2006 London Boat Show - Day 3
Indoor arena explodes with more high-end action
January 14, 2006
The wind kicked in at 12:45 sharp, exactly as predicted on the second competition day at the 2006 London Boat Show in Association with The Daily Mail. First on the menu was the second freestyle elimination of the event. After winning the first elimination yesterday, Jose Estredo (V-1, Fanatic/North Sails) was looking for nothing less than a repeat of the first elimination. One man wasn’t having it though, and the man was Nicolas Akgazciyan (F-400, Neil Pryde). The Frenchie was on fire with a one handed switch chachoo 540 to prove it, earning him a staggering 29 points. Estredo pulled off the same move, collecting 28 points and scored freestyle move of the day with a brilliant eslider 720, good for a perfect 30 point score. However, Akgazciyan scored better coming back in and took the second freestyle elimination by a very narrow margin. Third place went to Antxon Otaegui (E-169, JP/Neil Pryde) who nearly reached the maximum score with a 29.5 point switch chachoo Diablo 540 and Ricardo Campello (V-111, JP/Neil Pryde) in fourth place.
In the women’s freestyle session, Iballa Moreno (E-63, Mistral/North Sails) was better than all the rest sliding around the smoothest spocks with Nayra Alonso (E-4, Fanatic/Severne) in second place before Daida Moreno (E-64, Mistral/North Sails) and Junko Nagoshi (J-11, F2).
At 15:00 the slalom show continued where Nik Baker (K-66, Mistral/North Sails) extended his lead on the rest of the field by winning the second elimination, beating Ricardo Campello (V-111, JP/Neil Pryde) in the final. Two wins out of three heats determined the winner and it was Baker who pulled rank in the first round. In the second final heat, Campello fell in at the first jibe and of course Baker took advantage and took over the lead. Miraculously, Campello recovered so quickly that he managed to sneak past Baker on the inside at the second mark. Baker left Campello zero room for maneuvering though and somehow ended up standing on top of Campello’s sail, who had gone down while trying to cut Baker off. After several seconds of trying to break loose, Baker finally sailed away and straight on to his second slalom victory of the 2006 London Boat Show. Campello had to make do with second place, while Jose Estredo (V-1, Fanatic/North Sails) finished third after a hard fought battle against Josh Angulo (US-11), who wouldn’t go down without a fight.
In the women’s slalom final, it was a family affair as Daida Moreno (E-64, Mistral/North Sails) took on her sister Iballa Moreno (E-63, Mistral/North Sails). Again, two out of three won heats means victory and Daida Moreno took an early lead by winning the first round. But the Moreno’s aren’t twins for nothing and so it was Iballa who clinched the second heat, meaning the winner was to be determined in a third and final round. Both girls were flying towards the first mark, but both of them went down at the jibe. Daida recovered faster than Iballa and sailed away from her sister towards the second buoy. Giving it all in her pursuit, Iballa crashed at the second jibe, ruining her shots of catching Daida who pulled away even further and crossed the line victoriously. Third place went to Nayra Alonso (E-4, Fanatic/Severne) who was too fast for Junko Nagoshi (J-11, F2) in the battle for bronze.
As the crowds kept pouring in, it was time to take to the air with the final discipline of the day; jumping. It was Kauli Seadi’s (BRA-253, Quatro/Naish) turn to kick off the action and he did so in style; a radical one footed forward attempt gone wrong, resulted in an accidental no footed forward he could water start out of. Leading man Ricardo Campello (V-111, JP/Neil Pryde) kept up his form and hit the highest score of the first round with a 28.5 pushloop. Seadi was set to give Campello a run for his money and demonstrated this by pulling off a big air chachoo on his third jump, as was Alex Mussolini (E-30, JP/Neil Pryde), who landed a perfect arched back loop securing him a place in the final. But Campello had one more trick up his sleeve. On his third jump to the final, the master of freestyle went where no man had gone before indoor with a sick double forward, not landing it perfectly, but still insane enough for 29.5 points. Last to join the finalists was Yannick Anton (F-8) with a big one footed forward.
In the final best two out of three jumps counted. Campello went through the routine of big forwards and pushloops and closed the session with another double forward attempt, but didn’t quite get the altitude this time to make it through. Alex Mussolini stuck a spectacular tabletop forward, but couldn’t do a high scoring second jump. Yannick Anton racked up 26.5 points with another massive one footed forward, but he too wasn’t able to collect enough points for the overall win. Kauli Seadi however has got to be handed move of the day with an ankles dry monster air chachoo on his third jump, rightfully earning him the full 30 points. But with no solid second jump to back it up, the Brazilian had to bow for Ricardo Campello, who had collected most points of the pack.
The girls were busting out big moves on the ramp like they were going out of style. Junko Nagoshi (J-11, F2) scored highest on the first try with a big forward, while Daida Moreno (E-64, Mistral/North Sails) and Iballa Moreno (E-63, Mistral/North Sails) both scored 15 points on the second jump with clean forwards, Daida taking one foot off. On the third jump, Daida Moreno (E-64, Mistral/North Sails) dropped the bomb on the other three with a massive forward loop, earning her first place in today’s jump contest, before Junko Nagoshi (J-11, F2) in second, Nayra Alonso (E-4, Fanatic/Severne) in third and Iballa Moreno (E-63, Mistral/North Sails) in fourth.
All results are posted on the PWA website. Tomorrow is the last chance for all sailors to shake up the rankings at the 2006 London Boat Show, so make sure to stay tuned to www.pwaworldtour.com for the final results from the first PWA of the 2006 season.