It’s the sixth day of competition for the Colgate Kitesurf World Cup 2008 in St. Peter-Ording, Germany. Race director Olaf Van Tol decided to release the freestylers and boardercrossers for today and went for an all-race day.
The weather was partly cloudy but the wind finally gave the course racers an excellent day for competition, packing a sustained speed of 15 – 20 knots. The sea was a bit rough in the morning. High tide came in at 11:00 am then started ebbing as the seas became a little flatter, not very choppy but less swell which was very good for racing.
The mandatory riders meeting started an hour later than normal. The competitors met at 11:00 am then got started at 12:00 noon. Two races were held just before lunch which finished at 1:15 pm. A short lunch break followed then another two races were held at 3:15 pm. The day was finally called off at 4:45 pm.
Course Racing Highlights
Once again, North kiteboard racer Charles Deleau (FRA) dominated today’s games, winning the last three races while finishing 2nd in the first race. Deleau is still way on top of the leader board with a total of 4.9 points. In a surprising show of racing ability, another North rider Sky Solbach (USA) wearing jersey #34 finished the first race of the day ahead of everyone while crossing the finish line behind Deleau in the remaining three races. As a result, Solbach now occupies the 2nd place overall with a total of 15.7 points. Still another North racer, Sean Farley (MEX) maintains his 3rd place position overall after finishing 3rd in the first three races and 4th in the last race. Flysurfer’s Sebastian Bubbmann (GER) who occupied the 2nd top spot after five races drops down to number 4 after being disqualified in the first race and finishing 5th in the other three.
Another North power racer dominated the women’s event in the person of Steph Bridge (GBR), finishing first in all of the four races. As a result, Bridge jumped from number 4 yesterday to 2nd place overall and is now only 2.15 points away from Gina Esteva (ESP, Best) who occupies the top spot. Esteva only managed to cross the line in 3rd place for the last three races behind Fabienne D’Ortoli (FRA, Cabrinha) who finished three 2nd places and one 4th place. D’Ortoli drops down to 4th place overall. Meanwhile, Kristin Boese (GER, Best) drops to 3rd overall from the number 2 spot after finishing 3rd, 4th, 4th and 2nd in today’s races.
Course Racing Results (after 9 races)
1. Charles Deleau (FRA, North) – 4.9 pts.
2. Sky Solbach (USA, North) – 15.7 pts.
3. Sean Farley (MEX, North) – 23 pts.
1. Gina Esteva (ESP, Best) – 10.65 pts.
2. Steph Bridge (GBR, North) – 12.8 pts.
3. Kristin Boese (GER, Best) – 15.7 pts.