Kiteboarding provides biggest fleet at Sail Melbourne

Five weeks before the start of the first ever Sailing World Cup including the new events selected for the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, the kiteboarding fleet is by far the biggest entry for the regatta, even outperforming the Laser class which usually provides the biggest fleet.

Up till now, 39 entries for the kiteboarding men event have been received. But not only in numbers, but also in nations spread the kiteboarding fleet is outstanding. 14 nations have signed up so far in the mens fleet, and 5 in the womens fleet, more than in any of the other classes.

More entries are expected in the remaining 4 weeks registration period, with the top sailors signing in after this years successful world championship in Cagliari, Italy a few weeks ago.

Registrations for Sail Melbourne as of 24.10.2012, sorted by number of entries. For comparision: 2011 and 2010 entries

Class Registrations 2012 Nations Entries 2011 Entries 2010
Kiteboard Men 38 14 -- --
Laser 28 8 63 66
Laser Radial 17 3 25 41
Kiteboard Women 10 5 -- --
470 Men 9 2 14 15
Finn 8 1 10 23
49er 6 1 7 22
470 Women 4 1 7 7
49er FX 4 3 -- --
RSX Men -- -- 11 13
RSX Women -- -- 9 17
Nacra 17 -- -- -- --

 

   Top Rankings Racing

Formula Kite

 

KiteFoil Class

 

TT:R Slalom

 

Speed

male Oliver Bridge  United-Kindom                 male Maxime Nocher  Monaco                 male Narapichit Pudla  Thailand                 male Robert Douglas  United-States   
female Stephanie Bridge   United-Kindom      female Elena Kalinina  Russia      female Jingle Chen  China      female Angely Bouillot  France   

   Top Rankings Expression

Freestyle

 

Big Air

 

Wave

             

Strapless

 

Park

male Posito Martinez  Dominican-Republic                   male Posito Martinez  Dominican-Republic                  male Pedro Matoz  Brazil      male Matchu Lopez  Cape-Verde                  male Sam Light  United-Kindom   
female Estefania Rosa  Brazil       female Bibiana Magaji  Slovakia      female Ines Correia  Portugal      female N/A       female Karolina Winkowska  Poland   

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