sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : PWA Catalunya World Cup - Tense opening day in Costa Brava
PWA Catalunya World Cup - Tense opening day in Costa Brava


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

The opening day of the PWA Catalunya World Cup saw the competitors registering for the upcoming competition between 10am and 11am. With a less than promising wind forecast, combined with a very quiet start to the day, not everybody was expecting to be competing come the afternoon.

However, as the skippers’ meeting took place at one o’clock the wind gradually started to increase as the local thermal effect kicked in. Shortly after 14:45 the first heat of race one was underway in winds ranging from 7-10 knots. A stop-start afternoon was eventually concluded at around 17:30 with five heats being completed - there were however a number of casualties in the opening round as the marginal winds made for very tricky racing conditions.

Micah Buzianis - 2013 PWA Catalunya World Cup -  © John Carter - PWA  

The biggest news of the day involved Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Dunkerbeck Eyewear / Chris Benz) in the opening heat of the day - who was one of the aforementioned casualties. The terminator was in the crucial top four at the third mark, but light winds then haunted Dunkerbeck as he failed to get back on the plane which saw him drop out of the qualifying places. Dunkerbeck wasn’t the only surprise exit from heat one though, as Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Loft Sails) also fell victim to the light winds after gybing underneath Micah Buzianis (JP / MauiSails), only to find himself in a no wind zone and unable to get planing again. In the end Oliver-Tom Schliemann (Starboard / Point-7) finished at the front of the pack with Buzianis, Casper Bouman (Angulo / NeilPryde / Mystic) and Peter Volwater (Fanatic / Avanti) all qualifying too.

A very upset and hugely frustrated Dunkerbeck speaking after day one:

'I got to the first mark in second place, but after that the wind became lighter and getting going was hardly possible - of course that was nice for the lighter guys. With some rule changes, which have been implemented this year, this will happen more often - sailing in these lighter wind conditions!'

'Good or bad I guess it will make other windsurfers win!'

Ben Van Der Steen - 2013 PWA Catalunya World Cup -  © John Carter - PWA  

On a day where the conditions were marginal, it was no surprise to see the sailors pushing their starts extremely hard to try and guarantee their survival into the next round, however as you would expect there were a number of premature starts today - the first of which came in heat two with Enes Yilmazer (JP / NeilPryde) jumping the gun. Upon the restart Patrick Diethelm (Patrik / Loft Sails), Ben Van Der Steen (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic / Different), Matteo Iachino (F2 / Challenger / AL360) all did well to advance, but sixteen year old debutant - Coen Swijnenburg (JP / NeilPryde) - couldn’t have asked for a better introduction to life on the PWA World Tour as he booked his place in the quarterfinals at the first time of asking.

Heat three needed several attempts to be completed. First of all Cedric Bordes (Tabou / Gaastra) and Taty Frans (Starboard / Maui Sails / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins) were both disqualified for crossing the line a little too early, before the heat was then cancelled due to unsuitable wind conditions. At the third time of asking Kurosh Kiani (Fanatic / Simmer / Maui Ultra Fins) was the next and final sailor to be disqualified for a premature start. Eventually the French trio consisting of Antoine Questel (Starboard / Loft Sails), Tristan Algret (Patrik / Loft Sails / Mystic) and Damien Le Guen (Exocet) all qualified along with Finian Maynard (RRD / Avanti).

Nicolas Warembourg (Patrik / Loft Sails / Mystic) and Valentin Brault (Exocet) were involved in a fierce battle during heat four as the compatriots battled it out for the final qualifying position. As the duo headed for the finish line it was neck and neck, but Warembourg just managed to edge the tussle to book his place in the next round. Joining him are Arnon Dagan (RRD / NeilPryde), Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) and Pieter Bijl (Angulo / NeilPryde).

Sebastian Kordel - 2013 PWA Catalunya World Cup -  © John Carter - PWA  

The final heat of the day - to be completed at least - witnessed Jordy Vonk (Patrik / Loft Sails) become the latest sailor to mistime his start, but Sebastian Kordel (Gaastra) wasn’t complaining as he flew across the start line in first place upon the restart. From there the young German made no mistakes to build a significant lead over Ludovic Jossin (Patrik / Loft Sails), Maciek Rutkowski (Patrik / Point-7) and Julien Quentel (JP / NeilPryde) who all escaped from heat five.

With the wind becoming increasingly fickle as the early evening approached no more heats were completed today despite both heat six and seven getting underway. Unfortunately the wind deteriorated before the completion of heat six, which resulted in the cancellation of the heat. Meanwhile, heat seven saw yet more premature starts as Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / North), Dimitris Apalagakis (JP / North) and Gunnar Asmussen (Patrik / North) were all disqualified.

Tomorrow offers a more promising forecast than today, so hopefully we will be able to see the conclusion of elimination one at a minimum. The skippers’ meeting tomorrow has been called for 10:30am with the action commencing from 11am - if conditions allow.

Dagan at mark one - 2013 PWA Catalunya World Cup -  © John Carter - PWA  

Maynard in the mix - 2013 PWA Catalunya World Cup -  © John Carter - PWA  

Menegatti heads in - 2013 PWA Catalunya World Cup -  © John Carter - PWA  

PWA World Tour website


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=109664

8:54 PM Tue 11 Jun 2013GMT


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


Related News Stories:

11 Jun 2013  PWA Catalunya World Cup - Prepare for more warp speed slalom
10 Jun 2013  Ever wonder how the slalom elite rate their chances in Costa Brava?
15 May 2013  PWA Podersdorf Surf World Cup - Soltysiak 13th in season opener
11 May 2013  Ulsan PWA World Cup - The king and queen of Jinha beach
10 May 2013  Ulsan PWA World Cup - Menegatti and Jaggi victorious at Jinha beach
09 May 2013  Ulsan PWA World Cup - Glorious sunshine but no action on day 5
08 May 2013  Ulsan PWA World Cup - Colossal battle on day 4 at Jinha beach
07 May 2013  Ulsan PWA World Cup - The most talked about incidents of day 2
06 May 2013  Ulsan PWA World Cup - Slalom sailors paradise on day 2
05 May 2013  Ulsan PWA World Cup - Stunning opening ceremony at Jinha beach
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World



2014 Detroit Cup - Sam Gilmour leads by Dobbs Davis, Detroit, Michigan


Audi Hamilton Island Race Week: Riding the AC45 - VIDEO by Crosbie Lorimer, Hamilton Island










America's Cup: Five Challengers sign-on for 35th Match by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,


Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad talks Time and Money (Part II) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,


















AWT Quatro Desert Showdown at Punta San Carlos by American Windsurfing Tour,
















America's Cup: Rod Davis - Time for a change after ten years with team *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,








Maxi yacht rendezvous this September in Sardinia by International Maxi Association,








Leaderboards take shape at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games 2014
IFDS Worlds - Hot competition on first day of racing
Challenging Conditions - CORK OCR
IFDS World Championship - Day 1 for the US Sailing Team
2014 Melges 20 World Championship - Countdown begins
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Day 3
America's Cup: Team NZ wish Davis well with new team *Feature
Fisher's View: Sailing perfection at Hamilton Island- Day 3
Roble and Wilson still number one match racers in the U.S.
2014 Formula Kite World Championship Day 1
IFDS World Championship - Day 1 images by Jude Robertson
Volvo Ocean Race: Forget the f-word - Team SCA profiled
52 Super Series - Fleet grows, 2015 dates revealed
420 and 470 Junior Europeans - Teams from 9 nations on the podium
IFDS Worlds - Former president presented with ISAF awards medal
Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Improvements aplenty in Byte CII fleets
America's Cup: New Zealand loses top coach to Artemis Racing
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part I) *Feature
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race Day 9 - Swish on record pace
2014 CORK Olympic Classes Regatta - Day 3
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Day 2   
2014 IFDS World Championship: Opening Ceremony images   
Opera House Cup - Images by Ingrid Abery   
Teams descend upon Cowes for inaugural J/111 World Championships   
Hamilton Island Race Week: Everywhere there's smiley people   
IFDS World Championships - US Paralympic hopefuls ready for racing   
Sopot Match Race - Poland's Tour debut deemed a triumph   
Vineyard Race celebrates 80th running of the East Coast classic   
Nanjing Youth Olympic Games: Young sailors begin racing on Lake Jinniu   
AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Victory for Morgan Noireaux   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Day 8: Test of endurance   
Bart's Bash: Over 2300 entered from 588 yacht clubs - Join here   
Halifax ready to welcome the world at 2014 IFDS World Championships   
RC44 World Championship title to Bronenosec + Video   
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week: Day 2 Images by Crosbie Lorimer   
IFDS Worlds - Gary Jobson to attend opening ceremonies   
Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Dalton DeVos crowned champion   
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games trailer   
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Canfield wins   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Varuna takes overall lead   


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