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Polish training partners Magda Woyciechowska and Julia Damasiewicz grabbed the top spots in the standings in the women’s fleet at the Formula Kite World Championships in China in fickle breezes that got the best of most of their rivals.

The duo, both just 14, leap-frogged overnight leader, local favourite Jingle Chen (CHN), to secure the leaderboard’s first and second spots respectively in finely judged racing.

In breezes that toyed with race officials, often dipping below 6kts and rarely getting above 8kts, Woyciechowska scored two bullets from the only two races possible in the start-stop racing off Guangxi province’s Beihai city.

On day three of the scheduled six at the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) Formula Kite Asians, the men’s fleet racing separately also only managed to get in two races, with a third abandoned when the already light breeze completely died on parts of the course.

Still, Russia’s Denis Taradin had used the opening two contests to extend his points lead. Rivals in 17-strong fleet had few answers to his pace and tactical awareness that gave him healthy leads and earned him two bullets.

Many of the athletes in the 26-strong roster from 11 nations, including the Polish teenagers, hope to post sufficiently-strong performances to win enough ranking points to secure themselves a spot at the inaugural World Beach Games in San Diego where kiting will make its debut.

But first Woyciechowska and Damasiewicz had to make up for lost ground after they were obliged to retire for mistakenly sailing the wrong course on day one. Woyceichowska did that in style on day three taking wins as others failed to complete the course, finishing long before rivals—alternately Natalie Flintrop-Clarke (AUS) and Damasiewicz.

In her day’s second race she was harried by Chen and Damasiewicz all the way round the rhomboid track just off the beach. But Chen failed to ley the final top mark and put her kite down in a lull, never to recover.

“It was really really light, but it was OK,” said Woyciechowska, who revels in the light airs. “I was fighting with Jingle Chen all the way round in the second race, but then she couldn’t make the mark. I’m really happy. It’s my first international competition where I’m in the top three.”

Even though Damasiewicz stumbled in the day’s first race and failed to finish, eking out a second spot in the day’s final race earned her valuable position that kept her just ahead of Chen on the leaderboard.

“That was cool,” said Damasiewicz. “The wind is tricky here and you don’t know where it’s going. I was second in the last race and I was happy to finish. Magda’s my friend and we’re always fighting on the water. If one of us makes a mistake, the other wins. I prefer strong wind, but when it’s light she’s the hero.”

The youngest competitor Max Maeder (SNG), just 12, was equally happy. He had been second in the day’s last race, before it was abandoned. “I was second and I wanted it to go on so that I could finish it,” he said. “I was really happy I made it back to the beach without swimming. I’m certainly learning a lot in every race.”

Top five men after ten races (two discards)

1 Denis Taradin (RUS) 8pts
2 Mario Calbucci (ITA) 18pts
3 Ejder Ginyol (TUR) 21pts
4 Sam Bullock (NZL) 25pts
5 Lukas Walton-Keim (NZL) 33pts

Top five women after ten races (two discards)

1 Magdalena Woyciechowska (POL) 14pts
2 Julia Damasiewicz (POL) 26pts
3 Jingle Chen (CHN) 27pts
4 Natalie Flintrop-Clarke (AUS) 28pts
5 Benyapa Jantawan (THA) 39pts


Catalunya PWA World Cup

Posted: 27th Mai 2019 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
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After the Asian leg of the tour, the world’s best male Foil sailors have raced back across the globe to Costa Brava, Spain, ready to compete at the 2019 Catalunya PWA World Cup, which incidentally, is also first Foil only event on the PWA World Tour and runs between 28th May to 2nd June.

The picturesque town of Sant Pere Pescador is located 150km to the north-east of Barcelona and is blessed with twelve kilometres of stunning white sand beaches and the beautiful blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The Gulf-de-Roses have become a world renowned destination due to its clockwork-like sea breezes, which frequently grace Costa Brava with their presence during the summer months. However, whilst offering an astonishing backdrop, the Pyrenees Mountain’s can also transform Costa Brava into a white-knuckled assault course - when the ferocious Tramontana wind whistles down the mountain range in excess of thirty knots - however with this year’s Catalunya PWA World Cup being purely Foiling we will have to cross our fingers that the Tramontana doesn’t arrive.

Men’s Foil

The wonderful world of foiling, which is still a relatively new discipline continues to be as unpredictable as ever - results-wise at least - with no one particular sailor dominating at the moment. In fact if you look back over the last 5 events there has been 5 different winners’ - reigning world champion Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil), Mateus Isaac (JP / NeilPryde), Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne / Starboard Foil), Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne / Shamal Sunglasses / Starboard Foil) and the latest sailor to add their name to the winners’ list - Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL) - with the Frenchman winning his first event in Japan earlier this month. Will this weeks winner come from the aforementioned group? Or will there be another new name stood at the top of the podium come the end of the week?

Amado Vrieswijk is the defending event champion having claimed a superb victory here in 2018 and the Bonairean made a solid start in Japan with a 6th place. Vrieswijk reportedly hadn’t been focusing much on racing over the winter, but that doesn’t seem to have affected him so far, and with undoubtedly continue to improve with more races under his belt. Expect to see Vrieswijk give his title defence a good run.

However, there will be plenty of sailors ready to take their shot at the top spot on the podium. Firstly vice-world champion - Sebastian Kördel (Starboard / GA Sails / Starboard Foil) - who finished tied on points with Mortefon in Japan, then there is Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils), who finished 3rd overall in 2018 and has now recorded back-to-back foil podiums - Sylt 2018 & Japan ’19-  while world champion Costa Hoevel will be hoping to bounce back from a disappointing 25th place in the opener to get his season up and running.

Elsewhere, Sebastian Kornum (JP / NeilPryde) should be a threat again after finishing 4th in Japan - the Dane’s best result since 2017.

The Goyard Brother’s

Both Thomas Goyard (FMX Racing / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils) and Nicolas Goyard (Tabou / GA Sails / Phantom Foils) should also be in the mix. Between them, they won all 3 eliminations completed in Japan - 2 for Thomas and 1 for Nicolas - but both made one major error each, which cost them a shot at the event title. If they can rule out such big errors then they should be in contention again.

Olympics / RSX

Double Olympic Champion - Dorian vs Rijsselberghe (Future Fly / Gun Sails) will also be gracing the field with his presence and with his expertise should be an obvious threat, while fellow former Olympian and last year’s world No.6 Julien Bontemps (JP / NeilPryde) is also likely to be in contention, as is Tokyo 2020 Olympic hopeful Kiran Badloe (Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil), who led the fleet after the opening day in Japan, but like the Goyard Brother’s made one costly error which saw him just miss out on the top 10.

Meanwhile, Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde), who finished 3rd overall for 2018 will be hoping for slightly stronger winds than in Japan as the heavyweight struggled in the extremely light airs. If conditions are on the windier end of the Foiling spectrum expect to see Albeau feature heavily.

Elsewhere, don’t be surprised to see a strong performance from Antoine Questel (I-99 / S2Maui), who won the exhibition Foil series in 2017, while finishing 10th overall last year. The likes of Arnon Dagan (Future Fly / NeilPryde), Maciek Rutkowski (FMX Racing / Challenger Sails), Steven Van Broeckhoven (Starboard / Gun Sails / Shamal Sunglasses / Starboard Foil), Steve Allen (Patrik / Severne), could all feature in the top 10, while Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL) and Tristan Algret (Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil) will be hoping to transfer their recent success on the Slalom course in South Korea on to the Foil course in Costa Brava.

The forecast for the opening day currently looks as though the Tramontana could kick in with north to north-northeast winds of 12-18 knots currently on the forecast, while Wednesday morning the wind is expected to remain from the North. However by the afternoon the wind is forecast to return to the south and by Thursday afternoon the wind should be back to its normal southwesterly airflow, which should see the local sea breeze kick in. Don’t miss any of the action by tuning into between 28th May to 2nd June.

Day 1 Schedule (All Times GMT+2)

Registration: 10am-11am
Skippers’ Meeting: 12pm 
First Possible Start: 1pm 

Current Ranking 2019 PWA World Tour - Men’s Foil

1st Pierre Mortefon (FRA - Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL)
2nd Sebastian Kördel (GER - Starboard / GA Sails / Starboard Foil)
3rd Alexandre Cousin (FRA - Patrik / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils)
4th Sebastian Kornum (DEN - JP / NeilPryde)
5th Nicolas Goyard (FRA - Tabou / GA Sails / Phantom Foils)
6th Amado Vrieswijk (NB - JP / Severne)
7th Matteo Iachino (ITA - Starboard / Severne / Shamal Sunglasses / Starboard Foil)
8th Mateus Isaac (BRA - JP / NeilPryde)
9th Nicolas Prien (GER - JP / NeilPryde)
10th Thomas Goyard (FRA - FMX Racing / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils)

Watch the recap video from Day Two of the 2019 Formula Kite Asian Championships.

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Follow here the report from the second day of competition in China, at the 2019 Formula Kite Asian Championships.


China’s Jingle Chen shrugged off her forgettable first foray at the 2019 Formula Kite Asian Championships and threw down the gauntlet to rivals with an almost perfect performance on the regatta’s second day to surge convincingly to the head of the order.

The 18-year-old scooped five bullets and a second spot in her day’s six races in ideal foiling conditions of breezes that varied from 8kts to 11kts on the flat waters off Guangxi province’s Beihai city, south-west China.

Her stellar racing when she barely put a foot wrong and had enough speed to leave the others in the women’s fleet trailing was the mirror opposite of her first day’s efforts after she was forced to retire from both races, once for following the leaders’ wrong track.

“I’m at the front today, so I have to follow my own course and that’s good for me,” she said. “The wind is much better today, perfect for my 21m kite. I’m getting good starts, which I think has helped a lot.”

Day two of the scheduled six at the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) Formula Kite Asians—sponsored by Beihai City—offered the 26 athletes from 11 nations the ideal opportunity to advance their positions in the high-octane foiling discipline.

Russia’s Denis Taradin was among those who rose to the challenge. Like Chen, after some slight misfortune on the championships’ opening day, Taradin hit his stride with four bullets in the men’s fleet’s five races.

Taradin’s superior pace on his 21m foil kite around the rhomboid windward-leeward track helped him leap up the standings as the others just behind him traded places in the scrap for the top places.

“I feel I have good speed today,” said Taradin. “In the races I won I had 10 or 15 seconds’ lead on the others. But when I came in fourth I’d rounded the top mark first, but Mario Calbucci was very close. I crashed a gybe downwind and just couldn’t get back up on terms.”

Calbucci (ITA) scooped a bullet when Taradin faltered in one race and was able to add a clutch of high-placed finishes that were enough to keep him touch with the Russian in second spot on the leaderboard with all still to play for.

“It’s good racing today,” said Calbucci. “The wind’s not too light and I had good speed. I made mistakes but got some good results, though I hit a jelly fish just before the finish in the day’s third race. I ended up fifth, but that’s how it goes.”

Overnight leader, Turkey’s Ejder Ginyol had a slightly more mixed outing and slipped to third overall. But his performance was still good enough to notch up a second and third that kept him in the hunt.

Just behind him New Zealand’s Sam Bullock, hunting points to earn a slot at the World Beach Games in San Diego in October, also found his groove and earned two seconds and a third-placed finish.

“I got behind my countryman Lukas [Walton-Kiem] in one race,” said Bullock. “I’m not used to that and I pushed really hard. I think I was able to carry that speed into the next races. I definitely went better today.”

Top five men after eight races (two discards)

1 Denis Taradin (RUS) 6pts
2 Mario Calbucci (ITA) 13pts
3 Ejder Ginyol (TUR) 16pts
4 Sam Bullock (NZL) 17pts
5 Lukas Walton-Keim (NZL) 23pts

Top five women after eight races (two discards)

1 Jingle Chen (CHN) 7pts
2 Magdalena Woyciechowska (POL) 12pts
3 Julia Damasiewicz (POL) 14pts
4 Natalie Flintrop-Clarke (AUS) 21pts
5 Benyapa Jantawan (THA) 24pts


Watch the recap video from Day One at the 2019 Formula Kite Asian Championships.

3 Races for men and 2 races for women completed on day one of the 2019 Formula Kite Asian Championships.

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Check here IKA report from the action of Day One in China, at the 2019 Formula Kite Asian Championships.


The four women who topped the standings at the 2019 Formula Kite Asian Championships found themselves dramatically pushed down the order when they were forced to retire from one race after discovering they failed to sail the proper course.

For the young Polish pair—Julia Damasiewicz and Magdalen Woyciechowska, both 14—the mistake was a rude awakening to the complexity of top-level racing. Until their withdrawal for missing a mark and failing to complete a lap in the opening day’s second race, they stood first and second with respectively.

Natalie Flintrop-Clarke (AUS) and China’s Jingle Chen conceded that they had suffered crashes on the track off south-western China’s Beihai city beach and had followed the leaders, failing to realise they too had made their own mistakes and shortened the course.

The errors handed Benyapa “Fon” Jantawan (THA) the lead, with a bemused Bilge Ozturk (TUR) close behind in second after two races in the opening skirmishes of the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) Formula Kite Asians.

But with a further five days of the Beihai City-sponsored competition and many races in the offing, any of the leading athletes should have more than enough opportunity to claw back any deficit and reassert their dominance.

The Polish duo in particular had a near perfect record of two bullets and two seconds until their demotion and looked quick around the rhomboid track in the tropical breezes of around 12kts, that dropped to around just 7kts before racing was halted in early afternoon.

Damasiewicz and Woyciechowska, like many of the men racing in a separate fleet, are hoping their placings at the regatta’s end will earn them enough points to secure a place in kiteboarding’s appearance at the inaugural World Beach Games in San Diego in October.

The men’s fleet fared slightly better, squeezing in three races. But some suffered their own misfortunes. Russia’s Denis Taradin notched up two wins, but his opening foray came to grief when he struck a large jelly fish with his hydrofoil, crashed and finished down the order, leaving him poised in fourth overall.

Turkey’s Ejder Ginyol put in a good shift, taking three second spots that were enough to give him pole position just ahead of Italy’s Mario Calbucci, who opened his campaign with a bullet.

“It’s pretty good,” said Calbucci, riding his 21m foil kite. “In the first race the wind wasn’t so gusty. The other two were very technical. The wind was shifty, left and right by as much as 25 degrees and I missed the layline two times. But I’m quite happy.”

New Zealand’s Sam Bullock sits third overall with two third-placed finishes, but accepted that Taradin’s ill-luck had given him a leg up in the day’s opening race.

“I got lucky in the first when Denis Taradin hit something,” said Bullock. “In the third race I was struggling a bit for power on my 19m. But I still managed to hang in there. To be honest I’m still suffering from jet lag a bit. But I’m looking forward to better breezes that are forecast.”

Ozturk was similarly pleased to find herself second overall, thanks to some good fortune of her own. “I had bad starts for both races. But in the second race I hit something and fell off badly. The girls ahead me just got further away really quickly. I didn’t understand why. It turned out they hadn’t sailed the proper course. You have to sail your own race sometimes and experience comes in handy.”

Top five men after three races (no discards)

1 Ejder Ginyol (TUR) 6pts
2 Mario Calbucci (ITA) 8pts
3 Sam Bullock (NZL) 10pts
4 Denis Taradin (RUS) 13pts
5 Lukas Walton-Keim (NZL) 14pts

Top five women after two races (no discards)

1 Benyapa Jantawan (THA) 6pts
2 Bilge Ozturk (TUR) 6pts
3 Julia Damasiewicz (POL) 11pts
4 Magdalena Woyciechowska (POL) 12pts
5 Natalie Flintrop-Clarke (AUS) 13pts


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Alex Thomson Racing vs. Slingshot: The Race

Posted: 24th Mai 2019 by Paula Pintão in Allgemein
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Here is an odd race: skipper Alex Thomson, onboard his IMOCA 60 HUGO BOSS race boat, against Sam Light and Fred Hope. Watch the video of the race in Cozumel, Mexico.