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PWA Bonaire – Girl Chat with Maeli Cherel

What a day. The wind started strong and didn’t stop blowing all day. It almost felt like we were in Fuerte with some of the guys on 4.4’s. I even rigged my 3.3 in preparation and was planing on it. In the end I decided to go on 4.0 to make sure I was powered up enough in my first heat against Curacao local Floor, who braved it out on her smallest sail: 4.8…

None of the girls had expected such high winds in Bonaire so they had to make do with the smallest sails they had brought (big range from 4.0 to 4.8). A lot of us were overpowered but happy to be using the smaller sizes. When I met her in the morning, Yoli was looking forward to using her 4.2 and not having to pump. Her elbow is still very sore and the pain has extended to her shoulder. At the moment she is sailing against physio orders, so I’m sure that once the competition ends tomorrow she’ll give her arm a rest to recover for Fuerteventura.

With Bonaire delivering perfect conditions once again, the girls were ripping. Despite having to change up a sail (from 4.4 to 4.8) at the last minute, Oda sailed an amazing heat against Yoli, landing all her moves perfectly: shaka, one handed funnel, switch Kono, double flaka and more. Yoli was also on fire and it was a tight heat but in the end Oda claimed it. She then managed to beat Maaike (who again put on a flawless performance) in the losers final and ended in 3rd place.
It will be interesting to see what happens tomorrow. So far there has been lots of surprises and nail biting heats…

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