Team Brunel emerged from Stealth Mode overnight as the furthest east in the fleet, and by the 1300 UTC position report on Saturday, Bouwe Bekking’s team was in second place as measured on distance to finish, despite being the northernmost boat in the fleet. Yesterday, it was obvious we were falling off the pressure the three leading boats had,” explained skipper Bouwe Bekking. “You can keep following them, but then you know you’re going to keep losing.
Sunday's solid swell continued on through Monday, so it was a lightning-quick start at Ponta Preta as the riders prepared to pitch straight into round four of the men's division for the third day at the GKA Kite-Surf World Tour opening round of 2018 in Cape Verde. Pedro Matos beat Matchu Lopes in the first heat - the upset of the event up to that point - before Jan Marcos Riveras dispatched Camille Delannoy and Keahi de Aboitiz booked his place in the semi-finals ahead of Djo Silva.