Kiel / Alacati (TURKEY), August 3rd 2006.

After two days of perfect wind and spectacular slalom action the wind
finally granted a break for the competitors at the Jim Beam IFCA Slalom
World Championships in Alacati (Turkey). The conditions didn¹t get
consistent enough to continue with the fourth elimination of the mens fleet
which was abandoned just before the quarter finals on the day before. So the
results remain unchanged.

After three eliminations Finian Maynard (KV-11, F2, Neil Pryde) is still in
the lead with the optimum of 1.40 points. But his opponents have been able
to close up and are now in striking distance. Antoine Albeau (FRA-192,
Starboard, Neil Pryde) is in the second position with 2.70 points and Kevin
Pritchard (USA-3, Starboard, Maui Sails) follows with 4.00 points. Micah
Buzianis (USA-34, JP, North Sails) and Ross Williams (GBR-83, Tabou,
Gaastra) also have chances for a podium finish as they are tied with 9.00
points on forth and fifth place at the moment. Together they raise the
pressure on the competitors on the top. Already a little bit behind we find
Jimmy Diaz (ISV-11, F2, North Sails) with 12.00 and Steve Allen (AUS-0,
Tabou, Gaastra) with 15.00 points. The two Dutch racers Ben van der Steen
(NED-57, Exocet, Naish Sails, 16.00 points) and Pieter Bijl (NED-0, Fanatic,
Neil Pryde, 17.00 points) presented a solid performance establishing them on
the 8th and 9th place of the ranking. Björn Dunkerbeck (AND-11, T1, North
Sails) dropped further down to position ten with 17.00 points.

In the womens fleet Verena Fauster (ITA-31, F2, Gaastra) is leading the IFCA
Slalom World Championships 2006 with 3.40 points. But everything is very
close among the girls as Allison Shreeve (AUS-911, F2, Neil Pryde) is just
one point behind followed by Karin Jaggi (SUI-14, F2, North Sails) who is
just another 0.30 points back with 4.70 points.

Among the Youth Pascal Somers (BEL-7) ist still leading with the optimum of
2.10 points. On his heals he has the two Turkish hotshots Emirhan Kolburan
(TUR-235) with 4.40 points and Enes Yylmazer (TUR-2) with 6.00 points.
Massimo Masserini is leading the masters fleet with 3.40 points with
Francesco d¹Urso (ITA-26, 4.70 points) and Leonid Judin (SRB-1, 8.00 points)
on his heals.

The Jim Beam IFCA Slalom World Championships will last until Saturday,
August 5th.


The official website of the event is



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