sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Kiteracing Oceanic Championships - Drama on Day 3 + Video
Kiteracing Oceanic Championships - Drama on Day 3 + Video


'Kiteracing Oceanic Championships 2013 - Day 3'    Travis Hayto    Click Here to view large photo

At the Kiteracing Oceanic Championships 2013, held at Leighton Beach, Fremantle, the pack was tight and the pressure on in today’s Finals Series races.

Competitors raced in Gold and Silver Flights in a long day of five races with the top 21 Men’s division competitors in Gold, pitting the fastest racers up against eachother creating a fierce battle.

World Champion Florian Gruber from Germany won all but Race two when young Olly Bridge took first position when Gruber hit some seaweed and was forced to tack early, taking him away from his layline.

There was more drama in the Gold Flight in Race two when only four riders made it off the start line in the shifting wind. Most racers were planning a starboard start but the wind had a pin end bias and only Gruber, Bridge, Riccardo Leccese and Blazej Ozog got away clearly while the rest had to untangle and go around again to start racing.

Race four saw Perth’s Torvar Mirsky and Alejandro Hernandez off clean at the pin end start, but after hitting lighter wind out to sea Gruber and Bridge caught them. Gruber eventually pulled away and took the race, with a scrap for second place between Bridge, Ozog and Hernandez. The latter’s clean start paid off and he came in second for the race, his best result so far.

Gruber lead from the start in Race five with Bridge covering him as best he could. Leccese was hanging on to the third spot a fair way ahead of the rest of the field.

After rounding the top mark, it looked like Bridge was holding on, but Gruber sailed the whole reach without putting in a single gybe, whereas Bridge was not as able to sail as deep and was forced to gybe. This meant although he may have been sailing faster, he had to cover more distance and so into the upwind leg Gruber was once again widening the gap.

Gruber sailed to the top mark appreciably higher and faster than anyone else and, combined with his downwind speed, the combination was ultimately unbeatable, scoring him his fourth win of the day.

Bridge did himself proud and was over the line in second ahead of Ricardo in third.

Poland’s Aga Grzymska and France’s Ariane Imbert continue to battle it out on the Indian Ocean for first and second positions. It was literally a tangle between Australian Lisa Hickman and New Zealand’s Justine Sellers where both needed to be rescued to pull their kites apart. Light wind specialist, Spain’s Nuria Goma, took her first bullet in the last race of the day.

Racers competed in carbon copy conditions to yesterday with clear blue skies, temperatures in the high 30's and light winds.



Tomorrow the program takes a different tack with the Lighthouse to Leighton speed kiting race from pristine Rottnest Island to Leighton Beach from 2.30pm. World Speed Record Holder and inaugural Lighthouse to Leighton winner Alex Caizergues from France will be defending his record of 24 minutes 34 seconds against Gruber, Leccese, Women's World number one ranked Course Racer Steph Bridge, her husband Eric Bridge and son Olly Bridge, Imbert, and previous winners Jonathon Keys (2012) and Dale Stanton (2011).

Course racing will continue and there's plenty of entertainment in the Race Village.

The remaining medal races will be fought on Sunday with A$30,000 in prizemoney up for grabs in the course racing and A$5000 for the Freestyle competition.

The Kiteracing Oceanic Championships is officially sanctioned by the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). 100 championship points are awarded to the event winner.

The State Government through Tourism Western Australia is a proud supporter of the Championships.

Top 3 Men after today's medal races:
1. Florian Gruber (Germany) 6 pts
2. Olly Bridge (Great Britain) 12 pts
3. Riccardo Leccese (Italy) 23 pt

Top 3 Women after today's medal races:
1. Aga Grzymska (Poland) 13 pts
2. Ariane Imbert (France) 16 pts
3. Nuria Goma (Spain) 29 pts

*Please note all results are preliminary at the time of release.

Event website


by Janine Pittaway

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=117598

2:14 PM Fri 13 Dec 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World





























































International Moth Worlds: Rashley ahead as Aussies close in by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,






ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards - Nominations now open
BIC Techno 293 Worlds - Steady winds on day 2 + Video
29er North American Open Championship - Qualifying series wraps up
Opening ceremony O'pen Bic World Cup, Travemunde Week, Germany
Six Metre Europeans - Wind fails to make an appearance on day 2
Edgartown Race Weekend - Let the sailing (and good times) begin
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Action commences July 23
International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video
Spirits high as Team Alvimedica completes Transatlantic crossing
Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature
29er North American Championship - Day 1 in Kingston
Red Bull 49erFX: First look at the Olympic sailing venue at Rio
Fuerteventura Kiteboarding Grand Slam - Classic conditions on day 3
NYYC Race Week Part II images by Rolex/Daniel Forster
Drowning or electric shock? What you need to know to help save a life
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 1
Six Metre European Championship - Blazing sunshine on opening day
National Sailing Hall of Fame to present Lifetime Achievement Award
International Moth Worlds: Greenhalgh and Rashley tied at the top
PWA Pozo World Cup - Fantastic finale determines winners
Six Metre Class British Open Championship - Llanoria and Valhalla win   
Anna Tunnicliffe set to compete at the CrossFit Games   
America's Cup: Oracle Team USA holds foiling camp at Wangi SC   
Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi OR completes double Atlantic crossing   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team SCA has a 'pull through day' off the Canaries   
No tiller sailing - how to steer using just the sails + Video   
International Moth Worlds: Three bullets in a row for Greenhalgh   
U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship - Sophia Reineke wins   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 0 Opening   
Fuerteventura World Cup - Slalom action highlights day 2   
2014 Governor's Cup - Sam Gilmour of RFBYC victorious again   
Farr 40 West Coast Champ - Skipper Alberto Rossi leads Enfant Terrible   
Flying Dutchman World Championships - Magyars are the Masters   
Final day shakes up standings at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek   
2014 -15 Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica pushing towards Southampton   
NYYC Race Week - Saving the best for last   
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander commands   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Waiting game on Day 3   
International Moth Worlds: Thunderstorms delay racing on Day 1   
Fuerteventura World Cup - Impressive tricks on day 1   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL VIR US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT