French international Kite Foil Championship

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Arriving for our 1st foil event at the French international in la Ciotat, Southern France was always going to be a steep learning curve. Having never done a race in his life, Guy had been practicing tacks and gybes for this event and is fully dialled on the foil. Olly has spent more one on the foil, however also never did a foil race. Over 80 French foil racers arrived on the startline which was a reach to the first mark! Reaching certainly not something we have done a lot of especially in 5mtr weather! Guy and I found ourselves mid pack round this first mark with olly making his big place gains on the downwind. The first downwind leg to the bottom gate was crucifying on the front leg, with huge gains if you didn’t fall off! The next upwind was tactical and there was shifts to be gained places on but then another reach to the finish and it was all over. We completed 3 races with this course on 5- 7mtr kites.Our rankings were in the 20′s while Olly scored some top 5 results and proved he was also a force to be reckoned with on a foil board.

Day 2 proved mammoth on the race course with over 20knots offshore gusty winds and speeds we have never experienced before in any sailing vessel in our lives. A megga long day on the water, often on the wrong kite since going back to the beach was impossible. Similar rankings on this day, although Guy found some new speed upwind and beat Mum in most of the days races. 

Day 3 was lighter winds & Guy and I had our 1st top 10 results. Both found some new speed in the lighter winds and also helped by a decent upwind/downwind course. Meanwhile Olly holds onto a 5th position going into the final day of racing with a possible podium in sight with just 4 points apart.

The final day saw very light winds for the first 2 races and having a big kite size 15-18mtr would have been ideal. Guy & I managed on 13mtr kites and required a lot of tactical skills to stay out of the huge holes where the kite would drop.

The saying “you are only as good as your last race” certainly stays with Olly who nailed 2 bullets in the last races.
A huge improvement in results for all of us over the 4 day events & some great learning.
Guy- 16th overall and 3rd Youth
Olly- 4th overall
steph -18th overall & 2nd womans


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June 1, 2014

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