EURO CUP, SILVAPLANA - DAY 3 - Boards Windsurfing

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+++ Kiel / Silvaplana (SWITZERLAND), August 18th 2006.

The third day of the Windsurfing Euro-Cup Silvaplana was one of the best in
the history of the series. After two days of dark weather with clouds and
rain the sun returned to the Engadin and brought the famous Maloja wind. In
wind speeds up to over 20 knots the race committee was able to run a full
slalom elimination and not less then three more races. Ross Williams
(GBR-83, Tabou, Gaastra) showed that he is not only an excellent racer but
also capable to win slaloms But the man of the day was Arnon Dagan (ISR-1,
Fanatic, Neil Pryde) from Israel who dominated all three races.

As the wind was already very good in the morning the race committee decided
that after two days of racing now the second discipline slalom should take
precedence. A full elimination was run in wind speeds between 14 and 23
knots. The first round and the semi finals didn¹t bring any bigger surprises
so that most of the favourites found their way into the final. There
everthing seemed to be an easy game for Finian Maynard (KV-11, F2, Neil
Pryde), the brand new IFCA Slalom World Champion from the British Virgin
Islands. He had a perfect start and didn¹t make any mistakes. But at the
last mark he go stuck for a moment in the lighter breeze. This was the
chance for which Ross Williams waited the full heat. Since the start he was
on Finians heals raising the pressure to provoke mistakes. Now he sneaked on
the inside and pumped away a little bit faster than the Speed World Record
holder at his over 100kg. accelerating towards the finish line Ross covered
Finian which opened the door also for Arnon Dagan and Adriaan van
Rijselberge (NED-2, JP, Neil Pryde) to pass the slalom giant. Finian only
finished as fourth with the Swiss local Richard Staufacher (SUI-31,
Starboard, Neil Pryde) on his heals.

After this elimination and a break for the competitors the discipline was
changed to Racing. Three more races were run. In the first race of the day
(race 5) Arnon Dagan was able to score his first bullet in the event. But
the current leader Ross Williams confirmed his strong performance with a
second place as well as Gonzalo Costa Hoevel with his third. Hubert
Mokrzycki (POL-25, Tabou, Gaastra) is getting stronger and stronger and
managed to defeat the Italian hotshop Alberto Menegatti (ITA-456, F2, North

In race 6 Arnon Dagan continued his domination. But the Argentinian Gonzalo
Costa Hoevel also got stronger. So this time Ross Williams was forced to let
him pass. At the same time Alberto Menegatti was able to turn the game
winning the fourth place in front of his hardest opponent Hubert Mokrzycki.

In the final race of the day (race 7) Arnon Dagan was able to complete his
triple triumph. Again he had a British rider on his heals. But this time it
was not the leader Ross Williams but last years Silvaplana winner Keith
Atkinson who scored a second place. The Italian Master Champion Marco
Begalli (ITA-415, Exocet, North Sails) surprised the experts with an
excellent race which ended on the third place. Markus Bouman (NED-6,
Starboard, Neil Pryde), the Formula Windsurfing Youth World Champion of 2003
scored his best result in the competition so far with a fourth place in
front of Kuba Guzdek (POL-13, Naish Sails) from Poland.

After the third day and seven races done the competitors the competitors
have two discards, so that each of them they can throw out his two worst
results. Ross Williams showed some weakness today but is still in the top
with 7.00 points. After his dominating performance today Arnon Dagan has
moved within striking distance with 8.00 points. Just 1.00 points behind the
leader he has the chance to jump on the top position tomorrow. Gonzala Costa
Hoevel took advantage of his solid performance today and moved up to the
third place with 15.00 points. By doing so he passed Kuba Guzdeck who is
currently fourth but has to be careful to keep the distance to Alberto
Menegatti and Keith Atkinson (GBR-56, Starboard, Neil Pryde) who both wait
only inches in the back and hope for a chance to catch the strong Polish

Tomorrow will be the final day of the Windsurfing Euro-Cup Silvaplana. The
forecasts predict more sunshine and wind for the weekend. The skippers
meeting is scheduled for 11:00 with the first possible start at 11:30. The
first race tomorrow will be the famous marathon race. This is one of the
oldest most famous windsurfing competitions. The race will count as one race
for the Windsurfing Euro-Cup. Instead of two laps the competitors have to do
five of them to achieve the full marathon distance. Afterwards we expect
some more windsurfing action. Slalom has clear preference but if the wind is
not strong enough we might very well get even more racings done. The prize
giving will take place at the famous party on the Corvatsch Gletscher.


The official website of the event is
<> . The official website of the Windsurfing
Euro-Cup series with more information is
<> . Besides the reports and the results you will
also find a live ticker on <


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