PWA Grand Slam Fuerte – Day 3

Despite the really strong winds, the Slalom 42 fleet struggled to get three rounds done. The speed was postponed for a day in order to get as many rounds in as possible. The days always starts a bit lighter and picks up to a gusty 40 knots, making the correct sail and board choice most important.

The start boat and first inside gybe were falling foul to lulls in the wind, causing many postponements. Add to this the number of general recalls and the patience of everyone was flailing as it took most of the day to get 2 rounds done. A third round was started, but despite the 40knot winds, there was a constant lull by the start line. Meaning the final was never started.

Antoine Albeau now tops the rankings, as Bjorn Dunkerbeck dropped to 4th. Bjorn had a miserable day, in the first final he struggled to get going and looked for the race abandoned flag. It was never abandoned and he finished way down in the final, whilst Antoine Albeau came in at 2nd and Micah 1st in convincing style.

The second race got even windier, following his 6th place of the previous race, it was a good start for Ross Williams as he lead his heat start to finish despite Bjorn Dunkerbeck breathing down his neck. Ross said that he is going to beat the big man once in his life and was no way going to let him past. Unfortunately Ross didn’t keep his amazing form of that race and only made the losers final. Coming in at 24th shows how consistent you need to be in the 12 man heats to keep in the top 10.

The final race turned out to be a repeat of Pozo. Antoine Albeau blitzed the pack with warp speed. He crossed the finish line as most were just exiting the last gybe mark. Bjorn made an uncharacteristic mistake and fell just in front of Taty Frans, who kept his cool and went on to post his best result of the competition. Finian Maynard came in at 3rd, his speed and presence on the course is devasting! He is usually first to the mark down the massively broad first reach, however this final he got caught up in the pack. He seemed happy with 3rd with though.

Karin Jaggi again won the ladies. Sailing on a 5.0 metre sail she has the best gybes, and is now way in front of the rankings.

Photo Credit: PWA/Carter


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