12th of August 2006, Poland, ALLEGRO.PL CUP 2006 Euro-Cup

Day 3. Antoine Albeau strikes back at the ALLEGRO.PL CUP
Head to head fight for the lead between Steve Allen and Arnon Dagan

by Matthias Regber
Today another race was sailed at the ALLEGRO.PL CUP in Leba (Poland). After the lightwind yesterday the conditions improved significantly with windspeeds between 10 and 18 knots. Perfect conditions for the favourite Antoine Albeau (FRA-192, Starboard, Neil Pryde) from France. The current Formula Windsurfing World Champion had a perfect start and fully dominated the race. On his heals he had the Formula Windsurfing World Champion from 2003, Steve Allen (AUS-0, Tabou, Gaastra) from Australia. The third position
followed Arnon Dagan (ISR-1, Fanatic, Neil Pryde) who proved his potentialin stronger winds today. The Italian hotshot Alberto Menegatti (ITA-456, F2, North Sails) was able to triumph over yesterdays winner Michal Polanowski (POL-16, Starboard, Naish Sails). Another race was started but had to be abandoned as the wind dropped.

After the third day of the competition at the ALLEGRO.PL CUP we have an interesting head to head fight for the lead: Steve Allen and Arnon Dagan are together on the top, both with 5.00 points. Only because of his better result in the last race the Australian is able to conquer the first position. Only 0.70 points behind the double pack in the front follows Michal Polanowski on the third place. With his triumph today Antoine Albeau was able to win some ground and is now fourth with 7.70 points. Then there is already a bigger gap to place five which is currently owned by Przemysław Miarczyński (POL-126, F2, Naish Sails) with 16.00 points.

The current Formula Windsurfing European Champion Ross Williams (GBR-83, Tabou, Gaastra) from Great Britain is in the sixth position with 18.00 points after beating the Portuguese Champion Miguel Martinho (POR-5, Starboard, Neil Pryde, 18.00 points) in the tie break. Kasper Juul Larsen (DEN-288, Starboard, Neil Pryde) shows a strong performance with 19.00 points granting him position eight. Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (ARG-3, F2, Neil Pryde) has a strong comeback with 22.00 points and is currently nineth in front of the Italian Youngster Alberto Menegatti who completes the top-10 with 25.00 points.

Zofia Klepacka (POL-505, F2, Gaastra) is the best woman with 76.00 points on an excellent 25th place. Robert Bałdyga (POL-18, Starboard, Naish Sails) and Leszek Rutkowski (POL-220, Starboard, Naish Sails) have tough fight for the honour to be the best youth competitor among each other. Both show exceptional performance: At the moment Robert is in the front with 28.00 points on position 12 only one point and place in front of his hardest opponent Leszek. Marco Begalli (ITA-415, Exocet, North Sails) is the best Master with 84.00 points on place 26.

Tomorrow is the final day of the ALLEGRO.PL CUP. The forecast predicts increasing wind in the afternoon. Therefore we hope that the wind arrives in time to run a few more races.

The official website of the event is www.allegrocup.pl. The official website of the Windsurfing Euro-Cup series with more information is www.euro-cup.org . Besides the reports and the results you will also find a live ticker on www.euro-cup.org . So check out the internet!