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  1. #57
    So there were mixed fortunes on day 5 of the New Caledonia event.

    They started with foiling and by holding a mass start, rather than feeding a final with two smaller heats, they got two course races done.
    Gonzalo Costa Hoevel continued to dominate the foiling with both board speed and tactical skill although he got caught in a wind hole to only get a fifth place in the first race of the day, but then went on to win the second race.
    He now has an impressive 12 point lead in that fleet.

    In the women's slalom Delphine Cousin-Questel got two more wins and Sarah Quita Offringa had to settle with two second places. Cousin-Questel now looks certain to win the event but Offringa will still take the 2017 slalom title with here efforts here adding to three first places at earlier events.
    Lena Erdil sailed with a damaged foot and had her worst results of this event, and she is now fourth overall, behind Marion Mortefon and in danger of dropping to fifth behind Lilou Granier.

    In the men's slalom, only once race was completed due to dying afternoon wind, and Antoine Albeau only made the loser's final after having a harness issue in the qualifying seek-final heat. He won that final but that 9th place is now his discard. However Iachino could only manage fifth place in today's race, and so Albeau continues to lead the event with the 2107 slalom title now a near-certainty.

    Pierre Mortefon is now chasing Iachino hard for second place, after a third place today and Ross Williams is the likely loser of this, probably now dropping to fourth in the overall rankings for the year. Ross Williams has been a bit off the pace at this event, and his 10 place today, via the loser's final, means he's only sitting in 8th overall at this event, his worst result of the year.

    Tomorrow, Sunday, is the last day at this event.
    Now back in the UK.

  2. #58
    Now back in the UK.

  3. #59
    So the last event of the PWA season is now over.

    The last day, Sunday, saw a packed beach but the wind didn't play ball for any further slalom races, meaning that the results to yesterday still hold.

    They did however hold three further foiling races in very light winds, including two longer distance races around the small island just off the beach.
    Amado Vrieswijk won the first course race, and then Antoine Albeau joined the foiling fleet to take the first longer distance dash. The third race was won by Alexandre Cousin.

    But it was a further 2nd, 5th, and 2nd places for Gonzalo Costa Hoevel who is a clear winner in the foiling for this exhibition event.
    Maciek Rutkowski also had a very consistent week to take second.

    Antoine Albeau takes the event win in the men's slalom fleet and of course that confirms him as 2017 slalom champion, with 2016 champion, Matteo Iachino, in second.
    Pierre Mortefon has pulled up to third overall with his result at this event, pushing UK sailor Ross Williams down to fourth overall for the year.

    It's a good event for the Mortefon family as Marion Mortefon came third in the women's slalom event, pushing Lena Erdil into fourth and off the podium for the year. Erdil had the misfortune to damage het foot this week which gave her some poor results in the latter races, and that gives her fourth overall for the year after discard.

    Delphine Cousin-Questel won the women's slalom event in New caledonia with some amazingly consistent sailing, pushing Sarah Quita Offringa into second place here.
    However earlier results from this year and that second place here give Offringa the 2017 women's slalom champion title.
    Cousin-Questel is the 2017 vice-champion.

    it has been a good year for PWA slalom sailing, and our congratulations to all the winners.
    Last edited by basher; 26th November 2017 at 07:53 AM.
    Now back in the UK.

  4. #60
    Official PWA report from today (Sunday, day 6 in Noumea, New Caledonia)
    Now back in the UK.

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