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Maynard forced to sweat it out

Shreeve eager to race

08/03/2006 - created by Richard Page

The 2006 Alacati PWA World Cup / IFCA Slalom World Championships - Day 3

Tantalizing winds force Maynard and Fauster to sweat it out on the beach as temperatures soar both on and off the water in the pressure cooker of PWA Slalom 42!

Following on from 2 days of regular thermal winds, the general consensus among hi tech weather forecasters and local fishermen alike was for little, if any, wind today. The view from the breakfast bar of the One Resort Ephesus hotel seemed to agree with that prediction as the surface of the Mediterranean Sea, filling the bay of Alacati, was a perfect mirror.

At the 10am skippers meeting, the assembled fleet immediately went into a holding pattern and the waiting game began. Without the usual cooling breeze, the temperature began to rise steeply and only the crystal clear waters provided the much needed relief from the heat.

Feeling the pressure in particular were event leaders Finian Maynard (KV-11, F2 / Neil Pryde) and Verena Fauster (ITA-31, F2 / Gaastra) who were both hanging on at the top of the event rankings by the narrowest of margins. By contrast, would be challengers such as Antoine Albeau (F-192, Starboard / Neil Pryde) and Kevin Pritchard (US-3, Starboard / Maui Sails), were chomping at the bit to get on the water and stake their claim to the event title.

At around three o’clock, the wind built sufficiently for the Race Committee to attempt to start, but as the first men’s heat was forced to pump all the way along the first reach, it was clear that it was not quite enough.

For Allison Shreeve (AUS-911, F2 / Neil Pryde), the frustration of being forced to sit and wait through tantalizingly close conditions was almost unbearable and the dedicated Aussie competitor looked ready to explode by the time competition was finally called off for the day at five o’clock.

Forecasts for the following days are unsure, so we will just have to wait and see what happens, but you can be sure that as soon as the action kicks off again, you can follow all the action, live and direct on www.pwaworldtour.com

© Page / PWA

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