Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Kids range

Aruba Hi Winds Grand Slam 2011 day 6 action

by Ed Sinclair on 25 Jun 2011
Josh Angulo - Aruba Hi Winds Grand Slam 2011 PWA World Tour http://www.pwaworldtour.com
Aruba Hi Winds Grand Slam 2011 day six was held in testing conditions.

A dark cloud lingered over the event site throughout the day leading to a tactical day of racing on the Caribbean’s azure blue water. The gusts came through blowing anywhere between 8-20 knots leaving the sailors hard pressed for equipment choice when race director Juan Antonio Aragon called a start to the day’s proceedings at 10am.

Fired up from yesterday races the PWA crew flew through two more eliminations and the opening round of a third before the winds backed off and the sailors were released, exhausted after a hard day in the office at 5:15pm.

Standout sailors
There were a number of sailors that really stepped up their game today in the lighter winds.


Lena Erdil (Patrik / Loft / Mystic / AL360) put in an outstanding race in the elimination three women’s final. Erdil stormed off the line and sailed a stellar race, fending off Karin Jaggi (Patrik /Severne) to secure her first ever women’s final win.


Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic) disposed of her opening disastrous streak and went on to win the winner’s final in the fourth elimination. Offringa crossed the line well over 100m in front of the rest of the pack.
Finian Maynard (RRD) delivered an exceptional day of racing seeing him work his way into fifth position having claimed a first place in elimination three losers final and a fourth place in fourth elimination showdown.


Up and coming British slalom campaigner, James Dinsmore (JP / NeilPryde) also deserves a mention. He made it all the way through to the loser’s final, proving he has what it takes to compete with the PWA’s most established pros.


Men’s elimination 3 final – Albeau puts one more in the bag.
Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde) opened the winner’s final with a blinding start securing him a significant lead after the first gybe. Arch nemesis Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / DunkerbeckEyewear) failed to break through the pumped up fleet after starting at the back of the pack. Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / North) stormed off the line in the lead, but the pressure was too much as he dropped his gybe at the first mark allowing the rest of the sailors to fly by. Dunkerbeck switched into turbo drive as he stormed down the second leg, but with the lighter winds he could only manage to claw back into fifth place. A lull at the fourth mark saw the fleet hit a standstill but it had no effect on Albeau as he blew the competition out the water with a lead over well over 100 meters.


Men’s elimination 4 final – Clash of the titans
After a disappointing start in previous winner’s final Dunkerbeck made sure he was first over the line in this elimination. Eager to make his mark Maynard held second, fighting off Ben Van Der Steen (Starboard / Loft / Mystic) and Albeau. A slick gybe from Albeau saw him undertake the two off them and slide into second place. The remainder of the final became a two-man drag race between the sentinels of windsurfing. Dunkerbeck charged around the remaining marks with a hungry Albeau nipping at his heal. Both sailors unleashed everything they had in their armor to squeeze out every inch of speed but ultimately Dunkerbeck emerged victorious with Albeau second by a board length, leaving the crowds on the beach in hysteria at the excitement of the photo finish.


Women’s elimination 3 final - Erdil emerges victorious
The women’s final opened up with a cautious start, as the ladies were unwilling to make a mistake early on. Disaster struck at the first mark for Valerie Arrighetti (Tabou / Gaastra / Mystic) when she lost control of her equipment and went down leaving her to fight for sixth place. Erdil spotted her opportunity early on and steamed into first place past Jaggi. Erdil managed to hang on to her lead throughout the remainder of the race as an enraged Jaggi went full throttle but she was unable to close the 30m gap.


Women’s elimination 4 final- Offringa cleans up
Alice Arutkin (Starboard / North) exploded over the start line placing her in first immediately, however Offringa was looking to make up her early mistakes and gave it everything she had on the second straight to steal first place. Chasing close behind the two leaders Fanny Aubet (JP / NeilPryde) put in a faultless race in an attempt to catch her enemies. Offringa managed to hold Arutkin off for the remainder of the race securing another victory to the sounds of the cheers from her home fans.

Results
Men’s Fleet
1st Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde)
2nd Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / DunkerbeckEyewear)
3rd Ben Van Der Steen (Starboard / Loft / Mystic)
4th Finian Maynard (RRD)
5th Arnon Dagan (Tabou / Gaastra)

Women’s Fleet
1st Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne)
2nd Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic)
3rd Fanny Aubet (JP / NeilPryde)
4th Lena Erdil (Patrik / Loft / Mystic / AL360)
5th Alice Arutkin (Starboard / North)

Tomorrow we pick up the slalom where it left off today, completing the remaining rounds of elimination five before going into the sixth race elimination. Tune in from the 10.00am (UTC-4) skippers meeting to follow all the action Aruba Hi Winds Grand Slam PWA World Tour website

Bakewell-White Yacht DesignInSunSport - NZT Clewring Cruising

Related Articles

Hydrofoil ProTour San Francisco – On progress...
Progress, it doesn't come easy or fast but when you least expect it. Sometimes it doesn't seem to come at all. Progress, it doesn't come easy or fast but when you least expect it. Sometimes it doesn't seem to come at all despite everything you'd hoped for. The important thing, is to keep moving forward.
Posted on 25 Aug
Ladkin and Hauser crowned Pacasmayo Classic Champions!
On Friday evening, riders and spectators gathered by the pool at the El Faro Adventure Resorts for the awards ceremony. On Friday evening as the sun set over the pacific, riders and spectators gathered by the pool at the El Faro Adventure Resorts for the awards ceremony.
Posted on 22 Aug
Hydrofoil Pro Tour Mauritius – Final day – Parlier wins two in a row
The idyllic island paradise in the Indian Ocean was a must see for sailors and their loved ones who made the journey. From recent events you have Axel Mazella who sailed a convincing victory at the European Championship in July. Johnny Heineken is always a threat for the top spot with piercing hot streak abilities. Maxime Nocher the 2015 World Tour champ and perennial podium threat….
Posted on 21 Aug
Top contenders extend their lead on Day 3 of the HydroFoil Pro Tour
Another five races have been completed in picture perfect conditions on the island paradise of Mauritius. Another five races have been completed in picture perfect conditions on the island paradise of Mauritius, bringing the race-count to fourteen thus far. The competitors with true grit will find themselves at the top.
Posted on 20 Aug
HydroFoil Pro Tour Mauritius – Day 2
To succeed in such a long series of races it takes strength and stamina but Parlier seems to possess something greater. Parlier continues his streak of perfect scores. Four more races are in the books marking the halfway point at this highlight event in the Indian Ocean. Another day of strong breeze and clear waters was the perfect setting for this global hydrofoiling circuit.
Posted on 20 Aug
Day 5 - Epic conditions for final day in Pacasmayo
Stellar conditions continued for Day 5 of the Pacasmayo Classic to wrap up the remaining heats in Womens 2016 Pacasmayo Classic - Stellar conditions continued for Day 5 of the Pacasmayo Classic to wrap up the remaining heats in Womens, Masters, GrandMasters, Youths, and the Pro Final.
Posted on 20 Aug
Park's pride as Brits leave Rio Olympic Sailing as top nation
With 17 countries claiming the 30 medals from 10 events between them, Park thinks Rio lived up to its reputation With 17 countries claiming the 30 medals from 10 events between them, Park thinks Rio lived up to its reputation as one of the most difficult places in the world to sail. At London 2012 the same numbers of medals was spread between 15 countries.
Posted on 19 Aug
Great Britain is the top performing nation at Rio Olympic Sailing
After yesterday’s postponement for lack of breeze, an eighth in double points Medal Race ensured they were the champions Two golds for Giles Scott (Finn) and Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (470 Women) plus Nick Dempsey’s RS:X windsurfing silver ensured Britain has topped the best sailing nation table for four of the last five Olympics.
Posted on 19 Aug
HydroFoil Pro Tour Mauritius – Day 1
Parlier comes out swinging the day one in the lagoon of Pointe d’Esny was what some might identify as champagne sailing. Racers were treated with fifteen to twenty knot winds, flat water, blue skies, and the beautiful backdrop of Isle Mauritius in view. For Frenchman Nico Parlier today’s performance probably has him pondering certain thoughts of champagne. After coming off a regatta victory in San Francisco and then winning all five of today’s races Parlier looks to be the top gun on the tour at the moment.
Posted on 18 Aug
Riders awoke to perfect peeling surf on Day 4 of AWT Pacasmayo Classic
On cue to the forecast the waves and wind were up and the call was made to start the Pro division at noon. On cue to the forecast the waves and wind were up and the call was made to start the Pro division at noon. With head-logo+ sets starting to show up and riders on 4.5-5.2s the stage was set for an epic day.
Posted on 18 Aug