Zoo Station Bol, Croatia, PWA World Tour
Bol, Croatia, provided 5 days competable wind out of 6 to cap a great event, and whilst this wasn’t a 5-star event, meaning points won’t count towards the world title, the strength in depth was exceptional with many of the world’s top racers opting to travel to Croatia in order to get more races under there belts after a slow couple of years - due to COVID-19.
Sara Wennekes made her debut on the world tour during the Tiberias PWA World Cup last month, however, the you wouldn’t have thought that by the way she sailed this week. Wennekes briefly lost the lead on day two to Tuesday-Lou Judd (Patrik / Phantom Sails), but after a slight break on Sunday, she never looked by as she claims her first victory. Wennekes never finished outside of the top 3, whilst she was able to win 5 out of the 12 races completed.
Tuesday-Lou Judd showed that she has fully recovered from her terrible foot injury sustained in Denmark in 2019, but she couldn’t quite find a way to topple Wennekes. However, a second place here still represents a great result. Meanwhile, Palma Cargo, completes the podium.
Having won the Slalom, Wennekes walks away from Croatia with a dominant victory in the Foil also having kept the rest of the fleet at bay. The 25-year-old finished outside of the top 2 just once to claim a clinical 4.3 point victory over Palma Cargo and Helle (Fanatic / Duotone), who complete the podium.
Maciek Rutkowski (FMX Racing / Challenger Sails) successfully defends his event title here from 2019, but this years victory will feel a lot sweeter with an extremely strong men’s lineup having registered. The Pole led from Day 2 of the event, and whilst there was a little wobble in Elimination 7, there was no doubting how much Rutkowski deserved the victory - having won half of the eliminations completed.
Enrico Marotti (JP / NeilPryde), was the local hope again coming into the event, and he did his home crowd proud, making Rutkowski working for the victory until the final day, however, the Croat fell short by one place - eventually finishing second ahead of vice-world champion - Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne Sails / Starboard Foils) - who completes the podium - after edging out Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / Duotone) by just 0.3 of a point.
The top ten is completed by Basile Jacquin (FMX Racing / Point-7), Bruno Martini (I-99 / Challenger Sails), Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils), Ennio dal Pont (JP / NeilPryde), Lohan Jules (FMX Racing / S2Maui) and Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails).
Result Zoo Station Bol PWA World Cup Croatia - Women’s Slalom
1st Sara Wennekes (NED)
2nd Tuesday-Lou Judd (FRA | Patrik / Phantom Sails)
3rd Palma Cargo (CRO)
Result Zoo Station Bol PWA World Cup Croatia - Women’s Foil
1st Sara Wennekes (NED)
2nd Palma Cargo (CRO)
3rd Helle Oppedal (NOR | Fanatic / Duotone)
Result Zoo Station Bol PWA World Cup Croatia - Men’s Slalom
1st Maciek Rutkowski (POL | FMX Racing / Challenger Sails)
2nd Enrico Marotti (CRO | JP / NeilPryde)
3rd Matteo Iachino (ITA | Starboard / Severne Sails / Starboard Foil)
4th Jordy Vonk (NED | Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL)
5th Basile Jacquin (FRA | FMX Racing / Point-7)
6th Bruno Martini (ITA | I-99 / Challenger Sails)
7th Alexandre Cousin (FRA | Patrik / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils)
8th Ennio dal Pont (NED | JP / NeilPryde)
9th Lohan Jules (FRA)
10th Cedric Bordes (FRA | Tabou / GA Sails)