Team Bridge took the ferry from Plymouth down to the World Sailing Final in Santander, Spain. Sailing in front of the city with thousands of spectators & flat water in a mixture of winds from 25 knots to 6knot days. A really superb training ground with the short track format giving a total of 30 starts & just 7 minute races meant any mistakes & the race is lost.
Defending sailing world Cup Final Champion – Olly had a poor start to the regatta while younger brother – Guy holding a solid second place - hot on the heals of leader Nico Parlier the clear leader of the event. The formula Kite means only registered equipment & for Guy & steph that meant competing on a missing size in their kite quiver. Decision making each day not easy especially with no chance to get back to the beach to swop kite sizes.
Following 2 days of qualifying series the fleet was split into Silver & Gold. Steph & Mani in Silver fleet while Olly & Guy in the Gold before they would go onto the Medal Race days where there would be 3 more short races, Not discardable. The short track format is all boat handling skills & any crashes or errors on the course then it is not possible to make up the distance. World Sailing put on a spectacular well organised & managed event giving us incredible racing conditions everyday.
The Medal race day was light & fickle in a challenging 5-8knots off shore wind with the course set close into the stadium. With 70% of the medal race athletes riding on the Levitaz Bionic, many also on the new Levitaz Foil Board – The Raze, the final races were all up for grabs for riders to find what wind there was on the course & keep the kites in the sky. Olly showed the best performance this day, reading the wind & pumping the board around the course, winning 2 of the 3 medal races. Unfortunately for Guy, he dropped his kite on the first race & with a wet soggy kite also struggled in the latter 2 races. He dropped down to 4th overall while Olly jumped up to silver & Florian 6th, Aexander Bachev in 8th & Sam Bull in 9th.
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All the riders are getting geared up for the next event – The Levitaz Cup at the end of June and other Gold Cup stops in Asia before the World Championships in Oman in November.
Watch the medal races live: