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The 2008 Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam DayThree
A colorful backdrop of slalom eliminations and full fleet racing shook things up for a third successive day of nerve racking competition.
In the women’s fleet, Valerie Ghibaudo (Tabou, The Loft) continued to dominate, winning both race eliminations and one full fleet race. Karin Jaggi claimed victory in the remaining full fleet race.
Races 6 & 7: Ghibaudo was untouchable in her familiar first position, claiming two more back-to-back victories in races 6 and 7. Offringa (Starboard, NeilPryde) and Jaggi also dialed into the conditions. Jaggi’s experience rewarded her with a third and a second, and a similarly impressive performance handed Offringa a commendable second and fourth.
Ex RSX racer, Korzitz also continued her run of solid results, finishing third in race seven.
Full Fleet Races 8 & 9: Jaggi returned to dominate the first of the 15 strong, full fleet races, weaving her way around the gybes to emerge the conclusive victor. Joining her on the podium, Moreno (North) dug deep to hold off Ghibaudo and take second. Ghibaudo made do with a respectable third place.
The final race of the day was lead by Jaggi, who looked set to dominate proceedings until she fell gybing around the penultimate mark. Seizing the opportunity, Ghibaudo slipped past to claim her seventh race win. Moreno mimicked her previous race with another second, with Nagoshi (Simmer, Dakine) close behind in third. Jaggi paid a hefty price for her fall, eventually finishing in fourth.
Tomorrow’s skippers’ meeting is scheduled for 10.30am, with the racers hitting the water from 11.00am onwards. Be sure to tune into pwaworldtour.com to follow all of day three’s trials and tribulations. On the site you’ll be able to:
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