sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : PWA Alacati World Cup - Day 4 a frustrating affair
PWA Alacati World Cup - Day 4 a frustrating affair


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

Day four of the PWA Alacati World Cup proved to be a largely frustrating affair as teasing winds kept the competitors on standby for much of the day. After a very quiet start to the day at 12pm the wind swung 180 degrees and began to rapidly pickup causing a flurry of action on the beach. However the wind remained gusty for much of the afternoon meaning that only a further two heats were completed - one men’s and one women’s semifinal.

In the men’s semifinal - Heat 13 - Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / North) showed good speed again to win the heat, whilst Ben van der Steen (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic / Different), Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde) and Alberto Menegatti (Starboard / Point-7) all qualified for their first winners’ final of the week.

The second men’s semifinal was started but gusty winds prevented the conclusion of the heat.

In the women’s semifinal - Heat 5 - Marion Mortefon (Starboard / Severne) made the best start to the heat and safely qualified for the final with a proficient display, whilst Lena Erdil (Patrik / Loft Sails / Mystic / AL360) claimed second place. The remaining qualifying places were clinched by Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne) and Ayako Suzuki (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic) meaning that local hero Cagla Kubat (Starboard / Loft Sails) misses out on a place in the winners’ final.

With a substantial amount of down time today we caught up with Pierre Mortefon who is currently in second place:

PWA: You are the only sailor to have qualified for both winners' finals this week, so far, you must be really pleased with how you are sailing?

PM: 'I’m really happy with my sailing so far because two winners’ finals is perfect for me, because at the moment I’m the only rider who has qualified for both finals (Josh Angulo (Angulo / Gun Sails) is the only other sailor who can qualify for both finals). Hopefully with the forecast for the last couple of days we might be able to complete three or maybe four races maximum, so I will already have good points for a good result. I’m also really happy with my sailing because so far this week I have never been struggling to be in the qualifying positions. My starts have been good and my speed ok too.'

PWA: How long have you been in Alacati?

PM: 'I’m really happy that I made the choice to come here one week before the competition - I arrived on the 11th or 12th of August and this has allowed me to get used to the conditions and I’ve had really good training and preparation with the other French sailors, which has meant that I’ve felt really comfortable on the water with all my equipment.'

PWA: After the completion of elimination two you will be the event leader, is this something you’ve thought about?

PM: 'No, clearly I’m not focusing on that because by the end of the week we can easily do one, two or three more races, so things can change, and I need to stay focused and perform until the end of the event. I will continue to try and sail the way I have been so far this week. I’m also really happy that I was able to win my semifinal today as I was in the lead yesterday before the heat was cancelled, so it was nice to make a good start, good gybes and to show good speed again today. My goal is to try and repeat this level of sailing as I think if I can maintain this level then I can finish the event in a good position.'

PWA: You’ve been looking very quick this week, have you made any changes to your setup?

PM: 'Before I came here I went to a special place in France where we have similar conditions to Alacati. I already had some new ideas and when I arrived here those ideas were confirmed as good ones! It’s some special things with the equipment. (Not giving much away)

PWA: Last season you finished in 18th, what is you aim for the season?

PM: 'This year I don’t know now as Costa Brava didn’t go so well for me, I think I finished 33rd place, so this was a really bad event for me. Here’s going ok, but we need to see what happens in Sylt so we can use the discard, but there is completely different racing to here.'

PWA: Do you prefer flatter water then?

PM: 'Yeah for sure, but in the end we still have to race in all conditions, so let’s see.'

PWA: Thanks Pierre and good luck for the remainder of the event.

Cedric Bordes - PWA Alacati World Cup 2013 -  © John Carter - PWA  

Gelly Skarlatou - PWA Alacati World Cup 2013 -  © John Carter - PWA  

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

Suzuki makes the final - PWA Alacati World Cup 2013 -  © John Carter - PWA  

Peter Bijl - PWA Alacati World Cup 2013 -  © John Carter - PWA  

Karin Jaggi - PWA Alacati World Cup 2013 -  © John Carter - PWA  

Bjorn cruising in Alacati - PWA Alacati World Cup 2013 -  © John Carter - PWA  

The forecast for tomorrow looks much more promising than today, so hopefully, we will see the conclusion of race two at a minimum. The skippers meeting will take place at 10:30am tomorrow morning with the action commencing from 11am.

PWA World Tour
Surf n Sound


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=113528

7:49 PM Thu 22 Aug 2013GMT


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


Related News Stories:

22 Aug 2013  PWA Alacati World Cup - Frustration arises on day 3
21 Aug 2013  PWA Alacati World Cup - Intense windsurfing cocktail on day 2
20 Aug 2013  PWA Alacati World Cup - Action underway with a bang!
17 Aug 2013  PWA Alacati World Cup - Slalom action heads to Turkey
10 Aug 2013  PWA Tenerife World Cup - Fantastic conditions delivered
09 Aug 2013  PWA Tenerife World Cup - Next generation takes center stage
08 Aug 2013  PWA Tenerife World Cup - Exciting conclusion to double elimination
06 Aug 2013  PWA Tenerife World Cup - Amazing displays on day 3
05 Aug 2013  PWA Tenerife World Cup - Single elimination conclusion on the horizon
04 Aug 2013  PWA Tenerife World Cup - A moment of silence on opening day
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World





















Express 27 National Championship overall + Video by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,














America's Cup: Louis Vuitton Cup's Yves Carcelle dies at 66 *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,












Audi Melges 20 World Championship - ‘Samba Pa Ti’ crowned champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Final race to decide champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do
Ronstan Bridge to Bridge 2014 - Images by Erik Simonson
Volvo Ocean Race: Update from Team Vestas Wind in images
ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne - Australian Sailing Team signs up
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 3
America's Cup: Oracle Team USA sailors place on world regatta circuits
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2
PWA Alacati World Cup - Intense competition on day 3
America's Cup: 'The Doc' appointed as Commercial Commissioner
Wake Park Triple Crown - Registration open for final stop
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 2 images by Stefano Gattini
Volvo Ocean Race - Two more join Dongfeng Race Team
OHPRI Teen Summer Camps make a splash
East to West: A profile of Volvo Ocean Race crew Team Dongfeng
Extreme Sailing Series - First-ever Turkish team to race in Istanbul
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Race 4 images by Max Ranchi
New Around Britain and Ireland Monohull 40ft and less world record
Detroit Cup - Fifth place finish a difficult result for Neptune Racing
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads
Volvo Ocean Race: Call of Duty comes first for Team Alvimedica
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini   
Helping boaters understand weather basics   
PWA Alacati World Cup - Exciting finish on day 2   
Match 40s find the surface again + Video   
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Max Ranchi   
Clagett Regatta names first Executive Director   
Transatlantic Race - Fleet expanded for 2015 edition   
IFDS World Championship overall   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi finishes second - Extreme Sailing Series   
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 2   
2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship - It's go time in Garda   
2nd Annual Keith Dinsmoor Regatta September 13-14   
Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing   
PWA Alacati World Cup - First blood to Van Der Steen and Offringa   
Oakcliff Sailing hosts the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Nationals + Video   
International 18ft Skiff Regatta underway on San Francisco Bay   
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Quality fleet for Maxi Classic   
Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club?   
Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta   
Extreme Sailing Series: The Wave, Muscat claims victory on Cardiff Bay   


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