Please select your home edition
Henr-Lloyd 2021 For the love of foul weather LEADERBOARD

GWA Wingfoil World Cup Morocco 2021, Day 4

by Gemma Hamaini 6 Nov 2021 10:43 PDT 2-6 November 2021
GWA Wingfoil World Cup Morocco 2021, day 4 © Svetlana Romantsova

Day 4 of the GWA Wingfoil World Cup in Dakhla was all about the racing action, with solid 20-25 knot wind conditions, the riders were fully focused on speed and control during each race.

We successfully completed 3 full Eliminations for the men, and 6 Eliminations for the women.

The Men's Eliminations

The men were divided into two semi-final heats, with the top 5 of each race advancing to the final for each elimination. The riders were on 4-5 metre wings, and the conditions were optimal as the wind gradually increased throughout the afternoon.

Elimination 1
The 1st elimination final saw Titouan Galea get off to a flying start, followed by Italian waterman Francesco Cappuzzo. Titouan managed to secure a safe distance from the rest of the pack, and he held onto the lead right until the finish line. Francesco meanwhile had to battle with his teammate Camille Bouyer who didn't give him a second to relax, but he managed to stay ahead of Bouyer, and Francesco raced through the finish line in 2nd position, with Camille Bouyer in 3rd followed by Mathis Ghio in 4th position.

Elimination 2
No one could match Titouan's speed for the final of Elimination 2, as he shot through the course like lightning. The remainder of the pack fought amongst themselves for 2nd place, and it was Hugo Marin followed through, followed by Francesco Cappuzzo in 3rd.

Elimination 3
The wind was still pumping as the afternoon progressed, and the men had to focus even harder as the course was changed slightly for the final heats of the day.

There was a general recall for the start of this race, as several riders went over early. Fabian Muhmenthaler, Aidan Nicholas and Hugo Marin were all disqualified from the final. The start was repeated, and whilst it looked as though Titouan Galea was heading for another amazing start, it was Mathis Ghio who stormed to the front of the pack with determination, leaving Titouan trailing behind him, unable to overtake him. Francesco Cappuzzo managed to overtake Titouan on the inside at the 4th mark, but Titouan regained his spot before the finish line. It was 19 year old Mathis who claimed the final win of the day, followed by Titouan in 2nd, and Francesco in 3rd.

"I'm really happy to win this race today, the conditions are really good," said Mathis. "Tomorrow will be even better as we move to the lagoon side, where for sure we will see some really good racing."

The current standings for the men are:

1st Titouan Galea
2nd Francesco Cappuzzo
3rd Mathis Ghio
4th Malo Guenole

There were six full eliminations completed for the women this afternoon in Dakhla, meaning the already have one discard. It was a long and exhausting afternoon of racing, taking full advantage of the optimal racing conditions.

Elimination 1
Fiona Wylde blasted her way through the start of the first women's race today, followed by Bowien van der Linden and Paula Novtona, but she lost her pace on the 2nd mark, and Bowien seized the opportunity to over take her. She maintained her lead and finished the 1st elimination in 1st place, followed by Fiona who made a quick recovery. Paula passed through in 3rd, Orane Cerise in 4th and Marcela Witt 5th.

Elimination 2
Bowien van der Linden and Fiona Wylde had a tight race for the second elimination, and were neck and neck until the final mark, where Fiona made her move and advanced into the lead. She finished 1st, followed by Bowien, Orane, Paula, and Marcella.

Elimination 3
Fiona Wylde one again managed to nail an impressive start and maintain her lead throughout the race. Paula Novotna was hot on her heels in 2nd position, but went down just as she was about to cross the finish line. Bowien van der Linden snapped up the 2nd spot, followed by Orane Ceris, and Marcela Witt.

Elimination 4
Fiona was unstoppable as she shot through the start, and held on to her lead throughout Elimination 4. Bowien van der Linden gave her a good run for her money, and was close behind her as they passed through the finish line. Fiona claimed another 1st, Bowien 2nd, Paula 3rd and Orane in 4th. Marcella finished 5th after going down at the first mark.

Elimination 5
Bowien van der Linden was determined to get a lead for Elimination 5, and pushed Fiona Wylde right to the limit on the final pump section of the race. She claimed the victory, leaving Fiona to settle for 2nd place. Orane Ceris claimed her 3rd spot, followed by Paula Novotna and Marcela Witt.

Elimination 6
Fiona once again had an impressive start, showing that she has them well and truly dialled in, but she lost her lead to Bowien van der Linden on the upwind reach with Bowien snapping up the lead and claiming her third win of the day. Fiona regained her ground and came in 2nd, followed Marcela Witt in 3rd, Paula Novotna in 4th and Orane Ceris in 5th.

The current standings for the women are:

1st Bowien van der Linden
2nd Fiona Wylde
3rd Orane Ceris
4th Paula Novotna

Tomorrow, we will continue with the racing action, but this time from a new location - PK25 Dakhla Hotel on the Dakhla Lagoon. The first possible start is 11am.

See all the details here...

Related Articles

Sail Melbourne 2022 Overall
Strong winds and strong wins to wrap up Sail Melbourne 2022 wrapped up on Port Phillip today, with a number of classes relying on the final race of the day to decide a winner. Posted on 17 Jan
Sail Melbourne 2022 Day 4
Para Sailing National Champions decided Three National Champions were decided at Sail Melbourne today, with the Australia Para Sailing National Championships concluding on another stunning Melbourne day. Posted on 16 Jan
Sail Melbourne 2022 Day 3
A Wave of Wins for Wearn Tokyo Olympic champion Matt Wearn has continued his domination of the ILCA 7 class, with the Western Australian posting his sixth straight race win in his return to competition at Sail Melbourne today. Posted on 15 Jan
Sail Melbourne 2022 Day 2
Heated racing to continue the Path to Paris There was plenty of heat on and off the water on Day 2 of Sail Melbourne 2022, where kiteboards and wing foils took to Port Phillip for their first day of racing in 32-degree temperatures. Posted on 14 Jan
Harriet Averns named RYA Yachtmaster of the Year
Presented with the prestigious trophy by Richard Falk 25-year-old Kent sailor, Harriet Averns has been named as the recipient of the RYA Yachtmaster® of the Year award for her exceptional demonstration of sailing skills during her RYA Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence exam. Posted on 13 Jan
Meet the 2021 GWA Wingfoil World Tour Champions
Wingfoiling has seen an incredible evolution over the past year It has been an incredible first year of the GWA Wingfoil World Tour, and we are delighted to present to you our new Champions! Posted on 31 Dec 2021
GWA Tarifa Wing Pro 2021 overall
Full Surf-Freestyle discipline and Race discipline completed on the final day Luck was on our side for the final day of competition of the Tarifa Wing Pro, where we managed to complete the full Surf-Freestyle discipline, Race discipline and ended the day crowning our new GWA Champions. Posted on 31 Dec 2021
GWA Tarifa Wing Pro 2021 day 3
A total of 18 athletes signed up to participate in the tow-in competition Day Three of the Tarifa Wing Pro was all about the tow-in action, as we ran an expression session in the waves whilst the athletes and crew waited for the wind to arrive. Posted on 30 Dec 2021
GWA Tarifa Wing Pro 2021 day 2
Late switch to the Surf-Freestyle discipline Several attempts were made to start to the Race discipline today, but due to several changes in the race-course, the final call was made to switch to the Surf-Freestyle discipline to try and advance further up the competition ladder. Posted on 29 Dec 2021
GWA Tarifa Wing Pro 2021 day 1
6 women and 31 men registered to compete in the Surf-Freestyle discipline All participants were required to take a PCR test in order to be allowed into the event area, allowing us to complete the Tarifa Wing Pro in the safest manner possible. Posted on 28 Dec 2021
Doyle Sails 2020 - By Sailors For Sailors 728x90 BOTTOMCoast Guard Foundation FOOTER 3Armstrong-Logo-Only-728x90 gif BOTTOM