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The 2008 Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam – Day Four
The fourth day of relentless wind put the sailors endurance to the test in three more rounds of adrenaline-fuelled racing.
Women’s races 10, 11 & 12
Race 10: Karin Jaggi (F2, North) and Valerie Ghibaudo (Tabou, The Loft) proved to be impossible to shake from first and second place. In three successive races they showed they were a cut above the rest, but almost equally matched.
Ghibaudo sailed an amazing first race, leading for the duration, but Jaggi was never far behind. Most impressively, the pair were several hundred meters ahead of the nearest challenger, Lee Korzitz. At the finish line, Ghibaudo claimed the win, Jaggi second, and Korzitz third.
Race 11: In a carbon copy of the first race, Jaggi and Ghibaudo exploded out the start gates to open up a huge lead. As before, Ghibaudo lead around the final gybe, but Jaggi summoned an awe inspiring last blast to the finish to steal victory from under Ghibaudo’s nose. Again, Korzitz fronted the chasing pack, in third.
Race 12: The final race of the day saw a spirited performance from Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard, NeilPryde). The famed freestyler kept her nerve in the building wind to reap third position. The result added to a fourth and a fifth in the two previous races, a remarkably consistent performance from the young Aruban local.
The story of the race was once again the Jaggi vs. Ghibaudo showdown. Ghibaudo had Jaggi around the corners, meaning once again it would be a last reach drag race to decide who’d walk away with the race win. Inseparable until the last 20 meters, Jaggi showed defiance to steal another victory from Ghibaudo.
Overall, Ghibaudo tops the women’s ranks having never dropped below third place. Jaggi sits in second, haunted by a last place finish on the first day, and Korzitz looks solid in third.
Tomorrow’s skippers meeting is scheduled for 11.00am, with the racers hitting the water from 11.30am onwards. Be sure to tune into pwaworldtour.com to follow all of day four’s trials and tribulations. On the site you’ll be able to:
* Use our live ticker service
* Check elimination ladders
* View results
* Watch amazing video action clips
* Read the daily news summaries
* Browse awesome action photo galleries
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– but the sailors praise the new boats