The Fuerteventura action has started. Two races for the girls and one race for the men were completed and there were some big surprises.
In the ladies, the major surprise was Karing Jaggi finishing last in the first race and 5th in the second! Valerie Ghibaudo arrived strong into the event trying to amend his previous result in Costa Brava (7th). She got in the lead and didn’t make any mistakes in both races. Lee Korzitz, ex RS:X sailor settled confident in second. Sara Heber did third in the first race and 7th in the second. Freestyle queen Sarah Quita Offringa arrived in fourth to the finish line in the first race and is showing some serious threat to the big names. Young French Alice Arutkin made a solid performance with a a 7th and a 4th giving her the 4th place overall. Iballa had a shoker with a 10th place in the first race and 14th in the second. After her good result in Costa Brava (2nd) the Spaniard came with high expectation, but didn’t have the start she wanted. Junko Nagoshi, made also a good impression finishing 3rd in the second race.
So far, the woman ranking for the event is: 1.- Valerie Ghibaudo. 2.- Lee Koritz 3.- Sarah Hebert 4.- Alice Arutkin 5.- Sarah-Quita Offirnga
In the men, one race was completed. The wind was gusty and shifty when the competition started. First surprises were Jamie Hawkins, Kurish Kiani and Josh Angulo. Hawkins had a false start, so he didn’t have a very good start in his return to the tour, and so did Kiani. Josh on the other hand had a nightmare with the conditions and finished last from his heat. Also in the first round, Ross Williams and Aarnon Dagan had false starts, so not a good event start for both of them.
Moving on to the semi finals, Finian Maynard (RRD, NeilPryde) was robbed of a position in the race final after an unfortunate collision. “At the first mark I was coming in second behind Steve (Allen), doing a nice tight gybe, when Micah (Buzianis) came in from the side and T-boned me. I got fully taken out, and my sail went turtle as well, so I had no chance of catching the guys up. But what can I say, that’s racing you know". Micah Buzianis (JP, NeilPryde, MFC) went on to take second place, behind Stave Allen (Tabou, Gaastra) in first. In the second semi final, Ben Van Der Steen (Exocet, Simmer) failed to tune into the conditions, finishing uncharacteristically in last place. Antoine Albeau (Starboard, NeilPryde) didn’t need much prompting to take the lead, and won by almost an entire reach, leaving Patrik Diethelm (F2, North Sails) to front up the chasing pack and ultimately claim second place.
The final was dominated by Albeau (surprise, surprise..), with Gonzalo Costa in second followed really closely by Micah Buzianis in third. Steve Allen came in fourth and Julien Quentel in fifth.
In the losers final, Bjorn tried to amend his previous error when he didn’t qualified for the final, and finished first the heat followed by Ben Van Der Steen.
Man resluts after 1 race:
1.- Antoine Albeau 2.- Gonzalo Costa 3.- Micah Buzianis 4.- Steve Allen 5.- Julien Quentel
Photo Credit: PWA/J.Carter