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Bruno Sroka and Fabienne D'Ortoli crowned European Course Racing Champions

The Grand Prix Petit Navire has kept all its promises for the staging of the first official European Course Racing Championships, even when there was no more racing on the final day of the competition due to lack of wind.

After 12 rounds of racing, Bruno Sroka and Fabienne D'Ortoli (both France) are the new Champions of Europe.

Flawless organization, great race management, many rounds raced, and an adaption of the new ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing made this a great event for the 97 competitors from all over Europe.

Bruno Sroka, European Champion 2009:
"It was not easy but the work paid off. It has been three months with Paulo (Editor's note: Paulo Rista: Designer) we try to develop the hardware. This Grand Prix was a test-scale facing a big competition. In the end, our choices are validated by comparison with other riders who sailed with conventional boards. (Editor's note: Marc Blanc, second, the main opponent of Bruno was sailing on it with a foil). I am really happy and if our work helps to change the kite, it's great!. I'm really happy because this is a big personal and team with Paulo, and the title is a reward for our work."

Fabienne D'Ortoli, European Champion 2009:
"I'm glad because I do not really expect to finish first, especially with the presence of Steph Bridge (Editor's note: PKRA Tour Champion 2008). It was really hot between Steph, Caroline Adrien and me, all rounds ended a few meters of each other. But it was a great edition, with great management."

Full results can be found here, pictures from the organizer are available here

   Top Rankings Racing

Formula Kite

 

KiteFoil Open

 

TT:R Open

 

TT:R Youth

 

Speed

male Denis Taradin  Russia      male Maxime Nocher  France      male Florian Gruber  Germany      male Benoit Gomez  France      male Alex Caizergues  France  
female Daniela Moroz  United-States     female Elena Kalinina  Russia     female Sofia Tomasoni  Italy     female Sofia Tomasoni  Italy     female Mani Browning  United-States  

   Top Rankings Expression

Freestyle

 

Big Air

 

Wave / Strapless

             

Park

male Carlos Mario  Brazil                   male Posito Martinez  Dominican-Republic                  male Airton Cozzolino  Italy      male Sam Light  United-Kindom   
female Bruna Kajiya  Brazil       female Bibiana Magaji  Slovakia      female Jalou Langeree  Netherlands      female Annelous Lammerts  Netherlands   

   Top Rankings SnowKite

Racing Ski

 

Racing Snowboard

 

Long Distance Ski

             

Long Distance Snowboard

male Felix Kersten  Germany                   male Reinhold Gehrer  Austria                  male Felix Kersten  Germany      male Reinhold Gehrer  Austria   
female Maria Stellitano  Italy       female Aija Ambrasa  Latvia      female Maria Stellitano  Italy      female Aija Ambrasa  Latvia