2005 Nivea World Cup Sylt - Day 3
<B>Day three of the Nivea World Cup Sylt 2005 belongs to one man: Bjorn Dunkerbeck.</B><br> As the Slalom 42 contest got underway on the third day of competition at the Nivea World Cup Sylt, it became clear that Bjorn Dunkerbeck (E-11, North Sails) is still the master of racing.
<PHOTO1>Day three of the Nivea World Cup Sylt 2005 belongs to one man: Bjorn Dunkerbeck.
As the Slalom 42 contest got underway on the third day of competition at the Nivea World Cup Sylt, it became clear that Bjorn Dunkerbeck (E-11, North Sails) is still the master of racing. The twelve times world champion left no doubt about who is the man to beat when it comes to slalom by taking four out of four rounds of Slalom 42.
Although the rain was pouring down almost the entire day, the wind was well up at around 20 knots and therefore no one was complaining. Instead, the Slalom 42 fleet got down to some fast and furious racing for the crowds that had turned up as they always do here in Sylt, rain or shine.
At 10:30 the riders got down to business with round one of Slalom 42. In the final, Bjorn Dunkerbeck (E-11, North Sails) set the tone of the day, by leaving everyone else well behind. Peter Volwater (H-24, F2) was showing impressive speed today and got second place in round one, before Antoine Albeau (F-192, Neil Pryde), who fiercely fought his way back to third place after crashing at the first buoy. Cyril Moussilmani (F-71, Fanatic) was coming in fast and hard, but had to settle for fourth, while Kevin Pritchard (US-3, Starboard/ MauiSails) took fifth.
<PHOTO2>In the second elimination, Pritchard came close to winning, but Dunkerbeck was once again the superior force on the water, dominating the final from start to finish. Things did look dodgy for Dunkerbeck for a minute though, when he broke his boom on his way out to the starting line. Antoine Albeau (F-192, Neil Pryde) also nearly got himself into trouble, breaking his mast only minutes before the start. Both riders managed to replace their kit on time however. At the finish line, Micah Buzianis (USA-34, F2/ North Sails) had no choice but to watch Dunkerbeck consolidating his lead at the Nivea World Cup Sylt from the third position. Antoine Albeau (F-192, Neil Pryde) came in fourth before Jimmy Diaz (ISV-11, North Sails) taking fifth place.
For the third elimination, the race format was altered. Each round consisted of three heats; two semifinals and one final, each heat featuring no less than twenty riders. After a general recall due to Pieter Bijl’s (NED-0, Fanatic/ Neil Pryde) early start, the remaining nineteen finalists screamed over the starting line, aiming to rob Dunkerbeck off his lead. But again it was the Terminator who controlled the heat, leaving no room for anyone to take his top spot. Antoine Albeau (F-192, Neil Pryde) made a strong effort, but couldn’t overtake Dunkerbeck therefore ending up with second place. Third position went to Australia’s Steve Allen (AUS-0, Fanatic/ Neil Pryde), who stayed ahead of France’s Cyril Moussilmani (F-71, Fanatic) and Holland’s Peter Volwater (H-24, F2).
<PHOTO3>Round four provided the final opportunity of the day for the hungry fleet to disrupt Dunkerbeck’s winning streak, but E-11 simply wouldn’t have it. As if there was just no other scenario imaginable, Dunkerbeck cleared out the race course four times in a row. Again Antoine Albeau (F-192, Neil Pryde) nailed second place, Micah Buzianis (USA-34, F2/ North Sails) again took third. Cyril Moussilmani (F-71, Fanatic) kept up his position in the upper regions by taking fourth before Steve Allen (AUS-0, Fanatic/ Neil Pryde) in fifth.
Although it looked as if the wave contest might get started as well, at the end of the day conditions turned out not to be solid enough to send the wavesailors out. Tomorrow’s skippers’ meeting is set for 10 o’clock, so log onto www.pwaworldtour.com again on the fourth day of competition at the Nivea World Cup Sylt 2005 to see what goes down on the final event of the season.