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The 2007 Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam - Day 2
Women’s Race 5
There was a collision before the start of women’s race 5 between Iballa Moreno (North) and Valerie Ghibaudo (T1). Moreno was bearing-off to gain speed as the French woman headed-up down wind of her. Moreno survived the collision but Ghibaudo was knocked-off her board and had to play catch-up in the rest of the race.
Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde) led from the start line but fell when rounding the first mark in the lead. That left the door open for Karin Jaggi (F2 / North) to nose into the lead and take the race win. Verena Fauster (F2 / Gaastra) of Italy picked her way through the stragglers to bag second and Sarah Hebert (Starboard / Naish) to claim third.
Women’s Race 6
Race winner Jaggi executed a precision start and led the fleet along the first reach ahead of Iballa Moreno and Offringa. At the third mark Moreno fell and slowed Offringa down considerably as race runner-up Ghibaudo skirted wide around the outside of them followed by Hebert who earned third.
Women’s Race 7
After a great start Jaggi fell at the first mark to allow Iballa Moreno to capitalize on her misfortune. But Moreno then fell herself at the third gybe to allow Offringa into the lead. But the drama continued as Offringa crashed at the next mark, as did Moreno, which allowed Fauster to get in front.
Perhaps unbelievably Fauster then fell entering the final reach, but recovered to overtake Offringa and record a famous victory. Offringa was sure to take second and Jaggi recovered well to steal third.
Women’s Race 8
After the seventh race excitement and mayhem Jaggi was in no mood for messing about in the ladies final race of the day. However there was more pandemonium on the cards when everyone bar Sarah Hebert, who’d not had the greatest of starts, fell as Valerie Ghibaudo blocked the racing line around the first mark.
Hebert calmly glided around the traffic and into second place followed by Astrid Muldoon (JP / NeilPryde). Sarah-Quita Offringa tried to overtake Muldoon along the third reach but fell at the gybe number three. Meanwhile Jaggi had extended her lead.
As Jaggi crossed the finish line there was an amazing struggle for the remaining places behind her along the last reach. Hebert rounded that last mark in control but Ghibaudo had recovered and streaked through the rest of the fleet into third and showed incredible speed along the final stretch to the finish line.
Hebert just couldn’t hold Ghibaudo off and was forced to settle for third after the Frenchwomen’s startling pace earned her a valuable second.
The forecast is good once more for racing tomorrow and so the race for the title promises to be scintillating.
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