With the macking swell continuing into day three of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz Aloha Classic, and the trades showing early signs of kicking, the decision was made to begin the Men’s Double Elimination at 11am.
However, with the wind being cross onshore and light that made progress extremely slow going with just two heats being completed in two hours. Numerous heats were started, but with huge west sets closing out the channel, the decision was soon made to put the contest on hold with the conditions being deemed too dangerous to continue.
Unfortunately, Zane Schweitzer sustained a knee injury during Heat 27, which was one of the only heats to be completed. despite that, the 26-year-old still advanced in second place, behind Julian Salmonn. Everyone from the IWT and PWA wishes Zane a quick recovery.
The only other heat of the day to be completed was Heat 25, which saw Russ Faurot use his local knowledge to full effect as he stayed out of trouble, while linking together a 6.38 and a back up of 3.88 points to win the heat ahead of Flo Jung, who was making his first appearance on the world tour since 2018 after sustaining a serious knee injury. Klaas Voget had his chances but was unable to cleanly complete his best waves, which cost him a place in the next round – however, the two heat results gained thus far will not count unless the whole of the first round is completed.
The difficulty of the conditions today was clearly highlighted by the amount of broken gear and the number of sailors who ended up on the rocks, and once the contest was placed on hold at 1pm the conditions never really looked like becoming suitable to resume – with the wind remaining onshore and the swell continuing to pump – so the fleets were released at 4pm.
Realistically with just two days of the contest period remaining, and the forecast not looking particularly promising to complete the Double Eliminations, that means that both Sarah-Quita Offringa and Philip Köster are slowly edging closer to a first and 5th wave world title respectively.
Offringa’s main threat would be Iballa Moreno, who finished second in the Single Elimination. Iballa would be required to defeat Offringa twice to deny the Aruban a maiden world title, while defending her own world crown, but she may not get the opportunity to do that.
For Köster, the German would be required to win two heats in the Double Elimination to defend his 9th place in the Double Elimination. If the 25-year-old was to lose before that stage he would then be demoted to joint 13th or 17th, which would then see Marcilio Browne overtake Köster in the race for the world title. However, it now looks extremely unlikely that we will be able to even get to his first heat in the Double – which would be Heat 38.
Looking ahead, Wednesday on paper realistically looks like a lay day with light onshore winds expected, but as always you never know until the day, so the sailors will meet again at 10:30am (GMT-10) tomorrow morning for the skippers’ meeting.
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Result 2019 Mercedes-Benz Aloha Classic – Women’s Single Elimination
1st Sarah-Quita Offringa (ARU)
2nd Iballa Moreno (ESP)
3rd Motoko Sato (JPN)
4th Lina Erpenstein (GER)
5th Angela Cochran (USA)
5th Tatiana Howard (USA)
Result 2019 Mercedes-Benz Aloha Classic – Men’s Single Elimination
1st Antoine Martin (FRA)
2nd Camille Juban (GPE)
3rd Bernd Roediger (USA)
4th Kai Lenny (USA)
5th Marcilio Browne (BRA)
5th Leon Jamaer (GER)
7th Robby Swift (GBR)
7th Ricardo Campello (VEN/BRA)
9th Graham Ezzy (USA)
9th Philip Köster (GER)
9th Morgan Noireaux (HI)
9th Thomas Traversa (FRA )