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Nocher and Kalinina claim first European Championship Titles on foiling Kiteboards

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Medal races conclude the 2016 IKA KiteRacing European Championships - for a first time on foiling kiteboards in both the regulated Formula Kite class and the open development KiteFoil class.

Maxime Nocher (MON, F-One/Taaroa) and Elena Kalinina (RUS, Elf/Moses) stayed flawless in the 4 race medal series on the final day of the competition at Poetto Beach, Cagliari.


With only the top 10 riders in the platinum fleet, the race committee of the Yacht Club Cagliari around Race Director Andy Curnow set up a 6 minute two lap course, providing new challenges to the fleet. With a spacious start line, tactics at the start played an important role.

Nocher went into the medal races with an comfortable lead, and took not any risk to allow any upsets.

The battle was expected between second ranked Olly Bridge (GBR, Elf/Levitaz) and Riccardo Leccese (ITA, Ozone/MikesLab) who was leading the event after the qualifying series. Only three points apart, and 40 points up for grabs throughout the four races, this was the highly anticipated match race.

However, the young Briton playedit self as well, winning 2 races and scoring another 2 and 6, while Leccese lost ground in every race and finished never better than 5th.

And from the back, orginially with 15 points behind expected to be the safe 4th place, Florian Trittel (ESP, Elf/KFA) showed a consistant performance and it all came down to the final race where Leccese only had to stay within 4 places of Trittel.

But Trittel scored a third place while Leccese lost ground in every manouvre, having him finishing in 8th, tied in points with the young spanish rider. The tie was broken through the better results in the medal series, and Trittel found himself with a surprising podium finish - a nice present at the day before his birthday.


On the womens side of things, Kalinina never got in trouble, finishing a flawless event with another four bullets. For the Russian female champion this comes as a confirmation considering that she also won the 2014 and 2015 titles.

Large crowds witnessed exciting close racing thoughout the whole week in champagne sailing conditions, leaving a smile on the face of competitors and officials alike. A complete schedule with a total of 52 races in make the 2016 an event to remember for everyone, and raised the bar to a high level for the upcoming competitions of the season.

The event came to an end with the prizegiving on the beach, and the crowning of the 2016 European Champions.

U 18
1. Toni Vodisek (SLO)
2. Martin Dolenc (CRO)
3. Tomasz Glazik (POL)

U 21
1. Olly Bridge (GBR)
2. Toni Vodisek (SLO)
3. Martin Dolenc (CRO)

1. Marvin Baumeister (GER)
2. Ivan Doronin (RUS)
3. James Johnsen (DEN)

1. Enrico Tonon (ITA)
2. Dario Piras (ITA)
3. Marco Calbucci (ITA)

1. Elena Kalinina (RUS)
2. Steph Bridge (GBR)
3. Gina Hewson (AUS)

1. Elena Kalinina (RUS)
2. Steph Bridge (GBR)
3. Jade O'Connor (IRL)

1. Maxime Nocher (MON)
2. Olly Bridge (GBR)
3. Florian Trittel (ESP)

Full results:

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Nocher and Kalinina clear ahead before the medal races at the 2016 Kiteracing Europeans

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It has been a very intense competition day, with nine rounds for the entire Fleet. Tomorrow in the medal series, the top 10 men will race in the platinum fleet, then the remaining gold fleet, and the silver fleet including the medal races for the women.  Each fleet will race 4 non-discardable single counting races that will add to their current final series score.


The defending world champion Nocher took back the lead of the fleet, by remarkably scoring four 1st places out of four, behind him the battle was on fire! Today, in addition to his main rivals, Riccardo Andrea Leccese and Oliver Bridge, there was the pressing Florian Trittel Paul and amongst others the young Croatian Martin Dolenc, age class 2000, Under 18 world champion and rising star of the fleet; the Slovenian Toni Vodisek, who realised an authentic climb up to the center of the top ten and the Polish Blazej Ozog.


Poland is the only nation who deploys two athletes, Blazej Ozog and Maks Zakowski, in a Medal Fleet which represents the entire Europe: from the Principality of Monaco (Nocher) to Great Britain (Bridge), Italy (Leccese), Spain (Trittel), Croatia (Dolenc), Slovenia (Vodisek, another Under 18 athlete in the final), Germany (Gruber) and Austria (Geislinger).

The Under 21 Russian Elena Kalinina is projected towards the women's title. Since Monday she has firmly taken the lead, leaving to the British Steph Bridge, the new role of chaser but leaving open for tomorrow a splendid duel for the title.


Although several places seem to be settled already, with 40 points on the line for the medal series and no discards, any mistake can costs places or the podium.

All racing action will be transmitted live at

Overall standings after 10 Final Series races (two carry forward scores, two discards)

1. Maxime Nocher (MON, F-One/Taaroa) - 14 pts
2. Oliver Bridge (GBR, Elf/Levitaz) - 23 pts
3. Riccardo Leccese (ITA, Ozone/MikesLab) - 26 pts
4. Florian Trittel (ESP, Elf/KFA) - 41 pts
5. Toni Vodisek  (SLO, Elf/Levitaz) - 65 pts

1. Elena Kalinina (RUS, Elf/Moses) - 10.5 pts
2. Steph Bridge (GBR, F-One/Levitaz) - 173 pts
3. Jade O'Connor (IRL, Elf/Banga) - 29 pts
4. Emile Mazeikaite (LTU, Flysurfer) - 41 pts

Full results:


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:

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