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2017 Formula Kite World Championships – Day Four

On November 24, 2017   |   By kiteworldmag.com

INTENSE CLASHES AS RACERS PUSH FOR MEDAL SERIES AT OMAN FORMULA KITE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

Competition at the Formula Kite World Championships in Oman saw the stakes raised as the leading racers battled to secure a top 10 spot and the chance to go for glory in the Medal Series on the final day on Friday.

The duels on the water off Muscats Al Mouj beach in the top fleet, with riders battling for position, were intense, with the slightest mistake proving costly in what is undoubtedly the strongest kitefoil racing line-up of the year.

 

Images: Toby Bromwich

Frances Nico Parlier barely put a foot wrong on the penultimate day of the five-day regatta on the Gulf of Omans flat waters, in a shifty 10 to 11 knot breeze, extending his lead and giving himself a healthy advantage.

It didnt all go his way, however, Britains Olly Bridge managed to get the better of the Frenchman in one race, notching up his first win and taking second place on the leaderboard. This victory came right after he had failed to complete the previous race and had to be rescued after breaking two lines and seeing his kite tumble into the water.

 

 

Frances Axel Mazella secured third place on the leaderboard after a day of neck-and-neck competition with rivals Parlier and Bridge that saw ultra-fast (just over) seven-minute laps of the course.

Despite intense competition from a classy field with 10 of the 18-strong gold fleet riders aged under 21 the leading trio were in a class of their own. The chasing pack, however, was almost as quick, with most finishing just seconds after the leaders.

The biggest winner on day four of the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) Formula Kite World Championships, hosted by Oman Sail with associate sponsor Al Mouj Muscat, was Riley Gibbs, from the USA, who put in a stellar performance and notched up a clutch of high-placed finishes.

 

 

He was awarded a scoring redress for the five races he was forced to miss on Wednesday after a collision in a port-starboard incident with the reigning Formula Kite World Champion, Maxime Nocher, from Monaco. The award propelled him to fourth on the leaderboard and secured his place in the Medal Series.

Slovenian Toni Vodisek, 17, put his best foot forward on day four, enjoying his finest day on the water so far with a brace of second and third place finishes in the top fleets six races, putting him seventh overall.

Russian Denis Taradin had a slightly more chequered outing, but his strong finishes in the opening clashes of the two-day Finals Series were enough to put him in ninth place overall going into the final day.

 

 

Behind the leading three guys there is a battle for every single place, said Taradin. Its definitely the toughest fleet Ive ever sailed in. The whole line-up is packed. I love every single moment of it. I try not to care too much about the result, enjoy myself and not make too much trouble in my mind.

Frenchman Tho de Ramecourt, tenth overall, was also revelling in the intensity of the competition that he believed ultimately could only be good for his future performance.

 

 

The level here is just insane, said de Ramecourt. One race you can be number four, then number 14. You just cant make any mistakes. Its really hard, but its so interesting. We now have a new vision of what racing is. Im so happy with my speed and performance.

In the womens fleet, another battle has been unfolding out on the water between Frances Alexia Fancelli and Russias Elena Kalinina, with both trailing in the wake of the reigning Formula Kite World Champion, Daniela Moroz, from the USA, who posted six wins out of six today.

 

 

Fancelli was pleased to have bagged a second and a trio of third place finishes that gave her the edge and put her in second place on the leaderboard over former Formula Kite World Champion, Kalinina. The pair, are just one point apart going into the final day.

Im so pleased that Im in the game with Elena Kalinina for a second-place finish, said Fancelli. Weve had a long day, but Im absolutely going faster. So now its about tactics and reading the wind shifts on the course to earn the best advantage.

Full results and minute-by-minute race reporting can be found at:www.formulakite.com/results

 

Top five men after 12 finals series races (two discards)

1 Nico Parlier (FRA) 14pts
2 Olly Bridge (GBR) 27pts
3 Axel Mazella (FRA) 31pts
4 Riley Gibbs (USA) 56pts
5 Titouan Galea (FRA) 92pts

 

Top three women after 23 races (four discards)

1 Daniela Moroz (USA) 19pts
2 Alexia Fancelli (FRA) 43pts
3 Elena Kalinina (RUS) 44pts

 

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