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Windsurfing - 18. August 2007.

The 2007 Pegasus Airlines PWA World Cup, Alaçati – Day 2

4 Women’s races were completed and 2 full men’s races were run using both longer and shorter courses.

The women once more enjoyed the maximum 4 races permitted.


Women’s Race 5

Karin Jaggi (F2 / North) produced a textbook start and race win after Valerie Ghibaudo’s (Tabou) shocking late departure off the line. Ghibaudo recovered superbly to claim second as an exciting scrap ensued between Italy’s Verena Fauster (F2 / Gaastra) and Marta Hlavaty of Poland.

Turkish celebrity Çagla Kubat (Starboard / North) was also involved in the struggle as she took Hlavaty after a poor gybe at the second mark whilst Ghibaudo overtook them during that slowdown.

Kubat fell at the third gybe to allow Hlavaty to regain third as Ghibaudo extended away to score second.

Race 5 results

  1. Karin Jaggi (F2 / North)
  2. Valerie Ghibaudo (Tabou)
  3. Marta Hlavaty

Women’s Race 6

Ghibaudo made up for her earlier slow start and immediately built a good lead ahead of Fauster who’d left Jaggi playing catch-up for third in the traffic behind.

Fauster kept Jaggi at arms length over the second reach and shut the door on her inside approach at the second mark, but was less successful to that attack at gybe three which ultimately secured her second behind Ghibaudo.

After Fauster sealed third the crowd loved the struggle between Kubat and Hlavaty for fourth, which, to their enjoyment, Kubat triumphed in.

Race 6 Results

  1. Valerie Ghibaudo (Tabou)
  2. Karin Jaggi (F2 / North)
  3. Çagla Kubat (Starboard / North)

Women’s Race 7

On-fire Ghibaudo cut another lethal victory in the penultimate race of the day. Looking untouchable she’d almost sealed the win just seconds after the start with her exact timing and superior speed.

Ghibaudo won effortlessly ahead of Jaggi who, apart from a sketchy gybe at the third buoy, made no mistakes to register second.

Fauster and Kubat gave a more closely contested display with their fight for third, but on this occasion it was not to be for the Turk.

  1. Valerie Ghibaudo (Tabou)
  2. Karin Jaggi (F2 / North)
  3. Verena Fauster (F2 / Gaastra)

Women’s Race 8

Ghibaudo risked her event lead despite a brilliant start and amazing sprint around the course. She led all the way but Jaggi chased super hard on final reach. In the final yards it became apparent that the Frenchwoman was not aware of the finish line marker on the beach and casually headed for the far upwind end of the finish line. That allowed Jaggi to accelerate and cross in first far downwind by the mark.

A monumentous battle raged behind Jaggi and Fauster for third place. Impressive youngster Lena Erdil (JP /NeilPryde), who’s just 18 yrs old, and Çagla Kubat fought tooth and nail for the third, with Erdil forcing Kubat into a fall at mark 3, and Kubat sneaking an inside line from Erdil at the fourth mark.

Erdil stayed in touch but Kubat had superior pace over the 6th reach subsequently rewarded her with a vital third place finish.

Race 7 Results

  1. Karin Jaggi (F2 / North)
  2. Valerie Ghibaudo (Tabou)
  3. Çagla Kubat (Starboard / North)

The forecast promises even more of the steady, Alaçati wind tomorrow and for the remainder of the event.

Skipper’s meeting is at 11.00 for a first possible start of 11.30

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© PWA / Brian McDowell
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