Fly! ANA Yokosuka, Miura Windsurf World Cup 2022

  • Japan set to decide the 2022 Slalom World Titles as World’s best racers head for Yokosuka


    The elite of the racing world are currently descending upon Yokosuka, Japan, in preparation for the Fly! ANA Yokosuka, Miura Windsurf World Cup, which takes place between 11th-15th November. Over the next 5 days the Men’s and Women’s Slalom World titles will be decided, so it promises to be an enthralling event.


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


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    Mount Fuji provides a majestic backdrop


    Slalom


    Women’s


    There is a strong lineup for the first 5-star Women’s Slalom event where Foil and Fin will officially merger. In total 31 of the best female racers are currently registered to compete in Japan where the world title will be decided in an exciting winner takes all battle.

    Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL) will enter the event as the defending Foil World Champion, whilst Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) enters the fray as the Slalom World Champion, and it’ll be interesting to see how the merge goes.


    Mortefon and Offringa will be up there as two of the favourites, but there are a whole host of other women waiting in the wings to take their shot at the title. Sara Wennekes (Future Fly / Severne Sails) was hugely impressive in Croatia as the 26-year-old dominated a strong fleet by claiming 5 bullets out of a possible 8 and if she sails anywhere near those levels again then she’s an obvious threat to come out on top.


    Other likely contenders include Helle Oppedal (Starboard / Severne Sails), who finished as the Foil Vice-World Champion in 2021, whilst she just pipped Blanca Alabau (Starboard / Severne Sails) to the final place on the podium in Croatia and both girls will be in the hunt for the top places again over the next 5 days.


    Of course with 4 Slalom and 1 Foil world title - Delphine Cousin Questel (FMX Racing / S2Maui) - can never be ruled out and the 31-year-old will be hoping to mount a strong challenge in Japan.


    The British trio of Jenna Gibson (Fanatic / Duotone), Sarah Jackson (Fanatic / Duotone) and Alice Read (Fanatic / Duotone) will also be hoping to throw there names into the mix, whilst a strong contingent of Japanese women - led by Mio Anayama (FMX Racing / S2Maui), Fujiko Onishi (Future Fly / Point-7 / Chopper Fins), Ayako Suzuki (Tabou / GA Sails) and Yuki Sunaga (Loftsails) - will be hoping to use home waters to their advantage.


    Men’s


    Having snatched a dramatic late victory from the claws of Maciek Rutkowski (I-99 / Challenger Sails), Amado Vrieswijk (Future Fly / Severne Sails) enters the world title race in pole position, but with just the two events this year he has no room for error if he is to clinch a maiden Slalom world title. The Bonairean alluded that he thought he could challenge for a podium in Sylt and he more than delivered on those words with a super victory. Vrieswijk suffered a deep cut to his toe at the recent IQ World’s, but assuming he isn’t too badly hampered by that injury, he’ll be vying for the podium.


    To lose the event in the manner that he did in Sylt will have been a hurtful blow for Rutkowski, but there were more positives than negatives to take away from Germany and he finds himself thoroughly in contention for a maiden world title in Japan. The Pole qualified for 80% of Winners’ Finals in Germany and a similar performance here would give him a great chance.


    The racing in Germany was unbelievably close with just 9.3 points separating first to fourth, whilst just 3.7 points separated 5th to 7th, so any slip ups are likely to be severely punished, whilst bullets are becoming even more valuable to give yourself a little extra breathing room.


    Former world champions - Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne Sails) and Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins / Phantom Foils) - are both prominently placed to attack the top too having first 3rd and 4th respectively in Sylt and you can expect them to be in the thick of the action, whilst things didn’t go the way of defending world champion - Nicolas Goyard (Phantom / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils) - he too can never be ruled out from challenging for the top, but from 9th place a title defence looks unlikely.


    Some of the biggest news ahead of the event is that Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde) will bring down the curtain on a glittering PWA career, which has spanned 3 decades and yielded an incredible 25 world titles. Albeau has written himself into the windsurfing history books and he will now try and sign off an outstanding career in style.


    Mateus Isaac (Severne / Severne Sails) was Mr. Consistent in Germany with the Brazilian not finishing outside of the top 11 in the 10 eliminations completed, whilst he qualified for 60% of the Winners’ Finals to put himself firmly in contention for a place on the overall podium. However, if he’s to aim for the title he may need to find a way to eke out a little bit more performance and convert some of those Winners’ Finals into bullets and second places.

    Enrico Marotti (JP / NeilPryde) finished 6th overall in Germany after signing off the event in style by claiming back-to-back bullets and if the Croat can hit the water flying in Japan then there’s a genuine contender for the event title, but for a shot at the world title he would need results to fall his way.


    At just 18-years-old, Johan Soe (FMX Racing / Point-7) produced one of the standout performances of the event in Sylt, which included his maiden bullet on the world tour, and the highly talented young Dane will be hoping to be challenging for the top 10 and beyond again.


    Like Soe, Sebastian Kördel (Starboard / Severne Sails), notched up his first bullet on the world tour in Germany to claim 8th place and the German is more than capable of challenging for the podium positions here. The strength in depth in the Slalom field is phenomenal at the moment, so in any given elimination the top ≈25 guys are all capable of qualifying for the top 8.


    Other names that are likely to be challenging for the top 10 and beyond include, but not limited to; Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / Duotone), who completed the top 10 in Germany, Rytis Jasiunas (Future Fly / Point-7), Nico Prien (Starboard / NeilPryde), fellow Frenchmen - Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils / Chopper Fins), William Huppert (Fanatic / Duotone / Phantom Foils), Cedric Bordes (Tabou / Severne Sails), Julien Bontemps (JP / NeilPryde), Antoine Questel (FMX Racing / S2Maui) and Basile Jacquin (FMX Racing / Point-7), whilst if things click into place Bruno Martini (JP / NeilPryde), who won in Croatia, should be there or there abouts.


    Just as in the women’s fleet, there are a whole host of local sailors who will be hoping to make their mark on the event.


    Looking Ahead


    The forecast currently looks as though we will see a range of conditions with the opening day currently promising moderate northeasterly winds, whilst by Sunday, winds in excess of 30 knots are predicted, so it looks as though the world’s best racers will face a true test of their abilities.


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    Forecast for the first few days


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    Schedule For Day 1: (All Times GMT+9)


    - Registration: 10:00-11:30am

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  • Das war Tag 1:


    A stop-start afternoon as racing begins in light winds on the opening day in Japan


    With registration completed by 11:30am the 2022 Fly! ANA Yokosuka, Miura Windsurf World Cup was officially declared open at 1pm during the opening ceremony. Throughout the morning plenty of sailors took the opportunity to squeeze in a last minute tune up with moderate winds on offer, but as the start time edged closer the wind began to slowly drop, which meant the race crew needed to move the course further out in order to find competable wind - roughly 6-10 knots.


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    The official opening of the 2022 Fly! ANA Yokosuka, Miura Windsurf World Cup


    In the end, the racing turned out to be extremely stop-start with 4 general recalls in the opening 6 Men’s Heats, whilst one sailor was disqualified from the opening heat for crossing the line in the last minute, whilst not actually being involved in Heat 1 either.


    The only real upsets in the first 6 Men’s Heats were that Taty Frans (Future Fly / Point-7) and Arnon Dagan (Future Fly / NeilPryde) both failed to advance into the top 32, whilst the likes of Antoine Questel (FMX Racing / S2Maui), Bruno Martini (JP / NeilPryde) and Basile Jacquin (I-99 / Point-7) all cruised through their opening heats.


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    Basile Jacquin


    Elsewhere, it was a largely successful day for the local Japanese sailors as 7 of them progressed into the top 32; Kouichiro Kaku (Starboard / Severne Sails), Shinya Kunieda (Patrik / Loftsails), Daisuke Ikoma (RRD / NeilPryde), Tomonori Anami (Starboard / Severne Sails), Sota Kanagami (Tabou / GA Sails), Anami Kenta and Norio Asano (Fanatic / S2Maui).


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    Tomonori Anami leading the way


    Unfortunately, only one heat of the Women’s opening elimination was able to be completed before the wind became too light. 5-time world champion - Delphine Cousin Questel (FMX Racing / S2Maui) claimed a clear cut victory in the opening quarterfinal, whilst Yuki Sunaga (Loftsails), Miki Yamabe and Veerle ten Have (Starboard / Severne Sails) secured the remaining places in the top 4 to qualify for the opening semifinal.


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    Delphine Cousin Questel


    Earlier in the day we asked Blanca Alabau (Starboard / Severne Sails) how she was feeling ahead of the first 5 star Women’s Slalom event since June 2021 to which she added: “I’m super excited, it’s also the first event where we are combining fin and foil. Here it’s likely that it’s mostly going to be foil, but there are a lot of girls here from outside the PWA, so it’s pretty exciting to see so many new faces here and it’s also been a long time since we competed, so I’m excited to see what happens:”


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    Blanca Alabau


    This is one of the biggest Women’s racing fleets we have seen (28 registered)… certainly in recent years at least, what are your thoughts on seeing so many girls competing?


    It’s great to see such a big fleet with a high level. Everyone is going fast, so it’ll be interesting to see how the racing plays out.


    How has your preparation for the event been and what are your expectations?


    “I’ve been training quite a lot. I spent the winter in Tenerife and then summer in between Tarifa and Lake Garda, which are great spots and I feel ready for everything. It would be great if we don’t have to wait on the beach ha. After that just try my best to do good starts and perform how I know I can.”


    Thanks, Blanca. Good luck for the event.


    The forecast for Saturday currently looks relatively light with the best of the wind forecast for the morning. The sailors will be at 9:30am for the skippers’ meeting with the action commencing from 10am (GMT+9) onwards - depending on conditions.


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    Forecast for Saturday heading into Monday


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  • Und Soe wieder gut dabei

    der wird eine mega karriere hinlegen wenn nix schiefläuft


    NGoyard taugt mir auch - im iQ extrem aktiv, PWA scheint er auch locker mitzunehmen

    Wenn man die ganze Zeit mit dem linken Auge durch ein Mikroskop schaut, ist man auf dem rechten Auge blind

  • Das war Tag 2:


    Marion Mortefon strikes first blood with Foiling on the light wind limit


    Foil reiterated its value on Day 2 of the 2022 Fly! ANA Yokosuka, Miura Windsurf World Cup as a result was gained in the Women’s Slalom, whilst the opening elimination of the Men’s Slalom now just requires the Winners’ and b-final to be sailed to gain a result there too. In the years before Foiling, today would’ve ultimately been a lay day, but instead, the world’s best racers were able to provide some entertaining racing, although even with the advent of Foiling, today was right on the limit when it comes to competable winds (5-10 knots), which meant perfect gybes were imperative to succeed, whilst most mistakes were severely punished.


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    Gybe mark action


    Slalom


    Women’s


    Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL) struck first blood in the opening elimination of the Fly! ANA Yokosuka, Miura Windsurf World Cup as the reigning Foil World Champion produced a phenomenal first gybe to manoeuvre her way passed - Helle Oppedal (Starboard / Severne Sails) - who had led down the opening reach after making a brilliant start. Claiming the opening bullet of the week gives Mortefon a great platform on which to build as she looks to earn her second world title.


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    Marion Mortefon celebrates


    Oppedal will be pleased with her solid start to the event and seemed excited about tomorrow’s expected strong winds, so she will likely be one to watch again. The top 3 was completed by Ma Kwan Ching, who showed excellent pace throughout in the light airs.


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    Helle Oppedal leading the final


    Delphine Cousin Questel (FMX Racing / S2Maui) had been prominently placed until the third buoy, but then dropped off the foil in the light airs, which allowed Justine Lemeteyer (FMX Racing / S2Maui / LOKEFOIL) and Rina Niijima (Starboard / Severne Sails) to overtake and claim 4th, 5th and 6th respectively.


    Men’s


    One attempt was made to run the Men’s Winners’ Final, but with the wind dropping when Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne Sails) was in the lead the heat was abandoned, and with the wind failing to return we will have to wait until tomorrow to see who claims the first bullet in the Men’s fleet.


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    Matteo Iachino leading the final before it was cancelled


    Out of the current top 10 only World Tour leader Amado Vrieswijk (Future Fly / Severne Sails), current No.8 Sebastian Kördel (Starboard / Severne Sails) and No.10 Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / Duotone) missed out on a place in the Winners’ Final as the majority of the top seeds made a strong start to proceedings. So, also joining Matteo Iachino in the final are; Enrico Marotti (JP / NeilPryde), Johan Soe (FMX Racing / Point-7), Maciek Rutkowski (FMX Racing / Challenger Sails), Mateus Isaac (Severne / Severne Sails), Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins / Phantom Foils), Nicolas Goyard (Phantom Boards / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils) and Basile Jacquin (I-99 / Point-7 / Phantom Foils), who qualifies for his first Winners’ Final of the year. *5-star event.


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    Basile Jacquin books his place in the top 8


    Tomorrow looks as though it could provide the best racing of the week with a solid forecast on paper, which should hopefully see an action-packed day. The wind is expected to increase from 15-19 knots in the morning to gusting to 30 knots from the south-southwest by the evening.


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    Forecast for Sunday onwards


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  • jo, und ben live dabei und mittendrin, top! drücke die daumen, dass der wind morgen so kommt wie aktuell vorher gesagt, dann wird das mega…


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  • Das war Tag 3:


    Advantage Matteo Iachino in battle for world title, whilst Marion Mortefon continues to set the pace


    Day 3 of the 2022 Fly! ANA Yokosuka, Miura Windsurf World Cup eventually produced the most racing of the event thus far, but we had to wait a little longer than expected for the wind to kick in, whilst racing conditions remained tricky throughout with gusty winds - anywhere from 8-25 knots - making equipment choice extremely difficult. In the end, there was plenty of exciting racing whilst there were some massive crashes along the way, which ultimately allowed 3 eliminations to be completed in the Men’s and 2 eliminations in the Women’s.


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    First mark action


    Slalom


    Women’s


    Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL) led the overnight rankings having won the opening elimination of the week yesterday, and the 30-year-old enjoyed another solid day of racing as she recorded a second and a third place to extend her lead to 5.3 points.


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    Marion Mortefon


    Justine Lemeteyer (FMX Racing / S2Maui / LOKEFOIL), who is making her debut on the World Tour, enjoyed an excellent day with a 3rd and a 4th, which sees her currently occupy second place ahead of Delphine Cousin Questel (FMX Racing / S2Maui), who bounced back from an 8th in the opening elimination of the day, by signing off with her first bullet of the event.


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    Justine Lemeteyer


    Ma Kwan Ching and Helle Oppedal (Starboard / Severne Sails) currently sit in 4th and 5th place, but that could all change once the discard comes into play after the completion of Elimination 4. Blanca Alabau (Starboard / Severne Sails), who claimed her maiden bullet on the World Tour after producing a brilliant last gybe to pip Mortefon to victory in Elimination 2, potentially stands to gain the most from the discard as it would give her the opportunity to discard a quarterfinal exit from the first elimination, which could see her fly up the rankings as she backed up her bullet with a solid second place. Alabau is currently 6th, but could quickly become Mortefon’s main threat.


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    Blanca Alabau throws herself into title race contention


    Men’s


    Things remain incredibly tight at the top in the Men’s fleet after the opening 3 eliminations with just 1 point separating Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne Sails), who leads the overnight rankings, and Enrico Marotti (JP / NeilPryde) at the close of play.


    Iachino scored his first bullet on the World Tour since November 2019 (*5-star event) in the second elimination, which he backed up with two, thirds to head up the rankings. The Italian has looked extremely quick and quietly confident in all 3 eliminations and he is currently in pole position for the world title as he looks to earn his second world crown. As things stand, Iachino holds a 100 point advantage over Maciek Rutkowski (FMX Racing / Challenger Sails) and 200 points over Amado Vrieswijk (Future Fly / Severne Sails), whilst in the event rankings he has more breathing room as Rutkowski currently trails Iachino by 7.3 points, whilst Vrieswijk finds himself even further back - 13.3 points.


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    Matteo Iachino celebrates


    World title hopefuls - Vrieswijk & Rutkowski - both suffered some unlucky moments today, which could yet prove pivotal in deciding who ultimately wins the world title. After missing out on the opening Winners’ Final, Vrieswijk bounced back with an excellent third place to bring himself back into contention, but then suffered a broken boom in the Winners’ Final of Elimination 3 meaning the Bonairean had to settle for eighth place, which sees him currently ranked 5th. In the scenario that Iachino was to win the event and Vrieswijk could climb two places to third, the two sailors would then be tied, so the title would be decided on countback. Vrieswijk is currently 6 points behind 3rd place title rival Rutkowski.


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    Amado Vrieswijk labours home


    Meanwhile, Rutkowski was left fuming after finishing 8th in the second elimination after getting a boom wrapped around his head. However, the Pole, who finished fourth in the first elimination, kept his title hopes alive after flying down the final reach to snatch second place in the last elimination of the day, which could yet prove to be a massive moment depending on how the rest of the event plays out. So for now it is advantage Iachino, but it is far from over with two days to go.


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    Maciek Rutkowski


    Enrico Marotti enjoyed a fine day as the Croat recorded a first, second and a fifth to put himself in serious contention for the event title, whilst Johan Soe (FMX Racing / Point-7) continues to sail superbly and the young Dane is currently ranked 4th after the opening 3 eliminations.


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    Enrico Marotti cranks a gybe


    Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins / Phantom Foils) finds himself in 6th place after a 5th and a 9th today. The Frenchman was involved in an accident on the start line in the Winners’ Final of Elimination 2 together with Mateus Isaac (Severne / Severne Sails) and Basile Jacquin (FMX Racing / Point-7), who was later disqualified from the final for dangerous sailing. Mortefon and Isaac both suffered damaged foils, whilst the Brazilian also sustained a cut to his upper leg.


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    Pierre Mortefon


    Nicolas Goyard (Phantom / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils) made the perfect start to the event as he reeled off a bullet in the opener, but then suffered a semifinal exit in Elimination 2. The 2021 world champion then bounced back with a 4th in the last race, so he is someone who stands to potentially gain a lot upon the completion of Elimination 4.


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    Nicolas Goyard strikes a bullet


    The top 10 is currently completed by the French trio - Basile Jacquin, William Huppert (Fanatic / Duotone / Phantom Foils) and Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / Patrik Sails / Chopper Fins / Phantom Foils), who won the second elimination b-final.


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    Willliam Huppert currently 9th


    Another notable performance today goes to 16-year-old Will McMillan (Starboard / Severne Sails), who qualified for the top 16 twice as he really took it to his peers - eventually recording outstanding 12th and a 14th places.


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    Scott McMillan enjoys a great day


    Elsewhere, Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde), who announced he is retiring from competing on the PWA prior to the event, qualified for his opening Winners’ Final of the week - where he finished 6th, whilst Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / Duotone) also booked his place in a first Winners’ Final of the event.


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    Antoine Albeau back in the mix


    The forecast for tomorrow looks as though there could be the potential for more racing, although the best chance will probably be in the morning as the wind is expected to drop throughout the day. The sailors will meet again at 8am tomorrow morning with the action commencing from 9am (GMT+9).


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    Forecast for the final two days


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    Current Ranking Fly! ANA Yokosuka, Miura Windsurf World Cup - Women’s Slalom

    *After 3 Eliminations


    1st Marion Mortefon | FRA (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL)

    2nd Justine Lemeteyer | FRA (FMX Racing / S2Maui / LOKEFOIL)

    3rd Delphine Cousin Questel | FRA (FMX Racing / S2Maui)

    4th Ma Kwan Shing | HK

    5th Helle Oppedal | NOR (Starboard / Severne Sails)

    6th Blanca Alabau | ESP (Starboard / Severne Sails)

    7th Veerle ten Have | NZL

    8th Shacar Tibi | ISR


    Current Ranking Fly! ANA Yokosuka, Miura Windsurf World Cup - Men’s Slalom

    *After 3 Eliminations


    1st Matteo Iachino | ITA (Starboard / Severne Sails)

    2nd Enrico Marotti | CRO (JP / NeilPryde)

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

    4th Johan Soe | DEN (FMX Racing / Point-7)

    5th Amado Vrieswijk | NB (Future Fly / Severne Sails)

    6th Pierre Mortefon | FRA (Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins / Phantom Foils)

    7th Nicolas Goyard | FRA (Phantom / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils)

    8th Basile Jacquin | NC (FMX Racing / Point-7 / Phantom Foils)

    9th William Huppert | FRA (Fanatic / Duotone / Phantom Foils)

    10th Alexandre Cousin | FRA (Patrik / Patrik Sails / Choppers Fins / Phantom Foils)

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  • Das war Tag 4:



    Men’s event & world title race set to go down to the wire, whilst Marion Mortefon edges towards second world crown after a scintillating morning of racing


    The penultimate day of the 2022 Fly! ANA Yokosuka, Miura Windsurf World Cup produced by far the windiest and choppiest conditions that we have seen in Japan, which made for an exhilarating morning of racing as the world’s best racers battled it out in winds of anywhere from 20-35 knots. As well as some world class racing there were also several brutal crashes as the sailors had their mettle tested to the limit, whilst with the wind and water conditions being extreme enough there were plenty of fin versus foil battles.


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    Classic full power slalom


    Slalom


    Women’s


    Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins / LOKEFOIL) continued to lay down the gauntlet today as she looks to add a second world title to her name. The reigning Foil World Champion produced a phenomenal display today in the nuclear winds as she destroyed the rest of the fleet to claim an emphatic victory in Elimination 4, whilst also extending her lead to 6.6 points heading into the final day. The 30-year-old is yet to finish outside the top 3 in the opening 3 eliminations, so it would need a massive turn of events to deny her the event and world title, but she won’t be getting complacent.


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    Marion Mortefon leading the way


    Justine Lemeteyer (FMX Racing / Point-7 / LOKEFOIL) continues to sail incredibly consistently in a wide range of conditions and the newcomer took away third place in Elimination 4 to defend her second place in the event rankings. However, she now has Blanca Alabau (Starboard / Severne Sails) breathing down her neck. The 26-year-old may not have been able to take full advantage of her discard opportunity - finishing 8th in Elimination 4 - but that is still enough to see her gain three places from 6th to 3rd, whilst she now trails Lemeteyer by just 0.7 of a point with a day to go.


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    Blanca Alabau


    Elsewhere, Ma Kwan Ching and Helle Oppedal (Starboard / Severne Sails) remain in 4th and 5th place respectively, whilst Delphine Cousin Questel (FMX Racing / S2Maui), who started the day in third falls three places to 6th. The 5-time world champion wasn’t happy with not being given enough time to change to the equipment she wanted and eventually finished 9th.


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    Delphine Cousin Questel holds on


    With the strong winds on offer this morning, Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) recorded her best result of the event so far after doing brilliantly to fight back into second place despite dropping her opening gybe, which sees the Aruban move into 7th from 11th, whilst Sarah Jackson (Fanatic / Duotone) climbs into the top 10 - 9th - after finishing 6th despite sailing with a broken metatarsal.


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    Sarah-Quita Offringa all smiles


    Men’s


    World Title Race


    The Men’s world title race will go down to the wire after the title race took another dramatic twist today after Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne Sails), who started the day leading the event and the world rankings, failed to qualify for the Winners’ Final for the first time this week, which swung the door open for Maciek Rutkowski (FMX Racing / Challenger Sails).


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    Matteo Iachino misses out on the final


    The Pole would go on to secure 4th place in the final, which would actually see Rutkowski fall one place in the event rankings to 5th, but with Iachino only able to record a 9th, and other results not going his way, or in Rutkowski’s favour depending how you look at it, that would cause the Italian to drop from 1st to third, which hands the advantage to Rutkowski heading into the final day. However, there is no breathing room for either sailor because as things currently stand they would be tied on 20,200 points (Rutkowski would win on countback), so any changes in their event rankings tomorrow will have huge effects on the overall outcome.


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    Maciek Rutkowski in contention


    Whilst it still seems most likely that the title race will come down to a battle between Iachino and Rutkowski, there are still certain scenarios where both Amado Vrieswijk (Future Fly / Severne Sails) and Enrico Marotti (JP / NeilPryde), who currently leads the event could still win the world title:


    - If Iachino and Rutkowski were both to fall at least one place (to 4th and 5th respectively) and Vrieswijk was to finish 6th or better he could still win. If that were to happen and Marotti was to win the event all 4 sailors would finish tied on 20,100 points, so the title would then be decided on countback between Vrieswijk and Marotti.

    - If Iachino and Rutkowski were to fall at least one place and Marotti was to not win the event - a 6th place finish or better would be good enough for Vrieswijk to be world champion.

    - If Iachino and Rutkowski were both to fall at least one place and Vrieswijk finishes 7th or worse - then a victory for Marotti would guarantee him the world title.


    In terms of the race for the event title, things couldn’t be much closer with just 0.7 of a point separating Enrico Marotti (JP / NeilPryde) and Nicolas Goyard (Phantom / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils), whilst Matteo Iachino is still only 2 points off the top, so things could still go either way in the race for both the event and world titles, so tomorrow promises to be a tense and exhilarating day with plenty on the line.


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    Amado Vrieswijk


    Marotti currently leads the event with counting results of a first and two seconds - discarding a 5th - such has been his level at this event and he now has every chance of winning his first event and possibly a world title.


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    Enrico Marotti


    Nicolas Goyard’s second bullet of the week allowed the Frenchman to discard a 16th place from the second elimination, which saw the current Slalom World Champion climb from 7th to second and he now has every chance at the event title.


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    Nicolas Goyard strikes another buller


    Elsewhere, Johan Soe (FMX Racing / Point-7) remains in 5th place after another 5th place finish today, whilst Mateus Isaac (Severne / Severne Sails) breaks back into the overall top 10 - 6th - after being able to discard a quarterfinal exit from the second elimination with a 10th place finish today.


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    Mateus Isaac


    Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde) looked as though he may be able to sign off his final event on the PWA in perfect fashion as he led the Winners’ Final of Elimination 4. The 25-time world champion produced a brilliant first couple of gybes to move to the front of the pack, but a brief touchdown at the third gave Goyard and Marotti all the opportunity they needed to deny Albeau. However, AA still recorded his best finish of the week - 3rd - which sees the Frenchman climb from 15th to 7th.


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    Antoine Albeau


    The top 10 is currently completed by - Amado Vrieswijk (Future Fly / Severne Sails), Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins / Phantom Foils) and Basile Jacquin (FMX Racing / Point-7).


    The forecast for tomorrow looks as though there should be enough wind for at least one more elimination with moderate to strong northerly winds currently predicted. With that in mind, the sailors will meet at 8am tomorrow morning with the action commencing from 8:30am (GMT+9) onwards.


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    Forecast for the final day of the Fly! ANA Yokosuka, Miura Windsurf World Cup


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    Current Ranking Fly! ANA Yokosuka, Miura Windsurf World Cup - Women’s Slalom

    *After 4 Eliminations


    1st Marion Mortefon | FRA (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL)

    2nd Justine Lemeteyer | FRA (FMX Racing / S2Maui / LOKEFOIL)

    3rd Blanca Alabau | ESP (Starboard / Severne Sails)

    4th Ma Kwan Ching | HK

    5th Helle Oppedal | NOR (Starboard / Severne Sails)

    6th Delphine Cousin Questel | FRA (FMX Racing / S2Maui)

    7th Sarah-Quita Offringa | ARU (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)

    8th Veerle ten Have | NZL


    Current Ranking Fly! ANA Yokosuka, Miura Windsurf World Cup - Men’s Slalom

    *After 4 Eliminations


    1st Enrico Marotti | CRO (JP / NeilPryde)

    2nd Nicolas Goyard | FRA (Phantom / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils)

    3rd Matteo Iachino | ITA (Starboard / Severne Sails)

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

    5th Johan Soe | DEN (FMX Racing / Point-7)

    6th Mateus Isaac | BRA (Severne / Severne Sails)

    7th Antoine Albeau | FRA (JP / NeilPryde)

    8th Amado Vrieswijk | NB (Future Fly / Severne Sails)

    9th Pierre Mortefon | FRA (Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins / Phantom Foils)

    10th Basile Jacquin | NC (FMX Racing / Point-7 / Phantom Foils)

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  • Ja, sehr knackig - auch der eine oder andere Abgang.

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  • Sehr interessant!

    Welche Segelgröße sind die mit Foil gefahren welche Segelgröße mit Finne?

  • Sehr interessant!

    Welche Segelgröße sind die mit Foil gefahren welche Segelgröße mit Finne?

    gestern morgen, als das so geblasen hat, pierre mit knapp unter 6 qm/ finne, um 5qm / foil. etwas später jordy mit 6.8 / finne, taty 7.1 / finne, foiler so bis mittlere 5.

    amado sagte, er sei vorher noch nie 5.0 / foil gefahren…

  • beeindruckend wie die mit foil bei 30 knoten unterwegs sind, Jody Vonck hatte mit Finne keine Chance bei dem B-Finale, obwohl er immer 1. an der ersten Tonne war...


    irgenwie lustig, wie die Finnenfahrer sich um die Halse quälen :-)