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The Edge Cup 2017 wrap-up

On May 23, 2017   |   By kiteworldmag.com

The premier UK foil racing event concludes in Exmouth, Devon

 

Lastweekend saw the eightannual edge race cup sponsored by Exeter City Futures take place in Exmouth Devon. Over 30 riders registered for the event with international riders arriving from France and Germany to compete in the professional fleet.

Saturday saw racers in both the amateur and professional fleets face challenging conditions as the winds rose upwards of twenty knots as localised squalls passed through before dropping back to single figures at times. Racing was tight in the pro fleet but Olly Bridge was dominant, recording a string of victories with brother Guy and German rider Benni Boeli close behind.

 

 

In the amateur fleet lance Olner fought a tight battle at the top of the fleet with Jonny Hutchcroft but as with the professional fleet one man consistently came out on top, with Lance Olner recording back to back victories. Further back a three-way battle developed for third, with Tom bridge, Gareth Mogs and Darren Hammond all recording a podium finish.Chunk of Devon provided racers with local delicacy steak pasties between races, with Levitaz and North kiteboarding providing demos of the latest equipment at beach HQ.

Following the race the riders convened at local vineyard Pebblebed, for a fantastic evening of socialising, great food and local wine. A silent auction raised an amazing total of 820 forSurfers Against Sewage, with prizes generously provided byEdge Watersports,Bumble and Bee,W Trout & Son,Aspara,River Exe Cafe,Exewake,Rockfish Exmouthand Pebblebed Vinyard.

Sunday saw fantastic conditions, bright blue skies with steady southerly winds. Following the race briefing riders hit the water for the first of three morning races. In the amateurs Jonny Hutchcroft overturned Lance Olner’s dominance winning two of the three races, meaning the top two were tied on points heading into the midway point on the final day.In the professional fleet local riders Guy and Olly Bridge extended their advantage in first and second place respectively, as Benny Boeli battled with Connor Bainbridge battling it out for the final podium spot with only a point seperating them after 8 races.

 

 

Following a short break riders hit the water for the final threeraces of the day. The second race of the afternoon saw huge moments in both fleets with Olly Bridge out in front once again in the professional fleet only to come unstuck as he crashed in a big way after sailing into some underwater debris. Likewise Tom Bridge was leading the way in the amateur fleet right up until the final mark when he also crashed spectacularly and was overtaken by his rivals, unfortunately this saw the end of Toms podium challenge as, despite a firstplace in the day’s final race, he was unable to overturn the deficit to Gareth ‘Mogsy’ Morgan in third. Meanwhile, Lance Olner completed the afternoon races on top pushing rival Jonny Hutchcroft into second place.

In the Professional fleet, after a solid afternoon, Benni Boeli kept Connor bainbridge at bay to finish third finishing behind localriders Olly and Guy Bridge.

 

Edge would like to thank all their sponsors who contributed to this years Edge Race Cup

Exeter City Futures

Surfers Against Sewage

New Devon Army

New Devon Brewing

– British Kite Sports

Cat Rugged Phones

Chunk of Devon

Pebblebed Vinyard

North Kiteboarding International

ION

Levitaz

FINAL RESULTS

PROS:
1st – Olly Bridge
2nd – Guy Bridge
3rd – Benny Boeli

AMS
1st – Lance Olner
2nd – Jonny Hutchcroft
3rd – Gareth Mogsy Morgan

Find out more about the Edge teamand upcoming events atwww.edgewatersports.com

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