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Formula Kite European Championships Day 2

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The weather in Mielno during the second day of the 2014 Formula Kite European Championships was better for long walks on the beach than for running kiteboard races: beautiful sun and the wind getting weaker every hour. Even though the breeze was just strong enough in the morning with several start attempts and late AP flags due to the wind droping below 5 knots, it got too light after 5 races (2 rounds of men yellow and green and one womens race), and with no sign of increasing winds AP over A was displayed at 16:30 hours.

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Best in the light winds proved defending European Champion Oliver Bridge (GBR, North) with a 2-1 score and Alejandro Climent (ESP, TMV/Ozone) with a 1-1 score in their respective groups. Bridge is now leading the overall ranking ahead of Climent and Riccardo Leccese (ITA, ML/Ozone) who is tied in points with Climent.

With only 2 points between places 2 and 5 the competition was fierce, and every rider in the top 10 is able to win races.

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In the womens fleet it was again Elena Kalinina (RUS, UC/Elf) dominating the fleet, now 6 points ahead of second ranked Aga Grzymska (POL, ML/Ozone) and Tatiana Sysoeva (RUS, ML/Ozone) in third.

With two 17-year old riders now leading the championship tomorrows final series for the men and the continuation of the single opening series of the women will shift the focus on the coveted 10 places in the Medal Series, scheduled for Sunday, September 7.

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The European Championship in Kiteracing in Mielno attracts lots of attention from the spectators on the beach. Many of them were spectating the competition from the boardwalk by the beach or from the beach itself.

Weak wind is a great concern both for the competitors and the organisers. Agnieszka Grzymska, from the Polish racing team, says : „Day two of the championship is over. I am currently second in the ranking list. Unluckily, we have only had one race today, in which I came third. The other planned races were postponed due to the marginal wind, that was dropping below 5 knots. I hope that tomorrow will bring better conditions."

Overall Standings after 6 races (men) and 5 races (women)

MEN:
1. Oliver Bridge (GBR, North) - 7 pts
2. Alejandro Climent (ESP, UC/Ozone) - 11 pts
3. Riccardo Leccese (ITA, ML/Ozone) - 11 pts
4. Florian Trittel (ESP, TMV/Ozone) - 12 pts
5. Julien Kerneur (FRA; Airush) - 13 pts

WOMEN:
1. Elena Kalinia (RUS, UC/Elf) - 4 pts
2. Aga Grzymska (POL, ML/Ozone) - 10 pts
3. Tatiana Sysoeva (RUS, ML/Ozone) - 11 pts
4. Jade O'Connor (IRL, TMV/Ozone) - 14 pts
5. Anastasia Akopova (RUS, ML/Ozone) - 15 pts

Full results: http://internationalkiteboarding.org/images/documents/events/2014FKEuropeansResults.pdf

Photo Credit Bogo/Sieplywa.pl

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Formula Kite European Championships Day 1

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The first qualifying races of the European Championship in Kiteboarding in Mielno/Poland were run today. Florian Trittel (ESP, TMV/Ozone) is leading in the men's fleet with a 4-3-1-1 score ahead of Riccardo Leccese (ITA, ML/Ozone) and Oliver Bridge (GBR, North). 17 year old Elena Kalinina (RUS, UC/Elf) won all but one of her races today and is first in the women's ranking with local rider Aga Grzymska (POL, ML/Ozone) in second and Tatiana Sysoeva (RUS, ML/Ozone) in third.

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The competitors saw challenging conditions with light winds around 8 knots in the early races, but quickly increasing to 18 knots in the afternoon. 4 races were completed for each fleet.

The Mens fleet will continue their qualifying series tomorrow before the fleet is split into gold and silver flights for the final series on Friday and Saturday, while the womens fleet will continue their single opening series before Sunday's Medal series which will feature the top 10 riders in each division.

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The official closing and award's ceremony is planned for Sunday (07.09) at 5 pm. It will take place at the beach in front of the Dune apartment building. A beach party is held every evening at Mielno Beach.
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Kite Mielno sports club is the organiser of the European Championship and their main partner from Mielno is Firmus Group developer.

Overall Standings after 4 races:

MEN:
1. Florian Trittel (ESP, TMV/Ozone) - 9 pts
2. Riccardo Leccese (ITA, ML/Ozone) - 9 pts
3. Oliver Bridge (GBR, North) - 11 pts
4. Alexander Bachev (BUL, UC/Ozone) - 12 pts
5. Maks Zakowski (POL, TMV/Ozone) - 13 pts

WOMEN:
1. Elena Kalinia (RUS, UC/Elf) - 5 pts
2. Aga Grzymska (POL, ML/Ozone) - 10 pts
3. Tatiana Sysoeva (RUS, ML/Ozone) - 14 pts
4. Ansastasia Akopova (RUS, ML/Ozone) - 15 pts
5. Jade O'Connor (IRL, TMV/Ozone) - 17 pts

Full results: http://internationalkiteboarding.org/images/documents/events/2014FKEuropeansResults.pdf

Picture credits: "Bogo/Sieplywa.pl"

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