Elimination One - Winners' Final
The winners' final had to be re-sailed, which caused uproar on the beach between many of the sailors, due to the finish mark drifting as the sailors headed down the final straight. Upon the restart, Josh Angulo (Angulo / Gun Sails), once again made the best start, as he did on many occasions, but he was unable to make the most of his lead as he dropped his opening gybe, allowing Arnon Dagan to gain control of the ahead of Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde), Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / North) and Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / Severne).
Over the remainder of the course the Israeli was able to extend his lead and he was soon celebrating claiming victory, his second bullet of the year. Behind him Cyril Moussilmani was able to overtake Quentel for second, whilst Mortefon claimed fourth after Taty Frans (Starboard / MauiSails / Mystic / MFC) slipped back to fifth place, having worked so hard to climb back through the field after a poor start.
With the extreme racing conditions on offer there was plenty of drama, close calls and hard fought battles throughout the entire first race. In the opening round there were shock early exits for both Pascal Toselli (Starboard / Point-7) and Matteo Iachino (Fanatic / North), who sit third and sixth respectively in the world rankings, proving just how tricky the conditions were. Meanwhile, Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / Loft Sails / Mystic) pipped Milan Gielingh (Patrik / KA Sail), who was making his debut on the PWA Slalom World Tour, to the final qualifying place from heat eight as the duo enjoyed an enthralling battle for the line. Unfortunately for the eighteen year old, Cousin just came out on top after the photo finish.
Elsewhere, Andrea Rosati (RRD / NeilPryde) and eventual winner Arnon Dagan did brilliantly to qualify from heat twelve after overtaking both Sebastian Kornum and Ludovic Jossin (Patrik / Loft Sails). Maciek Rutkowski (Patrik / Point-7) pipped Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails) to the final qualifying place into the winners' final. As the Frenchman approached the line he caught a wave, causing him to slow, whilst allowing Rutkowski to steal fourth.
Reigning world champion - Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) - failed to qualify for the first winners' final of the week after crashing into Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic) on the exit of the first gybe of heat fourteen. However, Albeau was able to win the losers' final to limit any further damage.
The second elimination was started, but after the opening six heats had been completed the wind dropped back. Sailors remained on hold until 16:45, but with conditions failing to improve were released for the day.
The forecast for Sunday again shows wind for the morning, so the skippers' meeting for the wave and freestyle fleets shall be held at 08:00 with the action commencing from 08:30, if conditions allow. Meanwhile, the slalom sailors will meet at 10:00 with a first possible start of 10:30.
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