2021 Formula Kite World Championships in Torregrande, Sardinia
The fight for the Formula Kite world championship titles, being contested on the sumptuous Gulf of Oristano on the Italian island, shifted into high gear with drama all over the track in tough conditions that left some leading contenders in difficulties.
In the massively-shifty offshore breezes that gusted to 25kts, even the reigning world champion, US’s Daniela Moroz, suffered some tough moments. She missed a race when she failed to make one start after her kite fell and she got stuck in fishing nets, though she still retains the overall lead by the slenderest of margins.
France’s Théo de Ramecourt also had some tricky moments on the trapezoid course, off the beach at Torregrande. But the mercurial Frenchman capitalised in the difficult breezes on flat waters to score a perfect four bullets that sent him top of the order.
On the second of the regatta’s five scheduled days, the race committee got in a full quota of 20 races for the men’s and women’s fleets. With starts almost like clockwork every nine minutes, the short-sharp races were searingly-quick.
Formula Kite World Championships Torregrande-Men (4 races, 1 discart)
1 FRA Théo de Ramecourt 3pts
2 SGP Max Maeder 4pts
3 FRA Axel Mazella 4pts
Formula Kite World Championships Torregrande-Women (7 races, 2 discart)
1 USA Daniela Moroz 5pts
2 FRA Lauriane Nolot 5.5pts
3 FRA Poema Newland 7pts
Full rankings formulakite.org/results