PWA World Tour 2019: Offringa & Iachino Seal Victories While Rutkowski Earns First Podium On The Slalom World Tour
Sunday 15 September 2019 –
With Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) already having the event title wrapped up, the main battle in the women’s fleet on the final day was between Jenna Gibson (Fanatic / Duotone) and Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone) for the final place on the podium.
Gibson, who was hoping to earn her first podium on the world tour, started the day with a 3.3 point advantage over Mortefon, but soon saw her podium aspirations wilt away as she crashed into the back of Fulya Ünlü at the opening buoy in the winners’ final. Take nothing away from Mortefon though, who produced her best performance of the week In the last race of the event. The 27-year-old led into the first mark and then fended off heavy pressure from Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins) to claim her first victory of the week while ensuring she claimed the final place on the podium.
With Offringa already having secured the top spot on the podium, it was then a bit of an anticlimax to see the Aruban go over the start line early in the last winners’ final - leading to Offringa being disqualified. However, it was still a dominant victory for the 4-time slalom world champion, who looked as though she’d never been away from the racecourse over the last 6 days.
Delphine Cousin Questel (Starboard / S2Maui) finished Elimination 11 in third place, which sees the reigning world champion maintain her world tour lead heading into the final event of the season.
After a disappointing middle of the event - Lena Erdil - will be pleased to have signed off the event with an excellent second place, which sees her finish in a clear 5th place.
We’ll take a look at the implications for the overall rankings in the event summary.
Entering the final day of the 2019 Hvide Sande PWA World Cup, the battle for the event title was down to a two-horse race between fellow world title contenders - Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne) and Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins) - whoever would win out of the two heavyweights would then take the world title lead heading into the final event of the year in New Caledonia.
The Italian held a 4 point advantage at the start of proceedings and he would be able to breathe easy before the start of the last winners’ final with Mortefon being disqualified from the opening semifinal along with Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails), Antoine Questel (I-99 / S2Maui) and Damien Arnoux (Simmer / Simmer Sails), which effectively handed Iachino the event win and the world tour lead. The final event of the year is now set to provide a thrilling finale with Iachino and Mortefon both on 30,400 points - Iachino only leads on countback having won two events to Mortefon’s one.
With Williams eliminated in the semifinals that also made the fight for the final place of the podium a two-man race between Maciek Rutkowski (FMX Racing / Challenger Sails), who was looking to earn his first podium, and Julien Quentel (Patrik / GUNSAILS).
In order for Rutkowski to defend his third place from the overnight rankings he would need to finish no worse than 3 places behind Quentel, but in the end the Pole would leave the result in no doubt by leading from start to finish in Elimination 9 to earn his first bullet on the world tour, whilst deservedly claiming his first podium to cap a fantastic week.
Quentel ends the week in a solid fourth place, while Marco Lang (Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins) earns his best result since 2017 - 5th - after finishing fifth in the last race of the week.
The top 10 is completed by Ross Williams, Antoine Questel (I-99 / S2Maui), Tristan Algret (Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins), Damien Arnoux (Simmer / Simmer Sails), who earns his first top 10 finish on the world tour and Gunnar Asmussen (Starboard / Severne). We’ll take a look at the full results in the event summary.
That concludes what has been a fantastic week of racing in Hvide Sande with the sailors facing the arguably their toughest test of the season with such a diverse range of conditions on offer - from light to flat to nuclear windy and extremely choppy.
Result 2019 Hvide Sande PWA World Cup - Women’s Slalom
- 1st Sarah-Quita Offringa (ARU | Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)
- 2nd Delphine Cousin Questel (FRA | Starboard / S2Maui)
- 3rd Marion Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone)
- 4th Jenna Gibson (GBR | Fanatic / Duotone)
- 5th Lena Erdil (TUR | Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins)
- 6th Maëlle Guilbaud (FRA | Patrik / Loftsails)
- 7th Oda Brødholt (NOR | Starboard / Severne)
- 8th Fulya Ünlü (TUR | Starboard / Severne)
- 9th Océane Lescadieu (NC | S2Maui)
- 10th Marianne Rautelin (FIN | Patrik / Loftsails)
Result 2019 Hvide Sande PWA World Cup - Men’s Slalom
- 1st Matteo Iachino (ITA | Starboard / Severne)
- 2nd Pierre Mortefon (FRA | Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins)
- 3rd Maciek Rutkowski (POL | FMX Racing / Challenger Sails)
- 4th Julien Quentel (SXM | Patrik / GUNSAILS)
- 5th Marco Lang (AUT | Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins)
- 6th Ross Williams (GBR | Tabou / GA Sails)
- 7th Antoine Questel (FRA | I-99 / S2Maui)
- 8th Tristan Algret (GPE | Starboard / Severne / Chopper Fins)
- 9th Damien Arnoux (FRA | Simmer / Simmer Sails)
- 10th Gunnar Asmussen (GER | Starboard / Severne)
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