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06/17/2006 - created by PWA/McDowell

The 2006 Catalunya Costa Brava PWA World Cup Super-X Day Five

The penultimate day started off windy and the event site was a hive of activity, with many sailors out on the water early to practice. Conditions were relatively rough for Costa Brava in June, and the race crew had a challenge to lay the course for this morning’s Super-X action. Race Director, Juan Antonio Aragon set the first possible start for 10.30.

The course had initially been set to involve the traditional Super-X, Le Mans style beach start but a decrease in the wind prevented this and so it was re-set for a boat start out to sea. The wind then dropped even further and the sailors were all put on hold until conditions improved. There was another scramble around 15.00 as the wind fortified, but after a couple of delayed starts the sailors were sent back to the beach. The harsh environment of Super-X racing saw Vidar Jensen (N-44, North), over the line early in heat 1. Despite the abandonment, his disqualification stands and he will not progress further in race 4 whatever the conditions.

There were further attempts and abandonment’s for heats one and two. Heat 3 was finally run in enough wind to allow Antoine Albeau (F-192 Starboard / Neil Pryde), Diony Guadagnino (V-69, Neil Pryde), Ross Williams (GBR-83, Tabou / Gaastra), and event leader Kevin Pritchard (US-3 Starboard / Maui Sails) through to the race four semi finals. Already counting a first and third, Antoine Albeau, in 10th place, is desperate to finish the fourth race, for the chance to discard the points he accumulated in his 3rd race disqualification.

There’re no easy heats at this level, but current form would indicate that 2 times World Super-X champion Matt Pritchard (US-10 Tabou / Gaastra), has the least obstacles in his path to the semi-finals. Have a look at the elimination 4 ladder to see the draw for this all-important fourth race, and check out the results after 3 races to see the event standings so far.

Last night the competitors enjoyed the opening party at the newly refurbished and super stylish Costa Brava Club Mistral centre. Another evening was spent true to fashion for the much favoured Costa Brava event, and the legendary hospitality the host sponsors give. Tonight there is a BBQ on the beach with live music and DJ’s for the weekend crowds, and riders to enjoy. But the friendly atmosphere off the water is soon forgotten when honours are up for grabs in windsurf racings most dynamic format. Forecasts are positive for wind tomorrow so be sure to check back for live updates throughout the day on all the action.

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