The penultimate day of the Formula Kite world championships fought out on the glorious Gulf of Oristano on the Italian island of Sardinia, sparked tense drama all over the race track in difficult conditions.
Shifty ponente sea-breezes that fluctuated between 7kts and 12kts, helped reshuffle the top of the men’s and women’s fleets, as many of the leaders struggled to find the form that had taken them to the head of the pack.
Reigning Formula Kite world title holder, the US’s Daniela Moroz, had a stuttering start to her day when she crashed in her first race, recovering to a storming second place. It was a mistake she did not make twice, taking three bullets that send her straight to the last day’s medal races final.
Britain’s Ellie Aldridge beat Moroz in an epic battle with a nail-biting finish, that gave the Briton a bullet. Aldridge goes to the final courtesy of second and third place, that moved her up the order after the intense action of the regatta’s fourth day.
Full rankings: www.formulakite.org/results
Formula Kite World Championships Torregrande-Men (14 races, 3 discards)
1 FRA Théo de Ramecourt 16pts
2 FRA Axel Mazella 21pts
3 SLO Toni Vodišek 25pts
Formula Kite World Championships Torregrande-Women (16 races, 3 discards)
1 USA Daniela Moroz 14pts
2 GBR Ellie Aldridge 29pts
3 FRA Poema Newland 32pts