2019 New Caledonia Bureau Vallée Dream Cup

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  • Time flies and the final event of the 2019 PWA World Tour is already upon us. The season finale sees the elite of the racing world in action on last time and the Bureau Vallée Dream Cup, which runs between 18th-23rd November, will ultimately decide this year’s Men’s and Women’s PWA Slalom World Titles.


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    Tight world class racing from 2017


    Noumea, New Caledonia, is part of the French Polynesia, located deep in the southwest Pacific Ocean - 750 miles east of Australia. New Caledonia boasts the largest lagoon in the world and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008, making New Caledonia a magnet for recreational boaters and ocean lovers alike, and provides perfect, yet at times challenging slalom conditions thanks to its trade winds, which usually blow anywhere between 10 and 30 knots. The lagoon spans an impressive 44,000km — with crystal clear waters dotted with islets, which has seen Noumea becoming renowned for its outstanding marine biodiversity. This year there has been a slight location change with the event moving from Anse Vata beach to Côte Blanche, which is about 2.5km southeast of Anse Vata.


    Women’s


    Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) is in a commanding position heading into the season finale as a top 3 finish would guarantee her a 4th Slalom World Championship. On paper that would look like somewhat of a formality as the last time, Cousin Questel finished outside the top 3 was in May 2017.


    However, the reigning world champion is currently recovering from a foot injury that she suffered whilst wave sailing and that does plant a seed of possible doubt. In a recent interview, Cousin Questel sounded as though she is well on the road to recovery, but the first day of racing will be the first real test, whilst giving a true indication on her current level of fitness.


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    Delphine Cousin Questel


    In With A Chance


    Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone) enters New Caledonia as the only woman who can possibly stop Cousin Questel from claiming a 4th world title, but she only has a faint hope of achieving that. Although a faint hope is better than no hope and with Cousin Questel’s injury possibly niggling in the back of her mind you can never say never. In order for Mortefon to have a chance of winning the title Cousin Questel would have to finish 4th or worse and Mortefon would have to win the event. Finishing second would see the two women tied on 30,500 points, but Cousin Questel would win the world title on countback.


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    Marion Mortefon


    With fate out of Mortefon’s own hands she will have to rely on the help of some of her competitors - namely Maëlle Guilbaud (Patrik / Loftsails) and Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins) who will be battling it for the final place on the prestigious overall podium and a result both women will be pushing for a top result here, which could potentially put a kink in the hopes of Cousin Questel.


    The Race For Third


    In the event that there are over 4 eliminations:


    - If Erdil was to win the event she would be guaranteed the final place on the podium even if Guilbaud was to finish second. In that scenario, both women would finish on 30,100 points - but Erdil would win on countback.

    - If Erdil was to finish second - and Guilbaud was to finish 3rd or worse - Erdil would take 3rd overall etc.

    - If Erdil was to finish 3rd - and Guilbaud would finish 4th or worse - Erdil would finish 3rd overall etc.


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    Maëlle Guilbaud


    In the event that under 4 eliminations were to be completed


    - A top 3 finish for Erdil and Guilbaud finishing 4th or worse would see Erdil complete the overall podium.

    - Put simply Erdil must finish at least one place ahead of Guilbaud, in both of the above scenarios, in order to snatch the final place on the podium away from Guilbaud.


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    Lena Erdil


    Meanwhile, the homegrown talents of Lilou Granier (Starboard / Phantom Sails) and Océane Lescadieu (S2Maui) will hope to have an impact at their home event.


    Elsewhere, Finland’s Marianne Rautelin (Patrik / Loftsails) and Turkey’s Nimet Tulumen (Tabou / GA Sails) could also feature as could the Japanese contingent of Mio Anayama (Starboard / S2Maui), Ayako Suzuki (Tabou / GA Sails) and Miki Yamabe.


    Men’s


    In the men’s, it looks like it will be a straight fight for the title between current world tour leader - Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne) and Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins), who are tied on 30,400 points after the opening 4 events.


    Iachino is aiming to add to his sole world title from 2016, while Mortefon is bidding to win his first world crown. Assuming that both men finish in the top 5 then whoever beats who will be crowned the 2019 Men’s PWA Slalom World Champion.


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    Pierre Mortefon


    Outside Chance


    However, if both Iachino and Mortefon were to finish 6th or worse, then that would open the door for reigning world champion - Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde) - to swoop in and complete a hat-trick of world titles and a 26th overall, but only if he were to win the event… all three sailors would then finish tied on 40,300 points, but Albeau would win on countback as he would’ve beaten Iachino/Mortefon in 3 out of the 5 events.


    Other scenarios where Albeau could win would be:


    - If Iachino/Mortefon were to finish 7th then a second place would be good enough for Albeau to win.

    If Iachino/Mortefon were to finish 8th then a third place would be good enough for Albeau to win etc.

    - The last time the event took place here in 2017 the big top 3 completed the podium and you wouldn’t bet against that happening again by the end of the week - particularly the more races that are completed. Between them, they have won every event this season, so it would look like a tall order to stop one of them from claiming the top place on the podium again. In the previous 3 editions, Albeau and Mortefon have recorded one victory each, while Ben van der Steen (Goya Windsurfing / GUNSAILS), who is not here this time around, was the other sailor to register victory here in 2014.


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    Antoine Albeau


    Away from the title race, you can expect to see plenty of exciting racing as those sailors currently in the overall top 10 look to defend their positions. Julien Quentel (Patrik / GUNSAILS) enters the event in 4th place, but only 200 points ahead of Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / Duotone), while behind them there is a further break of 700 points to Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails) in 6th, followed by Antoine Questel (I-99 / S2Maui), Tristan Algret (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins), Mateus Isaac (JP / NeilPryde) and Maciek Rutkowski (FMX Racing / Challenger Sails), who is looking to finish in the overall top 10 for the first time in his career.


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    Ross Williams


    While there will also be a plethora of local New Caledonian’s hoping to make their make at their home event - particularly the newly crowned Foil World Champion - Nicolas Goyard (Tabou / GA Sails) and Basile Jacquin (I-99 / Point-7).


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    Basile Jacquin gybes with Sebastian Kördel


    Other sailors to keep an eye out for include Marco Lang (Fanatic / Duotone) who comes into the final event of the season off the back of a 5th place in Denmark and firmly in the hunt for the top 10 - Croatia’s Enrico Marotti (JP / NeilPryde), Aruba’s Ethan Westera (Tabou / GA Sails) as well as Pascal Toselli (JP / Loftsails) and Sebastian Kordel (Starboard / GA Sails).


    The opening day of the 2019 Bureau Vallée Dream Cup looks as though it may start with light winds with southerly winds currently being forecast. However, the forecast looks very promising for a little bit later in the week and there should be plenty of racing ahead. You’ll be able to follow all of the racing as it happens via the PWA live stream by tuning into www.pwaworldtour.com between the 18th-23rd November.


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    Forecast for the event


    Schedule For Day 1 (All Times GMT+11)


    - Registration: 10-11am

    - Skippers’ Meeting: 13:00

    - First Possible Start: 13:30


    To stay up to date with all the latest developments from New Caledonia — 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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  • No show an Tag 1:


    With light wind remaining light, as expected the opening day of the 2019 Bureau Vallée Dream Cup, the sailors remained on the beach following the completion of registration in the morning. The stage is now set for the final event of the year and with the forecast improving for Tuesday we are hopeful of being able to begin the racing tomorrow.


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    A calm, but beautiful start to proceedings


    Before the opening ceremony at 5:30pm we quickly caught up with Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins), who will be battling it out for the final place on the women’s podium with Maëlle Guilbaud (Patrik / Loftsails). You can read our previous updates with world title contenders - Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) - and Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins) here and here.


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    Lena Erdil


    Hi Lena, it’snvery close between yourself and Maëlle for the final place on the podium - how you feeling at the start of the event?


    “Yeah, I’m feeling really good. It's been a strange season for me, like not really being able to compete at the top of my game and always struggling with the foot, but I had some really good moments in between - winning a couple of eliminations. And, yeah, I feel quite good and I hope I can beat her. Of course, the goal is obviously is to win. As always, as that goal doesn’t change.”


    You mentioned above that your foot is still giving you some problems… how is your foot and is it any different to Denmark a couple of months ago?


    “Yeah, it's not actually changed so much, so I still have the same difficulties just gybing. I still feel pain when pushing in the gybes, but only on one side. So the good thing here is that if the wind is the direction like it's supposed to be on the forecast then we are probably going to start with my good foot forward. So then, the first gybe should be good and that's often the most important one, and often if you get the first gybe done the rest can follow. So I'm really positive about that.”


    When did you arrive in New Caledonia?


    “I actually came like 10 days ago just to give myself some time to acclimatise and I wanted to train a bit because I didn't sail so much recently.”


    But it hasn’t been that windy before the event, right?


    “Yeah, it wasn’t windy when I arrived. Before the event, I was also in Turkey to sail and get ready but it wasn’t windy there either.”


    Sounds like the perfect preparation…


    “Well, I am well rested. (laughing). So, yeah we will just see how it goes.”


    Thanks very much, Lena. Good luck for the contest.


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    Forecast for the next few days


    The forecast for tomorrow has improved compared to this time yesterday with moderate south-southeast winds now predicted, which should hopefully allow the racing to begin. The sailors will meet at 10am (GMT+11) tomorrow morning with the racing commencing from 11am onwards.


    To stay up to date with all the latest developments from New Caledonia — 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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  • Auch an Tag 2 kein Wind:


    Despite a slightly improved overnight forecast for day two of the 2019 Bureau Vallée Dream Cup - the contest remained on hold for the second consecutive day with the wind remaining light throughout.


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    Stunning views over New Caledonia


    During the afternoon there were a few gusts of around 9 knots, but the wind never really threatened to kick in with the wind being too southerly for the local effect.


    The forecast for Wednesday is better than today with the wind expected to swing from the southeast to the east-southeast during the afternoon and into the early evening, which should hopefully allow the racing to get underway. Meanwhile, the forecast for the remainder of the event looks solid with the trade winds expected to properly fill in.


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    Forecast for Wednesday and the rest of the event


    During the afternoon an autograph session was held before the competitors were soon released at 4pm. The sailors will meet again at 10am on Wednesday morning with the racing commencing from 11am (GMT+11) onwards.


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    Autograph session


    To stay up to date with all the latest developments from New Caledonia — 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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  • gestern offenbar 2 läufe gefahren



    was war da los - sieht man eher selten

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    12:21 This is taking a bit of time to sort out who is disqualified and who is not! Okay.. .so everyone is disqualified. Heat 2 up next and hopefully we'll actually see some racing.

    12:15 Heat 1 sailing again now - *All of the sailors now started a full minute before the actual start time, so they will be disqualified.

    12:12 Guyot is extremely angry as he comes back to beach... cursing in French!

    12:08 AP flag up just before the start line - Guyot is disqualified for crossing the start line in the wrong direction with just 10 seconds to go before the green flag.

    .....


    da wars sicher laut am strand ;)

    Hitze, Kälte, Dürre, Flut - Hauptsache, es geht der Wirtschaft gut! - Salzburger Graffiti

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    …..oooooo …..-8|8|8| …...aaach da will ich jetzt gaaaaaar nicht sein ….


    Bei mir ist sooo schön grau ….und kalt und windlos ………..


    :tischkante:

  • Das war Tag 3:


    After a quiet opening couple of days to the 2019 Bureau Vallée Dream Cup - the wind swung into action on day three to allow the opening couple of eliminations of the week to be completed in both the men’s and women’s fleets. Over the next 5 hours of racing, there were many talking points with plenty of drama and upsets out on the racecourse…


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    Pascal Toselli literally putting his neck on the line.


    Women’s


    After claiming a convincing victory in the opening race of the week it looked as though reigning world champion and current world tour leader - Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) - may threaten to put the title race to bed on the first day of racing, whilst also quashing any injury concerns. However, that all changed in the second elimination as the 3-time world champion crashed out in the semifinal - where the top 4 sailors from 6 advance. That surprise early exit sees Cousin Questel drop to 5th in the event rankings, while also raising question marks about her foot injury - especially given the water is likely to be even choppier over the coming days which will make gybing even trickier.


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    Delphine Cousin Questel


    Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone), who is the only woman who can stop Cousin Questel, enjoyed a near perfect day. The 27-year-old chased home Cousin Questel in the opener before securing a bullet in the next to take full advantage of Cousin Questel’s mistakes. Mortefon holds a 3.3 point lead at the close of play and is currently doing everything in her power to deny Cousin Questel.


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    Marion Mortefon


    Maëlle Guilbaud (Patrik / Loftsails) and Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins) are currently Mortefon’s closest challengers with both women on 6 points. Crucially though, for Guilbaud at least, she is ahead on countback after securing second place in Elimination II, which keeps her ahead in the race for the final place on the podium.


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    Maëlle Guilbaud


    Meanwhile, local girl - Lilou Granier (Starboard / Phantom Sails) - completes the current top 5 in 4th place after recording a 6th and a 4th place in today’s races.


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    Lilou Granier


    Men’s


    Title Race


    Pierre Mortefon’s title bid couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start as he was disqualified from the opening elimination for a dangerous sailing incident with Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails), which saw Mortefon t-bone Williams at the final mark of the first semifinal - with Mortefon desperately trying to avoid being eliminated in 5th place. However, that moment of desperation led to his disqualification - with Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde) and Williams - having words with the Frenchman, who quickly apologised to the Brit.


    After a disastrous start, Mortefon dug deep in the second elimination to claim a crucial bullet, which could yet prove decisive in deciding this year’s title race. That victory leaves Mortefon ranked 25th at the end of the opening day of racing, and while there aren’t any more room errors - he has at least taken a big step towards putting himself back in the picture. Mortefon punched the air several times after crossing-the-line, clearly knowing the potential importance of that bullet.


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    Pierre Mortefon


    Luckily, for Mortefon, his main rival - Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne) - couldn’t inflict maximum damage upon him with the Italian also missing out on the opening winners’ final as both title contenders faltered early on. However, Iachino steadied the ship in Elimination II with a solid third place, which leaves him 4th in the overalls - just 4 points off the top - and more importantly in control of the title race at this stage.


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    Matteo Iachino


    The only other man who can win the world title - Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde) - ends the day ranked second after qualifying for both Winners’ Finals - finishing 5th in each. The reigning world champion will have taken great interest in the early couple of wobbles by his rivals and will be waiting in the wings to strike if the opportunity arises.


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    Antoine Albeau


    Away from the title race, Maciek Rutkowski (FMX Racing / Challenger Sails), who earned his first podium on the world tour in Denmark in September, leads the event at the close of play. The Pole has gone from strength-to-strength so far this season and an excellent second and a 6th today gives him a great platform to build upon for the remainder of the event.


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    Maciek Rutkowski setting the pace


    Before Fuerteventura - Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / Duotone) - was struck down by a bug / food poisoning and that had serious knock-on effects. In Fuerteventura he still managed to finish 7th, but in Denmark he produced nothing like the sort of performance we have come to expect from him in the last season or two - finishing in a lowly 22nd - so the flying Dutchman will be delighted to have bounced back here with a 3rd and an 8th place today - 3rd for the event. Vonk is just 3 points off the top after the opening two races and looks to be back to full fitness.


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    Jordy Vonk back to form


    Ross Williams would’ve qualified for both Winners’ Finals but for that incident with Mortefon, but the Brit still finds himself ranked 5th after finishing second in the Losers’ Final of Elimination 1 and 4th in Elimination 2.


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    Ross Williams


    Just behind Williams is his teammate - Ethan Westera (Tabou / GA Sails) - who after finishing 13th in the opener went on to record his best result in an elimination - 6th. The Aruban is still in with a chance of breaking into the overall top 10 and if he can sustain the level of performance he showed today, he may well do just that.


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    Ethan Westera


    The top 10 at this stage is completed by Tristan Algret (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins), Julien Quentel (Patrik / GUNSAILS), Enrico Marotti (JP / NeilPryde), who earned his second bullet on the tour in the opener, before being eliminated in the quarterfinals of the next to drop from first to 9th and Antoine Questel (I-99 / S2Maui).


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    Enrico Marotti


    The forecast for tomorrow looks even better than today, so there should be plenty more racing to come on Thursday. The skippers' meeting has been called for 9am (GMT+11) with the racing commencing from 10am onwards.


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    Current Ranking 2019 Bureau Vallée Dream Cup - Women’s Slalom


    1st Marion Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone)

    2nd Maëlle Guilbaud (FRA | Patrik / Loftsails)

    3rd Lena Erdil (TUR | Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins)

    4th Lilou Granier (NC | Starboard / Phantom Sails)

    5th Delphine Cousin Questel (FRA | Starboard / S2Maui)


    Current Ranking 2019 Bureau Vallée Dream Cup - Men’s Slalom


    1st Maciek Rutkowski (POL | FMX Racing / Challenger Sails)

    2nd Antoine Albeau (FRA | JP / NeilPryde)

    3rd Jordy Vonk (NED | Fanatic / Duotone)

    4th Matteo Iachino (ITA | Starboard / Severne)

    5th Ross Williams (GBR | Tabou / GA Sails)

    6th Ethan Westera (FRA | Tabou / GA Sails)

    7th Tristan Algret (GPE | Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins)

    8th Julien Quentel (SXM | Patrik / GUNSAILS)

    9th Enrico Marotti (CRO | JP / NeilPryde)

    10th Antoine Questel (FRA | I-99 / S2Maui)

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  • Das war Tag 4:


    With the trade winds returning with a vengeance on day 4 of the Bureau Vallée Dream Cup, the racing went to another dimension today with 20-30 knot winds and treacherous choppy waters making for an exhilarating day of competition. By the end of the day, two names have stolen the headlines - Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone) and Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne) - with both sailors winning all 3 eliminations completed today!


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    More world class racing on Day 4


    Women’s


    Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone) enjoyed her best day to date on the world tour as the 27-year-old produced a devastating performance on day 4 to win all 3 eliminations completed today, which means she has now won the last 4 races and currently holds a perfect record after discarding a second place from the opening race. Mortefon now has a stranglehold over the event with a 7.7 point lead over her next closest challenger Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins), while more importantly, if things were to remain as they are at the moment she would also pip - Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) - to the 2019 Women’s PWA World Championship.


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    Marion Mortefon


    Title Race


    While Mortefon is doing everything in her power to deny Cousin Questel, the fact remains that fate remains out of her hands, and in Cousin Questel’s. At the moment, the reigning world champion finds herself in 4th place, which is just one place short of the top 3 finish she requires to guarantee herself a 4th world title. The 28-year-old trails third place - Maëlle Guilbaud (Patrik / Loftsails) - by just 2.7 points, but there is plenty of cause for concern in the Cousin Questel camp as she just simply doesn’t look her normal clinical self. The 3-time world champion has won the previous 3 editions of this event but looks to be struggling with a 2nd, a 5th and an 8th today. The title is still well within her grasp, but she now can’t afford any more mistakes.


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    Delphine Cousin Questel


    Battle For The Overall Podium


    Lena Erdil enjoyed another solid day of racing as the Turk recorded two second places and a third, which means she has not finished outside the top 3 yet in the opening 5 eliminations. Crucially for Erdil, her performance today sees her leapfrog - Maëlle Guilbaud (Patrik / Loftsails) - into second place. The two women are involved in a separate battle of their own for the last place on the prestigious overall podium and as things stand Erdil would finish 3rd overall. Erdil currently holds a 3 point advantage over Guilbaud heading into the final two days of the event.


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    Lena Erdil


    Men’s


    Yesterday, Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne) made a solid, if unspectacular start to the event, but after laying the framework on Day 3, the Italian clicked into top gear today to blow away the rest of the competition with 3 decisive bullets, which sees him establish himself not only as the event leader, but also as the favourite for the 2019 world title. Iachino’s hat-trick here should not be underestimated as the last time he achieved such a feat was in Sylt in 2016, while the man to do it most recently was Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde) in Fuerteventura last year.


    Iachino still only holds a 3.6 point advantage over his main title contender - Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins) - but he showed his ruthless killer instinct today, while also displaying a humble confidence, which makes him such a formidable competitor and hard man to bet against.


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    Matteo Iachino jumps for joy


    However, the title race is still far from over with Mortefon hauling himself back into contention after that disastrous start yesterday. The Frenchman is the biggest mover of the day, after recording 1 second and two 3rds, which seems him gain 23 spots from 25th to second and with two full days of racing to go there is still all to play for with the title race now firmly lit!


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    Two Horse Race?


    With the two favourites for the world title - Iachino and Mortefon - set to go head-to-head over the coming days, it looks as though Antoine Albeau’s hopes of claiming a 26th world title are almost over. The reigning world champion now trails Iachino by 14.9 points, which realistically, would require a monumental meltdown by both Iachino and Mortefon to allow Albeau back into the picture as both men would need to finish outside the top 5 to give Albeau any hope. Albeau, still remains 4th in the event rankings and is the only sailor who can still boast a 100% winners’ final record this week, but he has uncharacteristically faltered in the finals. A position he is usually so clinical in - last year once qualifying for the final Albeau had a win rate of 68.75% - so for him not to have won one of the 5 finals here is quite something.


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    Antoine Albeau


    Maciek Rutkowski (FMX Racing / Challenger Sails) started the day as the event leader and despite another solid day, the Pole slips two places to third. The 27-year-old missed out on the winners’ final of Elimination 3 after being disqualified from the semifinals for a premature start. However, he bounced back strongly by qualifying for the next two winners’ finals - recording a second and a 5th - which leaves him in a solid third place as he aims to earn consecutive podiums on the world tour.


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    Maciek Rutkowski


    Elsewhere, Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / Duotone) falls two places to 5th, while his teammate Marco Lang (Fanatic / Duotone) gains 8 places, which sees the Austrian rise into 6th place. Ethan Westera (Tabou / GA Sails) slips one place to 6th.


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    Marco Lang in the mix


    Local boy - Damien Cervera (Starboard / Severne) - enjoyed an incredible day with the 21-year-old producing an inspired display at his home event. Cervera breaks into the top 10 - 8th - after qualifying for all 3 winners’ finals today - finishing 4th, 6th and 8th.

    The top 10 is currently completed by Enrico Marotti (JP / NeilPryde) and Julien Quentel (Patrik / GUNSAILS) - 9th and 10th respectively. The two sailors were involved in an altercation after Elimination 5 - which could yet see Quentel disciplined.


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    Damien Cervera


    Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails), Tristan Algret (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins) and Antoine Questel (I-99 / S2Maui) all drop out of the current top 10.


    With another excellent forecast to come for Friday - with 18-22 knot south-easterly winds predicted and clearer skies - there should be another exciting day of racing ahead. The sailors will meet again at 9am tomorrow morning for the skippers’ meeting with the racing commencing from 10am (GMT+11) onwards.


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    Promising forecast for the last two days


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    Current Ranking 2019 Bureau Vallée Dream Cup - Women’s Slalom
    *After 5 Eliminations


    1st Marion Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone)

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

    3rd Maëlle Guilbaud (FRA | Patrik / Loftsails)

    4th Delphine Cousin Questel (FRA | Starboard / S2Maui)

    5th Lilou Granier (NC | Starboard / Phantom Sails)


    Current Ranking 2019 Bureau Vallée Dream Cup - Men’s Slalom
    *After 5 Eliminations


    1st Matteo Iachino (ITA | Starboard / Severne)

    2nd Pierre Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins)

    3rd Maciek Rutkowski (POL | FMX Racing / Challenger Sails)

    4th Antoine Albeau (FRA | JP / NeilPryde)

    5th Jordy Vonk (NED | Fanatic / Duotone)

    6th Marco Lang (AUT | Fanatic / Duotone)

    7th Ethan Westera (ARU | Tabou / GA Sails)

    8th Damien Cervera (FRA | Starboard / Severne)

    9th Enrico Marotti (CRO | JP / NeilPryde)

    10th Julien Quentel (SXM | Patrik / GUNSAILS)

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  • Das war Tag 5, es bleibt sehr spannend:


    Yesterday saw two names dominate the headlines after Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone) and Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne) won all 6 races completed between them, however, several other sailors stole a piece of the pie on penultimate day of the 2019 Bureau Vallée Dream Cup with today producing 5 different winners from the 6 eliminations completed. That may have been a culmination of the strong winds and tricky water conditions - with wind chop and a running swell making things hazardous - or perhaps it just highlights the incredibly high standard on the tour with so many sailors capable of winning an elimination.


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    Racing from above on Day 5


    Women’s


    Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) started the day with a much needed return to form, which saw the 28-year-old quickly rack up back-to-back bullets to steady the ship after a poor day, by her standards, yesterday.


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    An important bullet for Delphine Cousin Questel


    After winning both of the opening races, Cousin Questel put herself firmly in control of the title race as those victories saw her rise to second place in the event rankings - when she only requires a top 3 finish to guarantee herself world title No.4. However, a premature start in the last race of the day means that she drops back to 3rd place and now only has a 1.9 point cushion over Maëlle Guilbaud (Patrik / Loftsails) in 4th, who luckily for Cousin Questel, was also disqualified from the 8th Winners’ Final.


    Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone) started the day as the event leader, and at the close of play today the 27-year-old has now built an almost unassailable 14.5 point lead heading into the final day after signing off with her 5th bullet of the week in Elimination 8.

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    Marion Mortefon


    In terms of the title race, fate still remains in Cousin Questel’s hands, but the final day promises to be filled with tension for both Mortefon and Cousin Questel. Mortefon has done everything she can up to this point and will face an agonising wait to see whether Cousin Questel can successfully defend her place on the podium or whether Guilbaud can overtake her and hand a maiden world title to Mortefon.


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    The two title contenders - Marion Mortefon & Delphine Cousin Questel


    Despite missing out on one Winners’ Final today, Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins), has still improved her position from overnight. The Turk started the day with a 3 point advantage over Maëlle Guilbaud (Patrik / Loftsails), but ends it with a 4 point cushion after finishing second and third in the other two eliminations. Erdil remains second in the event rankings, while Guilbaud drops one place to 4th, so Erdil remains on course to claim the final place on the overall podium.


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    Lena Erdil


    Men’s


    What a Difference A Day Can Make


    Yesterday Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne) couldn’t put a foot wrong with the Italian winning all three eliminations, but today was a different story with the world title contender missing out on both of the opening winners’ finals, which opened the door for Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins) to potentially steal control of the title race…


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    A concerned Matteo Iachino after missing out on the Winners' Final


    However, luckily for Iachino, Mortefon was unable to land a hammer blow in either of those finals with the Frenchman finishing 5th in both Elimination 6 and 7. That may yet come back to haunt Mortefon as when he had an opportunity to go for the kill and seize initiative of the title race he effectively let Iachino off the hook rather than punishing him for his mistakes.


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    Pierre Mortefon


    After the completion of Elimination 7, and the second discard coming into play, there was just 0.4 of a point separating the two title contenders, which created a tense end to the day with Elimination 8 deciding who would lead the title race heading into the all important final day.


    In the end, it is Iachino who will start Day 6 with a 2.7 point advantage after finishing second behind Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde), while Mortefon again only finished 5th. Mortefon held 4th for much of the race but was just pipped by Bruno Martini (I-99 / Challenger Sails) in the closing staged, which could yet prove pivotal in deciding the title.


    So, after a disastrous start to the day, Iachino walks away at the top of the event rankings, while Mortefon falls one place to third - tied on 18.7 points with Albeau. With so little between Iachino and Mortefon, the title could still go either way and it is likely that whoever holds their nerve better will be crowned the 2019 Men’s PWA Slalom World Champion.


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    Matteo Iachino in pole position


    Albeau maintains his remarkable record of qualifying for every Winners’ Final this week, but after firing so many blanks in the final, AA finally notched up the bullet he has been searching for in Elimination 8. Albeau may be out of the running for the world title, but that victory puts him firmly in contention for the event title heading into the final day.


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    Antoine Albeau


    Elsewhere, Ethan Westera (Tabou / GA Sails), who earned his best ever finish in an elimination - second - earlier in the week, went one better today as the Aruban led from start to finish to earn his first bullet on the world tour in Elimination 7, which sees the 22-year-old climb one spot to 6th.


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    Ethan Westera


    Having won his first elimination on the world tour earlier this year in Denmark, something seems to have clicked for Enrico Marotti (JP / NeilPryde) with the Croat claiming his second bullet of the week (and 3rd overall) in Elimination 6. Marotti pulled off some unbelievable comebacks - showing an unbelievable turn of pace to reel in his rivals when it looked like he had virtually no chance to do so. Marotti climbs 4 places from the overnight rankings - 9th to 5th - and is on course to record his best result on the world tour.


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    Enrico Marotti


    Like Iachino, Maciek Rutkowski (FMX Racing / Challenger Sails) endured a torrid start to the day, which threatened to undo all of his hard work from earlier in the event. However, the Pole was able to steady the ship with an excellent 3rd in Elimination 8 to finish the day in 4th place. The podium now looks out of his reach as he trails Albeau and Mortefon by 9.3 points, but there is all still to play for, for Rutkowski with a place in the overall top 10 at stake.


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    Maciek Rutkowski


    Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / Duotone) falls two places to 7th, while Julien Quentel (Patrik / GUNSAILS) remains in 8th. Quentel was unlucky in Elimination 7 as he broke his fin as he crossed the start line when in the Winners' Final.


    Bruno Martini enjoyed a superb day with the Italian recording two 4th places and a 10th from the 3 eliminations completed today, which sees him break into the top 10 for the first time this week - 9th.


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    Bruno Martini


    The top 10 is currently completed by Marco Lang (Fanatic / Duotone), who slips 4 places from the overnight rankings, but there are a bunch of sailors behind him who can still challenge for the event top 10 tomorrow.


    The trade winds are expected to be slightly lighter tomorrow, but it should still be plenty windy enough for a full day of racing and the world title contenders will need to gear up for another gruelling day with the plan being to try and complete 3 more eliminations, which means there’s still plenty of time for the world title battles to change. The skippers’ meeting has been called for 9am (GMT+11) on Saturday morning with the racing commencing from 10am onwards.


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    Current Ranking 2019 Bureau Vallée Dream Cup - Women’s Slalom
    *After 8 Eliminations


    1st Marion Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone)

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

    3rd Delphine Cousin Questel (FRA | Starboard / S2Maui)

    4th Maëlle Guilbaud (FRA | Patrik / Loftsails)

    5th Lilou Granier (NC | Starboard / Phantom Sails)


    Current Ranking 2019 Bureau Vallée Dream Cup - Men’s Slalom
    *After 8 Eliminations


    1st Matteo Iachino (ITA | Starboard / Severne)

    2nd Antoine Albeau (FRA | JP / NeilPryde)

    3rd Pierre Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins)

    4th Maciek Rutkowski (POL | FMX Racing / Challenger Sails)

    5th Enrico Marotti (CRO | JP / NeilPryde)

    6th Ethan Westera (ARU | Tabou / GA Sails)

    7th Jordy Vonk (NED | Fanatic / Duotone)

    8th Julien Quentel (SXM | Patrik / GUNSAILS)

    9th Bruno Martini (ITA | I-99 / Challenger Sails)

    10th Marco Lang (AUT | Fanatic / Duotone)

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  • Soll mann ohne Frau in der Nacht dann aufstehen und live mitverfolgen :-). gleiche Situation wie vor zwei Jahren, da war AA aufgrund seiner enormen mentalen Stärke dann am Schluß der bessere..

  • gleiche Situation wie vor zwei Jahren, da war AA aufgrund seiner enormen mentalen Stärke dann am Schluß der bessere..

    Nagut, aber ganz passabel windsurfen kann er auch noch... :D

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  • Das war das Saisonfinale:


    Finals day at the 2019 Bureau Vallée Dream Cup proved to be a day to remember with New Caledonia producing another day of world class racing. Over the course of the day there were several dramatic twists and turns, which saw the Men’s title race go down to the final elimination of the event - such was the closeness between Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins) & Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne) - while Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) gained the top 3 result she required!


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    Champions crowned on the final day of the 2019 Bureau Vallée Dream Cup


    Women’s


    Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) saved her best performance of the week until last to deservedly clinch her 4th world title ahead of Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone). The 28-year-old started the day in third place, but after winning both of the opening eliminations Cousin Questel already had the world title wrapped up with a race to spare after Maëlle Guilbaud (Patrik / Loftsails) finished 8th in Elimination 10. Cousin Questel had a bit of a turbulent week by her usual standards, but still won 5 out of the 11 eliminations completed over the last 6 days to be crowned the 2019 Women’s PWA Slalom World Champion.


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    Delphine Cousin Questel claims 4th world title


    Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone) did everything she possibly could to deny Cousin Questel the title by winning the final event of the year, but even that wasn’t enough in the end. However, the 27-year-old can still be delighted with her performance this week which earns her her first victory on the world tour, while she also finishes the season as the vice-world champion, which is her best result to date!


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    The Mortefon's - Pierre & Marion


    Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins) completes the event podium, but finishes just 0.2 of a point behind Cousin Questel despite winning the final elimination of the week. With Erdil slipping to third in the event rankings that means that she just misses out of the overall podium.


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    Lena Erdil


    Maëlle Guilbaud completes the overall top 3 for the first time in her career - after finishing 4th for the event.


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    Maëlle Guilbaud


    Meanwhile, Lilou Granier (Starboard / Phantom Sails) finishes 5th for both the event and in the overalls, which means the 19-year-old finishes the season as the 2019 Youth’s PWA Slalom World Champion.


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    Lilou Granier


    Men’s


    You couldn’t have written the script for how the Men’s world title race would unfold between Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins) and Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne) as the battle took several dramatic twists and turns.


    Iachino started the day with a 2.7 point advantage, but he soon saw that lead evaporate into a 5.7 point deficit after the completion of Elimination 9. The Italian looked to have made an excellent start to the first semifinal, but he soon lost speed on the opening reach and rapidly dropped back through the pack after unbelievably hitting a sea snake. Iachino tried to stage a come back but just missed out in 5th place.


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    Matteo Iachino in trouble


    On several occasions yesterday, Mortefon had failed to make Iachino pay for his mistakes, and while this was misfortune rather than a mistake on Iachino’s part, Mortefon rubbed salt into the world by clinching his second bullet of the week to take the world title lead!


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    Pierre Mortefon back in the game


    With a little bit of breathing room at the top of the event rankings, it looked as though Mortefon may have the title race under control, but that soon all changed as the 30-year-old was eliminated from Elimination 10 in the semifinals.


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    Pierre Mortefon's turn to find himself in trouble


    That gave Iachino a glimmer of hope to get his own title bid back on track having already qualified for the Winners’ Final. Iachino would go on to finish second behind - Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails) - who won his first race of the season - while Iachino closed to within just 2.7 points of Mortefon - to ensure that the race to be crowned the 2019 World Champion would go down to the wire.


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    Matteo Iachino fights back by chasing home Ross Williams to keep world title hopes alive


    With both men successfully negotiating their way into the final of Elimination 11 the stakes couldn’t have been higher. For Iachino to snatch the title he would need to finish at least 3 places ahead of Mortefon, while Mortefon knew finishing within two places or better would guarantee him a first world title. Heading down the opening reach it looked as though Iachino was better positioned, but Mortefon would come round the first buoy and cover Iachino. The Frenchman accelerated away much quicker, while Iachino went backwards, which was another defining moment in the title race. Mortefon kept his calm over the remainder of the course and crossed the finish line ahead of Iachino to leave the result in no doubt and after so many years of being second or third in the world, the 30-year-old finally has his hands on the most coveted prize!


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    A life time of dedication pays off - Pierre Mortefon 2019 PWA Slalom World Champion


    This loss will hurt Iachino having come so close to his second world title, but you can guarantee he'll be back even stronger next season and with a bit of time he can still be hugely proud of his efforts this year as he finishes the season as the vice-world champion.


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    Matteo Iachino


    Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde) finished 3rd in the opening race of the day, but then lost his 100% Winners Final record as he missed out on the top 8 in the last two races. Albeau still completes the event and overall podium to cap another excellent year on the world tour.


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    Antoine Albeau


    Enrico Marotti (JP / NeilPryde) enjoyed a simply amazing final day with the Croat qualifying for all 3 Winners’ Finals today where he recorded a 5th, a 3rd and a 2nd to cap a fantastic week. The 28-year-old gains one place from the overnight rankings to finish in a 4th place - which is a personal best!


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    Enrico Marotti cuts inside


    Marotti relegated Maciek Rutkowski (FMX Racing / Challenger Sails) to 5th place for the event, but the Pole signed off the week in the best possible fashion by winning his second race on the world tour, which sees him ranked 7th in the overalls.


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    Maciek Rutkowski


    The event top 10 is completed by Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / Duotone) - 6th - Ethan Westera (Tabou / GA Sails) - 7th - Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails) - 8th - Julien Quentel (Patrik / GUNSAILS) - 9th - and local boy Basile Jacquin (I-99 / Point-7), who also wins the Youth’s PWA Slalom World title for the second consecutive year.


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    Basile Jacquin Youth World Champion


    We’ll take a full look at the overall rankings for the year in the event summary next week.


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    Overall Ranking 2019 PWA World Tour - Women’s Slalom


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

    2nd Marion Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone)

    3rd Maëlle Guilbaud (FRA | Patrik / Loftsails)

    4th Lena Erdil (TUR | Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins)

    5th Lilou Granier (NC | Starboard / Phantom Sails)


    Result 2019 Bureau Vallée Dream Cup - Women’s Slalom


    1st Marion Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone)

    2nd Delphine Cousin Questel (FRA | Starboard / S2Maui)

    3rd Lena Erdil (TUR | Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins)

    4th Maëlle Guilbaud (FRA | Patrik / Loftsails)

    5th Lilou Granier (NC | Starboard / Phantom Sails)


    Overall Ranking 2019 PWA World Tour - Men’s Slalom


    1st Pierre Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins)

    2nd Matteo Iachino (ITA | Starboard / Severne)

    3rd Antoine Albeau (FRA | JP / NeilPryde)

    4th Jordy Vonk (NED | Fanatic / Duotone)

    5th Julien Quentel (SXM | Patrik / GUNSAILS)

    6th Ross Williams (GBR | Tabou / GA Sails)

    7th Maciek Rutkowski (POL | FMX Racing / Challenger Sails)

    8th Tristan Algret (GPE | Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins)

    9th Enrico Marotti (CRO | JP / NeilPryde)

    10th Marco Lang (AUT | Fanatic / Duotone)


    Result 2019 Bureau Vallée Dream Cup - Men’s Slalom


    1st Pierre Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins)

    2nd Matteo Iachino (ITA | Starboard / Severne)

    3rd Antoine Albeau (FRA | JP / NeilPryde)

    4th Enrico Marotti (CRO | JP / NeilPryde)

    5th Maciek Rutkowski (POL | FMX Racing / Challenger Sails)

    6th Jordy Vonk (NED | Fanatic / Duotone)

    7th Ethan Westera (ARU | Tabou / GA Sails)

    8th Ross Williams (GBR | Tabou / GA Sails)

    9th Julien Quentel (SXM | Patrik / GUNSAILS)

    10th Basile Jacquin (FRA | I-99 / Point-7)

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  • die ganze saison schon fällt mir Marotti sehr positiv auf - sehr breit aufgestellt, top PWA ergebnisse, im Team der "Olympiatester",... ich glaube von dem werden wir in den kommenden jahren einige tolle rennen sehen


    und generell finde ich die ergebnisse PWA slalom men ziemlich cool - albeau dominiert nicht mehr aber top dabei, mortefon als sieger taugt mir sehr, die top 10 eine tolle mischung und natürlich Marco auf 10 sehr gut

    Hitze, Kälte, Dürre, Flut - Hauptsache, es geht der Wirtschaft gut! - Salzburger Graffiti

  • die ganze saison schon fällt mir Marotti sehr positiv auf - sehr breit aufgestellt, top PWA ergebnisse, im Team der "Olympiatester",... ich glaube von dem werden wir in den kommenden jahren einige tolle rennen sehen


    und generell finde ich die ergebnisse PWA slalom men ziemlich cool - albeau dominiert nicht mehr aber top dabei, mortefon als sieger taugt mir sehr, die top 10 eine tolle mischung und natürlich Marco auf 10 sehr gut

    Dem kann ich nur zustimmen. Insgesamt kommen die Top-Fahrer alle sehr sympathisch rüber - die ersten 3 unglaublich dicht beieinander, spannender konnte man es kaum machen. Der Livestream wird dank der Drohnen auch immer besser, auch wenn da in Sachen Professionalität noch gut Luft nach oben ist.

  • Die Zusammenfassung:


    After a slow opening couple of days to start the 2019 Bureau Vallée Dream Cup the trade winds returned to New Caledonia to produce four world class days of racing with winds between 10-30 knots and a water state varying from choppy to extremely choppy providing a complete test for the world’s best racers.


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    All the winners with the local New Caledonia team


    Women’s


    Coming into the final event of the year Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone) was the only woman who could deny Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) a 4th world title and the 27-year-old couldn’t have done any more in her quest to do just that. To stand any chance of winning the title Mortefon knew that nothing other than a victory would suffice.


    Hot Streak


    An incredible run on day 3 and 4 would setup Mortefon’s first event victory on the world tour after rattling off 4 bullets in a row to move well clear of the rest of the field and such was her dominance in the early to mid part of the event that Mortefon had secured the event victory with a day to spare.


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    Marion Mortefon


    At that point, all Mortefon could do was cross her fingers and see where Cousin Questel would finish the event - as Mortefon’s title hopes would rest on Cousin Questel finishing outside the top 3. The 28-year-old started the day just 1.9 points ahead of 4th placed - Maëlle Guilbaud (Patrik / Loftsails) - and knew that any more mistakes would surely cost her the world title. However, after struggling for form for much of the event, Cousin Questel produced her best performance of the week, right when it mattered most, on the final day, which saw her win two out of the three eliminations completed, whilst finishing second in the other to be crowned the 2019 Women’s PWA Slalom World Champion. Despite not being at her absolute best over the last 6 days, Cousin Questel still finished the event with an impressive 5 victories out of the 11 races completed. Cousin Questel’s final day heroics mean that Mortefon finishes the season as the vice-world champion - which is a personal best.


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    Women's Overall Podium - Marion Mortefon, Delphine Cousin Questel & Maëlle Guilbaud (left to right)


    Elsewhere, Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins), finished 2019 on a high after earning her first podium finish since returning from a foot injury, which continues to cause her problems. The Turk won the last elimination of the event to finish just 0.2 of a point behind Cousin Questel, who finished second, and those fine margins are what decided the final place on the prestigious overall podium. In the end, Maëlle Guilbaud just holds on to finish in the overall top 3 for the first time in her career after finish 4th here. Guilbaud and Erdil finish the season tied on 29,900, but Guilbaud finishes ahead on countback.


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    Maëlle Guilbaud


    Erdil just misses out and finishes the 2019 season ranked fourth overall, but there are plenty of signs to suggest that she can come back and challenge for the title next year.


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    Lena Erdil


    Local girl - Lilou Granier (Starboard / Phantom Sails) - finishes 5th both for the event and in the overalls, which sees the 19-year-old crowned the Youth World Champion.


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    Youth World Champion - Lilou Granier


    Men’s


    Pierre Mortefon’s (Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins) bid to win his first world title couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start in New Caledonia with the Frenchman being disqualified from the entire opening round for dangerous sailing after t-boning Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails) at the final mark in the semifinal. Mortefon then bounced back immediately with a bullet in the second elimination to haul himself back into contention.


    The race for the men’s world title would take several dramatic twists and turns over the remainder of the event, but at the end of day 4 it looked as though the title may be heading to Italy after Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne) completed a superb hat-trick to open up a 3.6 point advantage with two days to go.


    However, after barely putting a foot wrong on day 4, things quickly started to unravel for Iachino with the Italian failing to qualify for the next two winners’ finals, which opened to door for Mortefon to seize control of the title race. However, Mortefon was unable to fully capitalise with three solid, but unspectacular 5th places leaving him trailing by 2.7 points heading into the final day.


    What happened in the opening race on finals day simply could not be scripted with Iachino being eliminated in the semifinals after hitting a sea snake on the first race to rule him out. This time Mortefon made no mistake in punishing Iachino as he notched up his second bullet of the week to take the title race lead for the first time in the event.


    Just when it seemed that the momentum had twisted in Mortefon’s favour, it almost immediately switched back with the 30-year-old being eliminated in the semifinal of Elimination 10 and with Iachino finishing second the title race would go down to the wire with the final race - Elimination 11 - deciding the 2019 world champion. Iachino would need to finish at least 3 places ahead of Mortefon to snatch his second world title, but in the end, it was Mortefon who held his nerve to finally get his hands on the sports biggest prize after so many years of consistently challenging for the title. Mortefon was understandably overcome with emotion upon returning to the beach after finally accomplishing one of his lifetime goals.


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    Pierre Mortefon finally gets his hands on the PWA Slalom World title


    Iachino finishes the season as the vice-world champion - meaning that he has not finished outside the top 2 since 2016, and the top 3 since 2015, and you can expect to see another strong challenge from the Italian in 2020.


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    Matteo Iachino


    Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde) completes the event and overall podium to cap another excellent year on tour. The 25-time world champion had qualified for every winners’ final up until the final day, which left him contention for the event title, but things weren’t meant to be this time around with Albeau missing out on the top 8 in the final two races.


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    Men's Overall Podium - Matteo Iachino, Pierre Mortefon & Antoine Albeau (left to right)


    Elsewhere, with Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / Duotone) out performing Julien Quentel (Patrik / GUNSAILS) - 6th compared to 9th - that means the flying Dutchman leapfrogs Quentel to finish 4th overall for the second consecutive year, while Quentel slips to 5th.


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    Jordy Vonks


    Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails) enjoyed a fantastic final day, which including winning his first race of the season in Elimination 10, to regain his place in the event top 10 - 8th - which sees the Brit ranked 6th overall for 2019.


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    Ross Williams


    After a mediocre start to the season - Maciek Rutkowski (FMX Racing / Challenger Sails) - finished the year with a flourish at the final 3 events to earn his place in the overall top 10 for the first time in his career - 6th. The Pole steadily improved throughout the year and looks as though he’s becoming the real deal and could be one to watch in 2020.


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    Maciek Rutkowski


    Just behind Rutkowski, is Tristan Algret (Starboard / Severne), who finishes 8th overall, while Enrico Marotti (JP / NeilPryde) jumps into 9th place after a brilliant end to the year. The Croat won his first elimination on the world tour in Denmark and won another two races here to earn his best event finish today on the world tour - 4th. Since winning that race in Denmark Marotti looks a different prospect and if he can use the end of this season as a springboard moving into 2020 he too could be a major threat!


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    Enrico Marotti


    Having been plagued with a mystery virus which forced him to retire early last season, Marco Lang (Fanatic / Duotone) is officially back after qualifying for the winners’ final on numerous occasions over the last 6 days, which sees him ranked 10th overall.


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    Marco Lang


    Antoine Questel (I-99 / S2Maui), Mateus Isaac (JP / NeilPryde) and Ethan Westera (Tabou / GA Sails) all just miss out on the overall top 10. However, this event will stay in the memory of Westera for the rest of his life after the Aruban won his first race on the world tour, which is an even bigger achievement after the 22-year-old suffered a potentially career-threatening injury just over two years ago. For a long time, people have spoken about Westera’s potential and after overcoming that hurdle it now looks as though he may start to fulfill that potential.


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    Ethan Westera after winning his first race on the world tour


    The overall top 16 is completed by Basile Jacquin (I-99 / Point-7), Sebastian Kördel (Starboard / GA Sails) and Pascal Toselli (JP / Loftsails / Chopper Fins). While after finishing 10 at his home event - Jacquin - finishes the season as the Youth World Champion for the second consecutive year.


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    Youth PWA World Champion


    That concludes the 2019 PWA World Tour after another year packed with some unbelievable action. Congratulations to all the winners. The PWA would also like to extend their thanks to Stef and her team for all of their hard work. We’ll be back in 2020 - bring you more world class windsurfing from across the globe.


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    Overall Ranking 2019 PWA World Tour - Women’s Slalom


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

    2nd Marion Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone)

    3rd Maëlle Guilbaud (FRA | Patrik / Loftsails)

    4th Lena Erdil (TUR | Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins)

    5th Lilou Granier (NC | Starboard / Phantom Sails)


    Result 2019 Bureau Vallée Dream Cup - Women’s Slalom


    1st Marion Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone)

    2nd Delphine Cousin Questel (FRA | Starboard / S2Maui)

    3rd Lena Erdil (TUR | Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins)

    4th Maëlle Guilbaud (FRA | Patrik / Loftsails)

    5th Lilou Granier (NC | Starboard / Phantom Sails)


    Overall Ranking 2019 PWA World Tour - Men’s Slalom


    1st Pierre Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins)

    2nd Matteo Iachino (ITA | Starboard / Severne)

    3rd Antoine Albeau (FRA | JP / NeilPryde)

    4th Jordy Vonk (NED | Fanatic / Duotone)

    5th Julien Quentel (SXM | Patrik / GUNSAILS)

    6th Ross Williams (GBR | Tabou / GA Sails)

    7th Maciek Rutkowski (POL | FMX Racing / Challenger Sails)

    8th Tristan Algret (GPE | Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins)

    9th Enrico Marotti (CRO | JP / NeilPryde)

    10th Marco Lang (AUT | Fanatic / Duotone)


    Result 2019 Bureau Vallée Dream Cup - Men’s Slalom


    1st Pierre Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins)

    2nd Matteo Iachino (ITA | Starboard / Severne)

    3rd Antoine Albeau (FRA | JP / NeilPryde)

    4th Enrico Marotti (CRO | JP / NeilPryde)

    5th Maciek Rutkowski (POL | FMX Racing / Challenger Sails)

    6th Jordy Vonk (NED | Fanatic / Duotone)

    7th Ethan Westera (ARU | Tabou / GA Sails)

    8th Ross Williams (GBR | Tabou / GA Sails)

    9th Julien Quentel (SXM | Patrik / GUNSAILS)

    10th Basile Jacquin (FRA | I-99 / Point-7)

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