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Monday, 05 November 2018 15:38

Yesterday, Sunday 4 November 2018, the Annual General Meeting of World Sailing confirmed the final line-up of events for the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is made up of delegates from member national authorities (MNA), with each MNA entitled to one vote.

Although a decision was made in May 2018, World Sailing's Regulations allow both the Events and Equipment to be amended at the 2018 Annual Conference by World Sailing's Council before ratification at the AGM.

The AGM was invited to debate and vote on a proposal from the World Sailing Council meeting of 1 November 2018 to include a new Mixed Keelboat Offshore event. This proposal was approved by the AGM who confirmed the final 2024 Olympic events/equipment line-up as follows:

Men’s Windsurfer– RS:X
Women’s Windsurfer–RS:X
Mixed Kite– equipment evaluation (new event)
Men’s One Person Dinghy– Laser
Women’s One Person Dinghy– Laser Radial
Mixed Two Person Keelboat Offshore-equipment evaluation (new event)
Mixed Two Person Dinghy– equipment evaluation (new event - 470)
Men’s Skiff– 49er
Women’s Skiff– 49erFX
Mixed Multihull– Nacra 17
*RS:X and Laser/Radial are subject to anti-monopoly review

Saturday, 14 July 2018 22:37

A week of racing in conditions from 6 to well over 25 knots came to an end yesterday with Guy Bridge and Daniela Moroz taking the overall honors at the kiteboarding event at the 81st edition of the "Warnemuender Woche" in the north of Germany.

Thursday, 14 June 2018 15:05

World Sailing has published the 2018 Formula Kite Class Rules at[24069].pdf

One of the main changes is the move to an equipment registration cycle in line with the Olympic Quad, with the same equipment being eligible from selection until the day after the next Olympic Games.

New licensed builders are added every four years from the list of registered series production equipment, ensuring that equipment evolution takes place between Olympic Cycles, but at the same time there is stability and reliabiliy during the Olympic Quad.

Formula Kite equipment is currently used for all Formula Kite World and Continental Championships but also for the Central American & Caribbean Games 2018, the PanAmerican Games 2019 and the World Beach Games 2019.

The qualification for the World Beach Games will be based on the Formula Kite Individual World Rankings as of 1st June 2019, with all events from 1st June 2018 onwards counting towards these rankings. A maximum of 2 competitors per country and gender (20 men, 20 women) is able to qualify. Qualification will be by name rather than by MNA, ensuring that the best kiteboarders in the world are able to attend this event.

For the 2017-2020 registration cycle, competitors can chose from the current list of registered equipment, with one hydrofoil system and up to four kites per event. The complete equipment lists can be found at

Brands can continue to register their most recent series production equipment which will then become eligibly after the Olympic Games 2020. New licensed builders will be selected in the November 3 years before the next Olympic Games from the list of registered series production equipment at that time. Amongst others, the performance criteria is that the equipment is within the top 5 models used by competitors in the world ranking.

Equipment registration forms are available from World Sailing or the IKA Office.

Upcoming Major Formula Kite Events
(For a complete list of events see
2018 Formula Kite European Championships
2018 Central American & Caribbean Games
2018 World Sailing World Championships
2018 North American Championships (and PanAmerican Games Qualification)
2018 South American Championships (and PanAmerican Games Qualification)
2018 Asian Championships
2019 Continental Championships (all)
2019 World Championships
2019 World PanAmerican Games
2019 World Beach Games

Friday, 25 May 2018 15:48

Sports have been confirmed for the first ANOC World Beach Games ©ANOC

A final list of 15 sports and 17 disciplines due to appear at the inaugural Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) World Beach Games in San Diego has been confirmed today.

The list is essentially the same as what was proposed during San Diego's presentation at the ANOC General Assembly in Prague last November.

ANOC have denied facing any pressure from the International Canoe Federation (ICF) in their decision to remove stand-up paddle from the proposed surfing disciplines put forward last year.

Shortboard and longboard surfing events are now proposed along with water ski jumping and wakeboarding.

It comes amid a row between the ICF and the International Surfing Association over who governs stand-up paddle.

ANOC claim to have made the decision through consultations only with the ISA.

Aquathlon, a combination of running and swimming, is proposed as the sole triathlon discipline, while a five kilometres open water swimming race is also included.

BMX cycling, bouldering, beach handball, kata karate, kitefoil sailing, park skateboarding, beach soccer, beach tennis, 3x3 basketball, beach volleyball 4x4 and beach wrestling are also included.

Monday, 14 May 2018 23:35

Kiteboarding is to become a full Olympic sailing event after World Sailing’s (WS) Council approved a submission that will see athletes take the stage at the Paris 2024 Games.

The Events Committee of World Sailing, the world governing body for the sport of sailing including windsurfing and kiteboarding, approved submission M22-18 from the Romanian Sailing Association which includes two events for windsurfing, a new mixed one person dinghy event (i.e.Finn + new lightweight women's boat), a mixed double handed dinghy team event (i.e. 470), and a mixed kiteboarding team event in addition to the five already confirmed events (2x single handed dinghy, 2x skiff, mixed multihull).

Thursday, 14 December 2017 23:19

49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17, and Male/Female Foiling Kitesurf will compete for the joint 2018 European Championship in La Rochelle, France.

These 5 progressive sailing events will wow the nautical French city just one month before the first Olympic qualifiers.

Together these events represent some of the most dynamic athletes in sailing. These sailors push modern craft to the highest levels. The 49er, 49erFX, and mixed Nacra 17 are all Olympic class boats currently, and the foiling kitesurfer aims to gain Olympic status for 2024.

All five events will also be included in the Aarhus 2018 Sailing World Championship which will also serve as the first qualifier for the 2020 Olympics.

Racing for the combined Europeans is scheduled from July 8-13, 2018, with pre-regatta formalities beginning on July 5th. There will be three days of qualification followed by three days of finals for the Olympic classes, with a format yet to be determined for the kites.

The final three days will be live broadcasted for free to the public as has been the tradition for the past number of years.
This progressive sailing festival is meant to be a chance to bring together a like minded but diverse group of modern sailors.

La Rochelle is a traditional nautical area, with a long history in modern and traditional sailing. The regatta will be based from the Societe des Regates Rochelaises (SRR), a host organization that has performed many large-scale regattas in the recent past including the autumn French Olympic week under the old grade 1 / grade 2 system when World Sailing was ISAF.

“We are delighted to be working with the folks in La Rochelle to bring this large and complex championship. The European Championships is the second most important championship annually for Olympic classes and we are excited to be racing in such a fine venue. It will also be nice to race alongside our friends from the kitesurfing community, who share a passion for modern sailing technology and a collaborate culture,”said president of the 49er and Nacra 17 classes, Marcus Spillane.

”Being included in this world class event means a lot to us and shows the continued integration of kiteracing into multi-class sailing events. Competing in France, the “motherland” of kitefoil-racing together with the other high-performance Olympic Classes is another step to showcase progressive equipment and competition formats. Be prepared for a true spectacle” says Markus Schwendtner, CEO of the International Kiteboarding Association.

 “We're really thrilled to host such an exciting regatta in La Rochelle. Our ability to race in front of the public at this time of the year will make it a spectacular event. And we can't wait to see the first kite race ever in La Rochelle! This event will be the climax of the 2018 season”,Said Alain Mevellec, president of Société des Régates Rochelaises (SRR).

For the 49er class this is the 22ndEuropean Championship of the class with Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell winning both the Europeans and Worlds last year in their first major championship titles in the 49er. They will be odds on favorites to repeat.
For the 49erFX this is the 6thEuropean Championship. Last years winners were Tina Lutz and Susan Beucke of Germany, who won on a blustery final day with a win or swim attitude that was more than the competition could handle. The 49erFX class will be a tough title to predict ahead of time since it is expected that every champion from all previous worlds and Europeans is likely to attend.

For the Nacra 17 this is also the 6thever European Championship with Ruggero Tita and Caterina Banti from Italy wining in 2017. This will be the first major championship of the foiling class with all teams having been fully trained up on the boats. The 2018 events were conducted with teams having the boats for only a few months, so with a full year of practice under their belts this championship will be a great test for top teams ahead of Aarhus Olympic qualifying.

It will be the 8thEuropean Championship for the Formula Kite Class, which has made the step to “fully foiling” in 2014. The class enjoys a healthy cross-over not only from traditional sailing classes like Optimist, where most of the current top sailors earned their first victories, but also from high performance sailing and match racing. Defending European Champions are Nico Parlier and Alexia Fancelli, both from France, who hope to defend their titles on home turf.

Friday, 24 November 2017 19:42

France’s Nico Parlier topped off a dramatic week at the Formula Kite World Championships in Oman with a near-perfect exhibition that only served to underscore his dominance and land him the title.

In the tense battles of the climactic final day’s Medal Series decider, the French rider’s sheer pace meant he had the title in the bag even before the last race, adding to the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) KiteFoil Class world title that he secured in Italy last month.

If anything, the US’s Daniela Moroz was even more dominant in the women’s division. The 16-year-old had already won the IKA Formula Kite World Championship crown even before she took to the water on the last day, securing her back-to-back world titles.

“It’s really, really good. I’m pretty stoked,” said a beaming Moroz. “Coming into this there was a lot of expectation heaped on me, but I managed to stay calm. I just had fun with it and tried to keep all the pressure out of my mind.”

The more measured Parlier was equally delighted, if less vocal, about his victory and a performance that left the rest of the pack—the strongest and youngest fleet in years—shaking their heads in awe at his speed and tactical presence.

“It was a good day,” said Parlier. “I had won today in the Medal Series after the second race. I could have stayed on the beach and still have won, so in the end it was easy. But still, the level of competition was really high and it was tough. Right now we’re going faster and faster, and I really like that because the level of our sport’s going up.”

The five-day regatta—hosted by Oman Sail with associate sponsor Al Mouj Muscat—was marked by scintillating kite hydrofoil racing in conditions that varied from 6 knots to 20 knots, challenging the 58 riders, including six women, from 22 countries and six continents.

In the epic conditions on the Gulf of Oman, framed by a dramatic mountain backdrop, organisers ran 108 of the “short track” races that lasted barely eight minutes, such is the devastating speed of the cutting-edge hydrofoils and the skill of the athletes who can clock almost 40 knots even in light breezes.

But kite racing is about more than pure speed. Consistency is key, as one of the early leaders, Britain’s Olly Bridge, discovered to his cost in the drama that unfolded in the last day’s Medal Series.

Going into the final day’s competition in second spot overall, Bridge had a slender lead over France’s Axel Mazella. But a disastrous second race where he finished eighth in the 10-strong Medal Series fleet, left him in a tough spot hoping the Frenchman might slip up.

However, Mazella responded to the pressure in the fading 6 knots to 7 knots of breeze on smooth waters. He took a win in the day’s final race, just ahead of Parlier and Bridge, to clinch the second podium spot.

“It was very tense out there,” said a visibly delighted Mazella. “Looking at the scoreboard I knew I could afford to finish the last race two places behind him, but I won. This ‘short track’ format is really, really difficult because if you make a bad start, or a mistake, it’s over. For that reason I’m really super-happy to take second place.”

Similarly thrilled was former Formula Kite World Champion, Russia’s Elena Kalinina, who also found herself locked in a struggle for second spot with France’s Alexia Fancelli, in a contest that went down to the wire.

In the final race of the event, Kalinina edged the second spot on the podium when she snatched a second in the race, while Fancelli could only manage a fourth as both women struggled in the light breeze that dipped to 5 knots.

“It was very, very close right down to the last race,” said Kalinina. “The last race was the decider and we were always neck-and-neck, so it came down to who made the least mistakes. I crashed on a tack, but then she did too. We’ve been fighting all through our 26 races for the second podium place. It was great sailing—a great experience that you just can’t buy. I’m so happy.”

Despite starting the day just ahead in second spot overall, Fancelli took heart from her performance that signalled a huge improvement in that she is now pushing the former world champion to the limit.

“I’m happy, but sad at the same time,” said Fancelli. “But I’m pleased with third to Elena Kalinina because I’m really close now. I’m super-happy with my progression, and I’ll be back next year to take second, or even first. I’ll definitely be working on my light-wind skills.”

Full results can be found

Formula Kite World Championship, Men
1 Nico Parlier (FRA)                          
2 Axel Mazella (FRA)            
3 Olly Bridge (GBR)   

Formula Kite World Championship, Women
1 Daniela Moroz (USA)         
2 Elena Kalinina (RUS)
3 Alexia Fancelli (FRA)

Formula Kite World Championship, U-18 Division
1 Toni Vodisek (SLO)
2 Martin Dolenc (CRO)
3 Mani Bisschops (AUS)

Formula Kite World Championship U-21 Division Women
1Daniela Moroz (USA)
2 Elena Kalinina (RUS)
3 Anaïs Mai Desjardins FRA)

Formula Kite World Championship U-21 Division
1 Axel Mazella (FRA)
2 Olly Bridge (GBR)
3 Titouan Galea (FRA)

Formula Kite World Championship Grand Masters Division
1 James Johnson (DEN)
2 Pierluigi Capozzi (ITA)
3 Klas Naabo (SWE)

Formula Kite World Championship Masters Division
1 Nico Landauer (URU)
2 James Johnson (DEN)
3 Ivan Doronin (RUS)

Friday, 24 November 2017 05:03

Competition at the Formula Kite World Championships in Oman saw the stakes raised as the leading racers battled to secure a top 10 spot and the chance to go for glory in the Medal Series on the final day on Friday.

The duels on the water off Muscat’s Al Mouj beach in the top fleet, with riders battling for position, were intense, with the slightest mistake proving costly in what is undoubtedly the strongest kitefoil racing line-up of the year.

France’s Nico Parlier barely put a foot wrong on the penultimate day of the five-day regatta on the Gulf of Oman’s flat waters, in a shifty 10 to 11 knot breeze, extending his lead and giving himself a healthy advantage.

It didn’t all go his way, however, Britain’s Olly Bridge managed to get the better of the Frenchman in one race, notching up his first win and taking second place on the leaderboard. This victory came right after he had failed to complete the previous race and had to be rescued after breaking two lines and seeing his kite tumble into the water. 

France’s Axel Mazella secured third place on the leaderboard after a day of neck-and-neck competition with rivals Parlier and Bridge that saw ultra-fast (just over) seven-minute laps of the course. 

Despite intense competition from a classy field – with 10 of the 18-strong gold fleet riders aged under 21 – the leading trio were in a class of their own. The chasing pack, however, was almost as quick, with most finishing just seconds after the leaders. 

The biggest winner on day four of the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) Formula Kite World Championships, hosted by Oman Sail with associate sponsor Al Mouj Muscat, was Riley Gibbs, from the USA, who put in a stellar performance and notched up a clutch of high-placed finishes. 

He was awarded a scoring redress for the five races he was forced to miss on Wednesday after a collision in a port-starboard incident with the reigning Formula Kite World Champion, Maxime Nocher, from Monaco. The award propelled him to fourth on the leaderboard and secured his place in the Medal Series.

Slovenian Toni Vodisek, 17, put his best foot forward on day four, enjoying his finest day on the water so far with a brace of second and third place finishes in the top fleet’s six races, putting him seventh overall. 

Russian Denis Taradin had a slightly more chequered outing, but his strong finishes in the opening clashes of the two-day Finals Series were enough to put him in ninth place overall going into the final day. 

“Behind the leading three guys there is a battle for every single place,” said Taradin. “It’s definitely the toughest fleet I’ve ever sailed in. The whole line-up is packed. I love every single moment of it. I try not to care too much about the result, enjoy myself and not make too much trouble in my mind.” 

Frenchman Théo de Ramecourt, tenth overall, was also revelling in the intensity of the competition that he believed ultimately could only be good for his future performance.

“The level here is just insane,” said de Ramecourt. “One race you can be number four, then number 14. You just can’t make any mistakes. It’s really hard, but it’s so interesting. We now have a new vision of what racing is. I’m so happy with my speed and performance.” 

In the women’s fleet, another battle has been unfolding out on the water between France’s Alexia Fancelli and Russia’s Elena Kalinina, with both trailing in the wake of the reigning Formula Kite World Champion, Daniela Moroz, from the USA, who posted six wins out of six today. 

Fancelli was pleased to have bagged a second and a trio of third place finishes that gave her the edge and put her in second place on the leaderboard over former Formula Kite World Champion, Kalinina. The pair, are just one point apart going into the final day. 

“I’m so pleased that I’m in the game with Elena Kalinina for a second-place finish,” said Fancelli. “We’ve had a long day, but I’m absolutely going faster. So now it’s about tactics and reading the wind shifts on the course to earn the best advantage.”

Full results and minute-by-minute race reporting can be found

Top five men after 12 finals series races (two discards)
1 Nico Parlier (FRA)                     14pts
2 Olly Bridge (GBR)                      27pts
3 Axel Mazella (FRA)                    31pts
4 Riley Gibbs (USA)                      56pts
5 Titouan Galea (FRA)                  92pts

Top three women after 23 races (four discards)
1 Daniela Moroz (USA)                 19pts
2 Alexia Fancelli (FRA)                  43pts
3 Elena Kalinina (RUS)                  44pts

Thursday, 23 November 2017 04:28

With the top fleet stacked with the world’s fastest kite racers the battles at the Formula Kite World Championships in Oman just got a lot fiercer in awesome conditions that provided a perfect stage for the riders’ supreme athleticism.

France’s Nico Parlier dominated in breezes that freshened and hovered between 9 and 11 knots for much of the day off Muscat’s Al Mouj Beach on the Gulf of Oman, framed by a dramatic mountain backdrop. 

On smooth waters, Parlier was pushed all the way by his friend and countryman Axel Mazella – who managed to overhaul his rival in race one – and Britain’s Olly Bridge. Often with just metres between them, the three had thrillingly-close finishes after high speed sub-eight minute laps of the race track.

In the women’s fleet, the reigning International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) Formula Kite World Champion Daniela Moroz, from the US, showed she is human after all when she missed out on winning two of today’s five races. The 16-year-old’s superiority on the leaderboard is so dominant however, that a second and third place, plus a hat-trick of wins, was enough to cement her top spot. 

The epic day at the 2017 IKA Formula Kite World Championships, hosted by Oman Sail with associate sponsor Al Mouj Muscat, was marked by fractious drama on the water when reigning IKA Formula Kite World Champion Maxime Nocher, from Monaco, collided with a number of other riders while on port tack.
The incident, the subject of a number of protest hearings in the jury room, forced the USA’s Riley Gibbs and France’s Theo Lhostis, to withdraw from racing for the rest of the day. Nocher also changed out of his wetsuit and pulled out of the fray for the remainder of the day. 

Day three of the championship saw the leading riders divided into gold, silver and bronze fleets for the two-day finals series, seeded on the basis of the opening exchanges in the qualifiers. Day five of the competition, dedicated to a medal series, will pit the top 10 men against one another for the crown and the spoils. 

On the basis of Parlier’s near-peerless day, riding on his biggest 19m kite, he would appear to be in the box seat for the title. At one time, Parlier struggled in lighter breezes that perhaps favoured lighter rivals, but he now appears to have mastery of all conditions. 

“It’s definitely been a little bit tighter today,” said Parlier. “It’s mostly between me and Axel Mazella as usual, but now that we’re competing with Olly Bridge and some other good riders, it changes everything.” 

As overnight leader, Bridge, who had been competing in a different fleet in the opening qualifying series, knew he would have his work cut out for him with the French duo in the mix. He finished in second place on the leaderboard, splitting the pair. 

“It’s definitely been more difficult today,” he said. “But I’m getting better. Nico Parlier is just very, very fast. Upwind, downwind, everywhere. But with Axel Mazella, I’m quite close, so I am happy with things.”

Live results and daily minute-by-minute reports from the racing action can be found

Top five men after six finals series races (one discard)
1 Nico Parlier (FRA)                 9pts
2 Olly Bridge (GBR)               15pts
3 Axel Mazella (FRA)             17pts
4 Julien Kerneur (FRA)          47pts
5 Johnny Heineken (USA)      54pts

Top three women after 17 races (three discards)
1 Daniela Moroz (USA)           15pts
2 Alexia Fancelli (FRA)           29pts
3 Elena Kalinina (RUS)           33pts

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 04:21

The leading riders consolidated their hold on the top tier of the leaderboard with spectacularly-close competition at the Formula Kite World Championships in Oman as conditions delivered epic racing.

Britain’s Olly Bridge preserved his overnight lead with another all-star performance in breeze that quickly built to over 20knots, churning up the blue waters of the Gulf of Oman off Muscat’s Al Mouj Beach. 

After an uncharacteristically faltering start to his day that saw him finish third in race one after mistakenly heading towards the wrong mark, the Brit barely skipped a beat winning the next five of the day’s six races. He was able to shrug off the error with a wry smile, safe in the knowledge that he had secured pole position going into the regatta’s two-day finals series that will pit the fastest racers against one another. 

The younger Bridge sibling, Guy, was not so lucky on day two of the World Championships. He could not repeat his opening form and slipped in the rankings, although a series of high-placed finishes saw him rank fourth on the leaderboard – enough to secure his spot in the finals series that kick off tomorrow. 

Day two of the 2017 IKA Formula Kite World Championship, hosted by Oman Sail with associate sponsor Al Mouj Muscat, saw a repeat performance of the fierce contest between French duo, Nico Parlier and Axel Mazella. 

The pair again found themselves racing in the same qualifying series fleet. But as the breeze quickly built from 8 knots to 17-18 knots, there was little between the two. 

Time and again after blisteringly-quick laps of the short track, often completed in under eight minutes, they were locked together in photo-finishes in flat-out drag races on the reach to the finish line. 

The smallest error was enough to concede the lead, though often on the course throughout their six races, they traded the lead only to snatch it back as they crossed the finish line. 

In the end, it was Parlier who secured the lion’s share of the victories with four to Mazella’s two. The freshening breeze played to his strengths, though both were still holding down large 15m kites at the finish. 

The breath-taking performances and nail-biting finishes saw the pair leapfrog Guy Bridge, putting Parlier and Mazella in second and third place respectively. All the riders will now be reseeded into the finals series fleet. 

“I like these breezier conditions. I think I really go best in this kind of weather,” said Parlier.  “Because Axel Mazella and I have been battling one another, we’ll start behind Olly Bridge in points, which is definitely not an advantage, but I think the conditions are going to be completely different for the rest of the week, so it’s going to be a completely different regatta.” 

In the women’s fleet the reigning IKA Formula Kite World Champion, US rider, Daniela Moroz, 16, reigned supreme again, winning almost every one of the six races convincingly. 

She did show that she is not invincible however when she was disqualified in one race for crossing the start-line early and only won another race by the skin of her teeth after misjudging the lay line on the downwind leg.

“I was way below the bottom mark and I had to double gybe,” said Moroz. “Some of the others passed me, but I caught up going up wind and managed to pass them on the downwind leg. It was pretty close, though!”

Racing continues tomorrow with the Finals Series.

Full results and daily minute-by-minute reporting can be found

Top five men after 12 races (two discards)
1 Olly Bridge (GBR)                            10pts
2 Nico Parlier (FRA)                            12pts
3 Axel Mazella (FRA)                          16pts
4 Guy Bridge (GBR)                            23pts
5 Titouan Galea (FRA)                        28pts

Top three women after 12 races (two discards)
1 Daniela Moroz (USA)                       10pts
2 Elena Kalinina (RUS)                        20pts
3 Alexia Fancelli (FRA)                        27pts 

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