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Leccese and Nocher neck on neck before the final days at the Kiteracing Europeans

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It has been a tough forth day at the European Championship Formula Kite and Foil Kite, taking place at the Poetto beach until May 22nd, with the organization of the Yacht Club Cagliari and the logistical support of the Italian Army.

AP was flying until after 14.00h, due to the whims of the North off-shore wind, which was unstable in its direction and intensity, certainly not good at all for the race competition.

While waiting on the beach the riders exchanged their views on the equipment and latest trends of a discipline that represents the maximum evolution in the field of sailing and which performance can be compared only to those of the America's Cup catamarans.

Only late in the afternoon once the Mistral had gone down and the thermic on-shore wind picked up the race Committee could start the competition and only 3 out of the six of the total scheduled races were completed.

Maxime Nocher (MON) won both rounds of the Gold Fleet, ahead of Riccardo Leccese (ITA) and Oliver Bridge (GBR). However Riccardo gets back to the provisional lead thanks to the possibility of discarding (after the fifth round) the 11th place of yesterday. Oliver Bridge is 3rd overall and 1st in the Under 21 category when we are only one day away from the so long-awaited final on Sunday.


Nothing changes in the women's ranking where Elena Kalinina (RUS) increases her advantage over  Steph Bridge (GBR).


"Despite the fact that the wind during these days has been particularly challenging, all the athletes are very happy with the championship and surely one can't say that regattas have no thrilling!" stated Mirco Babini, the President of the International Kiteboarding Association, "Cagliari is one of the best locations in the world and the International Kiteboarding Association is considering to hold yet another global event next year too".

Overall standings after 6 races (gold) and 5 races (silver), and 1 discard

1. Riccardo Leccese (ITA, Ozone/MikesLab) - 11 pts
2. Maxime Nocher (MON, F-One/Taaroa) - 12 pts
3. Oliver Bridge (GBR, Elf/Levitaz) - 17 pts
4. Florian Trittel (ESP, Elf/KFA) - 37 pts
5. Florian Gruber (GER Flysurfer/Levitaz) - 41 pts

1. Elena Kalinina (RUS, Elf/Moses) - 6 pts
2. Steph Bridge (GBR, F-One/Levitaz) - 12 pts
3. Gina Hewson (AUS, Ozone/Spotz) - 25.3 pts
4. Jade O'Connor (IRL, Elf/Banga) - 21 pts
5. Emile Mazeikaite (LTU, Flysurfer) - 38 pts

Full results:


Nocher and Kalinina lead the 2016 European Kiteracing Championships after the first day of Final Series

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After the first two days qualifying races - 10 each in the yellow and blue fleets - the fleets were divided in gold and silver groups for the remaining days of the event before Sunday's medal races.

On the third day of the event ,the Mistral wind was blowing from early morning. After the skipper's meeting at 11 am everything was set for the first start of the Gold Fleet at 12 pm.


The mistral wind is usually very gusty with an intensity ranging from 9 to 20 knots, the direction of the wind is usually North West but with big shifts which made for extremely tactical racing. The adopted race tactic will make the difference and the best athletes will have to choose the best moment as well as the best side of the course for their tack or gybe. Today we have probably seen more tacking for shifts than anytime before.

The windward mark is only a few metres from the shoreline which makes it quite spectacular and the water is just so flat that the riders can literally fly at more than 30 knots.

Riccardo Leccese won the first two rounds of the Gold Fleet with a stellar performance and fighting head to head with the Monegasque Maxime Nocher, leaving the chasing group led by Olly Bridge 200m behind.

The Silver Fleet carries the Italian flag with the winners of the first two rounds, Beverino and Chiti, who are beginning to get the right feeling with the high speeds and the technicallity of the race course.

Around noon the wind died and switched to onshore - AP was flying ashore for quite a while before conditions stabilized and racing could commence again.


With even more shifty and gusty conditions, Leccese has some hard crashed pushing him down to 11th place, meanwhile Olly Bridge gets everything perfect from start to finish winning both rounds, pushing him up the leaderboard. Maxime Nocher keeps up with a 2nd and 4th place following a very late start after technical problems with his kite. Riccardo however manages to come back during the last round of today with a 2nd place. The top three are now only very few points away from one another, however with the first discard kicking in on day 4, the leaderboard will be reshuffled.

The Silver Fleet is led by the young Tuscan Giulio Chiti who gets better and better and reaches two 1st places. Excellent performance for Lucas Rey from Cagliari who takes home two 2nd places in the last two rounds of the day.

For the women the Russian Elena Kalinina leads unobstructed in front of the multiple time world champion Steph Bridge, the level is very high for both and neither of them can afford to make mistakes.

Six more races are scheduled for the final series, followed by 4 non-discardable races on Sunday.
Results after 4 Gold Fleet Races:

1. Maxime Nocher (MON, F-One/Taaroa) - 14 pts
2. Oliver Bridge (GBR, Elf/Levitaz) - 15 pts
3. Riccardo Leccese (ITA, Ozone/MikesLab) - 17 pts
4. Florian Trittel (ESP, Elf/KFA) - 39 pts
5. Maks Zakowski (POL, Ozone/Moses) - 41 pts

1. Elena Kalinina (RUS, Elf/Moses) - 6 pts
2. Steph Bridge (GBR, F-One/Levitaz) - 13 pts
3. Gina Hewson (AUS, Ozone/Spotz) - 19.3 pts
4. Jade O'Connor (IRL, Elf/Banga) - 22 pts
5. Emile Mazeikaite (LTU, Flysurfer) - 25 pts


Challenging conditions conclude the 2016 European Youth Freestyle Championships

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The youngest competitors delivered great action on day 2 at the 2016 European Youth Freestyle Championships in Noordwijk, Holland !

After a great competition yesterday we were ready and excited to see the boys U14 and the girls showing their best tricks on the water today.

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After a sunny Skippers meeting at 09:30 we were able to start the first four girls' heats at 10:00 am. French Rider Célia Salome was up against Chiara Adobati from Italy, while Nina Font (ESP) competed against Senne Bruijn (NED). The wind was more onshore and all competitors needed to get used to the rough conditions. The wind direction and the high waves were pushing the riders towards the shoreline so that some riders crashed their kites on the beach and needed assistance from their caddies. Senne Bruijn and Célia Salome couldn't win their first heats, but got the chance to compete in the second round against each other to follow the other girls into the third round. At the second heat Spanish girl Osaia Reding Commaille, youngest one in the division, competed against Dafne Dijkman from the Netherlands. For Dafne it is the third competition in her life and it was hard to ride against Osaia who already attended a few events in the past. Nevertheless both competitors did their best, Osaia advanced to the third round, whereby Dafne got another chance to climb up the Elimination ladder by riding against Eva Dupont (FRA), who lost her first heat against Sorsha van der Ark (NED).

Colleen Falempin (FRA) and Pippa van Iersel (NED) were pre seeded and joined the other girls straight at round three. Four tough and close heats later the participants for the Semi Finals were Nina Font (North Kiteboarding) against Senne Bruijn (Ozone) and Pippa van Iersel (Airush) against Chiara Adobati (Cabrinha). After the high tide the conditions were slightly better in the morning so that the girls had a bit more space between the waves to take off for their tricks. In between their heats the riders warmed up at the Hot Tubs at the beach and supported each other during the competition. Spanish Rider Nina Font advanced into the finals after a great heat against Dutch girl Senne Bruijn. The second semifinal didn't lose excitement. Pippa van Iersel won close against Chiara Adobati, who turned 16 years today. Two more heats were missing at the girls division to complete the elimination ladder. Senne Bruijn and Chiara Adobati met at the losers final to fight for a place on the podium. Pippa van Iersel and Nina Font completed the Youth European Championships at the Kiteboard Open in Norrdwijk with a great performance on the water.

Next to the girls division we were able to run the U14 boys. In total twelve young riders delivered great action inside the competition area. In the first heat one of the youngest competitors, Lau Duprez (BEL), competed against Joris Herrewijnen (NED) and Wout Knipscheer (NED) and became second. The following heat was dominated by Hugo Metton from France followed by Dutch rider Nout Mul and Ilyah Muns (NED). Heat number three included another young Dutch competitor (Duuk van Hees), Oscar Perrineau from France and Jaap van der Kommer from the Netherlands. Perrineau advanced directly into the next round, whereby van der Kommer and Duuk van Hees were fighting for one of the coveted seats in the quarter finals. The final heat of the first round was with Jis van Hees (NED), Ties Verlinden (NED) and Hugo Zirkzee (NED). Ties secured the third place in this heat and competed against Duuk van Hees in the next round, in which he unfortunately lost so that Duuk met his older brother Jis in the quarter finals. The heat between the brothers was very close. Duuk won against his brother by only a few points difference and advanced into the semifinals.

Lau Duprez won against Ilyah Muns, but lost against Hugo Metton in the quarter finals. Wout Knipscheer won the heat against Nout Mul and met Joris Herrewijnen in heat number nine where Herrewijnen made his way via the semifinals against Metton into the finals.

After 4 heats Duuk van Hees managed to reach the loser final with F-One Team Rider Hugo Metton. At the final Heerwijnen met Oscar Perrineau.

All results will be announced tomorrow afternoon at the prize giving at 15:00 pm.

We look back to another successful day at the Youth European Championships 2016 and welcome all riders and parents to join our Judging clinic tomorrow morning at 10:00 am at the beach. There our team will answer all your questions about competitions and judging criteria.

As mentioned before the prize giving will be at 15:00 pm. We hope to see you all tonight for the big beach party at the event! Let's celebrate the success of the first Youth European Championships!

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