Maritius – Day 1 Race Report
Hydrofoil Pro Tour – Mauritius
Preskil Beach Resort, Pointe d’Esny Beach
August17th – 20th
Day 1 Race Report
Parlier comes out swinging The first day of racing in the lagoon of Pointe d’Esny was what some might identify as ‘champagne sailing’.
Racers were treated with fifteen to twenty knot winds, flat water, blue skies, and the beautiful backdrop of Isle Mauritius in view. For Frenchman Nico Parlier today’s performance probably has him pondering certain thoughts of champagne. After coming off a regatta victory in San Francisco and then winning all five of today’s races Parlier looks to be the top gun on the tour at the moment.
But rivals Johnny Heineken (USA), Maxime Nocher (Monaco), Axel Mazella (France), and Oliver Bridge (Great Britain) will certainly respond in force to make sure Parlier doesn’t simply run away with another title. The top group was action packed with lead changes, big crashes, and tactical maneuvers as the racers work out this new international tour venue. With five races completed and a dozen left to go it is still anyone’s guess of who will be crowned champion.
The ladies category saw some great battles between USA’s Daniela Moroz, Elena Kalinina (Russia), Alexia Francelli (France), and Gina Hewson (New Zealand). Currently Moroz leads the group with a seventeen-point advantage but while sailing amongst the men there are big point swings between each of the female competitors.
Other titles on the line are the Youth (Under 21 years), Masters (35-44 years), and Grandmasters (45+) with the largest category participation in the Youth and Grandmasters divisions. The competition will continue tomorrow with four races planned at high tide.
The venue at Ponite d’Esny has a tricky tidal cycle which plays into the racing strategy and more importantly the cautionary awareness for the racers. They will try to catch the advantaged current but more importantly they will try not touch the sea floor reefs with their one-meter long hydrofoils. One false move and crash! You’ll not only be landing hard on the water but you’ll be mixing a batch of repair resin in your hotel that evening.
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