Abu Dhabi, UAE (November 29, 2014) – The Medal Race places in the ten Olympic and open kiteboarding events were decided at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates after a tense day of competition. The top ten in each fleet will advance to the Medal Race in a do or die battle for ISAF Sailing World Cup Final glory and a share of the $200,000 prize fund.
It was another beautiful day in Abu Dhabi with clear blue skies, a north westerly breeze at 10-13 knots with the Emirati waters filled with the sails of 270 sailors from 38 nations.
Young Oliver Bridge (GBR) dominated the kiteboarding heats winning every single one of his races. Bridge, Asian and European Champion has been a class above his competitors and will head into the semi final as one of the favourites.
2014 World Champion Maxime Nocher (FRA) and 2013 World Champion Florian Gruber (GER) also picked up victories in their flights and will be aiming to advance to the final.
Two semi-finals will be held with five racers in each. Places 1 and 2 will carry forward ten points, 3 and 4 seven points, 5 and 6 five points, 7 and 8 four points and 9 and 10 three points. Two races in each semi-final will follow with the top two placed sailors in each heading to the final.
From there, it’s a four way single race shoot out for the podium spots.
It’s going to be a Super Sunday in Abu Dhabi with all the Medal Races scheduled to take place across one racing area.
The schedule is as follows:
09:45 – Women’s RS:X
10:20 – Laser
11:00 – 49erFX
11:35 – Women’s 470
12:15 – Finn
12:55 – Men’s RS:X
13:30 – Nacra 17
14:05 – 49er
14:40 – Men’s 470
15:20 – Laser Radial
16:00 Open Kiteboarding
Fully-produced highlight packages from 27-30 November will be available to view on the ISAF Sailing World Cup YouTube Channel.
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