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3 August 2006, 01:21 pm
ALBEAU Attacks
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Jim Beam Funboard Slalom World Championships 2006
Alacati, Turkey

The second day brought again perfect conditions for the competitors at the Jim Beam IFCA Slalom World Championships in Alacati, Turkey. Another full elimination was run for the Men and Masters and with some of the favourites stumbling, the French dominator Antoine ALBEAU took his chance to attack the lead.
The men's elimination three was thrilling, as quite a few of the favourites stuggled and missed the final. The leader Finian MAYNARD (IVB) was affected as well as the current IFCA Slalom World Champion Micah BUZIANIS (USA). All of them had to fight for the places eleven to 20 in the B-Final which opened the door for other racers to score and move up in the ranking.

ALBEAU Takes Victory

ALBEAU and MAYNARD had an open field to match it out among each other in the final. At the first mark they arrived together head to head. But on the second leg and at the second jibe the French dominator managed to drag away. ALBEAU achieved a clear victory with Kevin PRITCHARD (USA) in second place. In third followed Jimmy DIAZ (ISV) in front of the French hotshot Julien QUENTEL (FRA) and Ben VAN DER STEEN (NED).

Another fourth elimination was started in the afternoon but as the wind went down, when the sunset came the competition was abandoned just before the quarter-finals.

After three eliminations MAYNARD is still in the lead with 1.40 points. But his opponents have been able to close up and are now within striking distance. ALBEAU is in second place with 2.70 points and PRITCHARD follows with 4.00 points. BUZIANIS and Ross WILLIAMS (GBR) also have chances for a podium finish as they are tied with 9.00 points on fourth and fifth place. Together they raise the pressure on the competitors on the top.

FAUSTER Moves Top In Women's Battle

In the women's fleet the current leader and last year's Alacati winner Allison SHREEVE (AUS) stumbled twice with only two third places. Her closest opponents Verena FAUSTER (ITA) and Karin JAGGI (SUI) took advantage of this and each of them was able to score a victory and a second place. At the end of the day it was FAUSTER who had the widest smile as she leads the IFCA Slalom World Championships with 3.40 points. But everything is very close among the girls as SHREEVE is just one point behind followed by JAGGI, who is just another 0.30 points back with 4.70 points.

Among the Youth sailors Pascal SOMERS (BEL) slipped once with an over early but fought back with another victory resulting in the optimum of 2.10 points. On his heals he still has the two Turkish hotshots Emirhan KOLBURAN (TUR) with 4.40 points and Enes YYLMAZER (TUR) with 6.00 points. Massimo MASSERINI (ITA) leads the masters fleet with 3.40 points with Francesco D'URSO (ITA) on his heals.

Racing continues at the Jim Beam IFCA Slalom World Championships until Saturday 5 August.

Matthias REGBER (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Action from Turkey:© Sportworks
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