sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : PWA Alacati World Cup - Furious slalom is upon us
PWA Alacati World Cup - Furious slalom is upon us

'Bjorn Dunkerbeck - PWA Alacati World Cup 2013'    © John Carter / PWA

From the 26th to the 31st August the fastest sailors in the world will be returning to action as they prepare to descend upon the beautiful shores of Alacati, Turkey, for the Pegasus Airlines Alacati PWA World Cup. The exciting week ahead will see the men’s fleet competing for the fourth time this year - meaning a discard will come into play after the event - whilst the women are readying themselves for their second battle of the season.

Alacati is located on the Cesme peninsula, just a thirty minute drive from the bustling city of Izmir. Primarily known for its stunning natural stone villas, chic boutiques, traditional cafes and fantastic restaurants, Alacati has started to experience a change in cliental, in recent years, as thousands of windsurfers, from all around the globe, flock to the stunning shores of Alacati to take advantage of the beautiful turquoise waters and clockwork like Meltemi winds, which blow consistently between the months of May to October. Combine this with the gorgeous local scenery and cosmopolitan vibe and you can quickly understand why Alacati is continuing to enhance its reputation as not only a windsurfing Mecca, but also as the must visit destination in Turkey, so much so that it is now challenging Bodrum for the title of Turkey’s most stylish Aegean resort.

Albeau chases down Michah Buzianis - PWA Alacati World Cup 2013 -  © John Carter - PWA  

Although Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) currently sits outside of the world’s top ten - 13th - he still enters the event as the favourite. Apart from a blip in Turkmenistan, where Albeau finished last, the reigning PWA Slalom World Champion has looked in imperious form with two emphatic victories in both Costa Brava and Fuerteventura. Add to this the fact that Albeau has won in Alacati for the past two seasons and it’s difficult to see anyone stopping him - especially when he has the added incentive of knowing that another victory here will guarantee him his place back at the top of the overall world rankings.

As the current PWA Slalom World Tour leader - Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / Severne) - will be a serious threat again in Alacati. The Frenchman has displayed the speed, consistency and tactical know how at each of the opening three events this year and has been rewarded with two second places and a joint first. Expect to see perfectly timed starts and textbook gybes as Moussilmani looks to maintain his charge for a maiden world title.

Just behind him is fellow countryman Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / North), who is enjoying his best season to date on the PWA World Tour. Mortefon started off the year by earning his first ever finish on the prestigious podium in Costa Brava, followed up by claiming joint first in Turkmenistan and fourth in Fuerteventura. The twenty-five year old loves the mirror flat water of Alacati and already showed last year that he is a danger man in Turkey. Expect to see Mortefon challenging for top honours come the end of the week.

Mortefon heads to the mark - PWA Alacati World Cup 2013 -  © John Carter - PWA  

Mortefon’s teammate - Matteo Iachino (Fanatic / North) - is another of the young, up and coming slalom sailors, who is already beginning to make his mark on the world stage. Like Mortefon, Iachino is also enjoying his best season thus far and currently occupies third place overall. The Italian has looked lighting quick all year and he’ll be using his blistering board speed to make a charge for the top over the course of the event.

After claiming his first ever elimination victories in Fuerteventura, confidence will be sky high for Pascal Toselli (Starboard / Point-7). The Frenchman has threatened to win numerous eliminations this year thanks to his lighting quick speed. The week ahead should be no different, making Toselli a sailor who needs to be watched carefully over the next six days.

Behind Toselli in fifth and sixth place respectively are teammates Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic) and Ben Van Der Steen (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic). The Brit is one of the best overall windsurfers in the world and is always challenging for the top ten and beyond, whilst the flying Dutchman is one of the quickest men on the tour - both will be in the mix come the end of the week.

Epic slalom here in Alacati - PWA Alacati World Cup 2013 -  © John Carter - PWA  

The top ten is currently completed by Micah Buzianis (JP / MauiSails), Taty Frans (Starboard / MauiSails / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins), Steve Allen (Starboard / Severne) and Arnon Dagan (RRD / NeilPryde). However, a number of other sailors will be in the mix, such is the competitiveness in the slalom world right now. So the likes of Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Loft Sails), Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde), Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Chris Benz / Dunkerbeck Eyewear), Finian Maynard (RRD / Avanti) and Josh Angulo (Angulo / Gun Sails) will all be in with a shout too.

Delphine Cousin - PWA Alacati World Cup 2013 -  © John Carter - PWA  

As the reigning PWA Slalom World Champion and current world tour leader - Delphine Cousin (Starboard / Loft Sails) - will be determined to build upon her perfect start to the season in Turkmenistan. The twenty-three year old was crowned champion of the world for the first time in her career in Alacati last year and she’ll be hoping that Turkey continues to treat her well.

However, the 2011 PWA Slalom World Champion - Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Mystic / Chris Benz / Maui Ultra Fins) - will be making her first appearance of the season and is likely to be hard to beat, based on the fact that she has won in Alacati for the past two years. Last year Offringa produced a devastating display of sailing as she claimed four victories out of the five races completed.

Sarah Quita crosses the line - PWA Alacati World Cup 2013 -  © John Carter - PWA  

Valerie Ghibaudo (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic) will be right in the thick of the action as well after a solid start in Turkmenistan where she claimed second place. Ghibaudo has all the experience and skills to go with it to challenge for top honours and she won’t be far away come the end of the week.

Turkey’s very own Lena Erdil (Patrik / Loft Sails / Mystic / AL360) currently sits third in the world and she’ll be desperate to maintain her place in the top three. Fellow compatriot Cagla Kubat (Starboard / Loft Sails) will be hoping to make full use of her home advantage as she prepares to make her first appearance since becoming a mother for the first time. Meanwhile, fellow Turk’s Fulya Unlu (Starboard / Severne) and Ceren Yaman (Starboard / NeilPryde) will be hoping to make their mark too.

Marion Mortefon (Starboard / Severne) will be looking to go one better than in the season opener as she goes in search of a place on the podium. The twenty-two year old is consistently one of the best starters on the tour and she’ll be one to watch. As will Maria Andres (Patrik / Gun Sails / Mystic), Marianne Kaplas (Starboard / Loft Sails) and Japan’s Ayako Suzuki (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic).

The Aussies warming up - PWA Alacati World Cup 2013 -  © John Carter - PWA  

Van Der Steen goes down - PWA Alacati World Cup 2013 -  © John Carter - PWA  

Alberto Menegatti - PWA Alacati World Cup 2013 -  © John Carter - PWA  

PWA World Tour


by Chris Yates


  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=125997

5:13 PM Mon 25 Aug 2014GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Related News Stories:

12 Aug 2014  PWA Tenerife World Cup - Tow-in action at Siam Park
09 Aug 2014  PWA Tenerife World Cup - Twists and turns as winners are revealed
07 Aug 2014  PWA Tenerife World Cup - Entralling day 3 of windsurfing
06 Aug 2014  PWA Tenerife World Cup - Day 2
05 Aug 2014  PWA Tenerife World Cup - Women kick start action in El Médano
04 Aug 2014  PWA Tenerife World Cup - World's best prepare for action
30 Jul 2014  PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau victorious on day 5
29 Jul 2014  PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau strikes back on day 4
28 Jul 2014  PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Action resumes on day 3
27 Jul 2014  PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Wind teases competitors on day 2
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World



























Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam day 5 by American Windsurfing Tour,


















470 Men and Women Worlds - Champions decided in Santander by International 470 Class Association,






















Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - No racing on penultimate day
Belcher takes record fifth 470 World Championship
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander - Day 8 video highlights
2014 Great Lakes Team Racing Championship about to set off
2014 Etchells North American Championship - Day 1
2014 U.S. Multihull Championship - Day 1
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Repechage top four determined in final flight
J/24 World Championship - 35th anniversary preview
470 Men and Women Worlds - Santander medal race line-up confirmed
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 8 images by Sail-World.com
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing stumbles in coastal race
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Americans ready for 470 medal races
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: Action ramps up with end zone in sight
Big Boat Series - It's not the size, it's the length
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander - Double French RS:X gold
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 8 images by Sailing Energy
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Finn leaders emerge from shifty Santander breeze
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - RS:X winner images by Barbara Sanchez
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio 2016 470 spots awarded
52 Super Series 2015 - Outlook looks hot for the 52 Super Series
Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam - Another early start on day 4   
ISAF Sailing World - First entry leaves sailor's reputation in tatters   
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Four go through to quarter finals   
470 Men and Women Worlds - Champs take over leaderboard   
ISAF Sailing World Champ - Buckingham finishes with career-best result   
America's Cup: Oracle's Larry Ellison to step down as CEO   
Classic Yacht Regatta - Sonny takes top classic prize   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham finishes with career best   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio 2016 RS:X spots claimed   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Leaderboards shaping up in Santander + Video   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Giles Scott continues to extend lead   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Day 7 images by Sailing Energy   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Laser and Radial winner images by Jesus Renedo   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Medal Race images by Sail-World.com   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Dutch dominate Laser and Radial in Santander   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing more than doubles overall lead   
J/24 World Championship - Excitement builds for Newport racing   
Volvo Ocean Race - Seb Marsset joins Team Alvimedica   
Fall Seamanship training opportunities at New York Yacht Club   
Rolex Big Boat Series: More images from San Francisco - Final Day   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT