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Kitefoil Gold Cup Weifang Binhai China

Postby cglazier » Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:56 am

Reigning International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil World Champion, France’s Nico Parlier, edged his way up the order at the KiteFoil World Series being fought out off Weifang Binhai’s Joy Sea Beach in eastern China.

The multiple world champion notched up a win and a third place in the only two races of the day after the early, shifty offshore breezes died completely. The finishes helped move Parlier up to third spot overall at the end of the second of five days of racing.

But Britain’s Connor Bainbridge, the overnight leader thanks to a dominant first day on the Yellow Sea’s windward-leeward track, retained his lead at the top of the standings after he grabbed a win and a less auspicious seventh spot.

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Re: Kitefoil Gold Cup Weifang Binhai China

Postby cglazier » Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:59 pm

British athlete Guy Bridge charged up the leaderboard on the third day of the KiteFoil World Series at Weifang Binhai, in eastern China, with scintillatingly-quick and accomplished racing that earned him a hat-trick wins.

The wins catapulted Bridge, the younger sibling of Olly Bridge, up the rankings to third spot overall on a day of confusingly-mixed conditions that finally came good late in the afternoon, enabling the race director to squeeze in four races.

Bridge’s stellar outing on the two laps of the windward-leeward track on the Yellow Sea in 13kts to 18kts boosted his quest for overall victory at the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil World Series season opener.

But almost as important for Bridge was that with the mounting number of races he was able to discard from his tally another poor early score caused by a retirement for a broken line that had been costing him dearly.

Still, fellow countryman Connor Bainbridge did enough on the third of the five-day regatta to hold his spot at the head of the order, though he suffered an expensive tangle with French racer Théo de Ramecourt in the final race of the day.

Multiple world champion Maxime Nocher (MON) again had another strong day in the shifty, onshore breezes that only filled in after violent squall blew over the track as racers were held on the beach. In what were ultimately excellent racing conditions, Nocher notched up three second places as he battled Bridge around the course, enough to cement his second spot overall.

et with two more days of racing scheduled at the Weifang World Series regatta—where prize money of €60,000 is up for grabs—all the racers in the 32-strong fleet from 16 nations realise everything is still to play for.

Next week many of the fleet will travel south to Fujian province’s Pingtan island for the second of four scheduled KiteFoil World Series stops to crown the IKA KiteFoil World Champion.

The reigning world champion, France’s Nico Parlier, slipped a place to fourth overall after he suffered the misfortune of missing the day’s first race when he went to change wet clothes after the rain squall, unaware the start was imminent.

In the women’s group, racing with the men, three-time Formula Kite World Champion Daniela Moroz (USA), is more than holding her own. She sits in the middle of the extremely strong fleet and is learning a lot.

“It’s very tactical and I’m really learning a great deal,” said Moroz. “It’s great matching up against the guys. I’m really happy with my position, but my goal is to make it into the top ten of the KiteFoil World Series fleet this season.”

Top three men after 12 races (two discards)

1 Connor Bainbridge (GBR) 29.0pts
2 Maxime Nocher (MON) 30.0pts
3 Guy Bridge (GBR) 37.0pts

Top three women after 12 races (two discards)

1 Daniela Moroz (USA) 133.0pts
2 Elena Kalinina (RUS) 176.0pts
3 Kirstyn O’Brien (USA) 232.0pts


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Re: Kitefoil Gold Cup Weifang Binhai China

Postby cglazier » Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:45 am

Monaco’s Maxime Nocher surged to the head of the order at the KiteFoil World Series’ opening act in China, taking four wins from seven on the competition’s penultimate day that was packed with drama that proved costly for his rivals.

But the multiple world champion was a model of searingly-quick consistency even up against one of the fastest fleets that has ever gathered to battle for the unprecedented €60,000 prize money on the Yellow Sea track off Weifang Binhai, eastern China.

By contrast, the leader for the opening three of the regatta’s five days, Britain’s Connor Bainbridge, slipped to second overall after a slightly mixed outing in perfect kitefoil racing conditions with breezes that ranged from 13kts to 19kts under clear skies

The Briton, along fellow countryman Guy Bridge, felt they had lost their focus partly as a result of one of the more bizarre incidents to befall kitefoil racing that occurred in day four’s opening exchange.

As the pair battled neck-and-neck for the lead on the second upwind leg, both racers’ kites were taken out the air by the downwash from a Chinese maritime rescue helicopter that had been hovering low over course, apparently watching the proceedings.

Both crashed and Bainbridge in particular had difficulty relaunching his kite. Both eventually finished the race down the order, but on appeal were given redress and average points for the race that helps keep them in contention for a podium finish.

Bridge, younger brother of Olly Bridge, seemed unfazed by the incident and went on to clinch two wins in succession. But after a break he picked up a costly disqualification for crossing the start line early along with reigning Formula Kite World

Champion, France’s Nico Parlier, who now sits third overall.

Bridge’s disqualification cost him the leaderboard top spot that he briefly held during the day. Some ill-luck afterwards when he hit debris and crashed several times while battling for the lead put him down to fourth overall.

The constant trading of positions at the head of the fleet is a reflection of the mounting pressure and the stratospheric level at the first of the four-stop International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil tour that will crown the best overall racer as world champion.

Parlier, who recently lifted his second successive Formula Kite world title in Aarhus, Denmark, has grown quicker over the competition and scored a bullet in the final race of day four. But he acknowledges he let his concentration slip after he was crowned.

“It’s really hard here,” he said. “I relaxed a little bit too much after the Worlds. I went to do some coaching at the KiteSpeed World Championships and I didn’t train on our new foil and kites, so I feel I’m missing a bit. But I’m getting better through the competition.”

Bainbridge was quite phlegmatic about his mixed day that saw the lead slip from his grasp despite a clutch of high-placed finishes that were still not enough to match his early performances.

“I have to say ‘fair play’ to Maxime Nocher,” said Bainbridge. “He has raced fairly and consistently, always racing his own races. All the rest of us made mistakes. The level is so high, the highest we’ve ever seen in foiling. No one is consistently getting ‘bullets’ because the slightest mistake becomes costly.”

Nocher appears to be hitting his stride just as the competition reaches its climax, taking two second places along with his day’s four wins. But unlike rivals he has stayed clear of trouble and posted no poor scores that have pulled the others down.

“It was a good day, and a long day,” said Nocher, as he landed his kite. “I used my 15m kite all day and it’s been perfect in these conditions with good wind over the whole day. I’m really happy about my position, but I’m not going out to celebrate just yet.”

Top three men after 19 races (three discards)

1 Maxime Nocher (MON) 38.0pts
2 Connor Bainbridge (GBR) 52.2pts
3 Nico Parlier (FRA) 60.0pts

Top three women after 19 races (three discards)

1 Daniela Moroz (USA) 218.0pts
2 Elena Kalinina (RUS) 288.0pts
3 Kirstyn O’Brien (USA) 378.0pts

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Re: Kitefoil Gold Cup Weifang Binhai China

Postby Mossy 757 » Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:00 pm

This is the most I've seen the lead change day to day since hydrofoil racing got started. Usually once someone has a sizeable lead it sticks, this time it bounced each day to someone new.

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Re: Kitefoil Gold Cup Weifang Binhai China

Postby cglazier » Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:41 pm

Maxime Nocher wins the 2018 KiteFoil GoldCup in Weifang, China Congratulations!!!
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