Cape Verde: Trials under way
Probably the most anticipated event of the year, Cape Verde, is already revving up. The main event has only 32 men competing, which means that some really serious competitors need to go through the trials to get a place in the main fleet.
Only 10 places are up for grabs in the trials after the 22 top seeded are already qualified and into the main event. They made a start yesterday and finish 5 heats. The event was moved to a spot called "little Hookipa", in the North of the island, where they got enough conditions to run the heats, with shifty wind and some 1-3 foot surf.
They are running the comp with this format: Three man heat, the winner goes straight to the third round. The guys in second and third go to second round to fight again to get through to the third one. So every sailor has a second chance. So far, straight to the third round are: - Kai Katchadourian. - Dani Bruch. - Darío Ojeda. - Francisco Fonseca. - Jean-Baptiste Caste.
The main surprise of the day was the elimination of Jake Miller. The Maui expert could do really well in these starboard tack side-shore conditions, but he still has the second chance in the second round to get back in the comp.
All the guys are looking pretty solid and it looks like this event could be another all time best.
Photo Credit: courtesy Alexandra Haugg