PWA ALACATI WORLD CUP
The fourth day of the Pegasus Airlines PWA World Cup witnessed another enthralling day of action on the water as Alacati delivered the perfect slalom conditions for the third day in a row. With the sun shining and the wind blowing, between 15-25 knots, hundreds of spectators were treated to a sight to behold as the elite of the slalom world delivered another outstanding display. Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) was simply untouchable as he took home two bullets, which now means the big Frenchman has won incredible four out of the six eliminations completed thus far.
Men’s Slalom – Elimination Five – Winners’ Final
Pascal Toselli (RRD / Point-7) and Antoine Albeau burst across the line ahead of the rest of the fleet. However, as he has done so often this week, Albeau ensured that he was the first man to the opening buoy after flying down the opening leg, at this point Toselli and Ben Van Der Steen were just behind him. However Albeau continued to fly down the straights and plane all the way through his gybes, which made him uncatchable and it wasn’t long before he claimed another bullet. Behind him Toselli held second place as he approached the final mark, but Van Der Steen cranked through a gybe before lighting up the final straight with his blistering place. Amazingly the flying Dutchman managed to overturn the deficit he faced, as he snatched second place from the hands of Toselli.
Elimination Six – Winners’ Final
The second winners’ final of the day saw Ross Williams and Josh Angulo time their starts to perfection, however it wasn’t long before the man of the moment, Albeau, had positioned himself at the front once more and this is where he stayed for the entirety of the race. Williams stayed within touching distance of Albeau to the second mark, but with Dunkerbeck and Van Der Steen for company, Albeau managed to increase his lead. The terminator stalled on the exit of the third gybe, which presented Van Der Steen with the opportunity to pounce. Unfortunately for the Dutchman he couldn’t take full advantage and Dunkerbeck was able to hold off his rival. In the end it Albeau claimed the victory followed by Williams, Dunkerbeck and Van Der Steen with Angulo not far behind.
Antoine’s words after the day of racing:
So today was a GOOD day !!
First heat this morning on my 8.6 Evo4 and 129 RRD, wind was light and gusty, then it pick up a lot, so I was on my 7.8 Evo4 and 114 RRD and then 8.6 and 114 for the final. I had a good start middle of the line, arriving a bit in front of Pascal Toselli and then lead the fleet until the finishing line.
Second slalom of the day, I was all the time on my 8.6 Evo4 and 114 RRD, super start in my semi and good start in the final at the boat, I run over all the guy and arrived in first position at the first mark.
So happy of this day today, still two days to go !!
Bonne journée aujourd’hui !!
Premier heat en 8.6 Evo4 et 129 RRD, le vent était assez léger et très irrégulier, le vent est monté après alors je suis passé en 7.8 Evo4 et 114 RRD et puis 8.6 Evo4 et 114RRD pour la finale. J’ai eu un bon départ au milieu de la ligne, j’arrive un peu devant Pascal T et je fini la course en tête jusqu’à l’arrivée.
2eme slalom de la journée j’étais toute la journée en 8.6 Evo4 et 114 RRD, super départ en demi et bon départ en finale, j’ai abattu sur toute la flotte en arrivant 1er à la 1ere bouée.
Super content de cette journée, il nous reste encore 2 jours de course !!
Results After Six Eliminations – Men’s Slalom
1st Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)
2nd Ben Van Der Steen
3rd Bjorn Dunkerbeck
8th Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde)