Cabo Verde World Cup – Trials Event Day 3
Josh Angulo’s (MauiSails) watched very second of the qualifying contest on Sal so far.
He called in to let you know what went down on day 3.
'Wow.... today we were blessed with a small swell that popped up more than expected and the uncooperative winds suddenly came good. A 9am skippers’ meeting saw sailors heading to Mont Leao with head judge Jerome Boggio-Pasqua to try and take advantage of a rare direct North wind direction that works good on a west swell.
The swell wasn’t big enough there and the back-up race crew called in from Ponta Preta to give reports of a few small sets starting to show.
At 11 am first heats were on, and the swell steadily built and the wind steadily swung to its more normal side-offshore direction.
The remaining 3 heats in round 1 saw Yann Sorlut (Simmer) come out of the gates firing and tackle Portuguese sailor Augusto Texeira who is more used to the sandy beaches of Guincho than the rock point break of Ponta Preta.
In the next heat in a hard fought battle, local ripper Mitu Monteiro narrowly edged Francisco Porcella (Simmer), to be the first Capverdian to advance direct to the 3rd round.
Also in that heat, local youth Wagner Love gave an outstanding performance but was still relegated to the 2nd round.
In the final heat of round1, new school Guadeloupian Jamille Cuban (Quatro / Gun) took 3 trips to the rocks, broke a couple masts and went back for more, however despite his solid efforts, newly-returned-to-the-tour sailor Diony Guadagnino (Mistral) was sailing with a fervour and style that I have never seen from him before - he was definitely one of the day’s standouts.
Round 2 saw a group of 16 hungry guys in the do or die consolation round give it their all to get a spot in the round of 3 and chance to battle at what would be the deciding heats of who gets in to the main event or not.
The 8 sailors advancing were, Djo Silva, Jules Denel, Titik Lopes, Jean-Sebastian Lange, Levi Lenz (Naish / Naish), Jake Miller (Quatro), Francisco Porcella and Ondrej Erban.
The start of round 3 saw some of the best sets of the day in which Kai Katchadourian (Quatro / Simmer) quickly capitalized and won a solid heat over Ondrej Erban from the Czech-Republic who put in a great showing. Happy Kai became the first trialist guaranteed a slot in the World Cup.
The 2nd heat up saw Jean-Baptiste Caste and Capverdian Djo Silva in a full on seesaw battle, which gave the young Frenchman the edge in the last seconds of the heat.
The 3rd and final heat that was completed today was between Francisco Porcella and Dany Bruch (F2 / Gaastra).
This hotly contested heat saw two heavy-hitters milking the dying swell on the filling-in tide. Francisco Porcella scored the better sets and the heat victory with it, joining Kai and Jean-Baptiste in the main event.
Tomorrow we hope to find a suitable spot on Sal’s west coast to finish round 3 and get our trials qualifiers.’
Thanks once again to Josh for leaving the Angulo Windsurfing Center to run itself, and take the time to send in these reports.
© PWA / Brian McDowell