Event leader Micah BUZIANIS (US-34 JP / NeilPryde) glided effortlessly through his qualifying heat yesterday at the Colgate PWA World Cup in Sylt, Germany, while tour leader Antoine ALBEAU (F-192 Starboard / NeilPryde) secured his spot in the final just before the wind shut down.
Third placed Arnon DAGAN (ISR-1, Fanatic / NeilPryde) is still very much in the game just ahead of light wind racing wizard Ross WILLIAMS (GBR-83 Tabou / Gaastra). The wave and freestyle fleets are forced to patiently sit out yet another day for their turn to perform.
Race Director Juan Antonio ARAGON made no hesitation to set a course, when after a windless morning, 8-11 knots of wind materialised. Next on the agenda was race five, with four qualifying heats and two semi-finals deciding who'd earn places in a 12 man final.
Bernd FLESSNER (G-16, F2/ NeilPryde) showed early form, easily winning his heat, and Ross WILLIAMS won heat three and Bjorn DUNKERBECK (E-11, North) won heat 5.
Gusty winds then disrupted play but the first semi-final was completed and ALBEAU clearly showed his intentions with a competitive win over Steve ALLEN (AUS-0 Tabou / Gaastra) and the impressive Florent RENARD (FRA-5, JP / NeilPryde).
Another name who's impressed on his debut Slalom 42 event was Klaas VOGET (G4, Fanatic / Neil Pryde) missed out this time, but is sure to be a name to watch out for in the future.
Racing was called off around 15.00 leaving the last semi final and winners and losers pending. With winds still unsuitable for freestyle, the event crew ended competition for the day at 17.00 and set a skippers' meeting for 08.00 for day 8, with a first possible start of 08.30 for all wavesailors, racers and freestylers. The event also has its own German language website www.worldcupsylt.de
. A positive long range forecast could see competition starting immediately after the show opens.
Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) Events are designated as ISAF Special Events. There are five main disciplines that are held on the PWA World Tour: Wave, Freestyle, Race (Slalom 42), Super X and Indoor. Competitors at each World Tour event score points towards the PWA Annual Ranking list. At the end of the season, the sailor with the highest total score in each discipline is the PWA World Champion for that year. For more information on the PWA, the events and the sailors visit the PWA website - www.pwaworldtour.com.
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