Fly! ANA Yokosuka, Miura Windsurf World Cup

Day 3: Opening Round of Men’s Fifth Elimination Completed After Only a Brief Period of Wind

Unfortunately, the early skippers’ meeting on day three of the 2023 Fly! ANA Yokosuka, Miura Windsurf World Cup didn’t pay off on this occasion with the wind being scuppered by gloomy skies and drizzle, while temperatures remained chilly throughout. 

After a morning spent on hold things did improve slightly during the afternoon as things began to brighten up, which caused a flurry of action shortly before 2pm with winds from 7-14 knots on the course. Unfortunately, the wind didn’t last long enough to finish an entire elimination, but the opening round of the Men’s fifth elimination was completed. 

In the opening heat, Cyril Evrard (JP / NeilPryde) won the heat ahead of Lohan Jules (Future Fly / S2Maui / Phantom Foils), while Sota Kanagami (Severne / Severne Sails), Wearn Haw Tan (Severne Sails) secure the remaining qualifying positions into the quarterfinals.

After yesterday’s quarterfinal exit in Elimination 4, current event and World Tour leader - Johan Søe (FMX Racing / Point-7 / F4 Foils) - found himself in the opening round of Elimination 5, but the Dane didn’t make any mistakes as he cruised to a decisive victory ahead of Lo Jun Hao (Starboard / Severne Sails), youth world champion John Soukos (RRD / RRD Sails) and Anami Kenta (Future Fly / Point-7).

Michele Becker (Patrik / Patrik Sails / Patrik Foils) also made no mistake in booking his place in the quarterfinals as the German cruised to victory in Heat 3 ahead of Jimmy Thieme (Duotone / Duotone Sails), Makoto Tomizawa (Starboard / Severne Sails) and Tomonori Anami (Starboard / Severne Sails).

In what turned out to be the last heat of the day, Bruno Martini (JP / NeilPryde) comfortably booked his place in the quarterfinals as he strolled to victory in Heat 4 ahead of Elia Colombo (Patrik / Patrik Sails / Patrik Foils), Akihiko Yamada (Patrik / Loftsails) and Kouichiro Kaku (Starboard / Severne Sails), who secured the last qualifying place into tomorrow’s quarterfinals. 

Heat 5 was started a couple of times, but there was a premature start on both occasions, which led to Wearn Haw Tan being disqualified followed by Lohan Jules. With the wind not getting any better, the sailors were released shortly after 3pm.

The forecast for tomorrow looks much more promising with clearer skies and northeasterly winds between 17-20 knots currently predicted for the morning, which means the sailors will have another bright and early start with the skippers’ meeting being called for 7:30am (GMT+9) with the action commencing from 8am onwards - conditions depending. 

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Current Event Ranking 2023 Fly! ANA Yokosuka, Miura Windsurf World Cup - Women’s Slalom
*After 4 Eliminations

1st Justine Lemeteyer (FRA | FMX Racing / S2Maui)
2nd Blanca Alabau (ESP | Starboard / Severne Sails)
3rd Lina Eržen (SLO | Starboard / Severne Sails)
4th Helle Oppedal (NOR | Starboard / Severne Sails)
5th Marion Mortefon (FRA | Duotone / Duotone Sails)

Current Event Ranking 2023 Fly! ANA Yokosuka, Miura Windsurf World Cup - Women’s Slalom
*After 4 Eliminations

1st Johan Søe (DEN | FMX Racing / Point-7 / F4 Foils)
2nd Matteo Iachino (ITA | Starboard / Severne Sails)
3rd Amado Vrieswijk (NB | Future Fly / Severne Sails)
4th Bruno Martini (ITA | JP / NeilPryde)
5th Daniele Benedetti (ITA | FMX Racing / Challenger Sails / F4 Foils)
6th Maciek Rutkowski (POL | FMX Racing / Challenger Sails)
7th Cedric Bordes (FRA | Severne / Severne Sails)
8th Alexis Mathis (FRA | Tabou / GA Sails)
9th Alexandre Cousin (FRA | Patrik / Patrik Sails / Patrik Foils)
10th Nico Prien (GER | JP / NeilPryde)

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