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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 https://www.facebook.com/IKA.Events.Live/

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

MEN
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

WOMEN FORMULA KITE
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:
 http://internationalkiteboarding.org/images/documents/results/2016FKEuropeansResults.pdf

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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.

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

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"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

MEN
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

WOMEN
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:
http://internationalkiteboarding.org/images/documents/results/2016FKEuropeansResults.pdf

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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.

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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.

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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:

MEN
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

WOMEN
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


http://internationalkiteboarding.org/images/documents/results/2016FKEuropeansResults.pdf

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