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The 2007 Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam - Day 4
Lighter winds than normal kept the competitors on hold this morning. But, by lunchtime the trades filled-in and 3 races were completed in 13-24 knots of wind, and much smoother water than on previous days.
Karin Jaggi holds off Valerie Ghibaudo/photo PWA Carter
The women completed two races leaving two for the final day showdown Race 12 was on the first course earlier in the day and race 13 was on the shorter speed-reach layout.
Women’s Race 12
Predictably Valerie Ghibaudo (Tabou) and Karin Jaggi (F2 / North) led off the line, and took a similar route from the start to the first mark. Ghibaudo seemed to have the edge in speed and kept the initiative around the first mark. Jaws on the beach then dropped when Jaggi sailed far too far downwind towards the 4th buoy instead, forcing her to turn and re-round mark 2 in last position.
In the meantime Iballa Moreno took her chance to pressure Ghibaudo, with Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde) in contention in third.
Ghibaudo finished the race un-hassled and Moreno took home valuable points for crossing in second ahead of Sarah Hebert (Starboard / Naish). Jaggi’s determination to finish rewarded her with an admirable 8th place.
Women’s Race 13
Jaggi’s resolve to make up for her earlier errors was evident as she led off the line ahead of Ghibaudo. A fall at the first mark from Offringa allowed Moreno to sneak by into third. Ghibaudo and Jaggi tried their hardest to out-do each other at the second mark, with Jaggi going tight and on an inside line and Ghibaudo going wide, fast and safe. Ghibaudo’s method seemed to work well until Jaggi’s superior acceleration pushed her clear in front once again.
At the third mark Ghibaudo switched tactic to try for the inside track, but she couldn’t get past the Swiss legend. Now far ahead of Offringa and the rest of the pack it was France vs. Switzerland all the way to the finish, but Jaggi’s speed sailing experience allowed the win.
Jaggi leads the event and will win unless she achieves two thirds or worse, and Ghibaudo wins both the final two races.
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