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13 September 2004, 09:44 am
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The 2004 PWA Canadian Freestyle World Cup
Magdalene Islands

The Freestyle World Cup has drawn to a conclusion here in the beautiful Magdelene Islands with Spanish sailor Daida MORENO taking the overall victory despite losing to her sister Iballa in the second single elimination final here this morning.
With crystal clear skies making up for the previous day's torrential rain, competition kicked off early yesterday with just enough time to run the winners and losers final of the second single elimination before fading winds became too gusty to continue with official competition. Iballa MORENO'S win yesterday morning was enough to move her into second place overall in the final event results, leapfrogging Swiss sailor Karin JAGGI (F2, Arrows) who was forced to settle for third. After a superb comeback in the double elimination, Junko NAGOSHI of Japan picked up fourth place overall, with Spanish sailor Silvia ALBA taking fifth.

Winds yesterday morning were blowing around 15 knots here in the Lagune du Havre aux Basques with perfect flat-water conditions for the winners and losers finals of the second single elimination. In the opening heat of the day, the experience and wider ranging repertoire of Karin JAGGI (F2, Arrows) proved enough to earn her third place despite a fighting performance from Junko NAGOSHI of Japan. The all Moreno final was next up on the water with both sisters as determined as each other to take the victory. Sailing below her normal standard, Daida dropped several moves in the opening minutes while Iballa was 'in the zone', nailing a spock, a one handed spock, a grubby and willy skipper. The world champion fought with gritted resolve but failed to close the gap as Iballa forged ahead with consistent moves throughout the heat.

The results here in Canada leave this years overall rankings with Daida MORENO (Mistral, North) clearly in first with four straight victories, Karin JAGGI (F2, Arrows) second, Nayra ALONSO (Fanatic) third, Silvia ALBA (Neil Pryde, JP) and Iballa MORENO (Mistral, North) 5th. Last night the event drew to its final conclusion at the closing ceremony where the event winners and 2004 overall champions were crowned.

Next stop on the PWA world tour is in the contrasting location of Sylt, Germany where both men and women' s fleets will battle it out in both wave and racing disciplines. Stay tuned to the PWA web site for all the news results and pictures keeping you updated on all that is happening on the PWA world tour.

RESULTS AFTER ONE DOUBLE AND ONE SINGLE ELIMINATION

1. DAIDA MORENO (Mistral, North)
2. IBALLA MORENO (Mistral, North)
3. KARIN JAGGI (F2, Arrows)
4. JUNKO NAGOSHI
5. SILVIA ALBA (JP, Neil Pryde)

WOMEN'S OVERALL RANKINGS 2004

1. DAIDA MORENO (Mistral, North)
2. KARIN JAGGI (F2, Arrows)
3. NAYRA ALONSO (Fanatic)
4. SILVIA ALBA (JP, Neil Pryde)
5. IBALLA MORENO (Mistral, North)
Vivienne Masters (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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