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06/27/2006 - created by PWA/McDowell

The 2006 PWA Costa Teguise Super-X World Cup Day One

Day one Summary: The stage was set as the PWA’s third visit to Lanzarote to decide the 2006 Super-X world championship titles got underway today. A positive forecast for the weeks conditions, got the event centre buzzing, as the men’s and women’s fleets prepared their equipment for action.

Race One

Race one was scheduled to get underway at 12.30. A 5 leg course was set with long reaches, and 3 inflatable sausage jumps. First up was ladies heat one, followed by the men’s qualifying heats, and winners and losers finals. Course conditions were reasonable with most sailors on sails sizes around 7.0sqm

Check out the Men’s Elimination 1 ladder here, and see the draw.

Ladies heat one saw a great battle between Karin Jaggi (Z-14, F2/ North Sails) and Daida Moreno (E-64, Mistral/ North Sails) and Iballa Moreno (E-63, Mistral/ North Sails). It was tight all the way round between Karin and Daida, with Karin leading from the start. The heat finished dramatically with Karin falling at the 4th mark allowing Daida to sneak through in first followed by Iballa then Karin.

There were no surprises in men’s heat one, although the usually consistent Vidar Jensen (N-44, North) and Nicholas Akgazciyan (F400 Neil Pryde Sails) failed to advance further. Nik Baker (K-66, Mistral/ North Sails) looked in fine form, beating Kevin Pritchard in heat two.

In ladies heat two, Iballa Moreno showed everyone else how to start, and then led to the first mark, before winning by a country mile. Karin Jaggi came in second.

In race one final, tour leader Kevin Pritchard (US-3 Starboard / Maui Sails), steamed through the pack from the start line all the way to the first duck gybe, pursued by Robby Swift (K-89, JP/ Neil Pryde). Nik Baker overtook Swift and caught up with Kevin after the first forward loop and throughout leg 3, as Antoine Albeau moved into 3rd. The leading three sailors first spocks were all good, but Baker got great exit speed from his to take the lead, before falling himself on the second spock, letting Kevin through in first. Nik finished second with Albeau in third place. Defending world champ, Matt Pritchard fell on a sausage jump and limped home in seventh.

The ladies final heat was exciting. Karin Jaggi again lead from the start and passed mark one in the lead. However Daida and Iballa caught up as the fleet bunched together during their forward loops. Daida’s acceleration from there onwards allowed her take Karin by mark 3 and finish first, with Karin in second and Junko Nagoshi (J-11 F2 / Simmer Sails) third.

Race Two

A second race was scheduled for 14.40. Matt Pearch (K-16, F2 / North Sails) had a dream start to heat one, leading off the line with team mate Nik Baker breathing down his neck. But it was experienced player Matt Pritchard who kept his head and crept up on Pearch and Baker by mark two to win and qualify for the final.

The seeding for the Men’s Elimination 2 is here.

Peter Volwater (H-24 F2 / North Sails) had a nightmare start to heat two being over early and disqualified. Nicholas Reynes (F-456 Tabou / Gaastra) lead with Kevin Pritchard chasing. But it was Cyril Moussilmani who steered his way through the course to victory.

The ladies final started perfectly for Junko Nagoshi who sped into mark one in the lead as a pile-up on the first sausage jump slowed most of the fleet. Daida Moreno was in second and pressurised Junko successfully into crashing her forward loop. Daida won and Junko recovered well to finish second with Astrid Muldoon (F-002 JP / Neil Pryde) in third.

You can see the Ladies Results so far here.

The final involved drama when event and series leader, Kevin Pritchard was disqualified for being over early, widening the gap for those waiting in the wings. A battle of the French ensued as Antoine Albeau got a flying start with countryman Cyril Moussilmani snapping at his heels. Cyril made an excellent duck gybe, to stylishly pass Albeau inside. However in the spirit of Super-X, the lead changed again as Moussilmani dropped his first spock. Albeau and Moussilmani then both dropped their second spocks, but Cyril was up on his feet and up to speed faster to take first place. Consistent Nik Baker followed through in 2nd place with Robby Swift in third, and Albeau in fourth.

Here are the Mens Results so far

Skippers meeting is set for 11.00 tomorrow and more wind is set to provide excellent racing throughout the contest period.

The seeding for tomorrow’s Men’s Elimination 3 is here.

Check back here tomorrow for updates throughout the day, or For more information, please contact the PWA office at info@pwaworldtour.com.

PWA/McDowell

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