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30 August 2014, 09:02 am
Alacati Produces The Goods
Race 5 Final
Race 5 Final

Pegasus Airlines Alacati PWA World Cup
Alacati, Turkey

A frustrating start to day four at the Pegasus Airlines PWA World Cup before Alacati delivered the most exciting racing of the week.
During the afternoon the wind slowly stabilised to provide 15-28 knots and in the end there were two separate winners' in each the men's and women's divisions. Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) struck back with his first bullet of the week, before Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde) claimed victory number two. Meanwhile, Delphine Cousin (Starboard / Loft Sails) became the first woman to defeat Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Mystic), before Offringa quickly returned to winning ways in elimination six.

Men's
Elimination Five - Winners' Final


The opening winners' final of the day saw a terrific battle for the top with several sailors holding the lead at any one time. Antoine Albeau made the best start of the bunch, but as the fleet rounded mark one it was Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails), who managed to edge into the lead by the narrowest of margins ahead of Arnon Dagan (RRD / NeilPryde), Albeau and Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Loft Sails). However, as by the second buoy it was Dagan who grabbed top spot, a lead he was able to hold until the penultimate straight. Albeau turned on the afterburners between mark three and four to move into lead. After safely navigating the final turn he stormed down the home straight to claim victory number one of the week ahead of Dagan and Bordes. Meanwhile, Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Chris Benz / Dunkerbeck Eyewear) earned his best finish so far as he claimed fourth place.

Elimination Six - Winners' Final

The winners' final of elimination five proved to be an exciting race, but elimination six didn't disappoint either with yet more exhilarating racing. Ben Van Der Steen (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic) timed his start best to cross the line in first place, but at the first mark the flying Dutchman proved almost inseparable from Micah Buzianis (JP / MauiSails) and Bjorn Dunkerbeck with the trio almost touching. With the front three distracted by each other Antoine Albeau raced into the lead, but his lead didn't last long as Dunkerbeck ran wide at the second mark, whilst battling with Albeau. Waiting in the wings was Julien Quentel, who swooped to move into the lead and then cruised to his second victory of the week to move back to the top of the event rankings, just ahead of Albeau, who claimed second. However, the action wasn't finished there as Dunkerbeck dropped his third gybe allowing Buzianis, Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / North) and Van Der Steen back into the frame. On the final straight Van Der Steen made full use of his blistering speed to claim third ahead of Buzianis, fourth and Mortefon, fifth.

Julien Quentel said: "I'm really happy I was on my 7.0m and small board. At the second gybe I managed to go inside Bjorn and then hold onto the lead. The wind was really strong and I'm really happy to win for the second time this week and its even better that it keeps me at the top of the rankings."

Elsewhere in the sixth elimination Sinan Gerzile wasted a golden opportunity to qualify for the quarterfinals. The Turk held fourth place as he entered the final gybe, which he ultimately crashed, presenting Amado Vrieswijk (Starboard / Severne) with the perfect present as the Bonairean snuck into the final qualifying position behind Steve Allen (Starboard / Severne), Bjorn Dunkerbeck and Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / Loft Sails / Mystic).

Women
Elimination Five - Winners' Final

Delphine Cousin timed her start to perfection to break into the lead from the outset and for the first time Sarah-Quita Offringa didn't hold the lead at the first mark. The reigning PWA Slalom World Champion was able to hold off the 2011 PWA Slalom World Champion as well as Lena Erdil (Patrik / Loft Sails / Mystic / AL360) and Valerie Ghibaudo (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic). From here Cousin remained focused and composed and it wasn't long before she was celebrating her first bullet of the week. Behind her Erdil out manoeuvred SQO to claim second place, whilst Offringa finished third - a result she can discard - and Ghibaudo fourth.

Elimination Six - Winners' Final


Valerie Ghibaudo entered the opening buoy of the second winners' final of the day in first place ahead of Sarah-Quita Offringa, Delphine Cousin and Fulya Ünlü. Ghibaudo was able to hold onto her until the third mark, but unfortunately flamed her gybe, which allowed Offringa to burst into first place followed by Erdil Unlu and Cousin. The usually flawless Offringa, made her way through an extremely shaky final gybe, which gave Erdil a chance at victory, but unfortunately for the Turk she wasn't able to take full advantage of the opportunity presented before her as Offringa claimed victory number five. Erdil secured second ahead of Cousin in third, whilst Estelle Barré (Fanatic / North) finished fourth - her best so far.

The forecast for Saturday predicts further wind, although not as strong. As in the previous days the action will commence from 11:00.

Results After Elimination Six Pegasus Airlines Alicati PWA World Cup - Men's Slalom

1 Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde)
2 Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)
3 Pascal Toselli (Starboard / Point-7)
4 Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / North)
5 Arnon Dagan (RRD / NeilPryde)
6 Tristan Algret (Patrik / Loft Sails / Mystic)
7 Ben Van Der Steen (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic)
8 Josh Angulo (Angulo / Gun Sails)
9 Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic)
10 Matteo Iachino (Fanatic / North)

Results After Elimination Six Pegasus Airlines Alicati PWA World Cup - Women's Slalom

1 Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Mystic)
2 Delphine Cousin (Starboard / Loft Sails)
3 Lena Erdil (Patrik / Loft Sails / Mystic / AL360)
4 Fujiko Onishi (Starboard / Loft Sails)
5 Fulya Ünlü (Starboard / Severne)
5 Cagla Kubat (Starboard / Loft Sails

Don't miss any of the exhilarating racing by tuning into www.pwaworldtour.com where you'll be able to follow the amazing action as it happens via the PWA live stream and live ticker.

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