Mercedes-Benz Sylt PWA Super Grand Slam
Day 8 of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sylt PWA Super Grand Slam saw light cross-shore winds and small waves, but unfortunately the wind wasn’t enough to allow the Women’s Wave Double Elimination to be completed.
Throughout the day there had been much dispute and speculation that the shore break was too big to foil with it being dangerous to enter and leave the water, but just before 2pm Maciek Rutkowski (I-99 / Challenger Sails) proved that it was more than doable, with the tide and waves dropping, as he walked straight out and began foiling. After which, the decision was made almost immediately to run full fleet foil races in 5-9 knots of wind.
Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne / Shamal Sunglasses) held a perfect record at the start of the day having won both races completed on Day 2 and the Italian still boasts a perfect record after being able to discard a 5th place in Elimination 3 after winning the next two races. In Elimination 5 Iachino did brilliantly to overtake Nicolas Goyard (Tabou / GA Sails) as the two of them headed for the finish line. Iachino now holds an almost unassailable lead with two days to go with a total score of just 2.8 points from 5 races.
Meanwhile, Nicolas Goyard rises one place into 2nd after enjoying an excellent day which saw the 22-year-old win the opening elimination, before finishing 11th in Elimination 4 - which he discards - and then finishing 2nd in the last race of the day.
Elsewhere, Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / GA Sails / Chopper Fins) also climbs one place, which sees him complete the event podium as things stand with Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) dropping to 6th place, while Antoine Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) suffered a day to forget as the Frenchman drops from 3rd to 14th.
After a poor first day, Sebastian Kördel (Starboard / GA Sails), bounced back brilliantly as he recorded two 3rd places and a 4th from the 3 races completed today, which sees the German rise to 4th in the current event rankings after being outside the current top 10, but more importantly that would put him on course to finish on the overall podium as things stand.
Mateus Isaac (JP / NeilPryde), who won an event in South Korea earlier this year, climbs three places to 5th, while Sebastian Kornum (JP / NeilPryde), Julien Bontemps (JP / NeilPryde), Steve Allen (Patrik / Severne) and Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins) complete the top 10.
In terms of the title race - Gonzalo Costa Hoevel - remains on course to win the first official PWA Slalom World Championship with the Argentine and his main rivals - Antoine Albeau and Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne) - all looking like they will all discard this event meaning there is no change at the top of the rankings as things stand.
The forecast for tomorrow looks very light on paper with just 5-7 knots being predicted, but as the last couple of days have shown the forecast can’t really be trusted, so anything can still happen.
Skippers’ Meeting Times Day 9 (All Times GMT+2)
- Slalom Skippers' Meeting - 10:30am - first possible start 11am
- Women’s Wave Fleet have been given a lay day.
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Result Women’s 2018 Wave Mercedes-Benz PWA Super Grand Slam - Single Elimination
1st Sarah-Quita Offringa (ARU - Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)
2nd Iballa Moreno (ESP - Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins)
3rd Lina Erpenstein (GER - Severne / Severne Sails)
4th Steffi Wahl (GER - Sailloft Hamburg)
Result Men’s Wave 2018 Mercedes-Benz PWA Super Grand Slam
1st Thomas Traversa (FRA - Tabou / GA Sails)
2nd Ricardo Campello (BRA/VEN - Brunotti Boards / Point-7)
3rd Victor Fernandez (ESP - Fanatic / Duotone / Shamal Sunglasses)
4th Alex Mussolini (ESP - RRD / RRD Sails)
5th Jaeger Stone (AUS - Starboard / Severne / SWOX / Shamal Sunglasses)
6th Antony Ruenes (FRA - Tabou / GA Sails)
7th Leon Jamaer (GER - JP / NeilPryde)
7th Philip Köster (GER - Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins)
9th Josep Pons (ESP - Simmer / Simmer Sails)
9th Adam Lewis (ENG - Fanatic / Duotone / SWOX)
9th Klaas Voget (GER - Fanatic / Duotone)
9th Marcilio Browne (BRA - Goya Windsurfing)
Result Men’s Freestyle Mercedes-Benz PWA Super Grand Slam
1st Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (VEN - Fanatic / Duotone)
2nd Adrien Bosson (FRA - Fanatic / Duotone / Maui Ultra Fins)
3rd Amado Vrieswijk (NB - JP / Severne)
4th Steven Van Broeckhoven (BEL - JP / GunSails / Shamal Sunglasses)
5th Sam Esteve (FRA - JP / NeilPryde)
6th Jacopo Testa (ITA - RRD / RRD Sails / AL360)
7th Mattia Fabrizi (ITA - Patrik / Challenger Sails)
7th Yentel Caers (BEL - JP / Point-7)
9th Balz Müller (SUI - MB-Boards / Severne)
9th Dieter van der Eyken (BEL - Severne / Severne Sails)
9th Loick Spicher (SUI - RRD / RRD Sails)
9th Nic Hibdige (ENG - Tabou / GA Sails)
Current Ranking 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sylt PWA Super Grand Slam - Men’s Slalom
*After Two Eliminations
1st Pierre Mortefon (FRA - Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins)
2nd Antoine Albeau (FRA - RRD / NeilPryde)
3rd Antoine Questel (FRA - Starboard / S2Maui)
4th Ross Williams (GBR - Tabou / GA Sails / Shamal Sunglasses)
4th Cyril Moussilmani (FRA - RRD / Severne)
6th Matteo Iachino (ITA - Starboard / Severne / Shamal Sunglasses)
7th Julien Quentel (SXM - Patrik / Avanti)
8th Basile Jacquin (FRA - RRD / Point-7)
9th Nicolas Warembourg (FRA - JP / NeilPryde)
10th Andrea Ferin (ITA - RRD / Challenger Sails / AL360)
Current Ranking 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sylt PWA Super Grand Slam - Men’s Foil
*After Five Eliminations
1st Matteo Iachino (ITA - Starboard / Severne / Shamal Sunglasses)
2nd Nicolas Goyard (FRA - Tabou / GA Sails)
3rd Alexandre Cousin (FRA - Patrik / GA Sails / Chopper Fins)
4th Sebastian Kördel (Starboard / GA Sails)
5th Mateus Isaac (BRA - JP / NeilPryde)
6th Antoine Albeau (FRA - RRD / NeilPryde)
7th Sebastian Kornum (DEN - JP / NeilPryde)
8th Julien Bontemps (FRA - JP / NeilPryde)
9th Steve Allen (AUS - Patrik / Severne)
10th Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (ARG - Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins)