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As forecast the wind remained extremely light for the penultimate day of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sylt PWA Super Grand Slam meaning the sailors enjoyed a lay day, with some taking to the water to take advantage of the clean waves on offer.
Heading into the final day we decided to take a quick look at how things currently stand and who needs what to win…
Just the top 5 women remain in the Women’s Wave Double Elimination - Maaike Huvermann (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins), Steffi Wahl (Sailloft Hamburg), Lina Erpenstein (Severne / Severne Sails), Iballa Moreno (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) and Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) - and there is a small chance that tomorrow morning may offer the opportunity to finish the contest with 18-20 knot northerly winds and 2-3 foot waves currently predicted. With this in mind the Women’s Wave fleet will meet at 8am tomorrow morning with the action commencing from 8:30am - if conditions allow.
Slalom and Foil
Tomorrow will also be the final roll of the dice for the Slalom and Foil and with the forecast on offer there’s definitely the possibility that Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne / Shamal Sunglasses) could get the chance to keep his title hopes alive. The Italian was leading the rankings coming into the final event of the year, but a semifinal exit in Elimination 1 has seen Iachino lose pole position to Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde), who is on the verge of a 25th world title after recording two solid 3rd places. As long as Albeau remains ahead of Iachino he will win the world title and has a 5.7 point advantage of Iachino heading into the final day.
Matteo Iachino on standby
Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins) leads the event, but his title chances look slim as the Frenchman would require both Albeau and Iachino to drop out of the top 8, which is not out of the question, but fate is out of his own hands.
Meanwhile, in the Foiling, Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins) does not have the world title wrapped up. The Argentine still leads the overall rankings, but now has Sebastian Kördel (Starboard / GA Sails) on his tail. If things were to finish as they are now then Costa Hoevel and Kördel would finish the year tied on 30,300 points with Kördel missing out on countback. However, if the German can climb one place to 3rd then he would win the world title - *assuming Costa Hoevel finishes outside the event top 10 - currently 10th. To do that though Kördel would need to catch Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / GA Sails / Chopper Fins), who currently has a 12 point advantage.
Gonzalo Costa Hoevel ready for battle
So, the title races will come down to tomorrow, when hopefully the wind will play ball to create an exciting end to the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sylt PWA Super Grand Slam.
Skippers’ Meeting Times Day 10 (All Times GMT+2)
- Wave skippers' meeting 8am - first possible start 8:30am.
- Slalom/Foil skippers' meeting 8:30am - first possible start 9:30am.
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Result Women’s 2018 Wave Mercedes-Benz PWA Super Grand Slam - Single Elimination
1st Sarah-Quita Offringa (ARU - Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)
2nd Iballa Moreno (ESP - Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins)
3rd Lina Erpenstein (GER - Severne / Severne Sails)
4th Steffi Wahl (GER - Sailloft Hamburg)
Result Men’s Wave 2018 Mercedes-Benz PWA Super Grand Slam
1st Thomas Traversa (FRA - Tabou / GA Sails)
2nd Ricardo Campello (BRA/VEN - Brunotti Boards / Point-7)
3rd Victor Fernandez (ESP - Fanatic / Duotone / Shamal Sunglasses)
4th Alex Mussolini (ESP - RRD / RRD Sails)
5th Jaeger Stone (AUS - Starboard / Severne / SWOX / Shamal Sunglasses)
6th Antony Ruenes (FRA - Tabou / GA Sails)
7th Leon Jamaer (GER - JP / NeilPryde)
7th Philip Köster (GER - Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins)
9th Josep Pons (ESP - Simmer / Simmer Sails)
9th Adam Lewis (ENG - Fanatic / Duotone / SWOX)
9th Klaas Voget (GER - Fanatic / Duotone)
9th Marcilio Browne (BRA - Goya Windsurfing)
Result Men’s Freestyle Mercedes-Benz PWA Super Grand Slam
1st Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (VEN - Fanatic / Duotone)
2nd Adrien Bosson (FRA - Fanatic / Duotone / Maui Ultra Fins)
3rd Amado Vrieswijk (NB - JP / Severne)
4th Steven Van Broeckhoven (BEL - JP / GunSails / Shamal Sunglasses)
5th Sam Esteve (FRA - JP / NeilPryde)
6th Jacopo Testa (ITA - RRD / RRD Sails / AL360)
7th Mattia Fabrizi (ITA - Patrik / Challenger Sails)
7th Yentel Caers (BEL - JP / Point-7)
9th Balz Müller (SUI - MB-Boards / Severne)
9th Dieter van der Eyken (BEL - Severne / Severne Sails)
9th Loick Spicher (SUI - RRD / RRD Sails)
9th Nic Hibdige (ENG - Tabou / GA Sails)
Current Ranking 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sylt PWA Super Grand Slam - Men’s Slalom
*After Two Eliminations
1st Pierre Mortefon (FRA - Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins)
2nd Antoine Albeau (FRA - RRD / NeilPryde)
3rd Antoine Questel (FRA - Starboard / S2Maui)
4th Ross Williams (GBR - Tabou / GA Sails / Shamal Sunglasses)
4th Cyril Moussilmani (FRA - RRD / Severne)
6th Matteo Iachino (ITA - Starboard / Severne / Shamal Sunglasses)
7th Julien Quentel (SXM - Patrik / Avanti)
8th Basile Jacquin (FRA - RRD / Point-7)
9th Nicolas Warembourg (FRA - JP / NeilPryde)
10th Andrea Ferin (ITA - RRD / Challenger Sails / AL360)
Current Ranking 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sylt PWA Super Grand Slam - Men’s Foil
*After Five Eliminations
1st Matteo Iachino (ITA - Starboard / Severne / Shamal Sunglasses)
2nd Nicolas Goyard (FRA - Tabou / GA Sails)
3rd Alexandre Cousin (FRA - Patrik / GA Sails / Chopper Fins)
4th Sebastian Kördel (GER - Starboard / GA Sails)
5th Mateus Isaac (BRA - JP / NeilPryde)
6th Antoine Albeau (FRA - RRD / NeilPryde)
7th Sebastian Kornum (DEN - JP / NeilPryde)
8th Julien Bontemps (FRA - JP / NeilPryde)
9th Steve Allen (AUS - Patrik / Severne)
10th Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (ARG - Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins)