After changing the course area to a new launching site, the medal series stage of the kiteboarding event at the 46th Trofeo Princesa Sofia went underway, with three races scheduled for both the mens and the womens fleet.
In perfect 12-15 knots racing conditions, specators along the promenade of Can Pastilla could witness some exciting racing, with extreme close mark roundings and often photo finishes.
Florian Trittel (ESP, ML/Elf) continued to dominate the fleet with another three bullets, finishing off the event with a perfect score, winning all races but one. The second place overall was also taken by the hosting country, Alejandro Climent (ESP, ML/Elf) fought his way back to the podium after a problematic first day. Ivan Doronin (RUS, ML/Elf) completed the podium after a very consistent regatta, only 2 points shy of the second place.
An even more impressive perfomance was shown by 17 year old Elena Kalinina (RUS, UC/Elf), winning all ten races with a margin. The second place overall goes to Anastasia Akopova (RUS, ML/Ozone) ahead of Jade OConner (IRL, TMV/Ozone) who made her first podium appearance on a major event.
"I am so excietd with my results here. I really didn't expect to win all the races. The racing conditions were not easy but in the end we did 10 races. The venue today in Can Pastilla was much better for launching and for racing. I hope we will be there next year. It was great to be part of the Trofeo Sofia IBEROSTAR with all the other Olympic classes, it is a great start for our future and hope we will be included again in more regattas with the Olympic classes." said event winner Kalinina.
About her goals for the rest of the year the 17 year old Russian rider adds: "This win is giving me confidence to go and compete in the year main regattas: the European and world championship. Then I hope to be selected for the Sailing World Cup final in Abu Dhabi."
Same reaction from Florian Trittel: "I am very proud to win this event in Palma. I hope we will return next year with more riders. This is a good step towards the inclusion of kite in the Olympic Games!"
Overall Standings after ten races (3 medal races):
1. Florian Trittel (ESP, ML/Elf) - 9 pts
2. Alejandro Climent (ESP, ML/Elf) - 36 pts
3. Ivan Doronin (RUS, ML/Elf) - 38 pts
1. Elena Kalinina (RUS, UC/Elf) - 9 pts
2. Anastasia Akopova (RUS, ML/Ozone) - 23 pts
3. Jade O'Connor (IRL, TMV/Ozone) - 29 pts
Full results can be found here: http://www.trofeoprincesasofia.org/en/default/races/race-resultsall
Picture Gallery: http://trofeosofia.photoshelter.com/gallery/Kite-Boarding/G0000CQcjcsikc64/
Video Footage from the Medal Race Series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-W6JKcoY28M
Interview Florian Trittel and Pricegiving: https://youtu.be/cYp2ZhHuOJ0?t=34