We have only just had a round done, The winds have been so up and down, races cancelled and then restarted, squalls have nuked the site and shifte by 90 degrees, but finally we get our first result. First casualty was Ross Williams who has had to sit out all day since being over early. Fortunately for the Brits, Dan Ellis has been charging. Winning his first heat, 3rd in the semi final, but whilst lying in 5th in the final, had a mast fall accross him to bring him to 8th. The major upset of the day was Bjorn Dunkerbeck failing to reach the final. His starts were not up to scratch and in the semi came from behind and looked to be struggling in the lighter winds. He then looked to be hunting down the field to try and get a qualifying spot, and had almost caught them. However no one misses an opportunity like that and the leading pack put the foot down.
The final itself was won by Micah Buzianis, who gets his first bullet and seems to sail a lot better without the presence of Dunkerbeck. Cyril Moussalmani came in 4th, but it is Peter Volwater in third and reaching every final who is maybe the one to watch. He has not even done any training for this. The Slalom 42 format is definately making it tricky for sailors to have their prefered set up, but as it applies to everyone it adds a great deal of new excitement into the racing. The crowds, of which their are thousands of, lining the beaches and the bars are loving it. 5 races completed allows for a discard, to Bjorn, Kevin, Antoine and Ross\’s relief, but it certainly mixes the results up!
Report by Clyde Waite
Photo Credit: Clyde Waite