The 81st edition of the Warnemuender Woche racing event has concluded crowning Guy Bridge as the new Formula Kite champion, with Daniela Moroz defending her ladies title for a consecutive year.
18 countries were represented by 45 men and 14 women in the North German event where a qualifying series led to 8 final races being played out. Conditions proved tough as wind strengths varied from 6 to 25 knots causing unreliable and challenging conditions across the event.
In the men’s qualifiers, former World Champion Maxime Nocher (MON) was disqualified and
defending Champion Nico Parlier also made an unusual error in crossing the starting line too early, giving way to Guy and Olly Bridge (UK). The 6-minute track final saw close racing between the Bridge brothers and Axel Mazella (France) where competitors finished separated by less than a board length. Guy Bridge clearly stole the show ahead of Olly, with Axel completing the podium in third position.
The female racing line up was mostly dominated by younger competitors with 5 out of the top 10 women under 19 years old. 17-year old Daniela Moroz (USA) defended her title in the women’s single series and shows promising signs of winning the World Sailing World Championships for a third time in 2 weeks time.
The remaining podium places were battled out between the former world champions Elena Kalinina (RUS) and Steph Bridge (GBR), as well as Alexia Fancelli (FRA). However, after 14 races, Kalinina claimed second place with Fancelli in third.
The under 19s youth fleet took the following places:
1 – Anais Mai Desjardin (FRA)
2 – Breiana Whitehead (AUS)
3 – Magdalena Woyciechowska (POL)
1 – Toni Vodisek (SLO)
2 – Martin Dolenc (CRO)
3 – Oliver Hansen (DEN)
Both men and women Formula Kite competitors will be racing alongside each other during the KiteFoil GoldCup events later in the season.