2006 London Boat Show in Association with the Daily Mail - Day 2
<PHOTO1>High paced action and a wide variety of winners characterize the first day of official competition.
The first official day of competition at the 2006 London Boat Show in Association with The Daily Mail saw the full display of disciplines from freestyle via slalom to the jumping contest.
In the freestyle opening act, it was Jose Estredo (V-1, Fanatic/ North Sails) who dominated the pool in the men’s competition and Daida Moreno (E-64, Mistral/ North Sails) made no distinction in her dominance in the women’s division, whether it’s indoor or outdoor. All sailors got three attempts to impress the judges with their best freestyle moves. On each run they busted out a move going out and coming back in. It was Estredo’s switch chachoos and generally smooth and radical style that brought him victory over runner up Nicolas Akgazciyan (F-400, Neil Pryde), who went for the gozada twice but couldn’t pull them around to finish in first place. Antxon Otaegui (E-169, JP/ Neil Pryde) took the bronze.
In the women’s field, Daida Moreno (E-64, Mistral/ North Sails) took the pool by storm with spinloops and a grubby, securing her first victory of the 2006 season before her sister Iballa Moreno (E-63, Mistral/ North Sails) in second, Nayra Alonso (E-4, Fanatic/ Severne) in third and Junko Nagoshi (J-11, F2) in fourth position, all going for spocks with the best of them.
Next up, slalom in a two-man race format. In back to back heats, the field was quickly mowed down to the final four racers. In the men’s first semifinal, Ricardo Campello (V-111, JP/ Neil Pryde) managed to stay ahead of Josh Angulo (US-11), while in semifinal number two Nik Baker (K-66, Mistral/ North Sails) secured his spot in the final at the expense of compatriot Ben Proffitt (K-800, Fanatic). Before the final, Proffitt went on to face Angulo in a collision filled losers’ final. It was Angulo who had the edge over Proffitt, by winning two out of three heats to claim his victory.
<PHOTO2>The winner of the 1st day of slalom was to be determined in a best two-out-of-three final format between Ricardo Campello (V-111, JP/ Neil Pryde) and Nik Baker (K-66, Mistral/ North Sails). Baker and Campello didn’t leave each other an inch of space, but Baker succeeded in staying in front of Campello in the first heat. In the second heat, it looked like Campello would force Baker to sail a final third heat, as the three times freestyle world champion was on point throughout the entire race. But on the very last reach, Baker was quicker to pick up speed coming out of the last gybe and sailed straight passed Campello who pumped like crazy to avert disaster, but couldn’t prevent Baker from taking 1st place today.
In the women’s slalom final, it took Daida Moreno (E-64, Mistral/ North Sails) three heats to leave her sister behind. Daida won the first heat, but Iballa took the second one, making it all come down to the third heat. Both sisters crashed on the first mark, but Daida recovered first and didn’t make any mistakes on her way to the finish line. Meanwhile, Nayra Alonso (E-4, Fanatic/ Severne) beat Junko Nagoshi (J-11, F2) in the losers’ final and landed third place.
Finishing off day number one of the 2006 London Boat Show in Association with The Daily Mail was the sensational jumping discipline, where the boys and girls truly are separated from the men and women. Each sailor got a total of three runs to stick that perfect jump, with the best two jumps counting and having to be different jumps. In a first round filled with spectacular jumps and vicious crashes, Yannick Anton (F-8), Ricardo Campello (V-111, JP/ Neil Pryde), Nik Baker (K-66, Mistral/ North Sails) and Josh Angulo (US-11) were the ones to advance to the final round. Campello pulled off the highest scoring jump of the day – a 28.5 pushloop – without his harness on, having forgotten to put it on in all the excitement. Again, three jumps each would determine today’s jumping winner. On the first run, Nik Baker scored highest with an impressive table top forward, while jumping big gun Campello uncharacteristically failed to deliver with a crashed out pushloop. At the second go, Campello redeemed himself with a 23.5 table top forward, with Baker right behind him with a 21.5 table top. While Baker completely overrotated on a backloop in the third and final jump, Campello consolidated his lead with a brutal pushloop, racking up 27 points and today’s number one prize. Josh Angulo closed the men’s performance with a huge pushloop of his own, earning him 24.5 points and third place after Nik Baker and before Yannick Anton.
<PHOTO3>It wasn’t all guys hitting the ramp here in London, as the four female competitors were eagerly waiting to have a go at the jump as well. Three attempts each was what the girls had to prove they were top of their class. Junko Nagoshi (J-11, F2) was first to go and if that made her nervous, she didn’t show it. With a big 21.5 forward Nagoshi set the tone for the other competitors. Nayra Alonso (E-4, Fanatic/ Severne) followed in style with a forward of her own, but then Iballa Moreno (E-63, Mistral/ North Sails) had the dubious honor of claiming one of the nastiest crashes of the night when she didn’t hit the ramp right and got catapulted over the end into the pool. Her sister Daida Moreno (E-64, Mistral/ North Sails) showed no compassion and pulled off a massive 25 point forward right after. During the second run, Nagoshi pulled off a solid table top collecting another 14.5, while the others either crashed their jumps or aborted their run. In the final jump Nagoshi landed another forward, while Alonso went for the table top, Iballa Moreno for the table top forward and Daida Moreno for the backloop. In the end, it turned out to be Junko Nagoshi (J-11, F2) who had impressed the judges most, winning the first day of jumping at the 2006 London Boat Show before Daida Moreno (E-64, Mistral/ North Sails), Nayra Alonso (E-4, Fanatic/ Severne) and Iballa Moreno (E-63, Mistral/ North Sails).
All of today’s results can be found below. Log on again tomorrow on www.pwaworldtour.com for the third day of action at the 2006 London Boat Show in Association with The Daily Mail as the indoor show continues.