The sailors were kept waiting all day as the wind came and went. Windy in the gusts and nothing in the lulls. Some heats were re-run up to three times in the morning and then cancelled, which was harsh on some sailors.
The wind then reappeared at about 6pm, the double elimination got to a final. The next stage is to go against the top four of the first elimination. Laure Treboux (SUI4) of Switzerland and Taty Frans (NB9) of Bonaire made it to this stage.
Taty\’s Ponch double flakas were once again the talking point of the beach, he was really unbeatable yesterday. Laure Treboux had a close heat with Yoli of Venezuala, both were making Spocks and variations. Yolis outside moves included a spock and a forward loop which might have put her ahead of Laure. That was until Laure pulled off a really smooth planing Grubby, and a clew first spock 540 whilst Yoli fell.
Of the re-runs, this is what Bubble (Andy Chambers) of Vass had to say:
“The heat got re-run three times because we were not planing for a long enough amount of time, and you have to plane for 95% of the heat. I was robbed a bit because I won the first two heats, and then in the third heat Leo Ray beat me. They had cancelled the heat when I got back to the beach. The third won was run in even less wind than the first one and I lost”
Still he took it pretty well. There is no wind at the moment (very unusual) but it is bound to fill in a bit later on. We will keep you posted.
Photo Credit: PWA/Carter