Another full-on day at Sotavento. The second single and double elimination were complete in only one day.
The competition started early in the morning, with the last heats of the second single elimination.
In the men, all of the hot sailors were in the top eight. Kiri Thode, Gollito Estredo, Taty Frans., Ricardo Campello, Normen Gunzlein, Tonky Frans, Leo Ray and Marcilio Browne. There is no need to say how spectacular these heats were. Estredo, Campello, Frans and Browne pass into the top four, with Campello and Frans in the losers final and Browne and Estredo in the winners final.
In the losers final, Ricardo Campello pulled more explosive and spectacular moves and won, finishing in third. In the final, it was a difficult decision for the judges and opinions at the beach were diverse. In the end, Marcilio Browne got his second single elimination victory over Gollito.
In the ladies, top four this time were Daida Ruano, Yoli deBrendt, Junko Ngoshi and Sarah Quita Offringa. Yoli and Junko fought for the third and fourth place and the Venezuelan won.
In the final, Sarah won against Daida, and it was pretty much done for her to win this year the world title. Sarah is just at another level and is pretty much unbeatable.
Straight away the double elimination started. The plan for the event is to finish three doubles so the sailors can have a discard.
The biggest come back was from Antxon Otaegui, but even he couldn’t pass against Kiri Thode. Thode went then to face his cousin Tonky Frans, and Tonky got through to fight against Campello. Campello seemed specially fired up today to get a victory, and won against Tonky, facing Gollito after. Gollito sailed well, but his foot injury is not letting him do his best. Campello won this heat and also won the first final against Marcilio Browne.
This meant that they had to run a second final. In the second final Marcilio just pulled an amazing no-handed air Flaka that made the difference. He won the heat and with it, the second double elimination. Whatever happens, he is now the event winner, as if they complete a third double elimination, he will still have two first places and one discard.
In the girls, Alonso made a good comeback up to sixth, but couldn’t do anything when she faced an on fire Laure Treboux. Laure was desperate to get a good result in this double to keep her chances of podium in this event alive. After Alonso, she also won against Junko Nagoshi, who wasn’t sailing her best, and also against Yoli de Brendt. But it was Daida Ruano who stop the run from the Swiss and went into the final against Sarah Quita. There was nothing Daida could do against the Aruban, and Sarah has another victory under her belt, has won the event and the World Title.
Photo Credit: PWA/J.Carter