Slalom just gets better!
Yesterday\’s action was far from the processions of old. Dunkerbeck crashed out literally of two finals. Albeau made mistakes under the pressure and generally there was no one name who was favourite for the day. It\’s not that Dunkerbeck is sailing worse, more a case that everyone else has got much better. It is tough at the top. The last final of the day even saw all of the competitors apart from 3 disqualified!
Ross Williams and Peter Volwater were flying high in the rankings due to their greater consistency. This meant that Dunkerbeck, Maynard, Buzianis, Angulo and Bijl need the two discards.
Josh Angulo, despite wrecking one of his (or, Micah Buzianis\’s sails, which he is borrowing) yesterday, has just recorded a 3rd place, with Antoine Albeau 2nd and Buzianis 1st, (Dunkerbeck 5th, Bijl 4th).
At time of writing this leaves the frenchman back in 1st place overall and dominating once more. Completion of this race also means that the mens fleet count two discards in total – favouring the least consistent windsurfers. Antoine Albeau is in 1st, Bjorn Dunkerbeck right back up in 2nd, Peter Volwater in 3rd, Ross Williams in 4th and Kevin Pritchard in 5th. Pritchard crashed out early of the last race and has to count a 30.5 towards his overall score. He will need another 4 races to discard that result, presuming he does not finish lower. Dunkerbeck cannot afford to finish out of the top 5 if he wants an event win. Albeau, Williams and Volwater still have low discards and therefore a bit more of a cushion for error.
Karin Jaggi untouchable in the first two days has seen her lead drop. Valerie Ghibhado won the last race whilst Sarah Quita Offringa preferred the slightly lighter conditions and came in at second, Jaggi in third. Karin Jaggi still leads, but with one and a half days racing to go she still can\’t relax..