Please select your home edition
Edition
T Clewring One Design

PWA World Cup Ulsan 2011 day 2 action packed

by PWA on 16 May 2011
Bjorn cranks a gybe - PWA World Cup Ulsan 2011 © John Carter / PWA http://www.pwaworldtour.com
Ulsan PWA World Cup 2011 is being held May 14th to May 20th 2011. Event organisers the Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) represents excellence in windsurfing. It's current and past members constitute the very best windsurfers in the World. Ulsan, a metropolitan city in the south-east of South Korea, is a magnet for Asian windsurfers who visit it for its beach scene, and quality windsurfing conditions.

On the second day of the action packed competition Albeau and Arrighetti storm to an early event lead.

Capitalizing on a promising forecast for the duration of the event’s second day, the race committee wasted no time in summoning both fleets to the water to battle it out over two race eliminations.

With the wind blowing from the prevailing southwest direction, both the local thermal, and venturi effect soon had the forecasted 12 knots of breeze accelerated to a gusty 25 knots, setting the stage for some classic slalom action.

Picking up the baton where it had been left off the previous day; first on the agenda was to finish the incomplete men’s race one elimination. In typically challenging conditions, with winds gusting off the headland between 10-25 knots, the first round was completed without major upset.

Entering round two, the first to fall were the UK’s Ross Williams (Tabou / Gaastra) and Holland’s Pieter Bijl (JP / NeilPryde), who both false started in heat 12, crushing their hopes of advancing further in the elimination.

Cue the semi finals, and a similar error from France’s Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / North) had him fast tracked to the loser’s final, a real blow for the French sailor, who was looking strong throughout the previous heats. In that loser’s final, Australia’s Steve Allen (Starboard / Severne) proved to be the man to beat, after he dominated to secure ninth place in the elimination.

Over in the winner’s final, it became apparent how hard the pack were pushing for a good start when Finian Maynard (RRD), Ben Van Der Steen (Starboard / Loft / Mystic) and Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde) all went over early, leaving Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / Dunkerbeck eyewear) to seize control of the depleted heat and lay claim to the event’s first race elimination, ahead of Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde) in second and Arnon Dagan (Tabou / Gaastra) in third.


With barely a moment for the sailors to get their breath back, the second race elimination was kick started in similarly gusty afternoon winds, blowing between 10-18 knots. After the opening heats passed without major incident, Micah Buzianis (JP / NeilPryde) will likely have been kicking himself when he uncharacteristically failed to advance through to the semi finals.

In the semi finals, Dunkerbeck lit up the racecourse with a mad dash to the finish line with Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / North), sadly however, it didn’t reward him with a place in the winners final, but it did produce without doubt the best race finish of the day.

With only enough wind to sail the men’s winners final, Mortefon proved to be the man to beat, after he clearly set his sights on making amends for his earlier false start. Stellar racing from him rewarded his efforts with elimination victory. Cyril Moussilmani chased in second, and Antoine Questel (Loft) took the remaining podium position in third.

Over in the women’s fleet, there was only one race elimination completed before the wind became too light to continue. In that race, Valerie Arrighetti (Tabou / Gaastra / Mystic) produced a faultless performance, finishing first in the qualifying round, and then repeating the feat in the subsequent final, to secure the elimination win, and early event lead. In her wake, she left Aruba’s Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic) in second and France’s Fanny Aubet (JP / NeilPryde) in third.


Wind permitting, tomorrow’s action will kick off with the remaining men’s losers final, and the women’s finals before a third race elimination is started. Proceedings are scheduled to begin from 11.00am, after the morning’s 10.30am skippers meeting.




PWA World Tour website

Colligo Marine 660x82North Technology - Southern SparsNaiad

Related Articles

PWA World Cup 2011 Ulsan - Awe inspiring action
Ulsan PWA World Cup 2011 ends after seven days of awe inspiring action and vehement slalom encounters PWA World Cup 2011 Ulsan, in Korea was raced 14th to 20th May, has drawn to a conclusion after seven days of awe inspiring action and vehement slalom encounters.
Posted on 21 May 2011
PWA World Cup Ulsan - Dunkerbeck to the fore
PWA World Cup Ulsan saw Bjorn Dunkerbeck edge by Antoine Albeau to lead the men’s standings by a fraction of a point. PWA World Cup Ulsan saw Bjorn Dunkerbeck edge just ahead of Antoine Albeau to lead the men’s standings by a fraction of a point. During that same time, Arrighetti furthered her lead by displaying more of her near flawless sailing on the penultimate day in Korea.
Posted on 20 May 2011
PWA World CUP Ulsan - Extending on fifth day
Antoine Albeau and Valerie Arrighetti continue to be defiant in the PWA World CUP Ulsan at Korea’s Jinha beach. Antoine Albeau and Valerie Arrighetti continue to be defiant and further extend their event leads on the fifth day of competition in the PWA World CUP Ulsan at Korea’s Jinha beach.
Posted on 19 May 2011
PWA World Cup Ulsan - Josh Angulo's secrets
PWA World Cup Ulsan entrant Josh Angulo shares info with us on all the secrets behind some of his finest racing to date. Amid the presence of a teasing thermal wind that never quite blew in sufficient measure to resume racing, we had a chance to catch up with PWA World Cup Ulsan entrant Josh Angulo to find out all the secrets behind some of his finest racing to date, Angulo boards, his move to Boston and more…
Posted on 18 May 2011
PWA World Cup Ulsan 2011 day three down time
Ulsan PWA World Cup 2011 day three the wind took a break in Korea allowing us to catch up with Bjorn Dunkerbeck Ulsan PWA World Cup 2011 day three the wind took a break in Korea, allowing us to catch up with Bjorn Dunkerbeck and quiz him about his new signature series range of sunglasses.
Posted on 16 May 2011
PWA World Cup Ulsan - Top seeds advance
A leisurely opening day, where in typically taunting South Korean conditions, four heats were completed PWA World Cup Ulsan day 1. A leisurely opening day, where in typically taunting South Korean conditions, four heats were completed. Greeted with wall to wall blue skies and winds gusting up to 25 knots, the first heats of race elimination one were given a brief flavor of what’s in store for them over the coming days.
Posted on 15 May 2011
PWA World Cup Ulsan event preview
The slalom fleets will be returning to the Far East for the Ulsan PWA World Cup at South Korea’s Jinha Beach. The PWA’s slalom fleets will be returning to the Far East for the Ulsan PWA World Cup which will take place at South Korea’s Jinha Beach.
Posted on 12 May 2011