Torbole PWA World Cup
Some of the locals were slightly surprised that it was windy first thing on day three of the Torbole PWA World Cup, so with winds of 6-15 knots the race crew wasted little time in beginning the Men’s second elimination promptly at 7:45am.
Unfortunately, the wind didn’t quite stick around long enough to enable to completion of the second race, so there are no changes to the overnight rankings meaning that Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / Patrik Sails / Patrik Foils) and Femke van der Veen (Starboard / Severne Sails) continue to occupy pole position.
Before the wind died, three out of the fourth quarterfinals were completed and there were no upsets in sight with all of the top seeds safely progressing into the quarterfinals with their expertise in the lighter airs proving decisive.
Amado Vrieswijk (Future Fly Boards / Severne Sails) was able to claim a convincing victory in Heat 6 ahead of Ingmar Daldorf (Tabou / GA Sails), Nico Prien (JP / NeilPryde) and Ennio dal Pont (Fanatic / Duotone), whilst Will McMillan (Starboard / Challenger Sails / Patrik Foils) continues to look extremely impressive. The 17-year-old was able to win Heat 7 ahead of Johan Soe (FMX Racing / Point-7), Michele Becker (Patrik / Patrik Sails / Patrik Foils) and Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins / Phantom Foils).
In what turned out to be the last heat of the day, Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne Sails) looked confident again as he booked his spot in the semifinals as did Benoit Merceur (Starboard / Severne Sails), reigning world champion Maciek Rutkowski (FMX Racing / Challenger Sails) and Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / Duotone).
In the afternoon the wind did switch to the south for the first time this week, but it never really amounted to anything other than a light breeze, so the contest remained on hold for the rest of the sailors were released for the day at 4pm.
The forecast on paper for tomorrow doesn’t look very promising, but you simply never know here. The skippers’ meeting has been called for 9am on Saturday morning with a first possible start at 9:45am (GMT+2).
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Current Ranking 2023 Torbole PWA World Cup - Women’s Slalom
*After 2 Eliminations
1st Femke van der Veen (NED | Starboard / Severne Sails)
2nd Sarah Jackson (GBR | Fanatic / Duotone)
3rd Mae Davico (FRA | Loftsails)
4th Justine Lemeteyer (FRA | FMX Racing / S2Maui / LokeFoil)
Current Ranking 2023 Torbole PWA World Cup - Men’s Slalom
*After 1 Elimination
1st Alexandre Cousin (FRA | Patrik / Patrik Sails / Patrik Foils / Chopper Fins)
2nd Michele Becker (GER | Patrik / Patrik Sails / Patrik Foils)
3rd Nico Prien (GER | JP / NeilPryde)
4th Will McMillan (THA | Starboard / Challenger Sails / Patrik Foils)
4th Amado Vrieswijk (NB | Future Fly Boards / Severne Sails)
4th Maciek Rutkowski (POL | FMX Racing / Challenger Sails)
8th Bruno Martini (ITA | JP / NeilPryde)
9th Enrico Marotti (CRO | JP / NeilPryde)
10th Pierre Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone / Phantom Foils)