Second Annual “Fly! ANA Windsurfing World Cup YOKOSUKA Japan” to Take Place May 10-15, 2018​

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  • Japan


    TOKYO, April 25, 2018 — All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest and only 5-Star airline, and the Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) are proud to announce that “Fly! ANA Windsurfing World Cup YOKOSUKA Japan” will be held for the second year in a row at Tsukuihama Beach, Kanagawa.

    The competition is scheduled to take place from May 10 through May 15, 2018. The athletes have been selected and are now under final preparation.


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    Event Poster
     
    This year’s competition features an app which will allow spectators to further enjoy the competition. The app will provide 3D virtual footage, enabling viewers to follow the games from the shoreline while the race takes place offshore, and will also include game regulations in order for new spectators to easily understand the rules of competition. In addition, this app can also assist users to communicate with the athletes with its interpreting function.
     
    ANA has been supporting many sports and athletes, in hopes of further encouraging the athletes and their challenging spirit. Windsurfing is one of the various sports that ANA supports, and it is gaining popularity amongst people all over the world. It is also one of the sporting events in the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. ANA and PWA will work together to engage the public and further promote this exhilarating event!
     
    Name: Fly! ANA Windsurfing World Cup Yokosuka Japan
    Period: May 10 – 15, 2018
    Place: Tsukuihama Beach
    Organizer: ANA Windsurfing World Cup YOKOSUKA Japan Executive Office
    Special Sponsor: ANA
    Sponsors: ”Keikyu Corporation, SEIBU PROPERTIES INC., ASAHI BREWERIES, LTD., Daiei Real Estate & Development Co.,Ltd., and others"
    Authorized by: The Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA)
    Website: http://wwcjapan.com
     
    About ANA
     
    Following the “Inspiration of Japan” high quality of service, ANA has been awarded the respected 5-Star rating from SKYTRAX for six consecutive years starting in 2013. Additionally, ANA has been recognized by Air Transport World as “Airline of the Year” three times in the past 10 years - 2007, 2013 and 2018, becoming one of the few airlines that have won this prestigious award multiple times.
    ANA was founded in 1952 with two helicopters and has become the largest airline in Japan, as well as one of the most significant airlines in Asia, operating 85 international routes and 116 domestic routes. ANA offers a unique dual hub model which enables passengers to travel to Tokyo and connect through the two airports in the metropolitan Tokyo, NARITA and HANEDA, to various destinations throughout Japan, and also offers same day connections between various North American, Asian and Chinese cities.
     
    ANA has been a member of Star Alliance since 1999 and has joint venture partnerships with United Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, Swiss International Airlines and Austrian Airlines.
    Besides the full service and award winning carrier ANA, the ANA Group has two LCCs as consolidated subsidiaries, Vanilla Air Inc. and Peach Aviation Limited. The ANA Group carried 52.1 million passengers in FY2016, has approximately 39,000 employees and a fleet of 260 aircraft. ANA is a proud launch customer and the biggest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
     
    About PWA
     
    The Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) represents excellence in windsurfing. It's current and past members constitute the very best windsurfers in the World. We the PWA are the sailors who represent the sport at the highest level of competition, we strive to improve every day and make windsurfing better for you, the public.


    The PWA organise and sanction professional events, make new rules for the sport, help promote grass roots growth, strengthen the bonds of friendship between existing associations, classes and disciplines of windsurfing and to provide support and services for all windsurfers.


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

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  • Japan

    After a break of little over 5 months, the world’s fastest sailors are preparing to commence battle once again as the 2018 PWA Slalom World Tour begins tomorrow with the Fly! ANA Yokosuka PWA World Cup, Japan, which runs May 10th-15th. Tsukuihama Beach will be thrust into the windsurfing limelight once again over the next 6 days for what promises to be an exciting start to the season.


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    The battle for the 2018 PWA Slalom World Title's starts right here


    Tsukuihama Beach, Yokosuka City, is situated approximately 80km southwest of Japan’s capital Tokyo. Yokosuka blends city life with the sea, while also being a Naval Port. Yokosuka occupies most of the Miura Peninsula and is bordered by the mouth of Tokyo Bay to the east and Sagami Bay on the west, which provides a beautiful backdrop. As Tsukuihama Beach is almost completely protected it should provide great flat water racing conditions. As well as its maritime connections Yokosuka is also famous for it’s locally grown produce and there is even a tourist farm where you can pick your own strawberries, sweet potatoes or tangerines depending on the time of year.


    Ones to Watch


    Slalom


    Women’s


    With reigning world champion - Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) - confirming that she will not be competing in either Japan or South Korea, as she opts to focus more on the waves over the coming year, there will definitely be a different woman stood at the top of the overall podium come the end of the season.


    Therefore, Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) will start the season as the favourite as the only woman to have previously won world titles - 2013 & ’14. The former two-time world champion finished last year with a flourish as she dominated the season finale in New Caledonia to finish 2017 on a high. If the 26-year-old can pick up where she left off then she may prove very difficult to stop.


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    Delphine Cousin Questel


    However, Cousin Questel, certainly won’t have it all her own way and she’ll still face a stern test from Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360) - who just missed out on a first world title in 2016 - and Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails), who comes into 2018 off of the back of her best season yet - 3rd - after she pipped Erdil to the final place on the podium in Noumea. Erdil, who suffered a foot injury during that event, is back to full fitness and will be determined to make a flying start to the season.


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    Lena Erdil


    Elsewhere, the promising young talent of Maëlle Guilbaud (Patrik / LoftSails) will be hoping to build on an excellent 5th place overall last year, which saw the 21-year-old crowned the Youth PWA Slalom World Champion. While the other youthful talents of New Caledonia’s Lilou Granier (Starboard / Severne), 17, and Océane Lescadieu (NeilPryde), 21, Britain’s Jenna Gibson (Fanatic / NorthSails), 20, Tahiti’s Mathilde Zampieri (Gun Sails), 17 and Turkey’s Fulya Ünlü (Starboard / Point-7) will all be hoping to make bright starts.


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    Maëlle Guilbaud


    Meanwhile, Esther de Geus (Fanatic / NorthSails) and Nimet Tulumen (Tabou / GA Sails) will be looking to put their full winter of training in Tenerife to good use as they look to improve on 6th and 8th place finishes in 2017.


    Then, of course, there are a whole host of Japanese sailors who will be looking to make their mark on their home stage. Namely, Ayako Suzuki (Tabou / GA Sails), who finished as the top-ranked Japanese sailor in 2017 - 8th - narrowly ahead of Yuki Sunaga (Loftsails) - 9th - and Mio Anayama (Starboard / S2Maui), who finished 12th.


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    Ayako Suzuki


    Men’s


    Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) will bid to win an incredible 25th world title over the course of the coming season. AA finished 5th in 2016 but returned to his normal unstoppable self in 2017 as the Frenchman reeled off 4 victories from the 6 events completed to claim world title No. 24. Albeau finished 3rd here last year - when only one elimination could be completed - but you can expect to see a strong start from the reigning world champion.


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    Antoine Albeau


    Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne Sails / Shamal Sunglasses) has quickly established himself as one of the most prolific and dangerous men on the tour over the last few seasons. The 28-year-old broke into the top 10 for the first time in his career in 2014 and since then hasn’t looked back, recording results of 3rd, 1st and 2nd in 2015, ’16 and ’17. The Italian has opted to seek a new venture with Severne Sails in a transfer that sees him move away from Point-7 - the company he won his first world title with. Expect to see another strong showing from Iachino, who achieved 4 podium finishes out of 6 last year, but without a victory. Can he return to the top of the podium this time around?


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    Matteo Iachino


    Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails / Chopper Fins) is another sailor who has all the credentials to be a genuine title contender, having been consistently involved at the business end of the season in recent years. The Frenchman tied on points for the world title in 2015 - only to lose out on count back to Albeau and Mortefon hasn’t finished outside of the overall top 3 since 2014 and will no doubt be in contention again - especially if he is able to convert a few more winners’ finals into bullets.


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    Pierre Mortefon


    Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Shamal Sunglasses) has been incredibly consistent over the last few seasons - finishing 4th, 3rd, 4th since 2015 - earning several podium results in the process. Many consider Williams to be one of the most talented on the tour with the potential to win events, but his last event victory on the PWA World Tour came back in 2009 in Austria. Expect to see Williams charging for the podium again, but can he find a bit more?


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    Ross Williams


    France’s Pascal Toselli (JP / Loftsails / Chopper Fins) did brilliantly to recover from a 29th place finish here last year to earn his second best overall result ever on the PWA Slalom World Tour - 5th - only bettering that in 2014 when he claimed 4th. Toselli was also well positioned well in 2016 before a dislocated shoulder during the Fuerteventura PWA World Cup disrupted his season. You can expect to see Toselli pushing for the top 5 and beyond this time around.


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    Pascal Toselli


    Julien Quentel (Patrik / Avanti) will look to defend his event title from last year after the 31-year-old won the sole elimination completed here in 2017. Like Toselli, Quentel did well to bounce back from a disappointing 20th place finish in the very next event - Costa Brava - to eventually earn 6th place in the overall rankings and he’ll be a major player again over the next 6 days,


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    Julien Quentel


    Marco Lang (Fanatic / NorthSails) will be one to watch very carefully in the opening event of the season. The Austrian endured a frustrating start to 2017 but ended the year in spectacular fashion as he not only won his first ever eliminations in Sylt, Germany, but also the whole event with a superb display, which really made people sit up and take notice. Lang, 32, followed that victory up with an excellent 4th place in New Caledonia to break into the World’s overall top 10 - 7th - for the first time in his career and it will be very interesting to see how he fares in the opening event of the year.


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    Marco Lang


    Arnon Dagan (RRD / NeilPryde) also ended last season in terrific form. The Israeli was under severe pressure to perform after disappointing 25th and 36th place finishes in Japan and Fuerteventura, respectively. Dagan then bounced back with two 4th’s and a 6th to earn back-to-back overall top 10 finishes - 10th in 2016 and 8th in 2017 - and he’ll be looking to continue that rich vein of form in the season opener.


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    Arnon Dagan


    Antoine Questel’s (Starboard / S2Maui) consistency paid off as the Frenchman returned to the overall top 10 - after missing out the season prior - 17th. Questel only finished outside of the top 12 once last season and he’ll be another solid bet to challenge for the top 10 again.


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    Meanwhile, Sebastian Kördel (Starboard / GA Sails) will be looking to carry forward the form that saw him break into the overall top 10 for the first time in his career, into the opening event of the year. The German pipped Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / NorthSails) to the last place in the top 10 on count=back. Vonk though will return to Japan with fond memories having earned his first ever podium here last year and he’ll be eager to make a flying start as he looks to manoeuvre his way in the top 10 come the end of the year.


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    Jordy Vonk


    As the last few seasons have proved there are no easy heats anymore on the PWA Slalom World Tour and the likes of Cyril Moussilmani (99NoveNove / Severne Sails) - vice-world champion in 2014, 13th in 2017 - and Ben van der Steen (99NoveNove / GunSails) - 18th last season - will be hoping an equipment change brings a change in fortune for 2018, while the likes of Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails), Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Severne Sails / Chopper Fins), Tristan Algret (Starboard / Severne Sails / Chopper Fins) and Maciek Rutkowski (99NoveNove / Challenger Sails) should also be challenging for the top 16 and above.


    Elsewhere, Bonaire’s Taty Frans (Starboard / GA Sails) and Aruba’s Ethan Westera (Tabou / GA Sails) will make their returns after both men suffered serious injuries last season. Frans will be looking to show the form that saw him ranked 6th in 2016, while Westera will look to build from 2016 when he was crowned Youth PWA Slalom World Champion.


    End of an Era


    Finian Maynard (99NoveNove / GunSails) has confirmed that this year, which marks his 25th year on tour, will be his last and he will no doubt want to try and end things on a high.


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    Finian Maynard


    Foiling


    Men's


    Slalom won’t be the only discipline on the cards as more thrilling foiling returns to the world scene with 44 men currently registered. Foiling also featured during last year’s tour here and Antoine Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) will be hoping to make a strong start to his defence having won, not only here in Japan, but also the entire foil exhibition in 2017.


    However, with another year of training under everyone’s belts, it will be interesting to see if there are any changes in the rankings. Other names likely to be in the mix are Gonzalo Costa Hoevel, Antoine Albeau and Sebastian Kornum (JP / NeilPryde) to name just a few.


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    Foil action from 2017


    The latest forecast for Tsukuihama Beach, which you can see here, looks as though there should be at least a few days of wind to provide an exciting start to the season and you'll be able to watch it all live by tuning into www.pwaworldtour.com.


    To stay up to date with all the latest developments from Japan — including the live stream, 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+9)

    - Skippers’ Meeting - 1:30pm (GMT+9)

    - First Possible Start - 2:30pm (GMT+9)

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  • A total of 25 women and 64 men signed up for this year’s slalom at the 2018 Fly! ANA Yokosuka PWA World Cup, while 46 men also registered for the foil exhibition on day one in Japan, which proved to be a day of all seasons, with sunshine, rain and thunder and lightning all featuring at some point, which either sent the mercury either soaring or plunging.


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    The opening ceremony


    Unfortunately, both fleets remained land locked on the opening day with light, cyclonic winds not being suitable for either slalom or foil. However, the forecast looks extremely promising for the coming days, starting tomorrow, which currently predicts south-southwest winds up to 20 knots.


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    Tsukuihama Beach


    Windsurfing Lab - Gullcast - Windsurfing Race Navigation System

    This year’s event also features an exciting new app - Gullcast - which will allow you to track the races in realtime via GPS. In order to enjoy the Windsurfing Lab experience, you can download the app on both iOS and Android simply by searching for Gullcast in either the AppStore or from Google Play. You can also view more information about Windsurfing Lab @ http://windsurfing-lab.com/en/gullcast.html


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    Windsurfing Lab - Gullcast


    Earlier in the day, we caught up with Maciek Rutkowski (I-99 / Challenger Sails) for a quick interview:


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    Maciek Rutkowski


    Hi Maciek, you changed sponsors over the winter in a move which saw you leave Tabou and GA Sails to join I-99 and Challenger Sails… was it a tough choice to change and how is the new gear working for you?


    MR: “Yeah sure, you know it’s always a tough decision because you really have to go through all of the pros and cons, and then again, and again, and again, so you can stress over it a bit too much at times, at least I do, but in the end I had the great opportunity to try everything before signing and that made the decision quite east in the end. For me it was clearly the best performing gear out of all the options and it happens to be the best situation as well. They are super supportive and it really feels like they have created a performance culture and there’s a great atmosphere as well. All pros so far.”


    Last year you broke back into the World’s top 16 for the first time since 2014 - what are your goals for the coming season?


    MR: “I just want to perform. I’m just going to focus on racing well, I know myself if I can do that then results should take care of themselves. Whether that means top 16, top 10, top 5 in some events or whatever I don’t think about that. I just think about starting well, gybing good and keeping my emotions under control.”


    Thanks, Maciek. Good luck over the next 5 days and for the course of the season.


    With the wind failing to improve all fleets were released at 4:30pm (GMT+9) and all sailors will meet again tomorrow morning at 9am - with the action commencing from 10am onwards.


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

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  • Das war Tag 2:


    The forecast wind for day two of the 2018 Fly! ANA PWA World Cup arrived during the early afternoon allowing results in the Women’s Slalom and Men’s Foil to be gained in light winds. Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) won an exciting final ahead of Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360) to take the early event lead in the Women’s division, while Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) heads up the Foil rankings at the end of day two.


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    Lena Erdil and Delphine Cousin Questel go head-to-head


    Slalom


    Women’s


    All of last year’s top seeds successfully qualified for the opening winners’ final of the year after avoiding any major upsets in either the quarter or semifinals.


    Into the final and it was Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360), who made a flying start to lead into the first mark ahead of her biggest rival Delphine Cousin Questel, but that would soon change as Erdil made an uncharacteristic rookie error of heading to the wrong mark, which opened the door for Cousin Questel, who soon manoeuvred herself into the lead as she took full advantage of the opportunity presented before her.


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    Lena Erdil leads into the opening buoy


    The top two seeds would then enjoy a cat and mouse battle until the end as Erdil dove down the inside of Cousin Questel at the third, only for Cousin Questel to regain the lead almost immediately thanks to her better line into, and out of the gybe. The former two-time world champion then made no mistake around the last to earn her first bullet of the season - leaving Erdil to settle for second. Meanwhile, Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails) - 3rd overall in 2017 - completed the top 3, as last year’s top seeds dominated the opening elimination of 2018.


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    Cousin Questel celebrates first bullet of the season


    Meanwhile, 17-year-old Lilou Granier (Severne Sails) made an excellent start to the event as the New Caledonian claimed 4th place ahead of Fulya Ünlü (Starboard / Point-7) in 5th. The young Turk had looked in terrific form as she won both her quarterfinal and semifinal in convincing fashion. Based on today, Ünlü looked much more like the promising young talent that saw her crowned Youth PWA World Champion for 3 successive years - 2014-16 - and she’ll look to use today’s bright start to bounce back from a slightly disappointing campaign last year when she finished 13th overall.


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    Fulya Ünlü on form


    Men’s


    The opening 7 heats of the men’s first elimination were also completed before the increasingly patchy winds brought an end to the racing for day two, but with an excellent forecast for Saturday that should be completed on tomorrow.


    Ethan Westera (Tabou / GA Sails) and Taty Frans (Starboard / GA Sails) were both making their returns from serious injuries that they suffered in Fuerteventura and both men were involved in the opening heat, which they both breezed through in 1st and 2nd place.


    However, it was Westera who enjoyed the better day as the 20-year-old also won Heat 5 to book his place in the quarterfinals - along with Basile Jacquin (RRD / Point-7), Valentin Brault (JP / Simmer / Chopper Fins) and Andrea Rosati (RRD / Loftsails), who did brilliantly to deny Frans by securing the final qualifying position. The Bonairean will now have to hope for at least 4 eliminations to be completed so that he can discard his opening result of the event.


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    Ethan Westera & Taty Frans return to the racecourse


    Elsewhere, Finian Maynard (I-99), who announced that this will be his final full season of racing, after 25 years on tour, made a successful start to his campaign by winning Heat 3, before finishing second behind Andrea Ferin (RRD / Challenger Sails / AL360) in Heat 7 to progress into the quarterfinals alongside Sebastian Kornum (JP / NeilPryde) and Malte Reuscher (Fanatic / NorthSails), who finished 3rd and 4th respectively.


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    Finian Maynard on the fly


    In the other second-round heat, Heat 6, Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne) dominated proceedings as he led from start to finish to claim an impressive victory ahead of Gabriel Browne (Goya Windsurfing / Point-7), Ben van der Steen (I-99 / Gun Sails) and Steve Allen (Patrik / Severne) - all of whom qualify for Heat 10.


    Heat 8 was started, but couldn’t be completed, so that will be the first heat on the agenda when the slalom restarts - after which the top seeds will enter the fray for the first time this season.


    Foiling


    Antoine Albeau won the opening foil race of the week ahead of Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins) and former Olympic vice-champion - Julien Bontemps (JP / NeilPryde) after calculating his lay lines perfectly to out manoeuvre the Argentine.



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    Antoine Albeau celebrates foil victory


    The forecast for tomorrow looks very similar to today, which should hopefully guarantee more racing. The skippers’ meeting has been called for 10am with the action commencing from 11am (GMT+9) onwards - depending on the conditions.


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


    Current Ranking 2018 Fly! ANA Yokosuka PWA World Cup - Women’s Slalom


    1st Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui)

    2nd Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360)

    3rd Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails)

    4th Lilou Granier (Starboard / Severne)

    5th Fulya Ünlü (Starboard / Point-7)

    6th Esther de Geus (Fanatic / NorthSails)

    7th Jenna Gibson (Fanatic / NorthSails)

    8th Maëlle Guilbaud (Patrik / Loftsails)


    Current Ranking 2018 Fly! ANA Yokosuka PWA World Cup - Men’s Foil


    1st Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)

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

    3rd Julien Bontemps (JP / NeilPryde)

    4th Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / GA Sails / Chopper Fins)

    5th Mateus Isaac (JP / NeilPryde)

    6th Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails)

    7th Antoine Questel (Starboard / S2Maui)

    8th Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne / Shamal Sunglasses)

    9th Sebastian Kördel (Starboard / GA Sails)

    10th William Huppert (Fanatic / NorthSails)

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  • Tag 3:


    The conditions on the third day of the 2018 Fly! ANA PWA World Cup were challenging at times, but in the end things worked out well as the opening Men’s Slalom elimination of the week was completed in the early evening - meaning that results in all 3 fleets have now been obtained, while the second foil race of the week produced arguably the most exciting race of the event so far.


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    Mount Fuji makes an appearance


    Slalom


    Women’s


    Elimination 1


    Yuki Sunaga (Loftsails) made a flying start to the losers’ final and the Japanese soon opened up what looked like a commanding lead.


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    Yuki Sunaga and Océane Lescadieu go head-to-head


    However over the remainder of the course Océane Lescadieu (NeilPryde) slowly reeled her back in - resulting in an extremely close finish - which went in the favour of the New Caledonian - who finishes 9th in the first elimination - ahead of Sunaga, Fujiko Onishi (I-99 / Point-7) and Marianne Rautelin (Patrik / Loftsails).


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    Océane Lescadieu celebrates winning the losers' final


    Elimination 2


    Japan’s Fujiko Onishi won the opening heat of the second elimination to book her place in the semifinals after a great battle with Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails), which saw the lead exchange hands on several occasions. Mortefon still comfortably qualified in second place alongside Esther de Geus (Fanatic / NorthSails), who recovered from a somewhat slow start, while Nimet Tulumen (Tabou / GA Sails) secured the final qualifying place.


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    Fujiko Onishi on the march


    Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360) made no mistake in the first round as the Turk led from start to finish to claim an easy victory. Meanwhile, the Japanese duo of Yuki Sunaga (Loftsails) and Haruna Ozaki (Starboard / Point-7) also successfully advanced - as did Britain’s Jenna Gibson (Fanatic / NorthSails) - who finished 3rd in Heat 2.


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    Lena Erdil eases through


    Men’s


    Elimination 1


    All 5 of last year’s top 5 - Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde), Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne), Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails / Chopper Fins), Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Shamal Sunglasses) and Pascal Toselli (JP / Loftsails / Chopper Fins) - qualified for the opening winners’ final of the year, while Arnon Dagan (RRD / NeilPryde) also booked his place in Heat 16 to mean that 6 out of the 8 finalists came from 2017’s top 8 as the top seeds made a statement of intenti in the opening race of the year.


    Winners’ Final


    Antoine Albeau and Matteo Iachino battled for the pin in the winners’ final, but the reigning world champion won that, what proved to be, pivotal fight to gain a narrow advantage over the Italian as they entered the first gybe, while Pierre Mortefon and Arnon Dagan followed in close pursuit.


    Once Albeau holds the lead at the first he often proves almost impossible to overhaul and that’s how things played out again today despite Iachino’s best efforts to fight back. Over the remainder of the course, Albeau remained cool, calm and collected as the 24-time world champion didn’t put a foot wrong to make the perfect start to the event. Iachino finished second with Mortefon in 3rd as last year’s top 3 finished 1, 2 & 3.


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    Albeau keeps his rivals at bay


    Tristan Algret (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins) came so close to winning his first ever elimination in the final event of 2017 only to be denied by Arnon Dagan on that occasion. The 24-year-old again showed his pedigree to mix it with the best in the business as he earned 4th place ahead of Pascal Toselli - 5th - who was slightly fortunate to qualify from Heat 11 as he looked out of contention for the top 4 until Malte Reuscher (Fanatic / NorthSails) needlessly tried to gybe inside of Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails), when both sailors were comfortably in the qualifying positions. That resulted in Bordes and one other sailor falling, which allowed the Frenchman to weave his way through the carnage and successfully qualify for the semifinal and final.


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    Tristan Algret


    Meanwhile, Dagan earned 6th ahead of Williams and Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / NorthSails), who finished 7th and 8th respectively.


    Sebastian Kördel (Starboard / GA Sails) looked set to qualify for the winner’s final after holding second around the first mark in the semifinals. However, the German eventually lost out, but he still earned a place in the top 10 by winning the losers’ final ahead of Maciek Rutkowski (I-99 / Challenger Sails), who produced a great final gybe to overtake Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Severne/ Chopper Fins), who finished 11th in the first elimination, and Malte Reuscher - 12th.


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    Sebastian Koerdel


    The only members of the last seasons top 8 not to qualify for the winners’ final were last year’s event champion - Julien Quentel (Patrik / Avanti) - and Austria’s Marco Lang (Fanatic / NorthSails) - both of whom suffered narrow 5th place exits in the quarterfinals.


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    Marco Lang misses out


    Ethan Westera (Tabou / GA Sails) also deserves a great deal of credit after the Aruban not only made his return on the world tour, after suffering a potentially career threatening injury in Fuerteventura, but instantly marked his return with an excellent top 16 finish - 14th - in his first elimination back. It looks like the Aruban has almost never been away from the race course and he could be a serious force to be reckoned with this season.


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    Ethan Westera firmly in the mix


    Foil


    Elimination 2


    Winners’ Final


    The final of the second foil elimination was arguably the most exciting race of the week thus far with twists, turns, crashes and overtaking throughout.


    Antoine Albeau looked set to hold the lead as the fleet rounded the first mark, but AA missed the boom completely when tacking, which saw him end up in the drink before fighting back to finish 5th.


    That seemingly left only Gonzalo Costa Hoevel and Julien Bontemps (JP / NeilPryde) to battle it out for the lead, until Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne) came out of nowhere to storm into first place. Only for the Bonairean to then crash his gybe and leave Costa Hoevel and Bontemps to fight it out once more over the remainder of the course.


    The Argentine and Frenchman exchanged the lead on a further couple of occasions before Costa Hoevel started to really gain the upper hand and with Bontemps firmly under pressure to stay in contention the former Olympic vice-champion cracked as he crashed his gybe to leave Costa Hoevel out in the clear to collect a well deserved victory, which sees him move to the top of the event rankings. Costa Hoevel now holds a 2.3 points advantage at the top after a 1st and 2nd from the opening two races. Bontemps also rises once place from the overnight rankings to 2nd, while Albeau falls two places to 3rd.


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    Gonzalo Costa Hoevel on form


    Tsukuihama Beach, Yokosuka, looks set to produce a third consecutive day of competition based on the current forecast, which promises winds from 17-26 knots in the morning, increasing to 22 knots, to in excess of 30 knots during the afternoon, which should see more exciting racing on the cards. The skippers’ meeting has been called for 9am with the action commencing from 10am (GMT+9) onwards - depending on conditions.


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


    Current Ranking 2018 Fly! ANA Yokosuka PWA World Cup - Women’s Slalom

    *After One Elimination


    1st Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui)

    2nd Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360)

    3rd Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails)

    4th Lilou Granier (Starboard / Severne)

    5th Fulya Ünlü (Starboard / Point-7)

    6th Esther de Geus (Fanatic / NorthSails)

    7th Jenna Gibson (Fanatic / NorthSails)

    8th Maëlle Guilbaud (Patrik / Loftsails)


    Current Ranking 2018 Fly! ANA Yokosuka PWA World Cup - Men’s Slalom

    *After One Elimination


    1st Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)

    2nd Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne)

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

    4th Tristan Algret (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins)

    5th Pascal Toselli (JP / Loftsails / Chopper Fins)

    6th Arnon Dagan (RRD / NeilPryde)

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

    8th Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / NorthSails)

    9th Sebastian Kördel (Starboard / GA Sails)

    10th Maciek Rutkowski (I-99 / Challenger Sails)


    Current Ranking 2018 Fly! ANA Yokosuka PWA World Cup - Men’s Foil
    *After Two Eliminations


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

    2nd Julien Bontemps (JP / NeilPryde)

    3rd Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)

    4th Mateus Isaac (JP / NeilPryde)

    5th Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / GA Sails / Chopper Fins)

    6th Julien Quentel (Patrik / Avanti)

    7th Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails)

    7th Sebastian Kördel (Starboard / GA Sails)

    9th Antoine Questel (Starboard / S2Maui)

    10th Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne)

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  • Das war Tag 4:


    Day 4 of the 2018 Fly! ANA Yokosuka PWA World Cup started with much promise as winds of 15-25 knots greeted competitors. However, those strong winds didn’t stick around for long, which meant only a further 7 heats in the men’s slalom could be completed by the end of the day.


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    Sunrise on Day 4


    Slalom


    Men’s


    Elimination 2


    Enrico Marotti (RRD / NeilPryde) faced a second round exit in the opening elimination, but made no mistake in the opening heat of Elimination 2 as he claimed a clear cut victory ahead of Brazil’s Mateus Isaac (JP / NeilPryde), France’s Benjamin Augé (Patrik / Sailloft Hamburg) and Japan’s Tadanori Nakai (Tabou / S2Maui) - all of whom advanced into the second round.


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    Enrico Marotti and Mateus Isaac


    In Heat 2 Bruno Martini (RRD / Point-7 / AL360) led from start to finish to comfortably qualify for the second round, but Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / GA Sails / Chopper Fins) was slightly fortunate that the heat was cancelled first time around as he was out of the qualification places. However, on the rerun, the Frenchman made no mistake to take second ahead of William Huppert (Fanatic / NorthSails) and 52-year-old Haruhiko Koumura (Starboard / Severne).


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    Bruno Martini


    Ramon Pastor (I-99 / Loftsails) made the best start to Heat 3, which saw the Spaniard hold the lead as the fleet rounded the opening mark and from there he never looked back. The top 4 was completed by Tomonori Anami (Starboard / Severne), 51-year-old Akihiko Yamada (Patrik / Loftsails) and Koji Kano (JP / S2Maui).


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    Ramon Pastor


    The final heat of the first round saw Taty Frans (Starboard / GA Sails) claim a comfortable victory ahead of 18-year-old Martin Møller Honda (Starboard / NeilPryde), Luka Mratovic (RRD / RRD Sails) and Tomohiko Suzuki (Fanatic / S2Maui), who did brilliantly to deny Wojtek Brozozowski (Patrik / Sailloft Hamburg) a place in Heat 8.

    Heat 8 couldn’t be completed due to the unsuitable wind conditions, but disaster struck for Frans as the Bonairean was disqualified for a premature start on the opening attempt to complete the heat. Frans’ return to life on the PWA Slalom World Tour isn’t going to plan so far with two consecutive second round exits. And looking at the forecast it may prove very difficult to recover from now.


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    Taty Frans


    After rounding the opening mark in Heat 5 the top 4 consisted of Enrico Marotti, Mateus Isaac, Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails) and Cyril Moussilmani (I-99 / Severne). However, while the front 3 would all make it safely away from the second buoy, Moussilmani slipped to the back of the pack and with no cancellation flag to save him the Frenchman was left to face a second round exit. That allowed Julien Quentel (Patrik / Avanti) to come from the back to escape a second round exit himself as he clinched the final qualifying position, while last year’s world No.9 - Antoine Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) - also suffered a shock second round exit.


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    Enrico Marotti


    Marco Lang’s (Fanatic / NorthSail) first elimination may not have gone to plan after he was eliminated in the quarterfinals, but the Austrian began his comeback today by winning Heat 6 ahead of Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne), Bruno Martini and Sebastian Kornum (JP / NeilPryde).


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    Marco Lang leads the way


    Heat 7 proved to be the final heat of the day and it was won by Tomonori Anami, who produced an excellent performance to book his place in the quarterfinals. Australia’s Steve Allen (Patrik / Severne) finished second, while Andrea Ferin (RRD / Challenger Sails / AL360) did well to weave his way back through the fleet to earn 3rd. Meanwhile, another Japanese sailor - Nori Asano (Fanatic / S2Maui) - clinched the last qualifying place into the quarterfinals for a result that was very popular with the local people.


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    Tomonori Anami


    The forecast for tomorrow doesn’t look too promising with cyclonic winds predicted through the day. However, as the forecast showed today, anything can happen, so you never know tomorrow could still produce some racing. The sailors will meet again at 9am on Monday morning with the action commencing from 10am (GMT+9) onwards.


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


    Current Ranking 2018 Fly! ANA Yokosuka PWA World Cup - Women’s Slalom

    *After One Elimination


    1st Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui)

    2nd Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360)

    3rd Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails)

    4th Lilou Granier (Starboard / Severne)

    5th Fulya Ünlü (Starboard / Point-7)

    6th Esther de Geus (Fanatic / NorthSails)

    7th Jenna Gibson (Fanatic / NorthSails)

    8th Maëlle Guilbaud (Patrik / Loftsails)


    Current Ranking 2018 Fly! ANA Yokosuka PWA World Cup - Men’s Slalom

    *After One Elimination


    1st Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)

    2nd Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne)

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

    4th Tristan Algret (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins)

    5th Pascal Toselli (JP / Loftsails / Chopper Fins)

    6th Arnon Dagan (RRD / NeilPryde)

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

    8th Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / NorthSails)

    9th Sebastian Kördel (Starboard / GA Sails)

    10th Maciek Rutkowski (I-99 / Challenger Sails)


    Current Ranking 2018 Fly! ANA Yokosuka PWA World Cup - Men’s Foil
    *After Two Eliminations


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

    2nd Julien Bontemps (JP / NeilPryde)

    3rd Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)

    4th Mateus Isaac (JP / NeilPryde)

    5th Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / GA Sails / Chopper Fins)

    6th Julien Quentel (Patrik / Avanti)

    7th Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails)

    7th Sebastian Kördel (Starboard / GA Sails)

    9th Antoine Questel (Starboard / S2Maui)

    10th Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne)

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  • Das war Tag 5:


    The forecast for the penultimate day always looked like it would be a difficult in terms of completing further races and that’s how things played out with light cyclonic winds throughout the day.


    To keep the crowds entertained a couple of fun races were held - one in the morning and one in the afternoon - which was won on both occasions by Team Japan.


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    Light wind racing


    With the official contests remaining on hold for the day we caught up with the event leaders - Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde), Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) and Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins):


    Antoine Albeau: “Everyone is always asking me at the start of the season if I’m going to win, but there’s so many guys who are capable of winning the final, so in the slalom you just need to save your life to try and find a place into the final. And then when you do make the final any of the 8 guys who made it can win, so I’m super happy to have won the first slalom because it looks like it’s going to be tricky to finish another race here in Japan, but I guess we’ll see that tomorrow.


    In the foil race I’m super happy because this is the first official year for foiling, so to win the first ever race was great. In the next race I don’t want to say that I was in a good position for winning, but I think I was and I was just too confident with my tack and I just missed the boom, which probably happens 1 out of a million tacks you know. But I fought back to 5th place and I counted back on the live that there were 20 guys passing me. I was thinking in my head maybe I can fight back to 10-12th, but I was flying.


    How were you feeling coming into the opening event… it’s always interesting to see how you match up against the rest of the fleet after the winter isn’t it?


    “I spent the winter training with Team Pryde again plus Ross Williams, Gabrielle Browne and Mateus Isaac in Maui, so I could see with Arnon [Dagan] that we had good speed and that the sails are fast. With the boards there are no problems as well, but all the other brands are working a lot as well, so there’s a lot of brands that are fast. But yeah I knew that after testing with Arnon that we were fast on our slalom gear. We also worked a lot with Arnon on the foil board and the new NeilPryde foil and again I think we are competitive.”


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    Antoine Albeau


    Delphine Cousin Questel, who currently leads the women’s rankings after winning a thrilling first race ahead of Lena Erdil: “I’m super happy about my first result, but I’m staying focused on the event. Tomorrow looks as though there should be wind, but whether the wind comes early enough in the day remains to be scene. Either way I’ll be ready to race if it does and lets just see what tomorrow brings and what the final result will be.”


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    Delphine Cousin Questel


    Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins), who currently leads the foil discipline with a first and a second from the two races completed: “The racing has been very good, I’m feeling fast on the water. The races have been very fun - especially the second one as there was a lot of action and the wind was slightly stronger.


    When asked if he thought that was the best foil race on the PWA World Tour yet Costa Hoevel added: “Yeah it was definitely up there, but the races in New Caledonia were also really nice. The race here was intense because we are not supposed to be reaching so much in that kind of wind, so we were on edge of control, which made it fun. The upwind/downwind courses we had in New Caledonia when it was windy were also really nice. So, yeah, feeling really good. The equipment is working great and I think it should be a great season for the foil discipline. I think we’re gonna see a lot of action and we try different courses. The level is quite high already, so you can probably win one race and then find yourself out of the top 10 in the next. It looks like it’s going to be very competitive. Everyone has closed the gap on speed and equipment, so its all set to be a good year.”


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    Gonzalo Costa Hoevel


    Plus we also caught up with Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360) and Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne / Shamal Sunglasses), who are placed second heading into the final day:


    We asked Lena Erdil if she was a little bit disappointed with how the women’s final played out despite recording a solid second place, she said: “Yes… it was a very exciting final where I made a really nice start and I could’ve definitely won it I feel, but I messed it up a bit after the first gybe. I started sailing towards the starting buoy and only realised half way down the second reach, so I lost some distance. Then I had another chance, but it didn’t work out. It was a good race, Delphine [Cousin] raced really well and won it. I’d of course love another chance, but it looks like sadly this might be a one race event, which is a shame because I think all the girls look in great shape and I think we could’ve had some really fun races.”


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    Lena Erdil


    Current vice-world champion - Matteo Iachino changed sail brands over the winter, so we asked the Italian how he felt about entering the first event of the season on a different brand and waiting to see if he was competitive against the rest of the fleet: “Already the first event of any season is usually quite stressful because you never know how it’s going to go. Then when you change something as important as your equipment it’s even more stressful, but I kind of like this excitement you get from such situations. It’s interesting to see how you matchup. Over the winter I’ve been working a lot with my boards and sails to make sure I was ready for the first event. I felt confident coming here, but you still never really know until after that first race. Now I’ve been able to see that my speed is really good and that the gear is working, so for sure I feel more relaxed now.”


    In the event that there’s no more racing tomorrow, second place would be a decent start to the season, right?


    “Yeah for sure. I would be happy with a second place. In Asia you always know that you have to go for it in one or two rounds and everyone knows it. It’s just another part of the game. But, yeah for sure I would be happy to start the season with a second place.”


    How do you deal with the waiting game at events?


    “It’s always hard. Year-by-year I’m getting more and more used to it, but at the beginning, I found it super hard. For me this was actually the hardest part of my job actually. Now with more experience, I am getting better at dealing with it, but for sure it’s still not easy.”


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    Matteo iachino on the fly


    And finally Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / NorthSails), who earned his first ever podium here in Japan last year and qualified for the opening winners’ final of the year in the opening round: “Making a winners’ final to start the year is solid - especially in an event where it looks like we won’t have a discard. It’s simply solid. In the final I was also feeling good. I think I was lying about 4th coming into the opening mark, had to go a little wide on the gybe, but it was good to be in contention, so that’s great going forwards.”


    On missing out on the top 10 last year after finishing tied on points with Sebastian Kördel (Starboard / GA Sails) the flying Dutchman added: “That hurt, but this year I’m aiming a little higher… without say exactly where, I’m aiming high and just seeing where it ends.”

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    Jordy Vonk


    Thanks to all the above for their time and comments. Good luck heading into the final day.


    The forecast for the final day still offers the potential for more racing with the wind returning to the prevailing south-south-west direction - 9-10 knots in the morning - increasing to 16-22 knots during the afternoon, but whether the wind comes early enough to allow for more racing to completed remains to be scene. The sailors will meet for the last skippers’ meeting of the week at 9am tomorrow morning with the racing commencing from 10am (GMT+9).


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


    Current Ranking 2018 Fly! ANA Yokosuka PWA World Cup - Women’s Slalom

    *After One Elimination


    1st Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui)

    2nd Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360)

    3rd Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails)

    4th Lilou Granier (Starboard / Severne)

    5th Fulya Ünlü (Starboard / Point-7)

    6th Esther de Geus (Fanatic / NorthSails)

    7th Jenna Gibson (Fanatic / NorthSails)

    8th Maëlle Guilbaud (Patrik / Loftsails)


    Current Ranking 2018 Fly! ANA Yokosuka PWA World Cup - Men’s Slalom

    *After One Elimination


    1st Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)

    2nd Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne)

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

    4th Tristan Algret (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins)

    5th Pascal Toselli (JP / Loftsails / Chopper Fins)

    6th Arnon Dagan (RRD / NeilPryde)

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

    8th Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / NorthSails)

    9th Sebastian Kördel (Starboard / GA Sails)

    10th Maciek Rutkowski (I-99 / Challenger Sails)


    Current Ranking 2018 Fly! ANA Yokosuka PWA World Cup - Men’s Foil
    *After Two Eliminations


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

    2nd Julien Bontemps (JP / NeilPryde)

    3rd Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)

    4th Mateus Isaac (JP / NeilPryde)

    5th Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / GA Sails / Chopper Fins)

    6th Julien Quentel (Patrik / Avanti)

    7th Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails)

    7th Sebastian Kördel (Starboard / GA Sails)

    9th Antoine Questel (Starboard / S2Maui)

    10th Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne)

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  • Das war der Tag 6:


    With clear sunny skies and the wind back to the prevailing south-south-west the 2018 Fly! ANA Yokosuka PWA World Cup finished on a high as a further two foil eliminations were completed in 6-15 knots on the final day.


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    Maciek Rutkowski on the move


    Foil


    With the wind remaining too light for slalom, the opening foil race of the day started shortly before 11:30am and the pressure was on Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins), who led the event rankings heading into the final day after the first two races as any mistake could potentially cost him the event.


    In the final, the Argentine went rail-to-rail with Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne) as the two of them pulled well clear of the rest of the fleet, but Costa Hoevel gained the upper hand as they rounded the downwind mark after setting a slightly better lay line, which allowed him to accelerate into the lead and soon claim his second victory in 3 races to take a stranglehold over the event. Meanwhile, Vrieswijk finished a close second followed by Sebastian Kördel (Starboard / GA Sails) and Antoine Questel (Starboard / S2Maui), who both recorded their best results of the week in 3rd and 4th respectively.


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    Gonzalo Costa Hoevel out on his own


    Before the start of the next foil race it was confirmed that Elimination 4 would be the last foil elimination of the event - meaning that Gonzalo Costa Hoevel would be the champion of the first official foil event on the PWA World Tour no matter his result - as with a discard coming into play in Elimination 4 it was impossible for anyone else to catch the Argentine.


    With the championship sewn up Costa Hoevel continued his rich vein of form as he again shot into contention after the opening leg, but at this point, Maciek Rutkowski (I-99 / Challenger Sails) held the lead. However, as the Pole raced along the downwind leg his nose touched the water, allowing Costa Hoevel to close the gap and they were soon neck and neck. Both men then chose to tack at virtually the same time before heading to the upwind, and this is where Rutkowski gained the upper hand again as Costa Hoevel got a piece of seaweed caught around his foil, which brought him to a standstill, while Rutkowski did brilliantly to make it around the upwind mark, when it looked like it may be impossible. This sent the 26-year-old into a clear lead and the Pole would soon be celebrating his first race win on the tour.


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    Maciek Rutkowski celebrates first race victory


    Meanwhile, Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) fought back to finish second in the race and in the overall rankings, while Sebastian Kördel clinched the final place on the podium after Julien Bontemps (JP / NeilPryde) endured a final day meltdown, which saw him finish 11th and 12th in both races completed today, having finished 2nd and 3rd in the opening two races to eventually finish 4th.


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    Antoine Albeau


    With no more racing for either the men’s or women’s slalom fleets that means that Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) and Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) walk away from the opening event of the year with the first victories of the season, while Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne / Shamal Sunglasses) and Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails / Chopper Fins) complete the men’s top 3. Meanwhile, Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins) and Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails) complete the women’s podium and we’ll take a full look at the results from Japan in the event summary.


    We’ll be back in just a few days when the PWA Slalom World Tour resumes in South Korea after a short plane journey as the men and women prepare to compete at the Ulsan PWA World Cup, which runs between the 19th-24th May.


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


    Result 2018 Fly! ANA Yokosuka PWA World Cup - Women’s Slalom

    1st Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui)

    2nd Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360)

    3rd Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails)

    4th Lilou Granier (Starboard / Severne)

    5th Fulya Ünlü (Starboard / Point-7)

    6th Esther de Geus (Fanatic / NorthSails)

    7th Jenna Gibson (Fanatic / NorthSails)

    8th Maëlle Guilbaud (Patrik / Loftsails)

    9th Océane Lescadieu (NeilPryde)

    10th Yuki Sunaga (Loftsails)


    Result 2018 Fly! ANA Yokosuka PWA World Cup - Men’s Slalom


    1st Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)

    2nd Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne / Shamal Sunglasses)

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

    4th Tristan Algret (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins)

    5th Pascal Toselli (JP / Loftsails / Chopper Fins)

    6th Arnon Dagan (RRD / NeilPryde)

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

    8th Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / NorthSails)

    9th Sebastian Kördel (Starboard / GA Sails)

    10th Maciek Rutkowski (I-99 / Challenger Sails)


    Result 2018 Fly! ANA Yokosuka PWA World Cup - Men’s Foil


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

    2nd Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde)

    3rd Sebastian Kördel (Starboard / GA Sails)

    4th Julien Bontemps (JP / NeilPryde)

    5th Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / GA Sails / Chopper Fins)

    6th Mateus Isaac (JP / NeilPryde) Julien Quentel (Patrik / Avanti)

    7th Antoine Questel (Starboard / S2Maui)

    8th Julien Quentel (Patrik / Avanti)

    9th Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / NorthSails)

    10th Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails)

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    The 2018 Fly! ANA Yokosuka PWA World Cup saw a one round slalom shootout, which saw Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) and Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) come out on top in the opening event of the year, while Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins) dominated the first official foil event to claim top spot on the podium. While the promising forecast may not have delivered as much racing as first thought, Japan still proved to be a great opening the 2018 PWA Slalom World Tour and the PWA would like to extend their thanks to the organisers and everyone involved, and also to the local people for their hospitality.


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    Antoine Albeau leading the final on the way to victory


    Slalom


    Women’s


    Delphine Cousin Questel made the perfect start to the season, in her quest to win a third world title, after winning a tight and exciting final ahead of her main rival - Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins), who will be slightly disappointed she couldn’t capitalise when leading the final.



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    Delphine Cousin Questel


    The Turk will now look to hit back immediately when they compete again in just a few days time in South Korea as another victory for Cousin Questel would make it extremely hard to prevent her from regaining the world title for the first time since 2014.


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    Lena Erdil


    Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails), who completed the overall podium last season, earned 3rd place in Japan as the top seeds dominated the opening event and she’ll look to continue that fine start in South Korea as she looks to cement her place in the top 3.


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    Pierre and Marion Mortefon open the season with 3rd places


    17-year-old Lilou Granier (Starboard / Severne), who only made her debut in November in New Caledonia showed she’s one of the most promising young talents on the tour as she produced a great performance to take home 4th place ahead of Fulya Ünlü (Starboard / Point-7), who looked to have rediscovered the form that saw her crowned youth world champion for 3 consecutive years between 2014-16.


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    Lilou Granier


    Men’s


    Just like in the women’s fleet, the top seeds in the men’s draw also dominated proceedings in Japan with last year’s top 3 - Antoine Albeau, Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne / Shamal Sunglasses) and Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails / Chopper Fins) - finishing 1-2-3, while 6 out of the 8 finalists came from 2017’s top 8 and 8 out of the top 11 recorded top 10 results - Ross Williams (Tabou / GA SAils) - 4th in 2017, 7th here - Pascal Toselli (JP / Loftsails / Chopper Fins) - 5th 2017, 5th here - Arnon Dagan - (RRD / NeilPryde) - 8th in 2017, 6th here - Sebastian Kördel (Starboard / GA Sails) - 10th in 2017, 9th here - and Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / NorthSails) - 11th in 2017, 8th here.


    That means Albeau takes the early season lead into South Korea after leading the final from start to finish, but it looks as though it is going to be an extremely competitive year, which should make for a thrilling title race.


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    Antoine Albeau wins the fight to be first to the opening gybe mark in the final


    The only members of last years top 10 to have missed out on the winners’ final were last year’s event champion - Julien Quentel (Patrik / Avanti) - and Austrian Marco Lang (Fanatic / NorthSails) - both of whom suffered shock quarterfinal exits in the opening race - before both men progressed through their second round heats of Elimination 2, which couldn’t be completed in the end.


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    Marco Lang


    Elsewhere, Tristan Algret (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins) started the season by equalling his best ever result on the world tour after sailing brilliantly to secure 4th place, while Maciek Rutkowski (I-99 / Loftsails) completes the top 10. Both men will look to build on postive starts to the season in South Korea as they look to break into the overall top 10 for the first time come the end of the year.


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    Tristan Algret


    Ethan Westera’s (Tabou / GA Sails) first appearance since suffering a major injury in Fuerteventura saw the Aruban sail superbly as the 20-year-old looked as though he’d never been away from the race course to record a top 16 result - 14th, but things didn’t go quite so well for Taty Frans (Starboard / GA Sails / Shamal Sunglasses), who suffered a shock second round exit. However, you can expect to see the Bonairean bounce back with more racing to come next week.


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    Ethan Westera


    Foil


    Gonzalo Costa Hoevel produced a near perfect performance in the first official foil event as the Argentine recorded counting results of two 1sts and a second to dominate in Japan. Costa Hoevel showed excellent straight-line speed and tactics to dispatch of his rivals here and he’ll look to do the same again in South Korea.


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    Gonzalo Costa Hoevel


    Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) won the opening foil race and was well placed in the second until he dropped a tack at the first mark. AA still recovered to 5th place in that race, but lost valuable ground on Costa Hoevel and opens the season with a second place, while Sebastian Kördel (Starboard / GA Sails) enjoyed a great final day, which saw the German rise from joint 7th to 3rd as the 27-year-old pipped Julien Bontemps (JP / NeilPryde) to the final place on the podium.


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    Men's top 3 foil - Antoine Albeau, Gonzalo Costa Hoevel & Sebastian Kördel (left to right)


    Meanwhile, Maciek Rutkowski won the final foil elimination of the week to end the week on a high as the victory marked his first race win on the world tour.


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    Maciek Rutkowski ends with a bang


    Although there may have only been one round of slalom, the foil discipline again showed itself to be exciting and dynamic with plenty of close calls and overtaking over the 4 eliminations completed. Both the men’s and women’s slalom fleets plus the men’s foil fleet will be in action again in just a couple of days time after taking a short flight to South Korea for the 2018 Ulsan PWA World Cup. You’ll be able to follow all of the action as it happens via the PWA live stream by tuning into www.pwaworldtour.combetween 19th-24th May.


    For a full recap from Japan — including the live stream, elimination ladders, entry list, images and live ticker simply click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page.


    Result 2018 Fly! ANA Yokosuka PWA World Cup - Women’s Slalom


    1st Delphine Cousin Questel (FRA -Starboard / S2Maui)

    2nd Lena Erdil (TUR - Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins)

    3rd Marion Mortefon (FRA - Fanatic / NorthSails)

    4th Lilou Granier (NC - Starboard / Severne)

    5th Fulya Ünlü (TUR - Starboard / Point-7)

    6th Esther de Geus (NED - Fanatic / NorthSails)

    7th Jenna Gibson (GBR - Fanatic / NorthSails)

    8th Maëlle Guilbaud (FRA - Patrik / Loftsails)

    9th Océane Lescadieu (NC - NeilPryde)

    10th Yuki Sunaga (JPN - Loftsails)


    Result 2018 Fly! ANA Yokosuka PWA World Cup - Men’s Slalom


    1st Antoine Albeau (FRA - RRD / NeilPryde)

    2nd Matteo Iachino (ITA - Starboard / Severne / Shamal Sunglasses)

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

    4th Tristan Algret (GPE - Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins)

    5th Pascal Toselli (FRA - JP / Loftsails / Chopper Fins)

    6th Arnon Dagan (ISR - RRD / NeilPryde)

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

    8th Jordy Vonk (NED - Fanatic / NorthSails)

    9th Sebastian Kördel (GER - Starboard / GA Sails)

    10th Maciek Rutkowski (POL - I-99 / Challenger Sails)


    Result 2018 Fly! ANA Yokosuka PWA World Cup - Men’s Foil


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

    2nd Antoine Albeau (FRA - RRD / NeilPryde)

    3rd Sebastian Kördel (GER - Starboard / GA Sails)

    4th Julien Bontemps (FRA - JP / NeilPryde)

    5th Alexandre Cousin (FRA - Patrik / GA Sails / Chopper Fins)

    6th Mateus Isaac (BRA - JP / NeilPryde)

    7th Antoine Questel (FRA - Starboard / S2Maui)

    8th Julien Quentel (SXM - Patrik / Avanti)

    9th Jordy Vonk (NED - Fanatic / NorthSails)

    10th Cedric Bordes (FRA - Tabou / GA Sails)

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