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PWA World Cup Catalunya Costa Brava day two 40+ knots excitement

'Ludovic Jossin rocket air - PWA World Cup Catalunya Costa Brava 2011 Day 2'    © John Carter / PWA

PWA World Cup Catalunya Costa Brava 2011’s second day has seen yet another sweep by Antoine Albeau after he has achieved four victories in a row.

Day two has seen a stunning display of racing in Catalunya and is quite likely going to be in the history books and talked about for years to come. There were wind gusts well over forty knots during the morning hours. Costa Brava is providing some of the biggest winds and toughest Slalom conditions the sailors have had to overcome for many years.

hanging on - PWA World Cup Catalunya Costa Brava 2011 Day 2 -  © John Carter - PWA?nid=84223  

Fuelled by clear skies the Tramontana wind regularly reached speeds over the 35 knot mark. Mixed with big chop, it created particularly complex conditions for the sailors to compete in.

On first impressions many of the sailors were skeptical that competition could take place, but once action got under way it was fast paced fall downs, and comedy crashes as the sailors battled their way around the course.

Blood, sweat and tears took the sailors through two more eliminations, it was clear only the brave were going to be triumphant in conditions like these.

Elimination Three:

The sailors in the early heats tested the water to quickly prove that it was going to be a grueling day of racing. Many of the sailors struggled to make it round the course in their opening heats, often contending with equipment too large for the conditions.

In heat six, Jimmy Diaz (Starboard / North Sails) showed his determination to succeed, and that he was not going to be defeated by the conditions. After a great start he went on to crash four times throughout the race, but he still managed to claim the top spot and sail his way into second in the losers final.

Round three saw Bjorn Dunkerbeck’s (Starboard / Severne, Mystic, DunkerbeckEyewear) third upset of the competition. In an attempt to push the start hard, he came in too early and had to stall his equipment forcing him downwind and onto to the wrong side of the start line. This resulted in him unable to complete round three, and missing out on a position in the winners final.

Cyril Moussilmani - PWA World Cup Catalunya Costa Brava 2011 Day 2 -  © John Carter - PWA?nid=84223  

Special mention has to go to Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / North Sails) for sailing a perfect set of heats, claiming the number one spots all the way up until the winners final.

The loser’s final got off to a really explosive start, leading to absolute carnage at the first mark as the majority of the pack struggled to make it round. Dunkerbeck held the lead all the way to the fourth corner, but a wide gybe allowed Peter Volwater (Fanatic / MauiSails) to cut a fine line and slip into first place across the finish.

Albeau victory leap - PWA World Cup Catalunya Costa Brava 2011 Day 2 -  © John Carter - PWA?nid=84223  

In winners final, Antoine Albeau (JP/ NeilPryde) pushed the start hard and took the lead, but a wide gybe let Moussilmani take the inside line. A two man battle down the straight put Moussilmani into first place, but Albeau’s spectacular gybe pushed Moussilmani out wide. Albeau built up some serious speed and managed to distance himself from the rest of the pack. It came down to Moussilmani and Pascal Toselli (RRD/ Point- 7) to fight it out for second and third place respectively.

Elimination Four:

After a quick break for lunch the action continued into elimination four. The wind was still howling, but this time the sailors were well tuned into the crazy conditions. In the early heats it was a case of slow and cautiously wins the race, if you could make it to the finish line you were likely to make it through to the next round.

Confusion came in heat seven as the majority of the pack failed to complete the correct course. Josh Angulo (Angulo / Gun Sails / Dakine) led the charge, but he managed to take the wrong turn, rendering him unable to complete the heat.

The loser’s final was a really tidy affair. Faultless sailing in this heat kept the pack really close together until the final marks. Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde) battled his way to the final post closely followed by Micah Buzianis (JP / NeilPryde) and Ludovic Jossin (Loft).

Ben Van Der Steen (Starboard / Loft Sails / Mystic) erupted out the starting gates in the winners final. When it came to the first gybe Albeau was hot on his heels, they both gybed simultaneously but Albeau’s straight line speed was too much for Van Der Steen and he moved into second place. After a cautious start, Dunkerbeck was lagging at the back of the pack but his flawless technique pushed him into third place leaving Albeau to secure his fourth victory, finishing well over 100 meters in front.

Tomorrow’s action is set to kick off with the skippers meeting at 9:30 and a first possible start at 10:00am. Catch you then for more crazy action from Costa Brava.

Results:

First - Antoine Albeau (JP /NeilPryde)
Second - Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / North Sails)
Third - Ben Van Der Steen (Starboard / Loft Sails / Mystic)
Fourth - Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde)
Fifth - Peter Volwater (Fanatic / MauiSails)

Even Albeau goes down! - PWA World Cup Catalunya Costa Brava 2011 Day 2 -  © John Carter - PWA?nid=84223  

Diethelm over the front - PWA World Cup Catalunya Costa Brava 2011 Day 2 -  © John Carter - PWA?nid=84223  

Diaz takes a wide gybe - PWA World Cup Catalunya Costa Brava 2011 Day 2 -  © John Carter - PWA?nid=84223  

Tough day at the races - PWA World Cup Catalunya Costa Brava 2011 Day 2 -  © John Carter - PWA?nid=84223  

Albeau takes race four - PWA World Cup Catalunya Costa Brava 2011 Day 2 -  © John Carter - PWA?nid=84223  

Heading home - PWA World Cup Catalunya Costa Brava 2011 Day 2 -  © John Carter - PWA?nid=84223  


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