sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup - Cracking first day
PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup - Cracking first day

'Antoine Albeau - PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup 2012'    © John Carter / PWA

On day one of the PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup, registrations took place between 10am and 12pm. Weather conditions remained changeable throughout the morning and early afternoon with cyclonic winds also occurring. At around 15:00, Korea showed its true unpredictability as the wind swung cross-shore and picked up in an instant.

Cue a whole host of sailors head out onto the water to check out the conditions. After a further forty-five minutes, the wind stabilized sufficiently, and the first heats of the event were underway.

Heat one had to be immediately restarted as Taty Frans (Starboard / MauiSails / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins) was a little too eager to cross the start line and was thus disqualified. When the race was restarted it was Alberto Menegatti (Starboard / Gaastra) who crossed the line in first place.

Menegatti leads the way - PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup 2012 -  © John Carter - PWA  

The Italian sailed a commanding heat as he led from start to finish, showing both a great top speed and fluid gybes. Jesper Orth (F2 / KA) was second going into the third gybe mark, but he couldn’t hold off Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / North) as the Frenchman burst clear of Orth and Chris Pressler (Starboard / Severne) to claim second place. In the end Orth and Pressler secured their place in the second round, finishing third and fourth respectively.

Into heat two, and a general recall was required again. This time it was Thomas Malina (Fanatic / Simmer) who jumped the gun. Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde), who is the third seed coming into Korea, was the first man across the start line and he put in a dominating performance as he cruised to victory, building a sizable lead in the process.

The race for second and third place was a much more interesting battle, Matteo Iachino (F2 / Challenger / Mystic / Al 360) led Arnon Dagan (Tabou / Gaastra) going into the final reach, but Dagan came storming out of the final gybe mark to appear right on the tail of Iachino. Dagan didn’t quite have enough in tank to steal second place but it was certainly the most exciting finish of the day. The final place in the next round went to Japan’s Kouichiro Kaku (Starboard / Gaastra).

Arnon Dagan - PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup 2012 -  © John Carter - PWA  

Heat three was the final heat of the day to be completed, and the wind slowly deteriorated throughout its duration. After a tight start it was Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde) who rose to the top of the pack to book his place in the second round. Accompanying him would be Antoine Questel (Starboard / Loft Sails), Kurosh Kiani (Fanatic / Simmer) and Micah Buzianis (JP / MauiSails), who had to pump almost all the way from the third gybe mark to the finish line due to the fading wind.

Earlier today we had a quick chat with the reigning world champion Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / Dunkerbeck Eyewear):

PWA: You won the event here last year, how are you feeling about retaining the event title?

BD : 'After Italy and all the practice I’ve been getting in the last month combined with my new equipment, both my iSonics are going really well and my Severne Reflex III are working even better than last year, the acceleration has improved especially as has the rotation of the sail. Both are aspects that I think are very important for the competition here on Jinha beach because the wind is quite gusty. '

PWA : Who do you think your biggest rivals are for the coming year?

BD : 'I’m sure Antoine Albeau and Ben Van Der Steen will be the two toughest ones because they have showed already in the last few years that they are good in a variety of conditions. But in different wind conditions I think there will be different people posing a threat.'

PWA : You are still at the top of your game, do you have any time-frame in mind for how long you want to continue to compete?

BD : 'As long as I’m still enjoying doing it and as long as my body permits. My switch to Starboard and Severne has really paid off - it’s been a big challenge but also a big motivation for me. I’m still windsurfing a lot and when I’m not I’m usually stand up paddling, surfing or mountain biking, so I’m still very active. The competition side of things is important to me because it keeps me focused and in line, so as long as I stay successful at it and I’m having fun doing it I will continue. Even if I stop slalom I could do the speed sailing or it would give me time to compete in the long distance races.'

PWA : Are there any stops in particular that you look forward to?

BD : 'I enjoy the Canary Islands, because we compete every day. Turkey is also a good place for the wind and Jinha beach has been having good years as well. The variation of conditions is what keeps it interesting for me.'

The forecast for tomorrow looks as though it should deliver an exciting day, full of intense racing. The skippers’ meeting has been called for 10am tomorrow morning with racing commencing from 10:30. Make sure you tune in.

At 5pm, the Mayor of Ulsan started the 'Official Opening Race'. This saw all the contestants going to head-to-head for a share of the $5000 prize money. The race started when the wind had begun to drop already, but it was quite a sight to see the top windsurfers in the world racing straight off the beach. Sadly the wind dropped to almost nothing so the majority of the race was non-planing.

The race saw the top ten men and top five women receiving a share of the prize money, which was split $3500 to men and $1500 to women. After a long drawn out race, it was eventually Pieter Bijl (JP / NeilPryde) who claimed the victory in the men’s division, followed by Korea’s very own Hyung-Kwon Kim in second. whilst the first woman to finish the race was Japan’s Fujiko Onishi.

Pieter Bijl - PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup 2012 -  © John Carter - PWA  

Bijl wins the fun race - PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup 2012 -  © John Carter - PWA  

Results From The Opening Race (Not Counting Towards PWA)

Men’s
1st Pieter Bijl (JP / NeilPryde)
2nd Hyung-Kwon Kim
3rd Ertugrul Icingir (JP / NeilPryde)
4th Ross Williams (Tabou / Gaastra)
5th Peter Volwater (Fanatic / Avanti)
6th Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Fanatic / North)
7th Cedric Bordes (Tabou / Gaastra / Mystic)
8th Julien Quentel (JP / NeilPryde)
9th Jimmy Diaz (Starboard / North)
10th Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)

Women’s
1st Fujiko Onishi
2nd Lise Vidal (Fanatic / North)
3rd Mio Anayama (Starboard / NeilPryde)
4th Ayako Suzuki (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic)
5th Greta Benvenuti (Patrik / Point-7 / Al 360)

Quentel leads the pack - PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup 2012 -  © John Carter - PWA  

Slalom action at Jinha - PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup 2012 -  © John Carter - PWA  

Dunckerbeck gybes - PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup 2012 -  © John Carter - PWA  

Peter Volwater - PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup 2012 -  © John Carter - PWA  

Mussilmani twins tune up - PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup 2012 -  © John Carter - PWA  

PWA World Tour website
PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup website


by PWA World Tour

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=96883

8:18 PM Sat 5 May 2012GMT


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

Click for further information on
2012 PWA World Tour

Related News Stories:

04 May 2012  PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup preview
02 May 2012  PWA Surf World Cup Podersdorf event summary
01 May 2012  PWA Surf World Cup Podersdorf - Beautiful frustration
30 Apr 2012  PWA Surf World Cup Podersdorf - Magnificence from Gollito on day 3
28 Apr 2012  PWA Podersdorf World Cup - Sunshine, breeze and preparations on day 1
27 Apr 2012  PWA Reggio Calabria World Cup event summary
25 Apr 2012  PWA Reggio Calabria World Cup - Dramatic finishes and first victories
24 Apr 2012  PWA Reggio Calabria World Cup - Action aplenty on day 5
23 Apr 2012  PWA Reggio Calabria World Cup - Proper wind fails to appear on day 4
22 Apr 2012  PWA Reggio Calabria World Cup day 3 - Racing conditions at last
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World

















































Formula Windsurfing Youth and Master Worlds overall by International Windsurfing Association,












Bakewell-White supermaxi designed to take Transpac's Barn Door Trophy *Feature by Richard Gladwell Ssail-World.com/nz,






18 foot skiff European Championship (Open Europeans) - Final results
Nacra 17 European Championships - No action on day 1
ISAF Youth Worlds - 29er and SL16 sailors prepare for battle + Video
Volvo Ocean Race: Eight new crew members named by teams
Volvo Ocean Race: New additions to Spanish team announced
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Phuket Island is ready to host
PWA Awaza World Cup - Cyril Moussilmani and Delphine Cousin on top
Foiling Week - Moth Class Italian Open Championship Day 2
America's Cup: Luna Rossa foiling in AC45s at their Italian base
Star World Championship - Germans claim dramatic win in Malcesine
PWA Awaza World Cup - Down to the wire in Turkmenistan
Route Halifax Saint-Pierre - Off to France!
Nacra 17 Europeans - La Grande Motte back in Olympic classes arena
Stena Match Cup Sweden - Hansen hat trick in Marstrand + Video
Route Halifax Saint-Pierre Race keeps an eye on Arthur
World Match Racing Tour: See the Finals replay at the Stena Match Cup
Newport International Boat Show unveils exciting 'At The Helm' Program
Stena Match Cup Sweden - First blood to Hansen over Canfield + Video
Star World Championship - Americans claim race win in Malcesine
PWA Awaza World Cup - Weather halts action on day 4
Clipper Race - Henri Lloyd wins OneDLL Cup into Den Helder   
Clipper Race - Close match racing in closing stages of the OneDLL Cup   
Volvo Ocean Race: Spanish play catch-up with under 100 days to go   
World Match Racing Tour: Catch the live action at the Stena Match Cup   
Finn Junior Worlds - Battle for the Jorge Bruder Silver Cup   
Mobiles drive traffic - 72% increase in Sail-World.com page view *Feature   
British Open Dragon Championship finale at Royal Lymington preview   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Phuket is ready to host   
PWA Awaza World Cup - Valerie Ghibaudo hits back on day 3   
Star World Championship - Hard fought win on day 4 + Video   
Stena Match Cup Sweden - Action-packed match racing + Video   
Oceans of Hope yacht arrives in Portsmouth   
Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race - Registration details   
RORC Transatlantic Race - Polishing up the silver   
Vic-Maui International Yacht Race - First start to lead off busy day   
Anna Tunnicliffe competing at the CrossFit Mid-Atlantics + Video   
18ft Skiff Europeans: Winning days at Lake Garda   
Clipper Race - Choppy conditions as fleet closes in on Den Helder   
Lightning Youth World Championship - Final day   
2014 Star Class World Championship - Day 3   


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