Friday’s medal racing climax at the 2013 African Course Racing Championship in Soma Bay, Egypt dawned with lighter conditions compared to the past two days, and all was set for the most tense day of racing so far.
With riders only carrying points equivalent to their position on the leaderboard into the final day, there was all to play for. The ten riders in each of the men’s and women’s events competed in a repechage series, with only the top three on each leaderboard guaranteed a place in the final race off. The bottom four riders, positions 7 to 10, were to race off first, with the top finisher progressing through to the next round, which then pitched the riders in positions 4-7 against each other and rewarded only the top finisher with a place in the finals.
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Day 4 at the 2013 African Course Racing Championships, with all to play for as the kiters focused on climbing into the top 10 on the leaderboard and qualify through to Friday’s medal series. Soma Bay in Egypt today served up another day of strong winds, with the breeze gusting up to 25 knots. A little less extreme than yesterday, but still fairly exciting – perfect for the heaving wind thrillseekers.
Five races were held for the 80 kiters in this concluding day of the final series. First to hit the race track were the men’s gold fleet with everyone starting on starboard and close together. Series leader Johnny Heineken was on a roll yesterday, and continued his winning ways today, quickly opening up a big gap between him and Adam Koch in second, with Riccardo Leccese following closely. Heineken has so far been flawless in the final series and scored another bullet, with Leccese finishing in second after overtaking Koch and the American Brian Kender in 4th. These top finishers were now seriously threatening Germany’s Florian Gruber in the overall standings, who needed to defend his third place.