The wind, swell and rain has all picked up, as we witnessed some really good slalom action. The first slalom ladder was won by Bjorn Dunkerbeck, on a production RS T1. He is clearly in Terminator mode, Peter Volwater sailed a blinder to finish 2n. The UK\’s Ross Williams also made the final, showing a fine performance in the semi finals. Kit choice is as ever proving critical, as sailors are actually breaking stuff and having to borrow.
The second round of slalom soon got underway, as the conditions become harder. There were a lot of changes of places around the gybes and plenty of overtaking opportunities amongst the breaking swell. Micah Buzianis was well in control as he took victory in the first semi final. Then there was some excitement on the beach as Bjorn broke his sail and had to race back to borrow another one. He had stormed his first heat, but the semi final was a different story. A bad start and he was on the inside line to the gybe having to push really tight. Ross Williams at this point was pushing hardest and Bjorn really had to fight to edge past him. Cyril Moussalmani was meanwhile convincing in the front. It was only half way down the final reach that Bjorn and Ross finally squeezed to the final, 4 boards were inches apart.
The final was another story, Bjorn had blistering speed down the first reach, and after the first gybe was way in frontthe pack who had to fight for second place. Ross fought really hard to make 6th. But it was Kevin Pritchards turn to follow Dunky in Second. Check out next months Boardseeker Magazine for the full race on video!
We have now stopped for lunch, before starting another round of slalom and then looking for a wave call.
Report by Clyde Waite
Photo Credit: Clyde Waite