Ulsan PWA World Cup 2018

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  • South Korea

    After the opening event of the season in Japan the world’s best slalom sailors have made the short flight over to South Korea for the Ulsan PWA World Cup, which will host the second leg of the 2018 PWA Slalom World Tour, as well as the second stop of the foiling, at Jinha Beach between 19th-24th May.


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    Event Headquarters - Jinha Beach, Ulsan


    Last year only saw one elimination completed in the women’s division with no result being gained in the men’s fleet, but that shouldn’t be the case this time around with a windy looking forecast for the opening two days of the event - 20-28 knots from the northeast.


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    Forecast for the opening two days - Jinha Beach


    Situated in the southeast of South Korea, Jinha beach is a thirty-minute drive from Ulsan and has developed the reputation of being the top windsurfing location in the country. With a rich eastern culture, amazing white sand beaches and reliable trade winds, it is easy to see why windsurfers all over South Korea hold this spot in such high esteem. Jinha Beach isn’t always the easiest place to compete with the sometimes gusty nature of the wind and seaweed wreaking havoc, but that’s just another part of the test in this demanding destination.


    Slalom


    Women’s


    Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) holds the lead at the top of the world rankings after winning the opening event in Japan and she will enter South Korea as the favourite. However, the former two-time world champion will be hoping to avoid a repeat of last years result here when she finished 11th after a snapped outhaul in the semifinals cost her dearly.


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    Delphine Cousin Questel


    Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins) had every chance of winning the opening event of the year and she’ll be hoping to keep Cousin Questel under pressure here in South Korea. The Turk has excellent form figures here which read 2nd, 1st, 2nd over the last three seasons and she’ll be hoping continue that fine run to keep herself in title race contention.


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    Lena Erdil


    Marion Mortefon’s (Fanatic / NorthSails) first of 3 podiums last year came here in South Korea and she started 2018 in excellent form by finishing 3rd in Japan, which means the 26-year-old has now completed the podium in each of her last 3 events and will no doubt be challenging for the top 3 and possibly beyond over the next 6 days.


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    Marion Mortefon


    Meanwhile, Lilou Granier (Starboard / Severne), who looks an exciting prospect after her 4th place in Japan, will be absent from proceedings here due to the 17-year-old having exam commitments in New Caledonia. That will open the door for 22-year-old Fulya Ünlü (Starboard / Point-7) who claimed 5th in Japan, while Maëlle Guilbaud (Patrik / Loftsails) - 5th overall in 2017 - Esther de Geus (Fanatic / NorthSails) - 6th overall last year will be trying to force their way into the top 5 here.


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    Lena Erdil


    Elsewhere keep an eye out for Océane Lescadieu (NeilPryde), Jenna Gibson (Fanatic / NorthSails) and Yuki Sunaga (Loftsails) - all of whom earned top 10 places in Japan and will be looking to do even better here.


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    Yuki Sunaga


    Men’s


    The unpredictable nature of South Korea is highlighted by the fact that since 2011 there have been 5 different winners. Add to this that in 2014 the event had to be cancelled due to the South Korean ferry tragedy and that last year, a result was not gained, and it shows that anyone has a chance of winning here, which adds a certain level of excitement.


    However, despite the unpredictable nature here in recent years it’s hard to look past the current top 3 - Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde), Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne / Shamal Sunglasses) and Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails / Chopper Fins), who have won 15 of the last 17 events (88.24%) between them since 2015. During that time Albeau has won 7 events, Iachino 5 events and Mortefon 3 events.


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    Antoine Albeau with plenty of company in 2017


    The only people to have denied them the top place on the podium in recent years are Julien Quentel (Patrik / Avanti) and Marco Lang (Fanatic / NorthSails) - both last season - and both men will now be looking to bounce back from quarterfinal exits in Japan.


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    Marco Lang


    Tristan Algret (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins) kicked off the season by equalling his best result ever on the world tour - 4th place in Japan and he’ll look to now build upon an excellent start to 2018 as he looks to break into the overall top 10 for the first time in his career come the end of the season.


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    Tristan Algret on the fly


    Elsewhere, Pascal Toselli (JP / Loftsails / Chopper Fins), Arnon Dagan (RRD / NeilPryde), Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Shamal Sunglasses), Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / NorthSails), Sebastian Kördel (Starboard / GA Sails) and Maciek Rutkowski (I-99 / Challenger Sails) all earned top 10 finishes to start the year and should be in the mix again over the next 6 days.


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    Pascal Toselli


    Meanwhile, you can expect to see Antoine Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) try to bounce back from a 25th place in Japan. The Frenchman only recorded one result outside the top 12 in 2017, while Bonaire’s Taty Frans (Starboard / GA Sails / Shamal Sunglasses) will continue his comeback after a disappointing 33rd place in Japan. Other big names looking to recover will be Frenchmen Cyril Moussilmani (RRD / Severne) and Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails) - 21st and 33rd in Japan - Croatia’s Enrico Marotti (JP / NeilPryde), who finished 17th overall in 2017, but started the year with a 45th place. However, with only one race completed none of them will be panicking yet with more racing to come here hopefully.


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    Antoine Questel


    Foil


    At the moment there are 40 men registered for the second stop of the foiling. Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins) dominated the opening event to hold counting results of two 1sts and a second from the 4 races completed and he’ll be the man that everyone else has to beat here.


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    Gonzalo Costa Hoevel


    Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) will also be a major player. The 24-time world champion won the opening race in Japan, before falling when prominently placed in the next race and couldn’t catch Costa Hoevel from that point onwards.



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    Antoine Albeau


    Sebastian Kördel (Starboard / GA Sails) came from out of nowhere on the final day in Japan to capture the last place on the podium at the expense of Julien Bontemps (JP / NeilPryde) - but the former Olympic vice-champion looks as though he’ll be a serious threat over the duration of the season despite just missing out on the podium last time out.


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    Sebastian Kördel


    With foiling still being such a new and developing discipline there is the potential to win one race and then finish outside of the top 10 in the next, which makes it exciting to watch as you can’t quite predict what will happen yet. However, other names that should in contention include Maciek Rutkowski - who won the final elimination in Japan, which was his first race victory on tour, Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / GA Sails / Chopper Fins), Mateus Isaac (JP / NeilPryde), Antoine Questel, who won the foil exhibition last year and keep an eye out for Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne), who finished 3rd in the 3rd elimination in Japan. Meanwhile, Sebastian Kornum (JP / NeilPryde) will be hoping to produce an improved display here after a disappointing 12th to start the season.


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    Maciek Rutkowski leads the way


    With a promising looking forecast for the opening two days, the 2018 Ulsan PWA World Cup will hopefully begin with a bang. You can stay up to date with all the latest developments from South Korea — 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 - 9am-11am (GMT+9)

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

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

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  • South Korea

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    Highlights Day 1 - 2018 Ulsan PWA World Cup


    The forecast delivered on the opening day of the 2018 Ulsan PWA World Cup as winds of 15-25 knots greeted competitors to provide a pulsating start to the event. The conditions were anything but easy though with the treacherous chop claiming numerous victims throughout the afternoon, while the bitterly cold temperatures presented an equally stern challenge.


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    A tough opening day


    At the close of the play two familiar names sit at the top of the overnight rankings with current world tour leaders Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) and Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) setting the pace again - just as they did in Japan last week.


    Slalom


    Women’s


    Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) holds a healthy lead at the top of the event rankings after a great first day. The two-time world champion started proceedings with a solid second place - before the 26-year-old blew the rest of the competition away in the second winners’ final of the day as she led from start to finish to claim an emphatic victory, which sees her hold an overnight lead of 6 points.


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    Delphine Cousin Questel celebrates


    Cousin Questel’s closest rival at the moment is Jenna Gibson (Fanatic / NorthSails), who is only competing in her 3rd PWA Slalom World Tour event. The Brit made a dream start as she overtook Cousin Questel on the second leg of the opening final and then remained cool, calm and collected over the remainder of the course to earn to her first bullet on the world tour. The 20-year-old then won her semifinal in Elimination 2, but could only muster an 8th place in the final, which saw her lose the event lead, but she will still be delighted to finish the day occupying 2nd place in the current rankings.


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    Jenna Gibson on her way to winning her first ever elimination on the world tour


    Esther de Geus (Fanatic / NorthSails) currently completes the top 3 after coping well with the tricky conditions, which saw her finish 5th in the first elimination before going one better in the next to claim 4th. The 26-year-old has steadily improved since 2015 - when she finished 13th overall - to 7th in 2016 and 6th last year and will be hoping she can sustain that upwards trend.


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    Esther de Geus on the fly


    21-year-old Maëlle Guilbaud (Patrik / Loftsails) also enjoyed a consistent day as last year’s World No.5 started the event with 4th and 6th place finishes, while Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails) was a little off the pace today after 5th and 6th place. The current World No.3 will now try to bounce back tomorrow as she chases a 4th consecutive podium finish.


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    Maëlle Guilbaud


    World title hopeful - Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins) - suffered an absolutely disastrous start to the event after a premature in her first heat saw her eliminated in the semifinals. The Turk would have been hoping to apply the pressure to Cousin Questel right from the word go here, but instead gave her rival a significant head start. Erdil then regained her composure to successfully qualify for the winners’ final in Elimination 2 where she earned second place behind Cousin Questel. Luckily with a great looking forecast, it looks as though Erdil should have the chance to discard her opening result over the next day or two, but she can’t really afford any more mistakes - particularly with Cousin Questel in such good form. After 11th and 2nd place finishes today Erdil sits in 5th


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    Lena Erdil fights back


    Men’s


    Antoine Albeau produced an almost carbon copy performance that saw him win the first race of the year in Japan as the reigning world champion led from start to finish in today’s winners’ final to maintain his perfect record so far this season. The 24-time world champion looks to be in ominous form and it will be interesting to see if anyone can stop him tomorrow.


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    Antoine Albeau celebrates in style


    Maciek Rutkowski (I-99 / Challenger Sails) finished the opening event of the season in Japan on a high after winning his first race on the world tour in the foil discipline and when we spoke to him the Pole sounded quietly confident about his chances this season. That became more evident today as the 26-year-old followed up that success in Japan by recording his best result yet in a single slalom race - 2nd - after he came storming down the third leg to overtake several rivals.


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    Maciek Rutkowski continues impressive start to the season


    Fellow title contenders - Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne / Shamal Sunglasses) and Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails / Chopper Fins) - both made solid starts to the event with 3rd and 4th place finishes respectively and they’ll now try to build on those results going into tomorrow.


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    Pierre Mortefon fights his way back into 4th in the final


    In the preview, we mentioned that both Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails) and Cyril Moussilmani (RRD / Severne) would be looking to bounce back from disappointing results in Japan - 33rd and 21st respectively - and both men made a positive start today by earning top 10 finishes. Bordes took home 5th, while Moussilmani finished 10th. The latter did particularly well to fight back against Tristan Algret (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins) in the quarterfinals to grab the final qualifying position.


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    Cedric Bordes makes a bright start in Korea


    Meanwhile, fellow countryman Pascal Toselli (JP / Loftsails) looks as though he is going to be extremely competitive again this season after matching his result in Japan in the opening race here - 5th.


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    Pascal Toselli in the thick of the action


    Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / NorthSails) has started the season brightly by qualifying for both winners’ finals so far this season. Today the flying Dutchman took home 7th and will be happy to have been in contention again.


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    Jordy Vonk walks away with another winners' final under his belt


    Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne) may be more known for his exploits in the world of freestyle (vice-world champion for the last two seasons), but the extremely talented Bonairean is starting to make his mark in both the slalom and foil disciplines too. The 20-year-old qualified for another winners’ final today and was disappointed to have his starting procedure disrupted by seaweed around his fin, but even so, 8th place represents a great start to the week and he could be one to watch over the coming season as he clearly has bags of potential.


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    Amado Vrieswijk books his place in the last 8


    Last year’s World No.4 - Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Shamal Sunglasses) - may have missed out on the winners’ final but the Brit still kicks off the week with a top 10 result after winning the losers’ final ahead of Moussilmani, 19-year-old Basile Jacquin (RRD / Point-7) and Julien Quentel (Patrik / Avanti).


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    Leading the losers' final - Ross Williams


    The opening 7 heats of Elimination 2 were also completed, however, the decision was then made to stop the competition shortly after trying to sail Heat 8 with the low setting sun causing safety concerns due to the sailors being visually impaired.


    Tomorrow looks set to see a marathon day of racing, where not only sailing ability will determine the results as fitness/stamina are also likely to play a major role with WindGuru predicting strong winds - 20-28 knots - for the entire day. With this mind, and looking further ahead at the forecast, the sailors will meet again at 8am tomorrow morning for the skippers’ meeting with the action commencing from 9am (GMT+9). Don’t miss any of what promises to be an action packed day by tuning into www.pwaworldtour.com.


    You can stay up to date with all the latest developments from South Korea — 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 Ulsan PWA World Cup - Women’s Slalom
    *After Two Eliminations


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

    2nd Jenna Gibson (GBR - Fanatic / NorthSails)

    3rd Esther de Geus (NED - Fanatic / NorthSails)

    4th Maëlle Guilbaud (FRA - Patrik / Loftsails)

    5th Lena Erdil (TUR - Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins)


    Current Ranking 2018 Ulsan PWA World Cup - Men’s Slalom
    *After One Elimination


    1st Antoine Albeau (FRA - RRD / NeilPryde)

    2nd Maciek Rutkowski (POL - I-99 / Challenger Sails)

    3rd Matteo Iachino (ITA - Starboard / Severne / Shamal Sunglasses)

    4th Pierre Mortefon (FRA - Fanatic / NorthSails / Chopper Fins)

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

    6th Cedric Bordes (FRA / Tabou / GA Sails)

    7th Jordy Vonk (NED - Fanatic / NorthSails)

    8th Amado Vrieswijk (NB - JP / Severne)

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

    10th Cyril Moussilmani (FRA - RRD / Severne)

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  • The sailors had their mettle truly tested on Day 2 of the 2018 Ulsan PWA World Cup as winds gusted in excess of 40 knots during the afternoon. Yesterday the swell combined with wind chop already caused problems, but today it caused even more with the ferocious water state leaving many of the world’s top sailors helpless at times, which made for some fascinating racing. At the end of day two Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) maintains her place at the top of the rankings, while Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne / Shamal Sunglasses) overturns Antoine Albeau’s (RRD / NeilPryde) overnight lead.


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    Radical Slalom Conditions


    Slalom


    Women’s


    Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) held an overnight lead of 6 points and the 26-year-old enjoyed another largely successful day - recording one more bullet, a second and a 4th, which she discards, to remain at the top of the event rankings with a 3.3 point advantage over Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins) in second. However, Cousin Questel may feel slightly disappointed as she had the opportunity to have the event all but sewn up today having held the lead in all the winners’ finals…


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    Delphine Cousin Questel


    In Elimination 3 Cousin Questel looked to have the race in the bag as she held a significant lead heading into the third mark but unfortunately caught a rail as she entered the gybe. This threw Erdil a lifeline and the Turk was only too happy to come through and collect the lead to claim a much needed bullet, which put her firmly back in contention for the event title with a discard to come in the next round. Erdil then rode her luck in Elimination 4 as the 29-year-old dropped her gybe at the first when in the lead, only to battle to battle back into contention by the second before ending up in the drink again. At this point, it seemed like her chances of making the final were virtually zero, but lady luck was shining on her side as Jenna Gibson (Fanatic / NorthSails) stacked it at the last to allow Erdil to secure 4th in the semifinals before claiming 2nd in the final. Erdil then had her chance to seize the initiative but was caught out by the treacherous waters when leading into the first mark of Elimination 5. She eventually finished 4th to move into 2nd place in the overall rankings.


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    Lena Erdil


    With Erdil going down, Cousin Questel shot to the front again and looked destined to record her 3rd bullet of the event, but disaster soon struck again as she fell at the last, which allowed Maëlle Guilbaud (Patrik / Loftsails) to swoop into contention. The two women went head-to-head on the final reach and there was almost nothing between them as they crossed the finish line, but it was soon confirmed that Guilbaud had done just enough to edge the photo finish and the 21-year-old was clearly delighted after earning her first bullet on the world tour. Guilbaud moves up one place to 3rd in the event rankings.


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    Photo finish - Delphine Cousin Questel (left) and Maëlle Guilbaud (right)


    Elsewhere, teammates Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails) and Esther de Geus (Fanatic / NorthSails) both performed consistently which sees Mortefon move into the top 5 - 4th - while de Geus slips a couple of places to 5th. Meanwhile, Jenna Gibson falls 4 places to 6th, while Océane Lescadieu (NeilPryde) deserves a mention for hanging onto a 6.4m all day, while many of the men were on the same size or smaller and still managed to qualify for all the winners’ finals.


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    Océane Lescadieu


    Men’s


    Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne / Shamal Sunglasses) moves into the event lead after becoming the first man to beat Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) in 2018. The Italian produced a blistering display in the second elimination before securing a solid second place in Elimination 3.


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    Matteo Iachino celebrates first bullet of the season


    However, while Iachino holds a 3.7 point advantage, Albeau still holds the his fate in his own hands as he currently holds two 1st’s and an 8th - when Albeau uncharacteristically dropped his second gybe in the final - which he will likely discard when Elimination 4 is completed as both he and Iachino are already in the winners’ final. If Albeau was to win that race then he would hold a perfect set of results, while a top 2 finish would guarantee that Albeau regains the lead no matter what. The event title race is now poised on a knife edge.


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    Antoine Albeau


    Meanwhile, Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails / Chopper Fins) moves into the top 3 at the end of day two after record a 7th and a 3rd place finish, while he could further cement his place in the top 3 as he too is already in the winners’ final of Elimination 4 and could discard that 7th place from Elimination 2. Last year’s top 3 are once again looking in excellent form. Can anyone else break into the top 3?


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    Pierre Mortefon


    Aside from last year’s overall top 3 - Albeau, Iachino and Mortefon - there is only one other man on the world tour who has managed to qualify for every winners’ final so far and that man is Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / NorthSails). The young flying Dutchman has made a flying start to the season and only trails Mortefon by one point heading into day 3 so the two teammates could have a shootout for third place.


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    Jordy Vonk on form


    Both Pascal Toselli (JP / Loftsails / Chopper Fins) and Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Shamal Sunglasses) missed out on the opening winners’ final of the day before making the top 8. However, both men were then disqualified from the winners’ final for premature starts. Toselli currently holds 5th place and will line up in the losers’ final of Elimination 4, while Williams will use his discard after being eliminated in the quarterfinals after dropping a rare gybe when in the qualifying places - which is testament to just how tough and tricky the conditions were today. That early exit will put Williams’ 6th place at risk.


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    Ross Williams cranks a gybe


    19-year-old Basile Jacquin (RRD / Point-7) is currently on course for his first ever top 10 result - 7th at the close of play today, but will need to quickly bounce back from a quarterfinal exit in Elimination 4 to keep up with the pace.


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    Basile Jacquin


    Brazil’s Mateus Isaac (JP / NeilPryde) looks set to be one of the biggest movers after the completion of Elimination 4 as he currently holds a 26.5 alongside a 3rd and a 9th and is already guaranteed a top 8 result in the fourth race. 3rd in the second round here is the 24-year-old’s best result in a single race and he looks to have taken his sailing to another level over the winter. Keep a close eye on him over the remainder of the event.


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    Mateus Isaac on song


    The top 10 is currently completed by Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails) and Julien Quentel (Patrik / Avanti), while Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne) slips just outside to 11th, but will discard a 22.5 when the current race is finished.


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    Rocket air - Amado Vrieswijk


    Elsewhere, Andrea Ferin (RRD / Challenger Sails / AL360) also recorded his best ever result in a single race after producing a superb performance in race two, which saw him earn 2nd place, while sails teammate Maciek Rutkowski (I-99 / Challenger Sails) looks set to recover from a mini blip in Eliminations 2 & 3 with the Pole qualifying for the winners’ final of race 4.


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    Andrea Ferin


    Only the top 16 remain standing in the fourth elimination and that the men’s finals will be the first heats of the day tomorrow. The forecast looks lighter for tomorrow, which will be a welcome relief for some, with WindGuru predicting 14-18 knots during the morning. The skippers’ meeting has been called for 9am with a first possible start at 10am (GMT+9).


    You can stay up to date with all the latest developments from South Korea — 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 Ulsan PWA World Cup - Women’s Slalom
    *After Five Eliminations


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

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

    3rd Maëlle Guilbaud (FRA - Patrik / Loftsails)

    4th Marion Mortefon (FRA - Fanatic / NorthSails)

    5th Esther de Geus (NED - Fanatic / NorthSails)


    Current Ranking 2018 Ulsan PWA World Cup - Men’s Slalom
    *After Three Eliminations


    1st Matteo Iachino (ITA - Starboard / Severne / Shamal Sunglasses)

    2nd Antoine Albeau (FRA - RRD / NeilPryde)

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

    4th Jordy Vonk (NED - Fanatic / NorthSails)

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

    6th Ross Williams (GBR - Tabou / GA Sails / Shamal Sunglasses)

    7th Basile Jacquin (FRA - RRD / Point-7)

    8th Mateus Isaac (BRA - JP / NeilPryde)

    9th Cedric Bordes (FRA - Tabou / GA Sails)

    10th Julien Quentel (SXM - Patrik / Avanti)

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  • Das war Tag 3:


    South Korea

    Day 3 of the 2018 Ulsan PWA World Cup may have only seen the Men’s Finals of Elimination 4 and the Women’s 6th Elimination completed, but even in just those short few heats their was plenty of drama and talking points. At the end of Day 3 Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) is on the verge of winning the event after claiming her 3rd win of the week, while Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne / Shamal Sunglasses) has extended his lead over Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) at the top of the men’s rankings after securing his second bullet in 4 races.


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    Matteo Iachino maintains event lead


    Slalom


    Women’s


    There was more drama in the Women’s sixth elimination Winners’ Final. Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins) started by the boat and flew down the opening reach and smartly sailed deep to cover Delphine Cousin Questel, which worked perfectly as she rounded the opening mark in first place ahead of the event leader.


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    Lena Erdil covers Cousin Questel


    All looked to be going well with Erdil continuing to show excellent pace out in front as she aimed to reduce Cousin Questel’s advantage at the top of the rankings. However, disaster soon struck again for the Turk as when she entered the third gybe she hit a massive piece of chop, which sent her off balance and despite trying to desperately salvage the situation she ended up in the water and was left powerless as Cousin Questel swooped into the lead and notched up her 3rd bullet of the week, which should all but seal the event victory here in South Korea for the 26-year-old.


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    Lena Erdil goes down and with it her event title hopes?


    Cousin Questel’s latest victory, combined with Erdil having to settle for 6th place in the final, means that the two-time world champion now holds a massive 8.6 point advantage over Erdil at the top of the rankings. That’s not to say that things can’t change again with a second discard to come after Elimination 7, but given the fact that Cousin Questel has finished outside of the top 2, just once in 6 races, it doesn’t seem likely.


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    Delphine Cousin Questel on the verge of victory


    Maëlle Guilbaud (Patrik / Loftsails), who won her first elimination on the world tour yesterday, continued her excellent recent form to secure 3rd place in today’s final, which sees her retain 3rd place in the current rankings and is now just 2 points behind Erdil in 2nd.


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    Maëlle Guilbaud


    However, last year’s World No.3 - Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails) - is now within striking distance after recording her best result of the week in Elimination 6, which saw the 26-year-old claim 2nd place. That means Mortefon is now just 0.3 of a point behind Guilbaud in the battle for the final place on the podium, while she is only 2.3 points behind Erdil.


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    Marion Mortefon


    Esther de Geus (Fanatic / NorthSails) missed out on the winners’ final for the first time this week after she jumped the gun in Heat 2 to be disqualified alongside Océane Lescadieu (NeilPryde) and Miki Yamabe. De Geus remains 5th in the current rankings though after instantly discarding the result having been so consistent so far, while also recording her best result in a single race yesterday - when finishing 2nd in Elimination 3.


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    Esther de Geus


    Men’s


    The interest in the 4th Men’s Winners’ Final was largely in who would be leading the event after its completion out of current leader - Matteo Iachino - and current world tour leader - Antoine Albeau, but as the fleet entered the opening mark neither of the top 2 were leading. Albeau found himself at the back of the pack after being impeded by seaweed, while Iachino remained in contention.


    Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails) looked as though he would lead around the first, but Maciek Rutkowski (I-99 / Challenger Sails) produced a great, tight inside gybe to grab the lead. The Pole then started to power away from the rest of the chasing pack as he headed into the third, but would come a cropper before reaching the buoy in what would become the biggest talking point of the day.


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    Maciek Rutkowski dives down the inside of Cedric Bordes


    Rutkowski was out on his own and looked to be in a dream situation with a first victory on the world tour beckoning, but the Pole then either hit something in the water or caught the nose on a piece of deadly chop, which sent him flying, and left his race winning dreams in tatters. With Albeau and Enrico Marotti (JP / NeilPryde) also suffering weed around their fins, at some stage during the final, this caused some sailors to question whether the result should stand and whether the conditions were suitable for racing. The result stands. Rutkowski may rue his luck, but should still find a way to take away the positives as he clearly has the pace to cause some serious problems this season - he rises to 12th after finishing 7th.


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    Disaster for Maciek Rutkowski


    With Rutkowski in the water, but thankfully uninjured, Iachino would come through to pick up the pieces to claim his second bullet in 4 races, which sees the Italian open up a two-point lead over Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde), who battled back to finish 4th.


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    Matteo Iachino


    Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails / Chopper Fins) remains in 3rd place after another extremely consistent performance - 5th - which means the Frenchman now holds counting results of 3rd, 4th and 5th.


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    Pierre Mortefon


    Mover of the Day


    Mateus Isaac (JP / NeilPryde) started the day in 8th place, but rises all the way into 4th after enjoying another great day. The Brazilian earned his best result ever in Elimination 2 yesterday - 3rd - but went one better today as he avoided the carnage to earn second place and with the discard coming into play he was able to drop a quarterfinal exit - 26.5 points - from the opening race. The 24-year-old is now just 2 points behind Mortefon as he chases a first ever podium.


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    Mateus Isaac


    Isaac jumps into 4th at the expense of Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / NorthSails), who slips one place to 5th after he was disqualified from the Winners’ Final for a premature start. The flying Dutchman is still in contention for the podium though as he is only 1 point behind Isaac and 3 behind teammate - Mortefon.


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    Jordy Vonk


    Pascal Toselli (JP / Loftsails / Chopper Fins) also falls one place to 6th with the Frenchman missing out on the Winners’ Final for only the second time this week, but he produced an assured performance to win Heat 13 and claim 9th place for the elimination.

    Fellow Frenchman - Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails) - recorded his best result of the event so far this week - 3rd - which sees the 33-year-old gain two place as he rises to 7th in the event rankings. Bordes has bounced back well from a disappointing start in Japan where only 1 elimination was completed.


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    Cedric Bordes leads down the opening reach


    Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Shamal Sunglasses) falls to 8th place after missing out on the top 16 for the first time this season in Elimination 4, but teammate Ingmar Daldorf (Tabou / GA Sails) breaks into the top 10 - 9th - after finishing 2nd in Heat 13 - 10th for the elimination.


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    Ingmar Daldorf


    Julien Quentel (Patrik / Avanti) currently completes the top 10 on countback as he is tied on 34 points with Basile Jacquin (RRD / Point-7), who is chasing a first top 10 finish.


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    Julien Quentel


    Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne) will be left lamenting his luck in Heat 13 after the Bonairean hit seaweed at the third mark when holding second place, which would’ve earned him 10th place for the elimination. Instead, Vrieswijk had to settle for 6th (14th for the elimination), but what will hurt is that 21-year-old would now be 4 points better off and would sit on 32 points, which would have seen him break into the current top 10 at the expense of Quentel.


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    Amado Vrieswijk


    Elsewhere, 18-year-old Martin Möller Hovda (Starboard / Severne) will be very happy with his days work after reaching the top 16 in an elimination for the first time. The Norwegian eventually finished in a superb 12th place.


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    Martin Møller Hovda


    The forecast for tomorrow looks lighter still, which could see the focus shift to the foiling, if the seaweed doesn’t wreak havoc again. WindGuru currently predicts winds of 9-13 knots, so the sailors will meet again at 9am with the action commencing from 10am (GMT+9) onwards.


    You can stay up to date with all the latest developments from South Korea — 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 Ulsan PWA World Cup - Women’s Slalom
    *After Six Eliminations


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

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

    3rd Maëlle Guilbaud (FRA - Patrik / Loftsails)

    4th Marion Mortefon (FRA - Fanatic / NorthSails)

    5th Esther de Geus (NED - Fanatic / NorthSails)


    Current Ranking 2018 Ulsan PWA World Cup - Men’s Slalom
    *After Four Eliminations


    1st Matteo Iachino (ITA - Starboard / Severne / Shamal Sunglasses)

    2nd Antoine Albeau (FRA - RRD / NeilPryde)

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

    4th Mateus Isaac (BRA - JP / NeilPryde)

    5th Jordy Vonk (NED - Fanatic / NorthSails)

    6th Pascal Toselli (FRA - JP / Loftsails / Chopper Fins)

    7th Cedric Bordes (FRA - Tabou / GA Sails)

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

    9th Ingmar Daldorf (NED - Tabou / GA Sails)

    10th Julien Quentel (SXM - Patrik / Avanti)

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  • Das war Tag 4:


    The fourth day of the 2018 Ulsan PWA World Cup turned out to be a lay day after an eventful start to the event, which saw 3 consecutive days, of what was probably some of the best racing ever here - with winds gusting over 40 knots and a decent sized swell running to create some testing conditions.


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    Esther de Geus, Jordy Vonk and Mateus Isaac


    With zero to very little wind for much of the day the beach cut a very different scene to the opening few days. During the afternoon we had a quick catch up with Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde), who is currently two points behind Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne / Shamal Sunglasses) in the slalom event rankings:


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    Antoine Albeau


    Antoine Albeau: “It’s definitely up there with some of the best racing we’ve had here, but I can also remember a few years of good racing with wind from the right. In the end its one of the windiest and most hardcore conditions that we have on tour - except for Fuerte, which can be super windy, but more flat."


    I really like the conditions that we had here. I was on my 7.0m and 6.4m and they are both great sails. It was not that hard, it was good, but I did fall on one gybe… actually I didn’t really fall I just buried the nose into a piece of swell and that was the end of that.

    What’s your thinking about yesterday’s racing? Some sailors were questioning the decision to run because of the seaweed and plastic in the water…


    “I touched on this the other day with you, you know. I was lucky on the first two days because I didn’t catch any seaweed or plastic, but yesterday I got weed around my 20-30 seconds before the start of the final and I couldn’t get rid of it to get going. I took the first gybe and then caught a big bit of weed around my fin again, so I had to jump to get rid of it again. At that point I was last, but then 3 guys fell in front of me so I moved back into 4th, so both happy and unhappy you know. For me, it’s just part of the competition, but for sure some people will take more and be unlucky more than some other guys. Of course, it’s better if there’s nothing in the water. The real problem is that you can hit something big enough to make you take a massive catapult, which can then cause serious injury and I think this is what most people are the most worried about.”


    Looking at the forecast for the final day - Thursday 24th - it looks like there could be a chance of a thermal… what do you think?


    “I think for the slalom it’s finished because now the focus is on foiling and if we can do 4 foil elimination it would be great both the ranking and then event as well. The slalom event is already counting full points after 4 eliminations with the discard, so that is a fair ranking.”


    If things were to end as they are now a 1st and a 2nd place would be a good start to the year…


    “Yeah, but the points that we get for Japan are lower because it was just one elimination, but Matteo [Iachino] was behind me as well, so we will see. I think it’s better to be 1st than 2nd in Japan (smiling). “


    Thanks Antoine.


    The forecast for tomorrow doesn’t look great with light offshore winds currently being predicted. However, the forecast for the final day - Thursday - looks much better with the wind turning back to the southwest for the first time this event, which should hopefully see the thermal kick in and results to be gained in the foiling. The skippers’ meeting has been called for 9am tomorrow with the action commencing from 10am (GMT+9).


    You can stay up to date with all the latest developments from South Korea — 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 Ulsan PWA World Cup - Women’s Slalom
    *After Six Eliminations


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

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

    3rd Maëlle Guilbaud (FRA - Patrik / Loftsails)

    4th Marion Mortefon (FRA - Fanatic / NorthSails)

    5th Esther de Geus (NED - Fanatic / NorthSails)


    Current Ranking 2018 Ulsan PWA World Cup - Men’s Slalom
    *After Four Eliminations


    1st Matteo Iachino (ITA - Starboard / Severne / Shamal Sunglasses)

    2nd Antoine Albeau (FRA - RRD / NeilPryde)

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

    4th Mateus Isaac (BRA - JP / NeilPryde)

    5th Jordy Vonk (NED - Fanatic / NorthSails)

    6th Pascal Toselli (FRA - JP / Loftsails / Chopper Fins)

    7th Cedric Bordes (FRA - Tabou / GA Sails)

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

    9th Ingmar Daldorf (NED - Tabou / GA Sails)

    10th Julien Quentel (SXM - Patrik / Avanti)

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