The skippers meeting was held at 11:00am and a new course was set by the water crew. The wind was already blowing 18 knots from the right direction - 2 rounds of slalom racing was definitely on the cards. Plenty of speed, crashes, general recalls, winds gusting up to 26, even 30, knots made for spectacular racing and breathtakingly close fights to the finish in Alacati Bay.
Not such a great day for yesterday's Junior leader Jurgen Saragoza from Bonaire - he was fast but tension got the better of him when he snagged a PMS in one of his earlier finals. However, Coen Swijnenburg (NED-262) enjoyed a fantastic day winning 2 finals which takes him to the top. Aron Etmon from Curacao is sliding down the board to third place but is still 4 points clear of his closest rival.
Andrea Rosati (ITA-0) is on form and sailed pretty consistently against some tough guys today. In the final of round 4 Judin Leonid (SRB-01) had the best start and was leading but Rosati made it to the front, and also took the bullet in round 5. These wins put Rosati at the top of the leaderboard ahead of Ertugrul Icingir who had to settle for two second places today. The battle is on between these two! Erkan Morgan (TUR-611) steps up to the third place on the podium edging ahead of Ali Sinan Gerzile by just one point.
Ethan Westera (ARU-4) was sailing a lot better today and, being able to discard his disastrous first round and poor round three scores, has shot to the top of the Youth fleet leaderboard. Bernard Thibault was the winner of the last final today in which Poyraz Akay (TUR-1011) took second place in a super close call with Ethan Westera right next to him. Overall Simon Jacquier (FRA-32) drops to second, although just point-3 behind, and a clear six points ahead of Baptiste Gallice (FRA-1000) who is in danger of losing this podium spot to Poyraz Akay.
Two days to go and the Champions are far from decided!
Leaders after 5 round of Slalom:
Grand Masters: NB-8 Saragoza Costantino
Masters: ITA-0 Rosati Andrea
Masters Female: TUR-75 Kubat Cagla
Youths: ARU-4 Westera Ethan
Youths Female: TUR-191 Uralp Dilara
Juniors: NED-262 Swijnenburg Coen
Juniors Female: TUR-1199 Bilem Lara
Girls Fun Race: TUR-165 Unlu Fulya
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