The wind returns on the final day of competition…
In a repeat of Day Five’s weather, the final day in Reggio Calabria saw the wind turn on late in the afternoon. The conditions were good enough to finish the men’s first elimination and complete the ladies second.
After dominating the first elimination, Karin Jaggi was in a strong position going into the second round. With a bullet in the first heat, she headed straight to the winner’s final. Not ready to give up, French sailor Valeria Arrighetti put in an outstanding performance in the final and edged ahead of Jaggi. Local sailor and PWA debutante Laura Linares sailed a smart heat and finished in an excellent third position.
1. Karin Jaggi
2. Lena Erdil
3. Valeria Arrighetti
4. Alice Arutkin
5. Laura Linares
The mens final was an exciting finish to what has been a frustrating week in Italy for many of the racers. With the conditions turning on, the battle for the top spot was taken right to the finish line. Trailing at the start, Dunkerbeck stepped on the gas and chased down the top three, overtaking Antoine Albeau and Jimmy Diaz. Neck and neck with Gonzalo Costa Hoevel down the final straight, Dunkerbeck squeezed ahead by inches to take the win in a photo-finish. A solid start to the year for Bjorn as he attempts to defend his world title.
1. Bjorn Dunkerbeck
2. Gonzalo Costa Hoevel
3. Antoine Albeau
4. Peter Volwater
5. Jimmy Diaz
To see the full results, elimination ladders and race report, head to the PWA website.