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Trittel and Kalinina lead the kiteboarding fleet into the medal races

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Another challenging day in Palma concluded the opening series with 7 races completed. Both Florian Trittel (ESP, ML/Elf) and Elena Kalinina (RUS, UC/Elf) go into the last days 3-race medal series with a perfect score.

The day started off with a postponement ashore for all 11 classes racing in Palma, before the seabreeze kicked in from South West. A late postponement was signalled when the wind died off from the top of the course and the fleet sent ashore again.

What followed was a long no-wind period, before the seabreeze came back up in the late afternoon again. But it was already 7pm before the fight between onshore breeze and offshore gradient wind finally was won by the seabreeze and the fleet being sent another time. The seventh race of the opening series went down in good racing conditions, with Trittel taking the victory another time ahead of Denis Taradin (RUS, ML/Elf) and Ivan Doronin (RUS, ML/Elf).

In the womens fleet, Kalinina completed her perfect score with another victory ahead of Jade OConnor (IRL, UC/Elf) and Nuria Goma (ESP, ML/Ozone).

The final race of the day was started at 1935 hours with the hope that the wind would last for another couple of minutes, however in the second lap the wind started to die off and finally on the reach to the finish line completely disappeared, forcing the race to be abandoned just meters before the finish line. 5 minutes more of wind would have been all thats needed.

Racing continues on the final day with the medal series, where the best 10 in both genders compete in a 3-race non-discardable series on a shortened course.

Overall Standings after seven races:

MEN
1. Florian Trittel (ESP, ML/Elf) - 6 pts
2. Ivan Doronin (RUS, ML/Elf) - 20 pts
3. Denis Taradin (RUS, ML/Elf) - 24 pts

WOMEN
1. Elena Kalinina (RUS, UC/Elf) - 5 pts
2. Anastasia Akopova (RUS, ML/Ozone) - 16 pts
3. Jade O'Connor (IRL, UC/Ozone) - 18 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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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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