Medal races conclude the 2016 IKA KiteRacing European Championships – for a first time on foiling kiteboards in both the regulated Formula Kite class and the open development KiteFoil class. Maxime Nocher (MON, F-One/Taaroa) and Elena Kalinina (RUS, Elf/Moses) stayed flawless in the 4 race medal series on the final day of the competition at Poetto Beach, Cagliari. With only the top 10 riders in the platinum fleet, the race committee of the Yacht Club Cagliari around Race Director Andy Curnow set up a 6 minute two lap course, providing new challenges to the fleet. With a spacious start line, tactics at the start played an important role. Nocher went into the medal races with an comfortable lead, and took not any risk to allow any upsets. The battle was expected between second ranked Olly Bridge (GBR, Elf/Levitaz) and Riccardo Leccese (ITA, Ozone/MikesLab) who was leading the event after the qualifying series. Only three points apart, and 40 points up for grabs throughout the four races, this was the highly anticipated match race. However, the young Briton playedit self as well, winning 2 races and scoring another 2 and 6, while Leccese lost ground in every race and finished never …
2016 IKA Kiteracing European Championships
The penultimate day in Cagliari separates the fleet for tomorrows medal series.
After 4 days of competition in Poetto Beach, Cagliari, Riccardo Leccese and Maxime Nocher are only 1 point apart going into the penultimate day of the 2016 Europeans.
Watch the highlight videos of the third and fourth days of competition!
Racing action and interviews from the second day of qualifiers at Poetto Beach, Cagliari. Tomorrow start the final series.
From 16th to 22th of May Cagliari, in Sardinia, plays host to the 2016 Formula Kite and KiteFoil Open European Championships. Watch the introduction video and some of the action from the first day of racing.