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2018 Formula Kite European Championships

Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:38 am
by cglazier
This is a very big event with most of the top racers in the world there. Today was day one.
Daniela Moroz and Nico Parlier/Olly Bridge/Axel Mazella in the lead after 1 race in 25 knots and some serious swell that forced the race committee to postpone all other racing till tomorrow.
Unfortunately only one round of racing completed before the conditions got too difficult to continue racing. Both race committee and competitors pretty much in survival mode.
CG

Re: 2018 Formula Kite European Championships

Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:41 pm
by cglazier
Day 2
What a day of racing ! 27 heats completed in winds ranging from 9 to 22 knots and perfect sailing conditions. Axel Mazella and Olly Bridge are leading the mens fleet on equal points while Daniela Moroz remains an unbeatable force in the womens fleet.
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Re: 2018 Formula Kite European Championships

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:09 pm
by Pemba
Nico Parlier in 8th ? What happened ? Must be a new experience to him..

Re: 2018 Formula Kite European Championships

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:52 pm
by FrederikS
He jumped the start apparently. Will probably be back in front once the gold fleet races start.

Re: 2018 Formula Kite European Championships

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:02 pm
by Peter_Frank
Pemba wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:09 pm
Nico Parlier in 8th ? What happened ? Must be a new experience to him..

But remember, they are not competing AGAINST each other yet, it is three different groups as you can see there are 3 firsts, and 3 seconds etc, in each race.

It will be in the finals competing directly, everything will be settled :thumb:

It always confuses with this type of race system, but you need to start this way if many competitors I believe, and eliminate :roll:

He got a bad discard - but had firsts and seconds and third places otherwise :D

8) Peter

Re: 2018 Formula Kite European Championships

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:15 pm
by Mossy 757
Since when is 25 knots "survival conditions" for the top racers? I've personally seen Nico ride in 30kts+ during a gale and do JUST fine. So did I, for what it's worth...

Re: 2018 Formula Kite European Championships

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:04 am
by cglazier
Day 3
More rain and risk of thunderstorms brought the day to an end - therefore not much to report. Skippers meeting tomorrow at 10.

Some more pictures from yesterday..

Re: 2018 Formula Kite European Championships

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:16 am
by Pemba
Peter_Frank wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:02 pm
Pemba wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:09 pm
Nico Parlier in 8th ? What happened ? Must be a new experience to him..

But remember, they are not competing AGAINST each other yet, it is three different groups as you can see there are 3 firsts, and 3 seconds etc, in each race.

It will be in the finals competing directly, everything will be settled :thumb:

It always confuses with this type of race system, but you need to start this way if many competitors I believe, and eliminate :roll:

He got a bad discard - but had firsts and seconds and third places otherwise :D

8) Peter

A, Ok, you are right, I didn't realize that. Should have looked a bit better. Thanks.

Re: 2018 Formula Kite European Championships

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:26 am
by Pedro Marcos
Mossy 757 wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:15 pm
Since when is 25 knots "survival conditions" for the top racers? I've personally seen Nico ride in 30kts+ during a gale and do JUST fine. So did I, for what it's worth...
Problem was not the wind, but the sea conditions.

Re: 2018 Formula Kite European Championships

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:15 am
by Peter_Frank
Pedro Marcos wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:26 am
Mossy 757 wrote:
Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:15 pm
Since when is 25 knots "survival conditions" for the top racers? I've personally seen Nico ride in 30kts+ during a gale and do JUST fine. So did I, for what it's worth...
Problem was not the wind, but the sea conditions.

Yup - huge "waves", hmmm actually not waves, but huge close CHOP waves like rarely seen anywhere, almost impossible to ride ok safe even for these experienced riders :o

8) Peter