The regattas at the Poetto in Cagliari – for the 2019 edition of the Sardinia Grand Slam, the last stage of the Kite Foil World Series, promoted by the International Kiteboarding Association and organized by Good Looking Entertainment and Yacht Club Cagliari – have started.
The rehearsals, six throughout the day, started at lunchtime, after the skippers’ meeting at 11.00, with gusts of wind that fluctuated between 22 and 30 knots. In the first four races the scenario seen last week at the Formula Kite European Championship and in the other three rounds of the Kite Foil World Series repeated: the Slovenian Toni Vodisek against the strongest French athletes arrived in Sardinia.
It was a heads-up match between Vodisek, Theo De Ramecourt, Axel Mazella (fresh winner of the European title) and Nico Parlier, winner of the 2018 edition of the Sardinia Grand Slam.
At the end of the fourth race the Slovenian was first in the partial classification but the two missed starts in the fifth and sixth race, due to the breaking of the bridle given the strong wind, relegated him to fourteenth position leaving the temporary podium in the hands of France. So we have Theo De Ramecourt first with 11 points, second Axel Mazella with 13 and third Nico Parlier with 15.
First among the Italians has been the very young Lorenzo Boschetti, author of a constant test that earned him the 13th right above the current leader of the Kite Foil World Series, Vodisek.
In the women’s category, on the other hand, the forecasts have been kept from day one: Daniela Moroz wins and convinces! The US, after having dominated the Sardinia Grand Slam 2018, the European Formula Kite and presented herself in Cagliari as the undisputed leader of the Kite Foil World Series, dominated today’s races.
She has finished 18th in the overall standings, with 83 points, leaving the Polish Julia Damasiewicz, second in the women’s rankings, with 34 points behind her and putting a serious mortgage on winning the world title!
Among the Italians the best result is that of Irene Tari, 41st in the overall standings, who had already made her mark on the occasion of the recent European Formula Kite.
Tomorrow the races are going to resume on the Poetto beach in Cagliari. Skipper meeting at 11.00. Following, the first possible departure.
Yacht Club Cagliari, which deals with technical sports coordination, under the aegis of the IKA (International Kiteboarding Association), the support of the Kiteboarding Class Italy CKI, the Italian Sailing Federation and with the contribution of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia – Tourism Department and the Municipality of Cagliari Sport and Tourism, and some private companies.