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Jaggi claims Ulsan Championship
Swiss legend Karin Jaggi (F2 / North) shows no mercy, winning an incredible 9 out of 10 races in the women’s event. Sarah Hebert (Starboard / Naish) steals second place from Ayako Suzuki (Starboard / Gaastra) who claimed third position.
The colorful and explosive opening ceremony set the tone for a firecracker of an event on this, the PWA’s first visit to Asia in Ulsan, Korea. An incredible reception from the amazing local organization, and the event’s high profile in this region certainly helped the 2007 Slalom 42 tour open with a big bang.
From day one Jinha beach came up with the goods, immediately serving-up wind to get racing underway as the battle for the €45K prize fund got underway. Jaggi, although slow out of the starts, finished the first two races easily enough despite firm opposition from Hebert and Suzuki.
Day two-After two more women’s races, again won by Jaggi, Race 3 was started but left unfinished as the wind died with the setting sun.
Day three was certainly the busiest of the event for ladies. They completed four races, with Jaggi showing better starting skill until disaster struck for her and Suzuki in race 8, when they were one of four riders disqualified for premature starts. That left the door wide-open for Hebert to take an important step ahead of Suzuki in the struggle for second place. By races 9 and 10 Jaggi was taking no prisoners, leading from the start to finish as Hebert and Suzuki once more took turns for second and third.
Winner Karin Jaggi Photo PWA
The Ulsan World Cup was an undoubted success, hugely popular with the sailors, and put on with an amazing ambience by the Korean hosts. There was a mammoth amount of effort put into welcoming these international athletes to a new location, and the experience the people of Korea have given every visitor here will live long in their memories.
The PWA would like to express enormous thanks to the Ulsan Broadcasting Corporation and all the sponsors of this event. We look forward to returning in 2008 and for many seasons to come.
You can read daily reports from the event, view picture galleries and check the results at www.pwaworldtour.com
Or, for more information, please contact the PWA office via [email protected]
© PWA / Brian McDowell