Zoo Station Bol, Croatia PWA World Tour
The opening day of the 2021 Zoo Station Bol PWA World Cup Croatia (2*) saw a windy start to proceedings, which saw most of the men reaching for their 7.7s and medium boards, whilst the Women’s Slalom fleet were generally on ≈6.2s and their medium boards to provide the perfect start the the event. By the end of the day, three Women’s Slalom eliminations and 2 Men’s eliminations were completed.
Sara Wennekes may have only made her debut on the PWA World Tour last week at the Tiberias PWA World Cup, but the 25-year-old is adapting to life on tour extremely quickly as she currently leads in beautiful Bol after recording a bullet, a second and a third in the opening three eliminations.
However, Tuesday-Lou Judd (Patrik / Phantom Sails), could seriously reduce Wennekes’ if the 21-year-old is able to discard her 9th place from Elimination 3 as she was also able to win one race and finish 3rd in the other. After a consistent day of sailing - Fabiënne Hoogendam (S2Maui) - currently occupies second place.
In the Men’s, Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL) and Basile Jacquin (FMX Racing / Point-7) are currently tied for the lead after the opening two eliminations where they both finished second and third respectively. However, home favourite, Enrico Marotti (JP / NeilPryde), is poised to strike. The Croat won the opening elimination before finishing 5th in Elimination 2 to finish the opening day less than a point off of the lead.
Maciek Rutkowski (FMX Racing / Challenger Sails) is also well placed to attack the top after the Pole built upon on a solid 6th place in the opener by rattling off his first bullet of the event in the second as he looks to defend his title from last year.
The top 10 is currently completed by Ennio dal Pont (JP / NeilPryde, Rytis Jasiunas (Future Fly / Point-7), Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne Sails / Starboard Foil), Bruno Martini (I-99 / Challenger Sails), Ben Van der Steen (Goya Windsurfing / Loftsails) and Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails).
With an excellent forecast to come there should be more racing to come on Saturday. The sailors will meet again at 12pm (CEST) for the skippers’ meeting with the action commencing from 1pm onwards.
Current Ranking Zoo Station Bol PWA World Cup Croatia - Women’s Slalom
*After 3 eliminations
1st Sara Wennekes (NED)
2nd Fabiënne Hoogendam (NED | S2Maui)
3rd Tuesday-Lou Judd (FRA | Patrik / Phantom Sails)
Current Ranking Zoo Station Bol PWA World Cup Croatia - Men’s Slalom
*After 2 eliminations
1st Jordy Vonk (NED | Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL)
2nd Basile Jacquin (FRA | FMX Racing / Point-7)
3rd Enrico Marotti (CRO | JP / NeilPryde)
4th Maciek Rutkowski (POL | FMX Racing / Challenger Sails)
5th Ennio dal Pont (NED | JP / NeilPryde)
6th Rytis Jasiunas (LTU | Future Fly / Point-7)
7th Matteo Iachino (ITA | Starboard / Severne Sails / Starboard Foil)
8th Bruno Martini (ITA | I-99 / Challenger Sails)
9th Ben Van der Steen (NED | Goya Windsurfing / Loftsails)
10th Cedric Bordes (FRA | Tabou / GA Sails)