboard / Loft Sails)
4th Ayako Suzuki (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic)
5th Lena Erdil (Patrik / Loft Sails / Mystic / AL360)
6th Valerie Arrighetti (Tabou / Gaastra / Mystic)
7th Fulya Unlu (Starboard / Severne)
8th Dilara Uralp (JP / NeilPryde)
8th Melek Toraman (Starboard / Loft PWA World Surf n Sound

Related Articles

Shape of next Volvo Ocean Race revealed at Southern Spars - Part 1
Southern Spars has been confirmed as the supplier of spars for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. In mid-April, Race Director, Jack Lloyd and Stopover Manager Richard Mason outlined the changes expected for the 40,000nm Race during a tour of Southern Spars 10,000sq metre specialist spar construction facility. A total of up to seven boats is expected to enter, but time is running out for the construction of any new boats.
Posted on 3 May
Sailing in the Olympics beyond 2016 - A double Olympic medalist's view
Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. Gold and Bronze medalist and multiple world boardsailing/windsurfer champion, Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. A key driver is the signalled intention by the International Olympic Committee to select a basket of events that will be contested.
Posted on 29 Apr
From Olympic flag to Olympic Gold and maybe another
The Sydney Olympics was a Sailing double 470 Gold event for Australia. Having won the 420 World Championship in 2000, the feeder class to the 470, while still at school in Australia young Matt Belcher was given the honour of carrying the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Posted on 28 Apr
The Road to Rio now 99 days short
The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win. The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win in Hyeres, at some World championship events and Weymouth World Cup but for many crews: 'It's 106 miles to Chicago we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses.' Whoops wrong movie.
Posted on 28 Apr
America's Cup - Oracle Racing win in Court but with collateral damage
Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Mitchell focussed largely on the circumstances of the matter and introduced into the public arena some interesting documents to support his claims.
Posted on 23 Apr
Children of the Internet, Rio and Hong Kong
I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. The kind of conversations I have with her run along these lines.... In the olden days we did not have television until I left school and they had a thing called print magazines, that reported events between two weeks and four months after they happened. And her sceptical response... Hoh! Daddy, Hoh!
Posted on 14 Apr
World Sailing Cup V3 - A Dead Rat in a Shoe or Spring Daffodils?
While a host of major sailing events go from strength to strength, the Sailing World Cup has very major issues. Last night my Irish better half was sitting beside me on the sofa watching an Australian version of the popular TV Cooking Program My Kitchen Rules on a tablet with her headphones while I was watching Diehard II for the seventeenth time (it’s a boy thing) on TV. She suddenly spluttered and laughed, took off her headphones and motioned for me to mute Diehard. (Seriously!!)
Posted on 9 Apr
Volvo Ocean Race appoints stadium racing pioneer as new CEO
Sail-World forecast the appointment of Mark Turner as Volvo Ocean Race CEO a month ago. We profiled Turner at that time. Sail-World forecast the appointment of Mark Turner as Volvo Ocean Race CEO a month ago. We profiled Turner at that time. Today his appointment has been confirmed.
Posted on 31 Mar
Large spectator fleet heading north for boat watching season
I’m absolutely not going to lay claim to the phrase, but it is insanely apt and hilarious all at the same time, however. I’m absolutely not going to lay claim to the phrase. It is insanely apt and hilarious, all at the same time, however. Well then, boat watching season is definitely upon us once more. The whales will soon be gathering again off the coast of Queensland to observe all manner of racing and cruising craft as they head North for a Winter in the sun.
Posted on 29 Mar
Laser creator Ian Bruce passes away (1933 - 2016)
Ian Bruce, driving force behind the Laser dinghy, sadly passed away at his daughter's home on Monday March 21 2016. Ian Bruce, driving force behind the Laser dinghy, sadly passed away at his daughter's home on Monday March 21 2016. His legacy to our sport, Canadian sailing and his beloved Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club will be praised and honoured for years to come.
Posted on 24 Mar
Bakewell-White Yacht DesignBarz Optics - San Juan Worlds Best EyewearNorth Technology - Southern Spars