First day for the Kiteboard Course Racing Worlds in Cagliari, Sardinia and the massive number of kiters there to compete had a full day.
After three races in each mens qualifying fleets, John Heineken is leading the pack tied with Riccardo Leccese and Julien Kerneur in third.
After the opening skippersmeeting, racing got underway at 13:15 in a shifty 7-10 knots breee, giving the two race committees on the orange and white course areas a hard time to set proper courses for the almost 200 competitors from all continents.
In all three mens fleets it was quite a mixed bag of results, seing 2010 world champion Adam Koch ending up in 7th position after 1 15-3-3 score, while Leccese and Heineken managed to get three bullets each out of the difficult conditions.
The only group, where the all the top riders were able to score, was the yellow group, Gruber placed in 5th, and Kerneur and Nocher in 4th and 5th overall from the green fleet.
World ranking leader Bryan Lake got a bad start into the regatta finishing 1-32-dnc, but that should change with increasing winds tomorrow.
Biggest surprise of the day was Andrea Beverino in his first international competition, ranking 6th overall with a 5-2-2 score.
Over in the womens fleet, it was an all-win day for Erika Heineken, chased by defending world champion Steph Bridge three times in third. Caroline Adrien scored constant top 5 places ranking her 3rd overall.
Racing continues tomorrow with the re-seeded mens fleets in the qualifying series , and the womens single opening series.
More results, pictures, videos are available at: www.kitecagliari.com