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Saturday, 10 June 2017 21:12

Six new World Cup Series champions have been crowned after a day of Medal Races were played out in Santander, Spain.

Racing concluded in the Men's and Women's Windsurfers, Men's and Women's Skiff, the Mixed Multihull and the Foiling Formula Kiteboarding with five new World Cup champions and one successful defence.

After a morning postponement, Medal Races kicked off on the Dune racing area in a light, fickle and challenging 5-8 knot north easterly breeze that tested sailors and the race committee alike.

Watch back all of today's Medal Races here -

Nico Parlier (FRA) was head and shoulders above the Foiling Formula Kiteboarding fleet all week long and confirmed gold with ease.  His victory ends Oliver Bridge's three-year run of World Cup Series victories but Bridge did enough to clinch silver.

On the week, Parlier commented, "It was very good, great weather and atmosphere. We have been doing six races every day, so it has been fun. I have been training a lot for this and I was quite good at reading the wind, that's very important in Kiteboarding.”

Riccardo Leccese managed to climb into third after Guy Bridge (GBR) dropping down from second place as he was unable to finish two of the day's final series races in the extremely light winds.

TOP 5 after 12 qualifying series, 12 final series races (4 discards), and 3 single counting non-discardable medal races:
1. Nicolas Parlier (FRA) - 27 pts
2. Oliver Bridge (GBR) - 54 pts
3. Riccardo Leccese (ITA) - 70 pts
4. Guy Bridge (GBR) - 72 pts
5. Denis Taradin (RUS) - 87 pts

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Saturday, 10 June 2017 08:58

The Men's and Women's Skiff, Windsurfers, Mixed Multihull and Foiling Formula Kiteboarding all concluded their fleet racing and the top ten racers will now advance to Saturday's live Medal Races to fight to become the World Cup Final Champion in their respective fleets.

Friday's conditions served up exceptional conditions for the 260 sailors from 41 nations with a steady north east breeze in the region of 12-16 knots.

France's Nico Parlier has almost wrapped up gold before Saturdays three single couting medal races. He is 27 points clear of Guy Bridge (GBR). Only a disaster - not finishing any of the three races - could see Parlier lose his grasp on the gold medal.

Defending World Cup Series Final Champion Oliver Bridge occupies third overall.

Fourth placed Riccardo Leccese is only four points out of the podium. While Parlier should have secured Gold, places two to four are only seven points apart, with a total of 30 points up for grabs.

The forecast for the medal races is looking rather light which could create some upsets in the final rankings by the light wind specialists.

The medal races will be broadcasted LIVE at

TOP 5 after 12 qualifying series and 12 final series races (4 discards)
1. Nicolas Parlier (FRA) - 20 pts
2. Guy Bridge (GBR) - 47 pts
3. Oliver Bridge (GBR) - 50 pts
4. Riccardo Leccese (ITA) - 54 pts
5. Denis Taradin (RUS) - 70 pts

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 21:53

Sailing's 2017 World Cup Series Final reached its mid-point on Thursday, as competitors continue to fight for position across the ten Olympic and foiling Formula Kite events in Santander, Spain.

The competition in Santander has been ferocious with Olympic medallists, World Champions and many of the world's leading sailors aiming to reach Saturday's live Medal Races and to be in with a chance at claiming a medal.

Thursday's racing saw exceptional sailing conditions across all the racing areas. A 15 -20 knot breeze, gusting 25 knots, tested the sailors.

French World Cup winner Nico Parlier (FRA) remained untouchable, sailing the perfect day.

The young Frenchman won six consecutive races and now holds a huge 20-point lead over Riccardo Leccese (ITA). 

Behind him unfolds a four-way battle between Leccese, Oliver and Guy Bridge, and Denis Taradin (Russia). Any of those four is in medal contention with only very few points between them.

The conditions today can only be described as champagne sailing. In a constand 20 knot westerly breeze, most riders were on 11m kites in the butterflat water right in front of the Santander City front with thousands of spectators.

Tomorrow will see the final day of the opening series, with another six races scheduled for Gold and Silver fleet each.

The Gold Fleet will then compete in Saturday's live broadcasted three single scoring, non-discardable medal races for the 2017 Sailing World Cup Series Title.

TOP 5 after 12 qualifying series and 6 final series races (3 discards)
1. Nicolas Parlier (FRA) - 15 pts
2. Riccardo Leccese (ITA) -35 pts
3. Oliver Bridge (GBR) - 35 pts
4. Denis Taradin (RUS) - 38 pts
5. Guy Bridge (GBR) - 40 pts
* results subject to pending scoring inquiry

World Sailing will be live on YouTube on Saturday  with three final races. Subscribe for live alerts 

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 22:10

Santander was baked in sunshine for the second day of World Cup racing as riders looked to either capitalise on a great opening day, or play catch up after slow starts.

Conditions were near on perfect for the 260 sailors from 41 nations racing across the ten Olympic fleets and the foiling Formula Kite class. Not a cloud in the sky and 11-15 knots of breeze coming from the north east enabled a full on day of racing.

Defending World Cup Final Champion Oliver Bridge (GBR) found his form on the second day of competition, winning five out of six races in the blue fleet to leap into the podium positions. Sitting in third, he is two points off brother Guy.

Nico Parlier (FRA) maintained his excellent form and snapped up five wins in the yellow fleet to extend his lead. A UFD disqualification in race 10 was the only upset for his day.

Yesterdays third placed Titouan Galea suffered an injury in the pre-start of race 7 and couldn't compete for the rest of the day. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on the race course later in the week.

Racing continues with the Final Series for the next two days, with the top 9 riders competing in the Gold Fleet and the remaining riders going to the Silver fleet.

The Gold Fleet will then compete in Saturday's live broadcasted medalraces for the 2017 Sailing World Cup Series Title.

TOP 5 after 12 qualifying series races (2 discards)
1. Nicolas Parlier (FRA) - 10 pts
2. Guy Bridge (GBR) - 17 pts
3. Oliver Bridge (GBR) - 19 pts
4. Riccardo Leccese (ITA) - 21 pts
5. Denis Taradin (RUS) - 28 pts

World Sailing will be live on YouTube on Saturday  with three final races. Subscribe for live alerts 

Tuesday, 06 June 2017 21:33

The Sailing World Cup Final kicked off in Santander, Spain today (6 June) with riders aiming to put some 'keepers' on the board.

It's a common phrase in sailing (and as such, kiteboard racing), you cannot win on the opening day, but you could lose it. Therefore the 260 competitors from 41 nations racing across the ten Olympic and open kiteboarding fleets strived to put good results on the board and lay the foundation for the week ahead.

A 10-13 knot westerly breeze enabled sailors to complete all their races across a cloud covered Bay of Biscay and Santander Bay.

French World Cup winner Nico Parlier (FRA) was the form rider in the Foiling Formula Kite today. Guy Bridge (GBR) hot on his heels won three races in the blue fleet and is second overall.

Defending Sailing World Cup Final champion Oliver Bridge (GBR) is down in sixth place, however things can change quickly with six races scheduled for each day of the qualifying series before the 18 riders from 9 countries are split into gold and silver fleets before the all deciding Medal Race Series scheduled for Saturday 10 June which will be broadcasted live.

TOP 5 after 6 qualifying series races (1 discard)
1. Nicolas Parlier (FRA) - 5 pts
2. Guy Bridge (GBR) - 7 pts
3. Titouan Galea (FRA) - 9 pts
3. Riccardo Leccese (ITA) - 10 pts
5. Denis Taradin (RUS) - 14 pts

World Sailing will be live on YouTube on Saturday  with three final races. Subscribe for live alerts 

Sunday, 30 April 2017 07:50

Seven medals were confirmed yesterday (Saturday) at Sailing's World Cup Series in Hyères, France.

In the first of two live Medal Race days, France's southern coast was blessed with glorious sunshine. Coupled with an 11-13 knot breeze from the west, the day was virtually perfect.

A perfect day finishing off a perfect week for Nico Parlier (FRA) feels. The Frenchman has won all but one race in the Formula Foiling Kiteboarding, including the final three Medal Races.

Despite the dominance, Parlier still felt it was closer than the results suggest, "It's been tough with really close racing. I've been really dialled in with my equipment though and had the wind I like so I am really happy with everything.”

Parlier's compatriot, training partner and friend, Axel Mazella (FRA), has always been one step behind, but still secured the silver with room to spare ahead of Monaco's Maxime Nocher.

TOP 5 after 12 qualifying, 6 final series races (3 discard), and 3 medal series races
1. Nicolas Parlier (FRA, Ozone) - 17 pts
2. Axel Mazella (FRA, F-One) - 23 pts
3. Maxime Nocher (MON, Enata) - 45 pts
4. Toni Vodisek (SLO, Ozone) - 53 pts
5. Titouan Galea (FRA, F-One) - 61 pts

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Friday, 28 April 2017 22:06

Sailors (and as such, kiteboarders) are always thrilled when they have a return of straight race victories. Then there are times when they are happy to come out in one piece, still within touching distance of the medals.

The competition in Hyères reached a critical stage on Friday with Medal Races imminent.

Saturday's racing will see the see the skiffs, windsurfers, multihulls and foiling kiteboarders fight for the medals after a day that saw all the competitors make a final dash to reach the top ten.

Overnight, the forecast for racing on Friday was not looking good and Hyères was expected to be on the receiving end of 30knots of breeze, gusting 35. The breeze was strong in the morning and sailing postponed for all classes except the foiling Formula Kites, as the conditions were not deemed safe enough to sail. 

French friends and rivals, Nicolas Parlier and Axel Mazella continue to lead the way in kiteboarding event. Parlier has the upper hand with six wins out of six races which gives him a four-point lead over Mazella. It was day of mixed fortunes for Mazella, but still good enough to give him a 22-point cushion over third placed Toni Vodisek (SLO).

Conditions were on the upper end of the scale - not because of the average wind but because of the extreme gusts and shifty winds at the beginning of the day that caused several equipment damage.

Everyone in the top 4 can win gold, and the podium is even possible for any rider down in the top 9. With a total of 30 points up for grabs in the three non-discardable medal races, almost everything remains possible.

TOP 5 after 12 qualifying and 6 final series races (3 discards)

1. Nicolas Parlier (FRA, Ozone) - 15 pts
2. Axel Mazella (FRA, F-One) - 19 pts
3. Toni Vodisek (SLO, Ozone) - 41 pts
3. Maxime Nocher (MON, Enata) - 42 pts
5. Titouan Galea (FRA, F-One) - 47 pts

World Sailing will be live on YouTube on Saturday at 15:30 with three final races. Subscribe for live alerts 

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 21:13

A grey, overcast morning welcomed the sailors from the ten Olympic classes as well as the Open Kiteboarding (foiling Formula Kite) and the 2.4 Norlin OD, a Para World Sailing event, to the boat park with an expected morning breeze of 7-12 knots from the west.

Following a brief morning postponement due to a wait for the wind, the fleet went out for the first of their 6 scheduled races in a westerly 10-15 knot breeze.

Six further races were conducted and the perfect records held by Axel Mazella (FRA) and Nicolas Parlier (FRA) were crushed in the opening race of the day. Mazella finished second in the blue fleet and Parlier third in yellow.

That was, however, just one blip on the record as they got back to winning ways immediately after, taking the remaining five victories in their respective fleets. They are tied on 10 points at the top with Maxime Nocher (MON) following nine points behind.

With a strong wind forecast for the next two days, things could change however now that the fleet is divided into "Gold" and "Silver", and the two leaders facing each other in direct competition for the first time.

Racing continues with the final series on Thursday and Friday, before the all deciding medal races on Saturday afternoon.

World Sailing will be live on YouTube on Saturday at 15:30 with three final races. Subscribe for live alerts 

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 22:11

Day one at World Sailing's World Cup Series Hyères is in the books !

Over 500 sailors from 52 nations opened their quest for World Cup honours, personal best performances and bragging rights as the second event of the 2017 series got underway in Hyères, France.
Events cannot be won on the first day in sailing but they can certainly be lost. So, in a stable 8-11 knot south easterly breeze, it was vital that those aiming for the top honours laid down a marker with consistent race results.

French racers Nicolas Parlier and Axel Mazella dominated their respective blue and yellow fleets in the Foiling Formula Kiteboarding. The pair won every single race, beating World Champion racers Maxime Nocher (MON) and Florian Gruber (GER).

There has been some seriously close racing already on the "Olympic" short track course, and once the fleet will be split into gold and silver the action will be skyrocketing.

Apart from the leaders in each group, racing for the runner-up places has been even more tight, and the action will fully unfold once we split the fleet into gold and silver on Thursday and Friday.

On the womens side of things, women's Formula Kite World Champion and US Rolex Sailor of the year Daniela Moroz (USA) sits just outside of the top 10 but will have another shot tomorrow to make the gold fleet and the Medal Races on the weekend.

Racing continues with the qualifying series on Wednesday 26 April and the final series on Thursday and Friday, before the all deciding medal races on Saturday afternoon.

World Sailing will be live on YouTube on Saturday at 15:30 with three final races. Subscribe for live alerts 

Sunday, 11 December 2016 14:03

The 49er, 49erFX, Men's and Women's RS:X, Nacra 17 and Formula Kite finished their week of competition with Medal Races on the Stadium course in front of the St Kilda Sailing Precinct in a mixed day of breeze.

Last to race on Saturday, the foiling Formula Kite class had the best of the conditions, a 12-knot breeze and beautiful afternoon sunshine which produced a fantastic showcase for the class and some of the best kiteracing footage seen so far.

Oliver Bridge (GBR) took a 14-point lead into the three single-point non-discardable kite Medal Races however, in the first race things did not quite go to plan, "I wasn't at my best in the upwind and I caught something at the second windward mark and just hit the deck. Something was stuck on my foil and I couldn't get started again. It was quite annoying but I managed to catch up a couple of places."

Bridge worked his way up to fifth and a top finish in the second race would confirm him as the World Cup champion. He found his foiling feet again and won the final two races with relative ease. He concluded, "In the last two I was able to sail my own race from the front. It was difficult as there was a lot of seaweed on the course which made it hard to handle but I was able to get in front and stay there."

Florian Trittel (ESP) pushed up to second overall after a 1-2-4 scoreline. This relegated Guy Bridge (GBR), younger brother of Oliver, to third overall.

Top 10 results Formula Kite Open:
1. Oliver Bridge (GBR) - 24 pts
2. Florian Trittel (ESP) - 40 pts
3. Guy Bridge (GBR) - 41 pts
4. Florian Gruber (GER) - 43 pts
5. Martin Dolenc (CRO) - 71 pts
6. Alejandro Climent (ESP) - 92 pts
7. Sam Bullock (NZL) - 96 pts
8. Marvin Baumeister (GER) - 110 pts
9. Mani Bisschops (AUS) - 118 pts
10. Jordan Girdis (AUS) - 126 pts

Full results:!/results?classId=5e7b75f6-6d2f-4d5a-97e5-e5bd405c8055

Full World Sailing Press Release:

Rewatch the live coverage of the Kiteboarding Medal Races here:

Tracking replay of all races is available here: 2016 Melbourne - Formula Kite

Pictures of the event can be downloaded here:
Credits: Sailing Energy / World Sailing

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