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Nightmare conditions force racing to be abandoned on day 3 of Palma

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Winds ranging from 0 to 27 knots average and gusts up to 44 knots forced racing to be abandoned in the kiteboarding course area after a long day of waiting.

Shortly before the 12:00 warning signal, the race committee decided to keep all riders ashore when the first heavy gusts hit the course. When the wind settled down a bit to a more manageable 20 knots average, the race committee then quickly had to learn that the wind completely disappeared to virtually 0 knots within a 15 minute period. What followed were hours of shifting winds, attempts to reset the course to allow for fair racing did not succeed.

Being the most northerly of all course areas, the north-northwest wind was most gusty and shifty, coming over the mountains and the city of Palma.

Several start attempts were made, with the fleet sailing on their smallest kites in survival conditions, but the conditions never stabiised enough to allow for fair racing. Racing was postponed to the next days in the late afternoon with hope that conditions will be more manageable on the penultimate day of the regatta.

Six races have been sailed so far in the first two days of the regatta, and sailors as well as race committee hopes to be able to complete a full schedule on Tuesday before Wednesdays Medal Races.

For an interview with current Mens fleet leader Florian Trittel click here

Overall Standings after six races:

MEN
1. Florian Trittel (ESP, ML/Elf) - 5 pts
2. Ivan Doronin (RUS, ML/Elf) - 16 pts
3. Alejandro Climent (ESP, ML/Elf) - 17 pts

WOMEN
1. Elena Kalinina (RUS, UC/Elf) - 5 pts
2. Anastasia Akopova (RUS, ML/Ozone) - 10 pts
3. Jade O'Connor (IRL, UC/Ozone) - 16 pts

Full results can be found here: http://www.trofeoprincesasofia.org/en/default/races/race-resultsall

Picture Gallery: http://trofeosofia.photoshelter.com/gallery/Kite-Boarding/G0000CQcjcsikc64/

 

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Tricky conditions in Palma allow for three more races, Trittel and Kalinina extend their lead

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Perfect 7-9 knots seabreeze conditions allowed for three more races in front of the skyline of Palma, before the wind died and started to turn in preparation for the strong tramontana winds expected for the next day.

Race 4 of the 16 race opening series got underway at around 1300 hours after a postponement on shore due to unstable winds, and the fleet split nicely into starboard and port tackers - resulting in a general recall when half the fleet pushed too hard and went over the line too early. The restart of the race saw another dominance of Florian Trittel (ESP, ML/Elf), ahead of Blazej Ozog (POL, North) and Thiago Arteaga (ESP, Elf).

The second race was taken by Ivan Doronin (RUS, ML/Elf), who is comfortably sitting in second position overall now. Hot on his heels is Alejandro Climent (ESP, ML/Elf) with a strong and consistant performance.

The third race went down in exactly this order - Trittel, Doronin, Climent - in increasing winds. In the womens fleet Elena Kalinina (RUS, UC/Elf) again dominated the competition with 3 bullets. Anastasia Akopova (RUS, ML/Ozone) is safely in second with a streak of second places in every race, with Jade OConnor (IRL, UC/Elf) closely on her heels in third position.

Racing continues on Monday with 6 races scheduled in strong offshore winds.

Overall Standings after three races:

MEN
1. Florian Trittel (ESP, ML/Elf) - 5 pts
2. Ivan Doronin (RUS, ML/Elf) - 16 pts
3. Alejandro Climent (ESP, ML/Elf) - 17 pts

WOMEN
1. Elena Kalinina (RUS, UC/Elf) - 5 pts
2. Anastasia Akopova (RUS, ML/Ozone) - 10 pts
3. Jade O'Connor (IRL, UC/Ozone) - 16 pts

Full results can be found here: http://www.trofeoprincesasofia.org/en/default/races/race-resultsall

Picture Gallery: http://trofeosofia.photoshelter.com/gallery/Kite-Boarding/G0000CQcjcsikc64/

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Formula Kite inaugurates 46th Trofeo Sofia Iberostar

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The kiteboarders of the IKA Formula Kite Class were the first to inaugurate the 46th Trofeo Sofia IBEROSTAR with three races dominated by Spanish rider Florián Trittel and Elena Kalinina (RUS) in Es Portitxol. Meanwhile in the other clubs the Olympic classes were starting their preparations for the practice race on Sunday and the start of the competition Monday.

It was a first today in Palma with the Kites making their first appearance in the Sofia IBEROSTAR alongside the Olympic classes. Three races were completed in a breeze weakening throughout the day until the abandon of the fourth race when the wind dropped to 2 knots. The favorites came out on top with European Champion and vice world champion Elena Kalinina (RUS, UC/Elf) claiming the day with three wins. A fautless performance as well for Florian Trittel (ESP, ML/Elf) who stole the day with an incredible margin over his opponents. Racing was cancelled during the fourth race when the kites started to hit the water in the dying wind.

"I really enjoy these conditions, the wind was light but stable" claimed Kalinina, her small frame suited for the lighter winds. "This is pretty similar to the conditions in St Petersburg where I train."

At the age of 17 she is already a veteran with four years of kiteboarding under her belt! "I sailed the optimist and the Zoom 8 when I was a kid, and also tried a bit of windsurfing but I was attracted to kitesurfing. I felt I could really make quick gains with a fast learning curve. As a new discipline kiteboarding is always evolving and is opening many possibilities. We are part of its history! What I really love is that I have the feeling of flying!"

About her opponents and racing with the men, Elena adds, "The level is really high both in the men and the women. Today these lighter conditions suited the lighter riders like me. In Kiteboarding you don't need power so much but a good technic and the right choice of equipment; this makes it possible for boys and girls to race together."

Racing continues Sunday for the Kiteboarding with up to six races planned.

Overall Standings after three races:

MEN
1. Florian Trittel (ESP, ML/Elf) - 3 pts
2. Denis Taradin (RUS, ML/Elf) - 10 pts
3. Ivan Doronin (RUS, ML/Elf) - 14 pts

WOMEN
1. Elena Kalinina (RUS, UC/Elf) - 3 pts
2. Anastasia Akopova (RUS, ML/Ozone) - 10 pts
3. Jade O'Connor (IRL, UC/Ozone) - 12 pts

Full results can be found here: http://www.trofeoprincesasofia.org/en/default/races/race-resultsall

Picture Gallery: http://www.trofeoprincesasofia.org/en/default/races/race-photogallery/text/46-trofeo-s-a-r-princesa-sofia-iberostar/gallery/6957

 

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