The stunning bay of Alacati provided six days of incredible slalom conditions for the sixth stop on the men's 2011 world tour and the women's fourth and final showdown. The PWA's elite slalom sailors were treated to a whole variety of wind speeds ensuring the sailors were tested to the edge of their ability as they raced down the four mark downwind course, and only the most consistent sailors shone through. An astounding eleven eliminations were completed on the turquoise waters, full of thrills and spills from the world's best that left the results open until the final intense minutes of the competition.
Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / DunkerbeckEyewear) led the charge in the men's fleet from day one as did Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne) in the women's fleet, but it was by no means an easy ride, however both sailors persevered on the testing waters and emerged victorious as the 2011 Pegasus Airlines PWA world cup winners. The glory continued for Dunkerbeck as he earned himself the 2011 world slalom champion title with one event to go having had an extremely successful season on the water. With four event wins in the bag he has enough points to put him far enough ahead on the scoreboard to overthrow Antoine Albeau's (JP / NeilPryde) five-year stronghold on the top spot. Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic) sailed a cool set of races throughout the week to secure the women's world slalom title and her second world title in 2011.
The newly crowned world champions, Dunkerbeck and Offringa took charge on the first day of competition, powering their way through the first elimination and obviously enjoying the flat water in Alacati. Around thirteen knots of wind fuelled the world's rapid racers, allowing Finian Maynard (RRD) to slip into second place with Jimmy Diaz (Starboard / North) in third. Unfortunately for Albeau he suffered his first major blow in the competition as he failed to qualify for the winners' final in the semi-finals of elimination one. Over in the women's fleet, Jaggi finished fourth on the first day with Lena Erdil (Patrik / Loft / AL360) in second and Lise Vidal (Exocet / North) in third.
A lighter day of wind for the second day of competition saw the sailors take to the water on their largest equipment. However it didn't slow down the pace of competition and two more eliminations were completed allowing Dunkerbeck to secure his advantage with two more bullets and Jaggi to rise to the top of the table with two of her own victories. Albeau suffered his second and third blows in the competition as he failed to reach the finals, as did Offringa knocking both parties out of the top ten.
The Meltemi wind continued to blow for the third day of competition, combined with glorious sunshine allowing elimination four to be completed. Dunkerbeck's first mistake of the week saw him lose out on a qualifying position in the first round, as he failed to match the amazing speed of Brit Ross Williams (Tabou / Gaastra) down the final leg. Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Fanatic / North) and Alberto Menegatti (Starboard / Gaastra) were the ones to watch on the third day as they consistently nailed their starts and led the fleet in the lighter winds. But Maynard was the man on fire in Alacati as he stormed his way around the course in the winners' final to claim his first place finish, with Albeau coming in fourth. The women's fleet also witnessed a new contender take first place as Delphine Cousin (JP / NeilPryde) flew ahead of the fleet in the women's winners final.