Another full-on day at Sotavento Beach today.
By eleven in the morning heats were already running to finish the first double elimination.
In the women, the pressure was on Daida Ruano and Laure Treboux. But it was Daida who made it all the way through to finish third after winning against Emma Johanson, Nayra Alonso, Laure, Iballa Ruano and Junko Nagoshi. Only a solid Yoli de Brendt could stop the current world champion. In the final though, she didn’t have such a good performance and Sarah-Quita Offringa had an amazing heat, finishing in first position in this first double elimination.
In the men, Mevissen had a good run passing through three heats, but couldn’t beat Campello, who after faced Leo Ray. Leo sailed well, but Ricardo was on fire, throwing pushy table-tops and big backies off chop (he even landed a double froward today).
On the other side of the draw, two men were determined to make a come back: Kiri Thode and Taty Frans. Both faced each other finally and it was Kiri who advance to face Campello.
Campello sailed especially solid today, and went through to the next heat against Normen Gunzlein. Gunzlein couldn\’t do anything to stop Campello and neither could Tonky Frans or Gollito Estredo.
Finally Campello was against Marcilio Browne, and won the first heat of the final. This meant they had to do a second heat so Marcilio could have his second chance. This time Marcilio didn’t make so many mistakes and was determine to keep his first position, and so he did.
Straight away, head judge Duncan Coombs decided to start a new elimination. The main surprises happen in the womens fleet when Iballa Ruano lost to Nina Tjernberg and Silvia Alba to Anna Jonsson.
In the men fleet, no big surprises yet. Tomorrow skippers meeting will be at 10:30 again.
Check here tomorrow for more news.
Photo Credit: PWA/J.Carter