Antoine Albeau secures 4th consecutive world title

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The final day of the Airwaves Noumea PWA Dream Cup saw huge crowds gather in Noumea to see the world’s fastest sailors battling it out one final time for 2015 — and they were treated to several hours of world class racing as winds of 20-25 knots provided a fitting finale to this year’s PWA Slalom World Tour.

WORDS AND PHOTOS BY PWAworldtour.com

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Ben Van der Steen heading down the home straight

Women’s

Delphine Cousin (Starboard / Gun Sails) continued her superb form as she claimed an emphatic victory in Elimination 9 and it looked like she should score back-to-back bullets on the last day, but she dropped her final gybe when under pressure from Lena Erdil (Patrik / Point-7 / Mystic / Al360) to finish second. However, Cousin, still holds an almost perfect record with 7 victories from the 10 races completed and she finishes the season with a well deserved victory, which sees her crowned the PWA Women’s vice-world champion.

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Delphine Cousin ends the season with a bang

There was no pressure on Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins) entering the final day of the event with the world title already safe, but the Aruban gem still wanted to end the event on a high. For a while it looked as though she may miss out on the final winners’ final of the week as she dropped two gybes at the first and then third buoy. After the third mark Offringa found herself in second last, but somehow fought back to claim 4th place, before finishing 3rd, which sees Offringa finish the event in 2nd place.

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Sarah-Quita Offringa victory lap

Lena Erdil (Patrik / Point-7 / Mystic / AL360) finished the event in style as she claimed her first bullet of the week after overtaking Cousin at the final mark. Erdil has performed consistently all week and her excellent form sees the Turkish beauty complete the both event and overall podiums.

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Lena Erdil

Marion Mortefon (Patrik / Gun Sails) and Fulya Ünlü (Starboard / Severne) recorded identical results today with 4th and 5th place finishes in both races — meaning that Mortefon finishes 4th here New Caledonia and in the overall rankings, with Ünlü taking home 5th.

Men’s

Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde) was made to sweat it out on the final day after a premature start in Heat 14, which saw 6 sailors disqualified — Taty Frans (Starboard / GA Sails / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins), Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic), Antoine Questel (Starboard / GA Sails), Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / Severne) and Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails) — before also jumping the gun in Heat 15. In the end Albeau finishes the event in 4th place, which was just enough to see AA collect an incredible 4th consecutive world title, which is his 23rd overall world crown.

Antoine Albeau said: “It feels super good, it was bit difficult with the points because I wasn’t really sure of the scenarios, but now it feels great to win one more world title.”

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Antoine Albeau celebrating world title No.23

Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / North) did everything in his power to deny Albeau the world title by winning his second event of the year, but it wasn’t quite enough with both Frenchman finishing the season on 10,269 points, but Albeau wins the title on count back having beaten Mortefon more times this season – recording a better result at 4 out of the 6 events in 2015.

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Pierre Mortefon

With 6 sailors disqualified from the second semifinal the last winners’ final of the week saw just 6 sailors battling it out to take the last victory of the year as local boy Charles Perret (Fanatic / North) lined up against Pierre Mortefon, Ben Van der Steen (Tabou / GA Sails), Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Point-7), Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / Loft Sails / Mystic) and Matteo Iachino (Fanatic / North). Van der Steen made the best start to the Heat 16 and the flying Dutchman led from start to finish to end the season with a bang. Mortefon recovered from a dropped gybe to claim 2nd ahead of Cousin, who recorded his best result of the week, Iachino, Costa Hoevel and Perret.

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Ben Van der Steen takes the bullet

Meanwhile, Taty Frans, completed Elimination 9 in 8th place, which secures the Bonairean a hugely deserved first podium finish on the PWA Slalom World Tour as he finishes the season off with an excellent 2nd place in Noumea.

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Taty Frans cruising

Elsewhere Cyril Moussilmani pipped Albeau to the final place on the event podium by just 0.1 of a point, which is the Frenchman’s best result of the season.

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Cyril Moussilmani jumping for joy

The closing ceremony was held at 4pm and a huge crowd gathered to watch the champions of both the event and the world crowned in front of them. The last 6 days have seen some of the best racing of the season and there couldn’t have been a better way to conclude the season as the sunsets on the 2015 PWA World Tour.

Overall Standings of the 2015 Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup – Women’s
1st Delphine Cousin (Starboard / Gun Sails)
2nd Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins)
3rd Lena Erdil (Patrik / Point-7 / Mystic / AL360)
4th Marion Mortefon (Patrik / Gun Sails)
5th Fulya Ünlü (Starboard / Severne)

Overall Standings of the 2015 PWA Slalom World Tour – Women’s
1st Delphine Cousin (Starboard / Gun Sails)
2nd Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins)
3rd Lena Erdil (Patrik / Point-7 / Mystic / AL360)
4th Marion Mortefon (Patrik / Gun Sails)
5th Fulya Ünlü (Starboard / Severne)

Overall Standings of the 2015 Airwaves Noumea Dream Cup – Men’s
1st Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / North)
2nd Taty Frans (Starboard / GA Sails / Mystic)
3rd Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / Severne)
4th Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde / Chris Benz)
5th Ben Van der Steen (Tabou / GA Sails)
6th Micah Buzianis (JP)
7th Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Point-7)
8th Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails)
9th Antoine Questel (Starboard / GA Sails)
10th Matteo Iachino (Fanatic / North)

Overall Standings of the 2015 PWA Slalom World Tour – Men’s
1st Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde / Chris Benz)
2nd Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / North)
3rd Matteo Iachino (Fanatic / North)
4th Ross Williams (Tabou / GA Sails / Mystic)
5th Cedric Bordes (Tabou / GA Sails)
6th Ben Van der Steen (Tabou / GA Sails)
7th Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde)
8th Steve Allen (Starboard / Severne)
8th Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / Severne)
10th Antoine Questel (Starboard / GA Sails)

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