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Windsurfing - 13. August 2008.

The 2008 Pegasus Airlines Alaçati PWA World Cup – Day Three



Valerie Ghibaudo continues to cement her position at the top of the women’s rankings after a day of perfect first place finishes.


In the women’s losers final of race four, Lee Korzitz (Tabou, Gaastra) struggled to match her form from previous events, despite finding herself at the front of the fleet. She stood her ground to take the win, and eleventh overall for the race, with Australian Annika Gillgren (Severne) crossing the finish line behind her in second, and twelfth for the race.

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In the winners final, Valerie Ghibaudo (Tabou, The Loft) had her foot firmly on the throttle as she negotiated the four buoy downwind course. On the finish line she was rewarded with the victory almost an entire reach ahead of the chasing pack. Padding out the all-French podium was Alice Arutkin (Starboard, North) in second, and fifteen year old Morane Demont (Starboard, Severne) in third.

The women’s fifth race followed a more predictable path, with all the big names advancing from the semi finals without upset. Taking their seats in the race final, Ghibaudo showed she was keen to replicate her performance from the previous race.

One reach was all she needed before there was a gap between her and the chasing pack. Familiarly, it was Karin Jaggi (F2, North) who fronted the assault on Ghibaudo, but the domineering French racer showed her mettle, extending her lead all the way to the finish line. Jaggi was left to take second, and Poland’s Marta Hlavaty (MauiSails) finished in third.

In the women’s losers final, Gillgren battled her way to the front of the fleet to take victory ahead of Korzitz in second.

The day also made inroads to the sixth Women’s race.
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