2010 PWA World Cup In Alacati Turkey: Event Summary

Micah Buzianis and Valerie Arrighetti claim victory in Turkey after a tense few days on standby saw them counting down the seconds until it was all over.

PWA World Cup 2010 Turkey Photo: PWAThe beautiful Aegean town of Alacati was blessed with a few days of action packed racing at the 2010 PWA World Tour stop in Turkey.

Sixty-four professional sailors competed in the men’s fleet, and twenty-one females in the women’s.

The wind was perfect at the beginning, but a gentle southerly wind put a halt to proceedings in the middle of the week, leaving the four completed rounds to count.

Men - Following a fairly rough ride in Fuerteventura, former world champion Micah Buzianis was back on top in Turkey. A string of top two results saw him qualify for the winner’s final with ease where he dominated despite a star-studded line up.

The second race of the series saw a new format with the top 20 automatically seeded through, providing less experienced sailors with more race time.

While many big players failed to qualify for the winner's final, Micah Buzianis continued to sail well. Bjorn Dunkerbeck, Finian Maynard, and Cyril Moussilmani all fell at the first hurdle in the new elimination procedure!

This left a fairly clear path for Albeau and Buzianis to take the top two spots in the final.

For the third race, Buzianis played it fairly safe to ensure he qualified for the winner’s final, and Albeau followed suit. When it came to the final however they both hit the water with all guns blazing.

Due to the lack of wind, Buzianis may have taken the event win, but Albeau has secured the 2010 Title despite not winning in Turkey. This is his fifth consecutive PWA slalom world title and he did it with an event to spare.

Event Results
1st Micah Buzianis
2nd Antoine Albeau
3rd Finian Maynard

Overall Rankings
1st Antoine Albeau
2nd Bjorn Dunkerbeck
3rd Micah Buzianis

Women - Valerie Arrighetti sailed consistently on day one and took third in the first race behind current tour leader, Karin Jaggi.

PWA World Cup 2010 Turkey.  Photo: PWADuring day two, Arrighetti consolidated her position at the front of the fleet with yet another first place, and a second behind the 2010 freestyle world champion, Sarah-Quita Offringa.

With just two days of racing, Arrighetti endured the same stress as Micah Buzianis, with four nerve racking days on hold before she could finally claim her first crown of 2010.

What About The Women’s World Title? Close scrutiny of the PWA general rules (section 1.15.5 – Ties) has revealed that even if Arrighetti were to win in Almanarre and therefore match the current tour leader’s counting results she would not be able to take the world title from her, as long as Jaggi actually enters Almanarre.

A tiebreak goes to the sailor with the greater number of firsts, seconds, and so on. At a glance, it looks like they’d have the same, but Jaggi would actually have one higher score simply for entering the final in Almanarre compared to Arrighetti’s non existent score for not entering Korea.

Therefore, Jaggi’s 2010 slalom world title is well within her grasp, and would only slip out if she fails to turn up in France!

Event Results
1st Valerie Arrighetti
2nd Karin Jaggi
3rd Sarah Hebert

Overall Rankings
1st Karin Jaggi
2nd Sarah-Quita Offringa
3rd Alice Arutkin

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