The Ulsan PWA World Cup, Korea delivered another 3rd place for Pierre Mortefon and a great 5th for Flying Dutchman Jordy Vonk. Unfortunately Marco Lang became sick during the event and could not compete any more after being on form. Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery for “the Langster”.
Korea´s Jinha beach saw amazing 6 days of racing in both the slalom and foil disciplines with a wide range of conditions testing the sailor’s abilities.
Pierre Mortefon, Matteo Iachino and Antoine Albeau won 15 of the last 17 events…..well you can now make that 16 of the last 18.
Pierre made it 3 podiums from the last 3 events as the Frenchman secured the final place on the podium again. That leaves Mortefon 300 points behind Iachino and Albeau, so if he wants to win the title this season he may have to win the event in Portugal. Fingers crossed.
Pierre also finished 6th at the foil racing.
Besides the big top 3 – Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / NorthSails) – is the only other sailor to have qualified for every winners’ final so far this season. The flying Dutchman missed out on countback in his quest to break into the overall top 10 last season but has made a tremendous start to the year, which sees the 24-year-old deservedly hold 5th place in the overall rankings after two events.
Final Results Men
1. Matteo Iachino (Starboard/Severne)
2. Antoine Albeau (RRD/NeilPryde)
3. Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic/NorthSails)
5. Jordy Vonk (Fanatic/NorthSails)
Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails) came into the event chasing her 4th consecutive podium but agonisingly missed out by just 0.3 of a point. 4th place in South Korea keeps her 3rd in the overalls.
Mortefon’s teammate – Esther de Geus (Fanatic / NorthSails) – has made a consistent start to the season with 5th and 6th place finishes, which keeps her on course to break into the world’s overall top 5 with one event to go.
Jenna Gibson (Fanatic / NorthSails) started the event with a bang as she claimed an impressive victory in the opening race – her first on the world tour in just her 3rd event – but then the wheels came off slightly as the Brit dropped to 6th overall. The 20-year-old has shown she has the speed and ability to win races and if she can just some extra consistency she could transform into a title challenger over the next few years.
Final Results Women
2nd Lena Erdil
3rd Maëlle Guilbaud
4th Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / NorthSails
5th Esther de Geus (Fanatic / NorthSails)
6th Jenna Gibson (Fanatic / NorthSails)