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  • Slalom World Titles on the Line as World's Fastest Sailors Head to New Caledonia for Season Finale

    FEATURED EVENT

    New Caledonia

    After a one year absence the PWA Slalom World Tour returns to the beautiful island of New Caledonia for the season finale where the Men’s and Women’s world titles will be decided between the 21st-26th November. After a long and hard fought season it all comes down to the next 6 days and with a promising looking forecast there should be plenty of epic racing!

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    Event HQ - Beautiful New Caledonia

    Noumea, New Caledonia, is part of the French Polynesia, located deep in the southwest Pacific Ocean - 750 miles east of Australia. New Caledonia boats the biggest lagoon in the world and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008, making New Caledonia a magnet for recreational boaters and ocean lovers alike, and provides the perfect, yet challenging, slalom conditions thanks to its trade winds, which usually blow anywhere between 10 and 30 knots. The lagoon spans an impressive 44,000km — with crystal clear waters dotted with islets, which has seen Noumea becoming renowned for its outstanding marine biodiversity. Anse Vata beach will provide the perfect, pristine, stage for the conclusion of the 2017 PWA World Tour. With the wind frequently blowing all day this is as much a test of stamina as it is of top speed and the world’s fastest sailors will have to be on their toes throughout as the chop will be eagerly waiting to catch any unsuspecting sailors.

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    New Caledonia's pristine waters

    Slalom

    Women’s

    Title Race Connotations

    There are now only two women left standing in the race for the 2017 PWA Women’s Slalom World Championship - Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) and Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) - and the odds are heavily stacked in the Aruban’s favour with Offringa guaranteed the world title in the event that less than 4 races are completed - no matter her result.

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    Sarah-Quita Offringa

    However, if 4 or more races are completed then that brings Cousin Questel back into the fray as with the new progressive points system, in which events with 4 or more races are awarded greater points, the French girl could still overtake Offringa, but in order to do just that Cousin Questel would need to win the event - just as she did in 2015 - but crucially Offringa would need to finish outside the top 3, which seems highly unlikely given the fact that you have to go all the way back to 2010 to find the last time Offringa finished outside of the podium positions at a slalom event.

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    Delphine Cousin Questel won here in 2015 - can she do the same again?

    Away from the title race it looks like there will be a pulsating battle for the remaining place on the heralded podium with Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360) - who will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing 4th place in Denmark, Maëlle Guilbaud (Patrik / Loft Sails), Delphine Cousin Questel and Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails) all vying for a place in the overall top 3.

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    Lena Erdil in the pack


    Men’s

    Title Race Connotations

    As things stand 3 men can still mathematically win the 2017 Men’s PWA Slalom World Championship - Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) - who holds a commanding lead as he goes in search of a 24th world title - Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Point-7 / Shamal Sunglasses) - who is looking to defend his world title and Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic / Shamal Sunglasses) - who is looking to win his first slalom world crown.

    On paper it looks like it’s Albeau’s title to lose as an 8th place finish or better will guarantee him the 2017 PWA Men’s Slalom World Championship. However, as the recent event in Sylt, Germany, showed anything can happen with both Albeau and Iachino both finishing outside the top 9, so Albeau will not be taking anything for granted. However, you’d have to think the more races that are completed will also reduce the chance of AA finishing outside of the top 8.

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    Albeau on the fly

    If Albeau was to finish 9th then that would open the door for Iachino to come in and snatch the world title from AA’s hands, but in order to do so the Italian would have to win the event. Two year’s ago Iachino came into New Caledonia under a very different set of circumstances - leading the world tour looking to win his first slalom world title, which ended disappointingly with a 10th place finish. However, a lot has changed since then and this time the current champ does not have much to lose, while having almost everything to gain and he’ll be keen to put the memories from 2015 here behind him by applying as much pressure as possible on Albeau from the word go. A 5th place finish or better would guarantee Iachino a place on the overall podium even if Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails / Chopper Fins) - currently 4th - was to win the event.

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    Will New Caledonia bring Matteo Iachino happier memories this time around?

    Outside Shot

    Ross Williams has an even slimmer shot at the title as the Brit would need to win the event, while requiring Albeau to finish 10th or worse and Iachino 3rd or worse. In this scenario Williams would win the title by 10 points. While not out of the question for Williams to win it seems more likely that we will see an excellent battle for for the remaining places on the prestigious podium with just 10 points between the Brit and Iachino, while Pierre Mortefon, who won the event here in 2015 in emphatic fashion could still force his way onto the podium and if he replicates his performance from two years ago there’s a very real possibility of him doing just that.

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    Ross Williams

    Meanwhile, the French contingent of Julien Quentel (Patrik / Avanti) - 5th - Pascal Toselli (99NoveNove / LoftSails / Chopper Fins) - 6th - and Antoine Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) - 7th - will be hoping to end the season on a high.

    Marco Lang (Fanatic / NorthSails) will come into the final event of the year still on a high from winning his first ever event on the world tour in Sylt and the Austrian could well be a serious threat again as he looks to break into the overall top 10 at the season end for the first time in his career - currently 8th.

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    Marco Lang

    Behind him you have the likes of Israel’s Arnon Dagan (RRD / NeilPryde), Dutchman Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / NorthSails), Argentina’s Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins) who are vying for the overall top 10, while Croatia’s Enrico Marotti (RRD / NeilPryde) will be looking to build upon his first top 10 result in Sylt.

    Former teammates Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails) and Ben van der Steen have had a mixed bag of results this season and both will be looking to sign off on a high and as the winner of the 2014 edition van der Steen could go well here again.

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    Cedric Bordes

    Elsewhere, New Caledonia’s home grown youthful talent of Basile Jacquin (Starboard / Point-7) - currently ranked 26th - will be just one of the many locals hoping to make their mark on home waters.

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    Basile Jacquin

    Foiling

    If at any time the wind is too light for slalom then there are currently 31 men registered for the next foil exhibition - where will see if Antoine Albeau and Antoine Questel can bounce back to the top following Sylt and whether Julien Quentel can follow up from his success in Germany or perhaps we will see a new name at the top again.

    The wait for the season finale is almost over, so make sure you stay tuned into www.pwaworldtour.com between the 21st-26th November to follow all of the action as it happens via the PWA live stream. You can see the latest forecast for Anse Vata, New Caledonia @ https://www.windguru.cz/208755

    To stay up to date with all the latest developments from New Caledonia — including elimination ladders, entry list, images and live ticker simply click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page.

    Schedule for Day 1:

    Registration - 10am-11am (GMT+11)


    Skippers’ Meeting - 1pm (GMT+11)


    First Possible Start - 1:30pm (GMT+11)

  • Das war Tag 1:


    The reliable trade winds that New Caledonia are known for didn’t disappoint on the opening day of the 2017 Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup, so once registration was out of the way it was straight into the thick of the action with 20-25 knots of breeze on offer. By the close of play on day 1 the opening elimination for the men’s and women’s fleets has been completed and the title races remain very much still open after Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) and Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Point-7 / Shamal Sunglasses) claimed respective victories to keep current world tour leaders Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) and Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) on their toes.

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    A beautiful morning in Noumea

    Women’s

    Delphine Cousin Questel snatched a remarkable victory in the opening elimination to deny 17-year-old local girl Lilou Granier a famous first victory on the world tour. Granier safely rounded the last mark after leading from start to finish and looked to be on course to record a memorable first ever bullet in front of her home crowd only for Cousin Questel to fly down the final reach and clinch a thrilling win in a photo finish. Cousin Questel in the only girl still standing that can deny Sarah-Quita Offringa and her gritty performance here shows she’s more than up for the challenge and is ready to lay down the gauntlet to her rival.

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    Photo finish between Lilou Granier & Delphine Cousin Questel

    Granier may have been disappointed to be denied her first bullet, but after only making her debut at this event two years ago she showed the sort of fearless attitude that comes with youth and clearly wasn’t intimidated in the slightest by going up against her peers and it will be intriguing to see if she is able to sustain that level of performance. If she can sail anywhere near as well as she did today, then she is a serious contender for the podium.

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    Always time for a body drag - Lilou Granier

    The battle for 3rd and 4th place saw another extremely tight finish and Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails) was clearly disappointed to just miss out on 3rd to Japan’s Yuki Sunaga (Loft Sails) - particularly as her main podium rivals Maëlle Guilbaud (Patrik / Loft Sails) and Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360) could only muster 5th and 7th place finishes respectively.

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    Marion Mortefon

    In terms of the title race things remain wide open, for the time being at least, with Sarah-Quita Offringa unable to recover from a rare poor start, which left her having to settle for 5th place in the opening race, but at least 4 eliminations must be completed to give Cousin Questel any chance and then Offringa must finish outside of the top 3 and you would expect her to raise her performance over the coming days, but from a neutrals perspective it keeps things interesting heading into day two.

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    Sarah-Quita Offringa

    Men’s

    Reigning World Champion - Matteo Iachino - came into the final event of the year as Antoine Albeau’s main rival and that’s certainly how things remain at the close of play on the first day with the Italian doing everything in his power to reduce the deficit by leading from start to finish to claim the opening bullet of the week.

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    Matteo Iachino in control

    However, the clear advantage remains with Albeau who produced a solid performance to secure 4th place, which keeps him well ahead of the 8th or better finish he requires to be crowned the world champion. It is, however, early days and Iachino has shown he’s ready to pounce on any mistakes should the opportunity arise.

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    Antoine Albeau

    Marco Lang (Fanatic / NorthSails) came into the final event of the year off the back of his first ever victory on the world tour in Sylt and it was almost like the Austrian hadn’t been away from the race course as he started the week off with an excellent second place - meaning his results from his last 3 eliminations read 1st, 1st, 2nd and you’d have to say he looks ready for another deep run in the competition!

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    Marco Lang

    Meanwhile, teammate Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails / Chopper Fins) showed a blistering turn of speed on the second reach in the final to fly into 3rd place and the Frenchman was then able to hold off able to open with a 3rd and with Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic / Shamal Sunglasses) down in 7th place the race is certainly on for the prestigious overall podium.

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    Pierre Mortefon

    Sebastian Kördel (Starboard / GA Sails) who started the season so positively before seemingly losing his form slightly bounced back to life today to book his place in the winners’ final before securing 5th place, one ahead of Pascal Toselli (99NoveNove / Loft Sails / Chopper Fins) in 6th, while Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne) navigated his way into another final - although Argentina’s Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins) wasn’t too happy with the Bonairean after a coming together at the final mark in Heat 14.

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    Sebastian Koerdel

    Elsewhere, Malte Reuscher (JP / NeilPryde) made a solid start to the week by securing 9th place in the opening elimination after winning Heat 15 ahead of Costa Hoevel and Antoine Questel (Starboard / S2Maui).

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    Malte Reuscher

    The opening elimination wasn’t without its upsets though with current world No.5 Julien Quentel (Patrik / Avanti), world No.9 and 10 Arnon Dagan (RRD / NeilPryde) and Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / NorthSails) and world No.13 Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails) all eliminated in the quarterfinals - while 2014 event champion Ben van der Steen (Patrik / Gun Sails) also suffered the same fate.

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    Julien Quentel

    The opening two rounds of the second elimination were also completed - with no major upsets - before the official opening ceremony was held during the early evening at the Chateaux Royal Beach Resort.

    The sailors will meet again tomorrow morning at 10am with the action commencing from 10:30am (GMT+2) onwards. On WindGuru the forecast looks quite similar to today although the wind is expected to be more easterly, so we will have to wait and see what happens.

    To stay up to date with all the latest developments from New Caledonia — including elimination ladders, entry list, images and live ticker simply click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page.

    Current Ranking 2017 Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup - Women’s Slalom

    *After One Elimination

    1st Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui)


    2nd Lilou Granier


    3rd Yuki Sunaga (LoftSails)


    4th Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails)


    5th Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)

    Current Ranking 2017 Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup - Men’s Slalom
    *After One Elimination

    1st Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Point-7 / Shamal Sunglasses)


    2nd Marco Lang (Fanatic / NorthSails)


    3rd Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails / Chopper Fins)


    4th Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)


    5th Sebastian Koerdel (Starboard / GA Sails)


    6th Pascal Toselli (99NoveNove / LoftSails / Chopper Fins)


    7th Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic / Shamal Sunglasses)


    8th Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne)


    9th Malte Reuscher (JP / NeilPryde)


    10th Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins)

       
  • New Caledonia

    Anse Vata Beach served up another intense dose of racing on day two of the 2017 Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup with the wind blowing 20-30 knots for almost the entire day, which allowed a further 3 eliminations to be completed in superb slalom conditions. At the close of play the same man and woman head up the event rankings as overnight - Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Point-7 / Shamal Sunglasses) and Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) - and despite their best efforts they remain powerless to prevent Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) and Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) from claiming the 2017 Men’s and Women’s PWA Slalom World Championships with both Albeau and Offringa reducing the deficit to rise into second place in the event rankings, while solidifying their title credentials.

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    Sarah-Quita Offringa leading the way

    Women’s

    After a slightly slow start yesterday the current world tour leader - Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) - responded in the perfect fashion by bouncing back superbly and winning the first race of the day. However, it still wasn’t all plain sailing as a slow start in Elimination 3 almost cost her dearly, but she did well to battle back into 3rd place over the remainder of the course.

    In the very next race Offringa survived another scare after dropping her second gybe in the semifinals, but she managed to recover before going on to secure her second bullet of the day in Elimination 4 - which reduces current event leader Delphine Cousin Questel’s (Starboard / S2Maui) lead to just 1 point, while putting her firmly back in control of the title race as she now holds a comfortable 5.6 point advantage over Lilou Granier in 4th place - when she only requires a top 3 finish to secure the title.

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    Sarah-Quita Offringa

    Delphine Cousin Questel still heads the top of the rankings at the close of play on day two after another excellent performance today which saw the former two-time world champion record 2 seconds and a first from the 3 races completed.

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    Delphine Cousin Questel

    Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360), who came into the event, second in the overall rankings, suffered a disappointing opening day after finishing 7th, but she rediscovered the sort of form we have come to expect from her in recent years by bouncing back with a 2nd and two 3rd places, which sees her rise 4 spots from the overnight rankings into 3rd place - keeping her on course for the overall podium.

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    Lena Erdil

    Elsewhere, Lilou Granier, who came so close to winning the opening elimination yesterday suffered a disastrous start to the day as she was disqualified in the semifinals for a premature start. However, after that, the 17-year-old recovered well with two 4th places, which sees her sitting in 4th place at the close of play - 4 points ahead of Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails) in 5th.

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    Lilou Granier

    Men’s

    The event lead swung hands on a couple of occasions today in the men’s division with reigning world champion Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Point-7 / Shamal Sunglasses) continuing to go head-to-head with Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde).

    In the opening race of the day, Iachino struck again to maintain his perfect start to the event, but then a 6th place in Elimination 3 combined with Albeau winning his first race of the week saw AA move to the top of the event rankings, while also assuming complete control of the title race. However, Iachino finishes the day with a 1.7 point advantage over Albeau at the top of the rankings with the discard coming in to play.

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    Matteo Iachino

    In terms of the title race though Albeau is in command as he now holds a 16.5 point advantage over Arnon Dagan (RRD / NeilPryde) in 8th place and Albeau only needs to finish 8th or better in order to guarantee himself an incredible 24th world title.

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    Antoine Albeau

    For Dagan, the first two races were a bit of a disaster, but he has since recovered superbly with a 4th place and a bullet to bring himself back into contention to maintain his hopes of finishing the season in the overall top 10.

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    Arnon Dagan

    While the title race may look to be all but over the race for the remaining place on the prestigious overall podium is firmly on with the momentum swinging in Pierre Mortefon’s (Fanatic / NorthSails / Chopper Fins) favour. The Frenchman came into the event in 4th place, but if things were to finish as they currently stand, then Mortefon would overtake Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic / Shamal Sunglasses) in the fight for 3rd place. Mortefon currently occupies 3rd place in the event rankings after discarding an 11th place from Elimination 2 before recording two solid results - 2nd and a 5th - while Williams, by his standards, had a bit of a day to forget. The Brit started the day with a decent 5th before suffering a quarterfinal exit in Elimination 3 soon followed by missing the winners’ final in Elimination 4, which leaves him in 9th place in the current event rankings.

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    Pierre Mortefon

    Williams hasn’t finished lower than 9th all season and came into the final event of the year on the back of 3 consecutive podiums, so while you certainly wouldn’t bet against him recovering from this small blip you also feel that he can’t really afford anymore slip-ups with Mortefon applying the pressure.

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    Ross Williams ponders

    Elsewhere, Sebastian Kördel (Starboard / GA Sails) rises one place to 4th after another excellent day - apart from a small blemish in Elimination 3. However, the German then hit back with his best result to date in a single race - 2nd - and will look to continue to build over the remainder of the event.

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    Sebastian Kördel

    Marco Lang (Fanatic / NorthSails), who started the day in 2nd place, falls 3 places to 5th, but that is not entirely his own fault. The Austrian finished 13th in the second race before responding in Elimination 3 with a terrific third and looked to b going well in Elimination 4 only for a snapped harness bar forcing him to withdraw from the semifinals, which was obviously hugely frustrating and disappointing for the Austrian.

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    Marco Lang

    Cyril Moussilmani (99NoveNove / Severne) is one of the biggest movers of the day after a consistent set of performances - 3rd, 10th and a 7th - sees the Frenchman rise 8 places to 6th, while fellow countryman Pascal Toselli (99NoveNove / LoftSails / Chopper Fins) falls one place to 7th.

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    Cyril Moussilmani

    The top 10 is currently completed by Malte Reuscher (JP / NeilPryde), who has been extremely consistent with two 9th places and a 12th and the German looked to be on course for another top 16 finish in Elimination 3 until Maciek Rutkowski (Tabou / GA Sails) gybed into him at the final mark - when both sailors were in the qualifying positions - resulting in Reuscher falling. The 27-year-old lodged an official protest against Rutkowski for dangerous sailing, but those appeals turned out to be in vain.

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    Malte Reuscher

    Elsewhere, the home crowd were delighted to see Basile Jacquin (Starboard / Point-7) rubbing shoulders with the best of the world in the winners' final of Elimination 4 - where the New Caledonian eventually managed to clinch 4th.

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    Basile Jacquin

    After a pulsating day of racing, the sailors were released shortly before 5pm and they will meet again tomorrow morning at the following times:


    Foil Fleet - Skippers’ Meeting 9:30am - first possible start 10am (GMT+11) Slalom Fleets - Skippers’ Meeting 10am - first possible start 10:30am (GMT+11).

    To stay up to date with all the latest developments from New Caledonia — including elimination ladders, entry list, images and live ticker simply click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page.

    Current Ranking 2017 Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup - Women’s Slalom
    *After 4 Eliminations

    1st Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui)


    2nd Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)


    3rd Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360)


    4th Lilou Granier


    5th Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails)

    Current Ranking 2017 Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup - Men’s Slalom
    *After 4 Eliminations

    1st Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Point-7 / Shamal Sunglasses)


    2nd Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)


    3rd Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails / Chopper Fins)


    4th Sebastian Koerdel (Starboard / GA Sails)


    5th Marco Lang (Fanatic / NorthSails)


    6th Cyril Moussilmani (99NoveNove / Severne)


    7th Pascal Toselli (99NoveNove / LoftSails / Chopper Fins)


    8th Arnon Dagan (RRD / NeilPryde)


    9th Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic / Shamal Sunglasses)


    10th Malte Reuscher (JP / NeilPryde)

  • After close to perfect conditions on the opening two days of the 2017 Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup day three proved to be by far the most challenging day yet with big wind shifts and variable wind speeds making conditions extremely tricky. This resulted in several tempers flaring as things threatened to boil over at times. However, in spite of the tough conditions, it was generally the same set of usual suspects who rose to the top.

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    Foiling action

    Women’s

    After relinquishing the event lead to Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) after the opening race today, Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) hit back almost immediately to regain the No.1 spot at the halfway stage by continuing her remarkable run of form, which has seen her not finish outside the top 2 places in the 6 races completed so far - 3 first places and 3 second places.

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    Delphine Cousin Questel

    Sarah-Quita Offringa had moved into the event lead for the first time earlier in the day after winning Elimination 5, but she then surprisingly failed to qualify for the winners’ final of Elimination 6 after being overpowered during the semifinals. Offringa was still in contention as they rounded the final mark but narrowly lost out to Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails), who went on to record her best result out the event so far with an excellent 3rd place.

    A mixed bag of results for Offringa means she now trails Cousin Questel by 4 points heading into the second half of the event, but that gap could be reduced to almost nothing again when the second discard comes into play after Elimination 7 and it’s going to be fascinating to see how the remainder of the event plays out.

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    Sarah-Quita Offringa

    After a slow start, Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360) had recovered nicely with a series of 2nd and 3rd places and she kicked off the day with another solid 3rd to be prominently placed in the event rankings. However, disaster struck for the Turkish beauty when she injured her foot rounding the first mark in the winners’ final of Elimination 6, which resulted in an 8th place and she will now have to cross her fingers that it is nothing too serious with Marion Mortefon now being a genuine threat for the final place on the prestigious podium.

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    An innocuos looking crash for Lena Erdil

    As things stand Erdil holds a 4 point advantage over Mortefon - who is currently 5th - but if French girl can turn the tables and beat Erdil by at least one place then she would snatch 3rd in the overall rankings, so there’s still everything to play for. However, after speaking briefly to Erdil it sounds like her injury could be worse than initially feared so we will have to wait and see if she is able to sail. Everyone from the PWA would like to wish Lena all the best and hope to see her competing tomorrow.

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    Lena Erdil in the treatment room

    Elsewhere, Lilou Granier, again made a slow start to the day as she missed out on the winners’ final in the opening race, but she was able to recover in Elimination 6 with an excellent second place after Yuki Sunaga (LoftSails) dropped her final gybe when leading the final to unfortunately drop from first to last in an instance.

    Men’s

    Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) enjoyed another fine day as he won the sole race completed, which sees AA move to the top of the event rankings at the close of play - holding a 2 point advantage over Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Point-7 / Shamal Sunglasses).

    In terms of the title race it’s almost impossible to imagine Albeau losing out from here as he holds a 26.6 point advantage over Cyril Moussilmani (99NoveNove / Severne) in 8th place and it would surely now take a catastrophic loss of form or an unbelievable run of bad luck to stop him from claiming a 24th world title.

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    Antoine Albeau seizes complete control of the title race

    Matteo Iachino occupies a clear-cut second place at the halfway stage and will still fancy his chances of signing off the year with a victory. The Italian blew the start in Elimination 5 but did remarkably well to recover into 5th place by the end of the course.

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    Matteo Iachino

    Meanwhile, the race for the final place on the prestigious overall podium couldn’t be closer between Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails / Chopper Fins) and Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic / Shamal Sunglasses).

    At the close of play yesterday Williams trailed in the battle for 3rd, after holding the advantage coming into the final clash of the year, but today he fought back as he climbed two places from 9th to 7th in the event rankings. Although, the Brit did ride his luck at times as he left it until the final reach of Heat 11 - quarterfinal - to pass Basile Jacquin (Starboard / Point-7) and snatch the final qualifying place into the semis. Had he been eliminated there and then you’d had to have thought that that would have ended his challenge with Mortefon involved in the same heat and the Frenchman eventually going on to finish second in Elimination 5, which cements his place in 3rd for the event.

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    Pierre Mortefon

    If things were to finish as they are right now with Mortefon 3rd and Williams 7th - the two sailors would finish tied on 4960 points - but Mortefon would take 3rd on count back, so Williams either needs to climb at least one place or hope that Mortefon drops to at least 4th. However, with Mortefon holding a 9 point advantage over his closest challenger - Sebastian Koerdel (Starboard / GA Sails) - in 4th it is likely that Williams will need to find a way to continue his climb up the event rankings.

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    Ross Williams keeps podium aspirations alive

    Koerdel may have missed out on the winners’ final, but the German remains in 4th place heading into day four after sailing well to secure 2nd place in Heat 15 - 10th for the elimination.

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    Sebastian Koerdel

    Marco Lang (Fanatic / NorthSails) also holds firm in 5th place from the overnight standings after making his third winners’ final of the week - where he finished 8th.

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    Marco Lang

    Elsewhere, Pascal Toselli (99NoveNove / LoftSails / Chopper Fins), recorded his best result of the event so far as he took home 3rd place in Elimination 5, which sees the Frenchman regain 6th place at the expense of fellow countryman - Cyril Moussilmani (99NoveNove / Severne) - who was absolutely fuming that Heat 10 wasn’t cancelled after he entered the first mark in the lead before failing to get away and dropping to the back of the pack, but despite his furious protests once returning to the beach the result was upheld. That quarterfinal exit sees Moussilmani drop two places to 8th.

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    Pascal Toselli finds form

    Arnon Dagan (RRD / NeilPryde), who won the last race on day two, falls one place to 9th after jumping the gun in the semifinals, while Antoine Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) completes the top 10 after recording his best result so far 4th. The same is also true for fellow countryman - Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / GA Sails / Mystic) - who qualified for his first winners’ final of the week before finishing 7th - in a race that was dominated by the French - who occupied 1-4th (Albeau, Mortefon, Toselli, Questel).

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    Antoine Questel breaks into top 10

    Foil

    First thing today the opening foil exhibition of the week was completed and it was Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins) who struck first blood as he managed to hold off the valiant challenge of Nicolas Goyard (Starboard / Point-7 / Mystic), while Alexandre Cousin finished just ahead of Antoine Questel to complete the top 3.

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    Gonzalo Costa Hoevel

    On paper tomorrow looks as though it could be another challenging day on the water with winds of a similar strength - 13-20 knots - from the same direction - ENE - currently forecast. The sailors will meet again at 9:30am with the action commencing from 10am (GMT+11) onwards.

    To stay up to date with all the latest developments from New Caledonia — including elimination ladders, entry list, images and live ticker simply click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page.

    Current Ranking 2017 Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup - Women’s Slalom
    *After 6 Eliminations

    1st Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui)


    2nd Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)


    3rd Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360)


    4th Lilou Granier


    5th Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails)

    Current Ranking 2017 Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup - Men’s Slalom
    *After 5 Eliminations

    1st Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)


    2nd Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Point-7 / Shamal Sunglasses)


    3rd Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails / Chopper Fins)


    4th Sebastian Koerdel (Starboard / GA Sails)


    5th Marco Lang (Fanatic / NorthSails)


    6th Pascal Toselli (99NoveNove / LoftSails / Chopper Fins)


    7th Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic / Shamal Sunglasses)


    8th Cyril Moussilmani (99NoveNove / Severne)


    9th Arnon Dagan (RRD / NeilPryde)


    10th Antoine Questel (Starboard / S2Maui)

    Current Ranking 2017 Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup - Men’s Foil Exhibition
    *After 1 Elimination

    1st Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins)


    2nd Nicolas Goyard (Starboard / Point-7 / Mystic)


    3rd Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / GA Sails / Mystic)


    4th Antoine Questel (Starboard / S2Maui)


    5th Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails)


    6th Maciek Rutkowski (Tabou / GA Sails)


    7th William Huppert (Fanatic / NorthSails)


    8th Thomas Goyard (Fanatic / NorthSails)


    9th Benjamin Tillier (Gun Sails)


    10th Alexandre Rouys (Starboard / Severne)

  • Das war Tag 4:


    Day 4 of the 2017 Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup wasn’t your typical day in New Caledonia as the usual wall-to-wall sunshine and consistent trade winds were replaced with cloudy, stormy at times, skies and intermittent rain. This led to a largely frustrating day, which limited the action to just one foil race being completed in tricky conditions by the middle of the afternoon, but during the early evening, the wind did improve. This resulted in two further foil races being completed in undoubtedly the best conditions we’ve seen foiling competed in so far with solid winds transforming it into a truly dynamic and exciting spectacle.

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    Foil start line action

    Foiling

    Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins) won the first foil race of the event yesterday and the Argentine, who is heavily involved in the research and development of foiling for Starboard and Severne, shone again today as he produced a truly dominant performance to win both medium wind races, while finishes second in the opening race today. Costa Hoevel’s dominance has seen him open up a 7.9 point advantage over his closest challenger - Maciek Rutkowski (Tabou / GA Sails) - in second place.

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    Gonzalo Costa Hoevel on the fly

    The 37-year-old also did extremely well to avoid hitting Julien Quentel (Patrik / Avanti) in the final race of the day after Quentel went over the handlebars directly in front of him, which could’ve had dire consequences. After overcoming that obstacle, Costa Hoevel, quickly regained his composure to close down Nicolas Goyard (RRD / Point-7 / Mystic) and the Argentine’s excellent tactical awareness paid dividends again with Goyard tacking too early, while Costa Hoevel set the perfect lay line to build an unassailable lead to claim another clinical victory. After such a dominant display it’s hard to see anyone dislodging him from the top of the rankings.

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    A triumphant Gonzalo Costa Hoevel

    With the completion of the 4th race, the discard comes into play and Maciek Rutkowski is the sailor to have gained the most from the discard. The Pole didn’t make a bad start to the event - finishing 6th - but was then disqualified from the final of race two for a premature start -resulting in a 16th place. However, in the stronger winds, Rutkowski recovered brilliantly with two, second places, which catapults him up to 2nd place in the current rankings.

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    Maciek Rutkowski

    The Goyard brother’s - Nicolas Goyard and Thomas Goyard (Fanatic / NorthSails) - currently occupy 3rd and 4th place and trail Rutkowski by just 1 and 2 points respectively.

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    Nicolas Goyard

    Antoine Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) started the season in excellent form - winning in Japan and finishing 2nd in Costa Brava - before a disappointing result in Sylt. However, the Frenchman has bounced back to form to a degree here and currently sits in 5th place, just ahead of fellow countrymen - Benjamin Tillier, William Huppert (Fanatic / NorthSails), Julien Quentel (Patrik / Avanti), Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / GA Sails / Chopper Fins) - who was unlucky to snap a UJ in the last race and drops to 9th - and Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails) - meaning that 8 of the current top 10 are completed by Frenchmen.

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    Antoine Questel

    The forecast for tomorrow predicts lighter east-north-east, but importantly clearer skies are expected, which should hopefully result in more consistent winds even though the gradient wind is not from its normal southeasterly direction. The sailors will meet again tomorrow morning at 9:30am with the action commencing from 10am onwards (GMT+11).

    To stay up to date with all the latest developments from New Caledonia — including elimination ladders, entry list, images and live ticker simply click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page.

    Current Ranking 2017 Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup - Women’s Slalom
    *After 6 Eliminations

    1st Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui)


    2nd Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)


    3rd Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360)


    4th Lilou Granier


    5th Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails)

    Current Ranking 2017 Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup - Men’s Slalom
    *After 5 Eliminations

    1st Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Point-7 / Shamal Sunglasses)


    2nd Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)


    3rd Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails / Chopper Fins)


    4th Sebastian Koerdel (Starboard / GA Sails)


    5th Marco Lang (Fanatic / NorthSails)


    6th Pascal Toselli (99NoveNove / LoftSails / Chopper Fins)


    7th Cyril Moussilmani (99NoveNove / Severne)


    8th Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic / Shamal Sunglasses)


    9th Arnon Dagan (RRD / NeilPryde)


    10th Antoine Questel (Starboard / S2Maui)

    Current Ranking 2017 Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup - Men’s Foil Exhibition
    *After 4 Eliminations

    1st Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins)


    2nd Maciek Rutkowski (Tabou / GA Sails)


    3rd Nicolas Goyard (RRD / Point-7 / Mystic)


    4th Thomas Goyard (Fanatic / NorthSails)


    5th Antoine Questel (Starboard / S2Maui)


    6th Benjamin Tillier


    7th William Huppert (Fanatic / NorthSails) Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails)


    8th Julien Quentel (Patrik / Avanti)


    9th Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / GA Sails / Mystic)


    10th Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails)

  • Das war der heutige Tag:


    New Caledonia

    The action continued on the penultimate day of the Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup with two further foil races, two women’s slalom eliminations and one more men’s slalom completed, but conditions were anything but easy with the cross to cross offshore winds making the winds extremely gusty in the range of 10-20 knots.

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    Delphine Cousin Questel in a purple patch

    Women’s

    Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) continued to dominate the women’s slalom on day five after winning both the eliminations completed today in emphatic style, which means the former 2-time world champion has won the last 3 races and looks set to continue her winning ways in New Caledonia having claimed victories here in 2014 and ’15.

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    Delphine Cousin Questel dominates

    However, while on course to end the season on a high, it appears there is now nothing she can do to prevent - Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) - becoming the 2017 Women’s PWA Slalom World Champion. Offringa sailed solidly again to secure two, second places and she now holds a 13.9 point advantage over Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails) in third and with just one more day to go it is virtually impossible to see that changing.

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    Sarah-Quita Offringa

    Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360) started the day in third looking to defend her place on both the event and overall podium, but sadly, despite trying to bravely sail through the pain, it looks as though she may miss out on both, with the foot injury she sustained on day three badly impairing her performance.

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    Lena Erdil tries to sail through the pain

    Marion Mortefon, Erdil’s nemesis, trailed the Turk by 4 points at the start of proceedings, but after recording 3rd and 4th place finishes today the French girl has leapfrogged Erdil into 3rd place in the event rankings, while opening a 2 point advantage. If things were to finish as they were now then Mortefon would clinch the final place on the prestigious overall podium with 3000 points to Erdil’s 2990 points, which would be a bitter blow for Erdil, who has not finished outside of the overall top 3 since 2014.

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    Marion Mortefon on the fly

    Local girl - Lilou Granier - did briefly occupy 3rd place in the event rankings after a 4th place in the first race of the day, but the 17-year-old then missed out on the winners’ final, so she currently sits in 5th place.

    Men’s

    For the first time this week - Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) - missed out on the winners’ final, but that was through no fault of his own after AA became the second person this week, after Marco Lang (Fanatic / NorthSails), to snap a harness bar in the semifinals, which left him with no chance of qualifying. While obviously disappointing, Albeau, still holds onto the event lead by 1 point over Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Point-7 / Shamal Sunglasses), who needed a 3rd place finish or better in the winners’ final to regain the top spot, but the Italian could ‘only’ manage a 5th.

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    Albeau before disaster struck

    While the battle for the title is all but over with Albeau holding a 27.6 point advantage over Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic / Shamal Sunglasses) in 8th place (Albeau only requires top 8 finish to win) - the final day still promises to provide a thrilling finale to the season with Albeau, Iachino and Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails / Chopper Fins) all fighting for the final event victory of 2017. Mortefon is now just 1.6 points behind Albeau after another excellent day which saw the Frenchman record a 2nd and 3rd place today.

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    Mortefon makes his move

    Mortefon is also now firmly in pole position for the remaining place on the overall podium as he holds a 13 point advantage over teammate Marco Lang in 4th, so it is difficult to see Mortefon slipping down the rankings, which means that Ross Williams will now need to find a way from climbing from 8th to 6th place in order to defend his 3rd place from last year. (A current deficit of 4.1 points, but that will vary after the completion of Elimination 7 when the second discard comes into play). We will revisit the rankings when that happens as there are too many connotations to outline.

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    Pierre poised to attack

    However, Williams’ quest to re-establish himself in the top 6 has been made harder after Arnon Dagan (RRD / NeilPryde) - who is currently ranked 6th - snatched a dramatic late victory in Elimination 6, and with the second discard coming into play Dagan could potentially dispatch an 18.5, which would make him extremely difficult to overhaul.

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    Williams with work to do

    In the final of Elimination 6 it looked as though Tristan Algret (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / Chopper Fins) was on course to win his first elimination ever on the world tour after the 23-year-old burst into the lead and built a commanding advantage. However, with the victory seemingly at his mercy Algret wobbled through an extremely dodgy last gybe - only just staying on his board - which opened up the door for Arnon Dagan, who didn’t need a second invite to come through and snatch a dramatic late victory just before the finish line as things instantly turned from a dream into a nightmare for Algret, who will no doubt be reliving that moment over and over again tonight. His day will come one day soon though and 2nd place was still his best result of the week, which sees him jump from 20th to 14th.

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    Arnon Dagan denies Tristan Algret

    Marco Lang looked extremely quick again today and his blistering pace earned him an excellent 4th place finish and with Sebastian Koerdel (Starboard / GA Sails) being disqualified from the winners’ final for a premature start the Austrian leapfrogs his friend into 4th, while the German falls one place to 5th, but just one place separates them heading into the final day.

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    Marco Lang

    Elsewhere, Cyril Moussilmani (99NoveNove / Severne) climbs one spot to 7th after a 6th place finish, while Pascal Toselli (99NoveNove / LoftSails / Chopper Fins) falls 3 places to 9th after making only his second real mistake of the week after exiting Elimination 6 in the quarterfinals. The Frenchman could still fly back up the rankings if he’s able to take advantage of the second discard as he looks to remain on course for overall top 10. Meanwhile, fellow Frenchman Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails) completes occupies 10th, but only holds a half point advantage over Antoine Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) so his place in the top 10 is anything but assured.

    Foiling

    In the morning two full fleet foil races were completed before switching to slalom, which saw Antoine Albeau and Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins) claim one victory apiece - although the Argentine could have won both races. However, he set his lay line wrong in the closing stages of the first race to allow Albeau to swoop in and steal the victory, while Costa Hoevel then took advantage of Julien Quentel’s (Patrik / Avanti) misfortune in the second race of the day - catching the rope with his foil - to snatch the victory and remain firmly in control at the top of the rankings.

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    Gonzalo Costa Hoevel

    With the wind deteriorating the sailors were released shortly before 5pm. The forecast for tomorrow predicts less offshore winds than today, although still not the normal southeasterly direction, but it should allow for more racing on the final day to conclude what has been a superb event so far. The skippers’ meeting has been called for 9:30am - with the action commencing from 10am (GMT+11) onwards.



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    The end of another day of work in paradise

    To stay up to date with all the latest developments from New Caledonia — including elimination ladders, entry list, images and live ticker simply click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page.

    Current Ranking 2017 Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup - Women’s Slalom
    *After 8 Eliminations

    1st Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui)


    2nd Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)


    3rd Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails)


    4th Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360)


    5th Lilou Granier

    Current Ranking 2017 Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup - Men’s Slalom
    *After 6 Eliminations

    1st Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)


    2nd Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Point-7 / Shamal Sunglasses)


    3rd Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails / Chopper Fins)


    4th Marco Lang (Fanatic / NorthSails)


    5th Sebastian Koerdel (Starboard / GA Sails)


    6th Arnon Dagan (RRD / NeilPryde)


    7th Cyril Moussilmani (99NoveNove / Severne)


    8th Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic / Shamal Sunglasses)


    9th Pascal Toselli (99NoveNove / LoftSails / Chopper Fins)


    10th Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails)

    Current Ranking 2017 Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup - Men’s Foil Exhibition
    *After 6 Eliminations

    1st Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins)


    2nd Nicolas Goyard (RRD / Point-7 / Mystic)


    3rd Maciek Rutkowski (Tabou / GA Sails)


    4th William Huppert (Fanatic / NorthSails)


    5th Thomas Goyard (Fanatic / NorthSails)


    6th Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / GA Sails)


    7th Benjamin Tillier


    8th Antoine Questel (Starboard / S2Maui)


    9th Julien Quentel (Patrik / Avanti)


    10th Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails)

     
  • Dass wars:


    After five fairly solid windy days in a row, the wind machine, unfortunately, decided to take a slight break on the final day of the 2017 Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup - meaning that the rankings for the slalom remain unchanged from overnight.

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    New Caledonia in all its beauty

    However, while the wind may have been too light for further slalom, it was still possible to complete three more foil eliminations, which resulted in 3 different winners - Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne), Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) and Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / GA Sails / Chopper Fins).

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    Final day foil action

    Slalom

    Women’s

    With the rankings remaining the same from overnight and with the sailors being released at 3:30pm it was official that Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) is the 2017 Women’s PWA Slalom World Champion - despite a superb effort from Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) - who claimed a clear cut victory here, but with Offringa securing a solid second place the former 2-time world champion will have to wait until next year for another shot at the title.

    Sarah-Quita Offringa: on winning her 3rd slalom title in a row - 4 slalom titles overall: “I’m actually really happy about it. I don’t have so much to say, but of course I’m happy it worked out, but in the end, I’m super happy that I came to New Caledonia because it was a good chance for me to learn some new things as I’m not used to sailing slalom in these kind of conditions. Every day I improved a bit, so it was a win-win situation… I managed to bring the title home, gained experience in these conditions and I got to see the whole tour again and say a proper goodbye to everybody. Overall it was just a great way to sign off for the year.

    We had some really close racing and I’m really happy that I was able to win a couple of races in these conditions because I know Delphine [Cousin Questel] is dominant in these conditions, so it’s good for me to know that it’s possible to win a couple.”

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    Sarah-Quita Offringa

    Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui), who ends the season as the vice-world champion after maintaining her winning ways in New Caledonia having previously won here in 2014 and ‘15: “I’m very happy. I came here to win, so I’m glad to have reached that goal. I had a very good battle with Sarah [Quita Offringa] and it turned out to be a perfect week with great conditions, organisation, everything was perfect.”

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    Delphine Cousin Questel

    Elsewhere, Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails), breaks into the overall top 3 for the first time in her career - at the expense of the injured Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360) who finishes 2017 in 4th - after earning her 3rd podium finish of the year.

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    Marion Mortefon

    Men’s

    Just as in the women’s division the men’s ranking remained the same, which meant that Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) signs off the season in style by winning the final event of the year, while also earning an incredible 24th world title.

    Antoine Albeau - 24-time world champion: “It feels super good because it wasn’t over coming into the event here - even though I had a bit of an advantage over Matteo [Iachino] as you know - it was like 7 places difference between us - so when you arrive like this you know it’s almost in the pocket, but I didn’t want to think like that because you never know what can happen. Especially with someone like Matteo, who is capable of winning every race and if I’d have made some mistakes then it’s easy to miss out on the top 10.

    I was a little bit stressed for sure because until it’s official you can’t rest easy. Now it’s done and it’s great to win it by winning the last event of the season. I started okay, but not as well as Matteo, but I was very consistent and even when I broke my harness hook in the semifinal I was then still able to win the losers’ final quite easily. I was super confident because I knew my speed was good and when you know your speed is good you feel a lot safer. The year before was a little bit hard for me because I wasn’t super fast, especially in light winds, which then makes it difficult.

    Is it getting easier or harder? Hmmm… you know every year is different. There are a lot of variables. How you start the year, how strong is the wind going to be? This year we were unlucky with the conditions at the two first events (South Korea and Japan), but in the end, we scored Costa Brava, Fuerte, Denmark and here as well. Sylt we were only able to complete 2 eliminations, but overall I think we’ve had a very good year.”

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    Antoine Albeau and family

    Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Point-7 / Shamal Sunglasses) and Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails / Chopper Fins) were both perfectly poised to attack Albeau at the top of the event rankings with just 1.6 points between the top 3, but the wind didn’t play ball to give them that opportunity. That means Iachino finishes 2017 as the vice-world champion, while Mortefon was able to pip Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic / Shamal Sunglasses) to the final place on the prestigious overall podium.

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    Matteo Iachino

    We’ll have a full rundown of this year’s event and overall top 10 in the event summary on Tuesday.

    Foiling

    A further three foil races were completed on the final day with the wind remaining too light for slalom. Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne) was able to win the first race of the day, but was later injured in a collision with Malte Reuscher (JP / NeilPryde) and was lucky to walk away relatively unscathed from a potentially lethal incident.

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    Amado Vrieswijk

    Round the Island

    The remaining two foil races of the week were long distance round the island competitions and with shifty, gusty winds there was an element of luck involved. Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) won the first round the island race ahead of Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Point-7 / Shamal Sunglasses) and Vrieswijk.

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    Antoine Albeau

    Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins) looked to have the second race sewn up after, but after tacking in a wind hole the Argentine was unable to get back onto the foil, which allowed Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / GA Sails / Chopper Fins) to swoop in and snatch the victory. However, Costa Hoevel’s event victory was never in danger after a dominant set of performances, while the podium is completed by Maciek Rutkowski (Tabou / GA Sails) and Thomas Goyard (Fanatic / NorthSails).

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    Gonzalo Costa Hoevel

    The closing ceremony was held at 5pm in front of a packed out beach as the event and world champions were crowned in Noumea to bring the curtain down on the 2017 PWA World Tour.

    To stay up to date with all the latest developments from New Caledonia — including elimination ladders, entry list, images and live ticker simply click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page.

    Result 2017 Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup - Women’s Slalom

    1st Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui)


    2nd Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)


    3rd Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails)


    4th Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360)


    5th Lilou Granier

    Overall Ranking 2017 Women’s PWA Slalom World Tour

    1st Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)


    2nd Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui)


    3rd Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails)


    4th Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360)


    5th Maelle Guilbaud (Patrik / LoftSails)

    Result 2017 Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup - Men’s Slalom

    1st Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)


    2nd Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Point-7 / Shamal Sunglasses)


    3rd Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails / Chopper Fins)


    4th Marco Lang (Fanatic / NorthSails)


    5th Sebastian Koerdel (Starboard / GA Sails)


    6th Arnon Dagan (RRD / NeilPryde)


    7th Cyril Moussilmani (99NoveNove / Severne)


    8th Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic / Shamal Sunglasses)


    9th Pascal Toselli (99NoveNove / LoftSails / Chopper Fins)


    10th Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails)

    Overall Ranking 2017 Men’s PWA Slalom World Tour

    1st Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)


    2nd Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Point-7 / Shamal Sunglasses)


    3rd Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails / Chopper Fins)


    4th Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic / Shamal Sunglasses)


    5th Pascal Toselli (99NoveNove / LoftSails / Chopper Fins)


    6th Julien Quentel (Patrik / Avanti)


    7th Marco Lang (Fanatic / NorthSails)


    8th Arnon Dagan (RRD / NeilPryde)


    9th Antoine Questel (Starboard / S2Maui)


    10th Sebastian Koerdel (Starboard / GA Sails)

    Result 2017 Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup - Men’s Foil Exhibition

    1st Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins)


    2nd Maciek Rutkowski (Tabou / GA Sails)


    3rd Thomas Goyard (Fanatic / NorthSails)


    4th Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / GA Sails)


    5th Nicolas Goyard (RRD / Point-7 / Mystic)


    6th Antoine Questel (Starboard / S2Maui)


    7th Benjamin Tillier


    8th William Huppert (Fanatic / NorthSails)


    9th Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne)


    10th Julien Quentel (Patrik / Avanti)

  • New Caledonia provided a thrilling finale to the 2017 PWA World Tour as the Men’s and Women’s PWA Slalom World Champion were crowned at the end of an epic 6 days of competition at the Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup. New Caledonia is known not only for its incredible beauty and world class marine life but also for its reliable trade winds and they certainly didn’t disappoint with 6 eliminations for the men, 8 eliminations for the women and 9 foil eliminations completed over the duration of the week to provide a fitting end to the season.


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    All the winners' crowned


    Slalom


    Women’s


    Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) signed off the 2017 season in style as the former 2-time world champion claimed a decisive victory, which saw her win 5 out of the 8 races completed, while never finishing outside the top 2 such was her dominance here. The 26-year-old clearly thrives in New Caledonia’s conditions after completing a hat-trick of event wins having won here in 2014, ’15 and now 2017. Her victory here wasn’t enough to deny Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) the world title, but she still finishes the year as the vice-world champion after staging a great comeback after a disappointing opening result in South Korea.


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    Vice-world champion - Delphine Cousin Questel


    Sarah-Quita Offringa knew that a top 3 finish or better in New Caledonia would guarantee her a 4th slalom world title - her 3rd in a row - and after a slightly shaky start, in which she finished 5th in the first race, the Aruban was then able to steady the ship to seal a solid second place. On the road to securing the world title, Offringa was able to win 3 races, and even a small wobble in Elimination 6 in which she failed to qualify for the winners’ final couldn’t stop the 26-year-old from collecting world title No.4 to cap another remarkable season.


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    All smiles for the now 14-time world champion - Sarah-Quita Offringa


    The battle for the remaining place on the prestigious overall podium saw a dramatic late twist as Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails) was able to capitalise on Lena Erdil’s (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360) untimely injury to snatch third place in both the event and overall rankings.


    Take nothing away from Mortefon though as she still had to perform in the final two races of the competition to overcome the 4 point advantage that Erdil started the penultimate day and that’s exactly what she managed to do with solid 3rd and 4th place finishes. Mortefon will be absolutely delighted after breaking into the overall top 3 for the first time in her career and it’s fully deserved after finishing on the podium in 3 out of the 4 events.


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    Marion Mortefon with her brother Pierre (left) celebrating their 3rd places


    Erdil will understandably be gutted at missing out on the overall podium for the first time since 2014, but she deserves a great deal of credit for bravely trying to sail through the pain on day 5. The Turk was still able to qualify for both winners’ finals but was clearly too badly impaired to compete at the very top of her game. So, the 2017 season will have ended in a disappointing 4th place for Erdil, but you can expect to see challenging for the podium again next year.


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    A disappointing end to the year for Lena Erdil


    Maëlle Guilbaud (Patrik / LoftSails) had been in contention for the podium for the entire year, but she couldn’t quite hang onto her place in the overall top 3 to finish the season. However, 2017 still marks a breakthrough year for the 21-year-old, who only made her debut last year, after producing a consistent set of displays to break into the top 5, which sees her crowned the 2017 Women’s PWA Youth Slalom World Champion.


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    Youth World Champion - Maëlle Guilbaud


    Esther de Geus (JP / Point-7) made a flying start to the year, but she couldn’t find her best form over the last 6 days so the 26-year-old ends the season with a slightly disappointing 9th place. However, there’s been plenty of positives over the course of 2017 and she rises one place in the overall rankings to 6th.


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    Esther de Geus


    Elsewhere, 17-year-old Lilou Granier caught the eye in several races, after almost winning the opening elimination of the week and she looks an exciting prospect for the future. With a little more time and consistency it looks like she could be a serious threat in coming years.


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    Lilou Granier


    Men’s


    Coming into the last event of the year - Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) - knew that a top 8 finish or better would guarantee him an incredible 24th world title, but he certainly didn’t approach the event conservatively and he soon rose to the top of the event rankings. Even a snapped harness bar, in what turned out to be the final race of the event couldn’t prevent Albeau from winning the world title in style as he claimed his 4th event win of the year. AA has been the dominant force this year and deservedly walks away as the world champion.


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    Antoine Albeau and family celebrate


    Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Point-7 / Shamal Sunglasses) made a flying start to the event - winning both the opening eliminations - as the Italian looked to place Albeau under as much pressure as possible, but unfortunately for him, the Frenchman stood strong meaning he finishes 2017 as the vice-world champion. Iachino showed incredible consistency over the last 6 days and was the only sailor to qualify for every winners’ final and he’ll be back challenging for the world title again in 2018.


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    Matteo Iachino


    Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails / Chopper Fins) looked to be back to his deadly best in New Caledonia as the Frenchman closed to within just 1.6 points of the event lead heading into the final day. Unfortunately, the wind didn’t play ball, but Mortefon won’t be too disappointed with that as his excellent 3rd place here sees him pip Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic / Shamal Sunglasses) to the final place on the overall podium by just 10 points.


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    Pierre Mortefon


    Williams’ will be disappointed to have lost out on 3rd place in the overalls as he will have no doubt had entered the final event of the year with aspirations of overtaking Matteo Iachino for 2nd. However, the Brit looked to be battling all week and in the end, could ‘only’ muster an 8th place finish - 2 places short of the 6th place or better he would have needed to defend his place on the overall podium. While it may have been a disappointing end to the year, Williams has sailed remarkably well in 2017 - securing 3 podiums and never finishing outside the top 10 and you can expect to see him challenging for top honours again in 2018.


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    Ross Williams packs up for the final time


    Pascal Toselli (99NoveNove / LoftSails) ends 2017 with his second-best overall result ever on the world tour - 5th - after recovering well from a disappointing result in Japan. From 29th in Japan, the talented Frenchman then went on to record 4 top finishes out of 5 and finished 11th in the other as he showed why he’s one of the best in the world.


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    Pascal Toselli


    Julien Quentel (Patrik / Avanti) has blown a bit hot and cold all season and things didn’t quite click for him season finale after signing off with a 15th place. Quentel’s victory in Japan, plus solid showings in Fuerte (5th), Denmark (6th) and Sylt (8th) mean the 30-year-old finishes 6th in the overall rankings - falling 2 places from 2016.


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    Julien Quentel


    In the opening event of the year - South Korea - Marco Lang (Fanatic / NorthSails) - had looked blisteringly quick, but unfortunately for the Austrian, the winners’ final couldn’t be completed meaning no result was gained. From a potential top 8 finish, Lang then had to settle for a disappointing 41st place finish in Japan. However, from there Lang slowly steadied the ship with 9th, 14th and 16th place finishes in Costa Brava, Fuerte and Denmark, before stealing the windsurfing limelight in Sylt by winning both eliminations completed in emphatic style to win his first event on the world tour. Lang carried that winning form into New Caledonia to claim an excellent 4th place here which deservedly sees him break into the overall top 10 for the first time in his career - 7th - and he looks to be developing into a serious contender after showing glimpses over the past couple of years.


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    Marco Lang


    Arnon Dagan (RRD / NeilPryde) takes home 8th place overall for 2017 after recovering brilliantly after a difficult start in New Caledonia, which saw the Israeli eliminated in the quarterfinals in the first two races. However, the 40-year-old responded well under pressure and won 2 out of the last 3 races completed to climb to 6th in the last event of the year, while also denying Tristan Algret (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / Chopper Fins) a first bullet on the world tour after the former youth world champion produced an extremely ropey last gybe when seemingly having the race sewn up. A moment that will no doubt haunt him for a while longer.


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    Arnon Dagan rallies


    Antoine Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) has been one of the most consistent sailors on the tour this year - recording top 12 or better finishes in all but one event, which deservedly earns him 9th place in the overall rankings.


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    Antoine Questel


    Sebastian Kördel (Starboard / GA Sails) is the other sailor to break into the overall top 10 for the first time in his career. The German had made a very solid start to the year before a minor wobble in Denmark and Germany looked as though it may cost him a place in the top 10. However, over the last 6 days, 26-year-old has sailed superbly - qualifying for 4 winners’ finals and never finishing outside of the top 16 - which saw him record his best result of the season 5th, which sees him secure 10th place by the narrowest of margins ahead of Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / NorthSails). Both sailors finished the season tied on 4580 points, but Kördel wins the tiebreak to clinch 10th.


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    Sebastian Kördel


    You have to feel sorry for Vonk as you can’t come any closer to breaking into the top 10, but there are certainly a lot more positives than negatives for the 24-year-old to walk away from 2017 with. The one moment that will probably stand out will be his podium finish in Japan and it surely won’t be long until the young flying Dutchman establishes himself in the top 10.


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    Jordy Vonk chases


    Elsewhere, Cyril Moussilmani (99NoveNove / Severne) and Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails) finished the season with top 10s - 7th and 10th respectively - which means they finish level on points for the year - 4530 - but 12th place goes to Bordes on countback.


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    Cedric Bordes


    Meanwhile, New Caledonia's very own Basile Jacquin (Starboard / Point-7) finishes 2017 as the Youth PWA Slalom World Champion after earning 22nd place in the world after a top 16 finish in Noumea, which saw the 19-year-old claim 4th place in Elimination 4 to show he has the potential to mix it with the best in the world.


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    Youth world champions - Maëlle Guilbaud and Basile Jacquin


    Foiling


    Over the last 6 days, we also saw another installment of the foiling exhibition in a range of wind conditions and it was evident that in the stronger winds foiling is transformed into a truly dynamic and exciting spectacle, while the light winds provide a real tactical battle.


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    Foil action


    Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins) dominated proceedings here in New Caledonia with the Argentine winning 4 races, while finishing 2nd on a further 3 occasions to finish the event with an 18.2 point lead over his closest rival - Maciek Rutkowski (Tabou / GA Sails).


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    Gonzalo Costa Hoevel


    The pole was understandably delighted to earn his first ever podium on the world tour and he also finished 16th in the overall slalom rankings.


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    Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup - Foiling Exhibition Top 3 - Maciek Rutkowski, Gonzalo Costa Hoevel & Thomas Goyard (left to right)


    Local boy Thomas Goyard (Fanatic / NorthSails) completes the podium ahead of Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / GA Sails / Chopper Fins), Nicolas Goyard (RRD / Point-7 / Mystic) and Antoine Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) who finishes the year as the top ranked sailor from the foil exhibitions. The Frenchman was tied on 3030 points with Costa Hoevel but takes top spot on countback.


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    Antoine Questel & Delphine Cousin Questel


    After a one year absence the PWA were absolutely delighted to return to the stunning island of New Caledonia and the PWA would like to extend their thanks to all of the organisers, sponsors and volunteers for their hard work and hospitality over the last 6 days - without you, it wouldn’t be possible and we hope to return in the future for another fantastic edition of the Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup.


    You can find a full recap of from everything that happened in New Caledonia — including elimination ladders, entry list, images and live ticker simply click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page.


    The sun may have set for the final time on the 2017 PWA World Tour, but we’ll be back in 2018, bringing you the more class windsurfing action from the best sailors in the world. Congratulations to all the winners’ and see you in 2018.


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    The sunsets for the final time on the 2017 PWA World Tour


    Result 2017 Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup - Women’s Slalom


    1st Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui)

    2nd Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)

    3rd Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails)

    4th Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360)

    5th Lilou Granier


    Overall Ranking 2017 Women’s PWA Slalom World Tour


    1st Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)

    2nd Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui)

    3rd Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails)

    4th Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360)

    5th Maelle Guilbaud (Patrik / LoftSails)


    Result 2017 Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup - Men’s Slalom


    1st Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)

    2nd Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Point-7 / Shamal Sunglasses)

    3rd Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails / Chopper Fins)

    4th Marco Lang (Fanatic / NorthSails)

    5th Sebastian Koerdel (Starboard / GA Sails)

    6th Arnon Dagan (RRD / NeilPryde)

    7th Cyril Moussilmani (99NoveNove / Severne)

    8th Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic / Shamal Sunglasses)

    9th Pascal Toselli (99NoveNove / LoftSails / Chopper Fins)

    10th Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails)


    Overall Ranking 2017 Men’s PWA Slalom World Tour


    1st Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)

    2nd Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Point-7 / Shamal Sunglasses)

    3rd Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails / Chopper Fins)

    4th Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic / Shamal Sunglasses)

    5th Pascal Toselli (99NoveNove / LoftSails / Chopper Fins)

    6th Julien Quentel (Patrik / Avanti)

    7th Marco Lang (Fanatic / NorthSails)

    8th Arnon Dagan (RRD / NeilPryde)

    9th Antoine Questel (Starboard / S2Maui)

    10th Sebastian Koerdel (Starboard / GA Sails)


    Result 2017 Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup - Men’s Foil Exhibition


    1st Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins)

    2nd Maciek Rutkowski (Tabou / GA Sails)

    3rd Thomas Goyard (Fanatic / NorthSails)

    4th Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / GA Sails)

    5th Nicolas Goyard (RRD / Point-7 / Mystic)

    6th Antoine Questel (Starboard / S2Maui)

    7th Benjamin Tillier

    8th William Huppert (Fanatic / NorthSails)

    9th Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne)

    10th Julien Quentel (Patrik / Avanti)


    Overall Ranking 2017 Foil Exhibition


    1st Antoine Questel (Starboard / S2Maui)

    2nd Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins)

    3rd Sebastian Kornum (JP / NeilPryde)

    4th Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)

    5th Maciek Rutkowski (Tabou / GA Sails)