Nivea World Cup Sylt – Day 4, final report.

The wind steadied for the second round, but this time it was more like surf slalom in the onshore conditions. Starting way out to sea, the competitors sped through the course maxed on their biggest boards and medium sails to the finish which was just off the beach.

This time the UK was represented in the final by a slightly underpowered Ross Williams, Dan Ellis got taken out whilst in 3rd place during the semis, he tried to protest dangerous sailing to deaf ears. Both Kevin Pritchard and Bjorn Dunkerbeck had points to prove after not making the final in race 5. Kevin certainly did this, by winning this race, race 6 comfortably. It was a great performance from him, and Albeau who was not far behind.

So Bjorn can be beaten you might think, and maybe his competitors too have realised that. But they may have left that a little late. One thing is for sure, if you want an exciting race then start with Bjorn at the back. This he did in the semi final, he picks off his prey one by one to get his place. He is also one of the few to really attack the gybe. If there is a gap he takes it, sometimes it doesnt quite work. Most of the time it does. Today perhaps wasn,t his day, in the Final he fought back to second place, only to be slow out of the final gybe where Micah and Albeau got him, a result Micah Buzianis will no doubt be very happy about. With one discard it is still Bjorn in the lead, but the battle for second is wide open.

Full results

After 6 races and 1 discard. 1.Bjorn Dunkerbeck, 2. Antoine Albeau, 3. Micah Buzianis, 4.Cyril Moussalmani, 5. Peter Volwater

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