Nivea World Cup Sylt – Day 3, late update

A new format was put into place for the last two races of the day, 16 man heats and longer reaches meant no room for error. Fail to reach the final and you are in 17th place. Unfortunately such a fate happened to Ross Williams, one of the few guys to have really put pressure on Bjorn. Ross was over early in the 3rd race. It is windier with more swell, but there is also driving rain. It is pretty hard to see the start line. Two gybe marks are near to the beach which is working very well with the masses of spectators. The first final was a walk in the park for Bjorn, the usual names challenging including Pritchard, Buzianis, Diaz, Volwater and Mousilmani. But the only one even close was Albeau. On the penultimate reach he was within a few board lengths of Dunkerbeck. That was until the final reach, incoming over the swell where Bjorn found several more gears and left everyone standing. The second races drew more excitment, with half the fleet in each race the approach to the gybe marks is intense. This time Ross made no errors in his race to make the final. Bjorn also led his heat early, however, accompanied by gasps from the crowd he completly over cooked the gybe well in front of the buoy as he hit a wave. He looked to be going into a 360, with the boom on the water. The chasing pack were not that close behind, so with super human strength he pulls the sail out of the water and holds on as his 7.8 is whipped round. He qualifies in first place… Deja vu of the whole 1990\’s? I think so! So to the final, this time Bjorn overtakes on the first gybe mark, but it is not a cruise. He battles for position with Albeau all the way up the 2nd leg, swapping till the buoy. He comes out of the last gybe in first and manages to stay there with Albeau on his heels all the way.Ross Williams of UK sails a fantastic race to position in 5th, his highest so far. Bjorn 4 out of 4 and showing no signs of anything else. Report by Clyde Waite, find me on the forum for any discussion about the event.

Photo Credit: Clyde Waite


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