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2012 World Champion!

 

What a year! It’s been packed with great racing all over the world, and culminated last week with the World Championships in Cagliari, Italy. With over 150 men and 40 women, this was the biggest course racing event ever held. Huge props to the race management and event organizers for running 48 great races in 4 days!

For the first two days the men’s fleet was split into three groups of 52. These standing would be used to determine Gold, Silver, and Bronze fleets. The first day was 7-13kts so I rode my 17m Edge. I’m a San Francisco boy so light air has always been a bit intimidating for me, especially against all the European sailors.  I also had Adam Koch in my fleet, he won a very light European Championships the prior week and definitely was the guy to beat in those conditions. My goal was just to get clear starts, stay conservative, and sail my own race. It worked—I got three bullets and a pretty solid confidence boost that I could hold it together in the light stuff. That’s no to say it would be easy, but possible.

Day 2 was solid 13m conditions, and a similar story. I had to battle another of my American training partners, Bryan Lake. Two of the four races were really close, in the last one we swapped the lead at least once per leg. After a tactical mistake at the leeward mark, I was in catch-up mode and was able to just barely squeak into the lead on the last run. So I managed to keep my picket fence going, and ended the qualifiers with seven straight bullets—1st place at this point! Equally exciting is that my sister Erika had won all the women’s races as well, and she was already racing against the entire women’s fleet. Killing it!!

Day three – Gold Fleet. All the top guys on the same line, finally! This was where we really got to see how everyone would stack up, and where points really started to matter. We carried in a single race score determined by qualification round standings. My game was working so I tried not to change a thing. I started away from the fleet, sailed fast, and didn’t put myself positions to make any major mistakes. I generally got to the weather mark in second or third (to those who had risked port-tacking the fleet on a slightly pin-favored line), but worked my way up to the top in every race. I have to say if there’s one day of sailing I’m very proud of this year, this was it. I finished the day with straight bullets and a 10pt lead, in the Gold fleet at the Worlds. It doesn’t get much better than that!

But then on to the really stressful stuff. We tried a new format—a winner take all medal race series on the last day for the top 10. Once again, current standings were carried in as a single race score. What does that mean? 2/3 of the regatta is the last two races of the event, and my 10 pt lead was compressed down to a 1pt lead. This was pretty hard to stomach in my position, because at that point I had won 11 races (of 11) and would normally be going into the last day with the goal of sailing conservatively and consistently. Instead I was in a position to lose everything with one mistake, or worse, someone else’s mistake. And this almost happened; in the first medal race I had a solid start and was in a position to round the top gate in first, but was blatantly fouled and briefly tangled. Luckily I got free and caught back up to second, right behind Adam who got free and sailed a flawless race to claim the bullet. So going into the last race I was 1 pt ahead of Adam, which meant I had to beat him or else we would tie and I’d lose the tie breaker based on last race scores. Talk about stressful! Well…all or nothing, so I chose all. Great start, got to the weather mark in second to Bernie, passed him downwind and sailed away from there. What a relief! I feel like I had to win this one three times to finally get the title.

But now the coolest part. Erika had almost an identical battle in the Women’s medal series. Stef Bridge had a killer first race and tied it up, so the last race was winner take all between them. I swear I was more stressed out watching her second race but she sailed flawlessly to beat Stef and claim the women’s World Championship Title. It’s not often you get to share the podium at a World Championship with your sister. I’ll remember this one forever…

Thanks to all my sponsors, my family, teammates, and the SF fleet for supporting me throughout this journey. It’s been incredible…and I don’t think it’s ending anytime soon.

Johnny

 

2012 Canadian Nationals – 1st place overall

 

Squamish provides again! Three days, 16 races, and I’m exhausted. It doesn’t get much better than racing right up to giant rock walls with snowy peaks all around.

I started off really well at this one, with straight bullets on Saturday. The first race was especially fun because Bernie and I port-tacked the fleet and were just gone after that. I really enjoy racing at Squamish, it’s a lot like San Francisco–geographical tactics, strong current gradients, windy…and frigid water. The biggest difference is the flatter water, which really makes it high speed racing.

Over the next couple days Bernie and Adam picked up the pace and we had some really fun battles, literally all finishing overlapped in a couple of them. I held it all together and ended up only holding onto a single 2 after throwouts–pretty solid with that many races!

Congrats to Bernie and Adam for a great regatta, and to Stefano Rista for winning his first Canadian National Championships. I can’t forget about Erika, who killed the womens fleet and placed an impressive 10th overall!

Huge thanks to the Squamish Windsport Society for running a great event, and to the local crew for taking us in. aaah yes…and Pacific Pilsner…the reason we all come back…see you next year…

Final Results

1st – PKRA Turkey “Burn World Cup 2012″

 

Well, this was by far the closest PKRA event of the year. Lots of lead changes, ups and downs, and an exciting finish. I started off strong and was leading after two days, but day 3 was kind of a shocker for me and I gave up my lead.

Going into the final day Bryan Lake (USA) held a 0.4 pt lead over Adam Koch (Ozone, USA) and me, so it was essentially a 3-way tie for first and any one of us could win. Talk about stressful! With three races planned it felt exactly like a Thursday night race at home in San Francisco.

Adam started off with a 2nd place to Riccardo Leccesse (Colombia), just ahead of me and Bryan, so he took the lead. The next race was my turn to get some points. I tacked out to the right side of the course early and got around the top mark just ahead of the pack and held onto first from there. Bryan passed Riccardo on the last downwind and moved into 2nd. Adam was 5th. This race was huge for me, and my crude, on-the-fly math told me I just needed to be top 3 in the last race to seal the deal.

In race 3 I had a good first beat, and was leading at the top mark. From there I sailed conservatively and got a second place, ahead of both the guys I needed to beat. Bryan and Adam had a heated battle going on for 4th. Although Adam crossed the line first, it wasn’t quite enough to put him in second overall. Congrats to Bryan, Adam, and Riccardo for such a great event. I’m sure Germany next week will be even closer…

 

Final Scores:

La Ventana Classic Wrap-Up

La Ventana Classic 2012

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The La Ventana Classic A Wrap-Up…Finally

A busy 4 day event including course racing, big air/old school, and “The Crossing” from Ceralvo Island back to the town of La Ventana. On top of this there are parties every night, raffles, clinics, and fundraisers all to benefit the local schools. This event raised over $23,000 for the local kids, thanks to all the organizers for working so hard to get this done!

The Classic started out with the famous “Crossing” from Ceralvo Island. 99 kiters and windsurfers packed into pongas at 7:30 am to get across the channel before the wind filled in. After that it was a waiting game until the wind filled all the way across the 9 mile channel. After hours of huddling by a camp fire and sleeping under kites, I found myself on the starting line on my race board weaving my 9m Edge though a bee hive of kites. Knowing I had such a long race ahead my only goal was to get off the line clear, with my kite still flying and my board on my feet. I did this, and halfway across the channel I had extended from the other kiters, and was a few hundred meters directly upwind of Tyson Poor, the lead windsurfer. We were both having flashbacks of the double-cross two weeks earlier, in which we literally finished overlapped at the beach after 40 minutes of quad burning reaching to the island and back. I got him that on that one, but this time he was showing that he had a little bit of speed on me. The course takes us to a buoy along shore, with a short downwind leg ending in a sprint reach to the finish line at the beach. I rounded the first mark about 40 seconds behind him and put the hammer down. Kites have a huge advantage downwind because we can point so much lower than windsurfers. I gybed right behind him just before the last mark, and we had a drag race along the reach to the finish. Although I had the speed to get through him, he played great defense, staying in front of me preventing me from getting overlapped before the finish mark. I crossed the line doing a tail walk to try and keep from running him over. This was definitely one of the most exciting races I’ve been in, both because it was so close and because racing with the windsurfers adds another level of excitement. We each have our advantages, but it works out to be amazingly close racing that really comes down to the rider. On top of that, my sister Erika was the first woman across the channel. Heineken sweep on the kite results!

The next three days were filled with course racing. This was Adam’s time to shine. He excelled at the short courses and lighter air of the first 2 days, somehow finding a way to get consistently good starts on a small line in a great fleet. I managed to pick up the pace on the last day and get a few bullets, but he made the top of the podium. Congrats buddy!

The women raced with the men, and it was fun hearing lots of guys on the beach saying “I almost got Erika that time!”. She was in the mix, not only racing against the other women, but regularly breaking into the top 10 overall. That’s my sister! Watch out for her this year guys…

Huge thanks to Ozone for the support throughout this trip, especially to Rob for taking 2 weeks to come work on kites. I think you’ve gotten the race board bug…time for a board and some time on the water. See you at the worlds!

Final Course Racing results:
1 Adam Koch              Ozone
2 Johnny Heineken      Ozone
3 Bryan Lake

Women:
1 Erika Heineken      Ozone
2 Alexis Aguera
3 Colleen Carrol

Crossing Results, overall:
1 Tyson Poor             22:30
2 Johnny Heineken    22:32
3 Bryan Lake             23:00

Women
1 Erika Heineken       28:21
2 Marie LeClerc         29:23
3 Rachel Callahan     29:54

 

Finalist for the Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Award!

The finalists for the 2011 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year are published, and I am honored to have made the list. It’s an amazing feeling to be considered for the most prestigious award in American sailing, and exciting to see kite racing recognized at the highest possibly level by the sailing community. Thanks to all who supported me throughout the year, I couldn’t have done this alone!

US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year Awards

Sailing’s Best of 2011 Are Shortlisted
US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year Awards

With the record books about to close on another year of racing, US Sailing is celebrating the most outstanding performances with the release of its shortlist of nominees for the 2011 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards. Those making the 2011 shortlist represent the diversity of the sport and include round-the-world racers, kite boarders, one-design champions and Olympic hopefuls.

Nominees shortlisted for US Sailing’s 2011 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year award:
Melges 32 World Champion William Douglass (Southport, Conn.); Etchells World Champion Bill Hardesty (San Diego, Calif.); IKA Kite Course Racing World Champion Johnny Heineken (Larkspur, Calif.); Laser North American Champion Clay Johnson (Toms River, N.J.); Allstate Sugar Bowl J/22 World Champion Rob Johnston (Heath, Texas); Finn U.S. National Champion Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.); Star North American Champion George Szabo (San Diego, Calif.); and Velux 5 Oceans Winner Brad Van Liew (Charleston, S.C.).

Nominees shortlisted for US Sailing’s 2011 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year award:
Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta (ISAF Sailing World Cup) Elliott 6m Champion Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wisc.); Farr 30 World Champion Deneen Demourkas (Santa Barbara, Calif.); 29erXX North American Champion Kristen Lane (Tiburon, Calif.); Kieler Woche 470 Women Champion Erin Maxwell (Stonington, Conn.); Kieler Woche Laser Radial Champion Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.); Rolex International Women’s Keelboat Champion Cory Sertl (Rochester, N.Y.); and Skandia Sail for Gold Champion Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.).

The nominees will be reviewed by a panel of noted sailing journalists who discuss the merits of each nominee and vote to determine US Sailing’s 2011 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year. The winners will be announced in mid-January and honored on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, during a luncheon at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, when they will be presented with Rolex timepieces.

Established in 1961 by US Sailing and sponsored by Rolex Watch, U.S.A. since 1980, the annual presentation of US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards are considered the sport’s ultimate recognition of an individual’s outstanding on-the-water achievements for the calendar year. Over its history the coveted award has been presented to 39 men and 32 women, including these distinguished sailors who have claimed the honor multiple times: Ed Adams, Betsy Alison, Sally Barkow, Dennis Conner, JJ Isler, Allison Jolly, John Kostecki, Buddy Melges, Ken Read, Cory Sertl, Lynne Shore, Jody Swanson and Ted Turner.

2011 Yachtsmen Nominee Resumes

William Douglass
Melges 32 World Championship, Mallorca, Spain (1st/29 boats)
Key West Race Week, Key West, Fla. (1st/21 Melges 32s)
Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, Sydney, Australia (6th/20 boats)

Bill Hardesty
Etchells World Championship, San Diego, Calif. (1st/81 boats)
47th Congressional Cup, Long Beach, Calif. (1st/10 Catalina 37s – tactician)
Monsoon Cup, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia (1st/12 boats – crew)
Portimão Portugal Match Cup, Portimão Portugal (1st/12 boats – crew)
Stena Mach Cup, Marstrand, Sweden (1st/14 boats – crew)
CMRC Grade 2 Invitational, Chicago, Ill. (1st/10 Tom28s)
VIII Open de España Match Race, Calpe, Spain, (1st/12 Tom28s – Tactician)
SDYC Etchells One Design Weekend, San Diego, Calif. (1st/39 boats)
Etchells Midwinters West Championship, San Diego, Calif. (1st/45 boats)
Sailing Supply Etchells Orca Bowl, San Diego, Calif. (1st/46 boats)
Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, Chicago, Ill. (1st Section 2, 4th overall – Tactician)
Rolex Big Boat Series, San Francisco, Calif. (2nd/9 Express 37s – Tactician)
Ugotta Regatta, Harbor Springs, Mich. (2nd/3 boats Division 1 – Tactician)
St. Moritz Match Race, St. Moritz, Switzerland (3rd/12 boats – tactician)
Farr 40 World Championship, Sydney, Australia (4th/20 boats – Tactician)

Johnny Heineken
IKA Kite Course Racing World Championships, Westerland, Germany (1st/62)
IKA North American Course Racing Championships, San Juan, Puerto Rico (1st/15)
Beetle Kitesurf World Cup (PKRA Germany), St. Peter Ording, Germany (1st/46)
Canadian Open Course Racing/Nationals, Squamish, B.C. (1st/23 open division)
Kiteboarding World Tour Mexico (PKRA Mexico), Playa del Carmen, Mexico (1st/16)
Ultranectar Challenge, San Francisco, Calif. (1st/31 combined Kites & Formula Boards upwind long distance race)

Clay Johnson
Laser North American Championship, Brant Beach, N.J. (1st/68 boats)
US Sailing’s Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, Fla. (9th/102 Lasers)
French Olympic Sailing Week, Hyères, France (11th/155 Lasers)
Princess Sofia Trophy, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (25th/127 Lasers)

Rob Johnston
Allstate Sugar Bowl J/22 World Championship, New Orleans, La. (1st/64 boats)
J22 Southwest District Regatta #5, Oklahoma City, Okla. (1st/8 boats)
HYC One Design Regatta, Houston, Texas (1st/17 J/22 s)

Brad Van Liew
VELUX 5 Oceans (1st/5 Eco 60s) – Won each of the five legs of the race, as well as overall.

George Szabo
Star North American Championship, Tampa, Fla. (1st/28 boats)
French Olympic Sailing Week, Hyères, France (3rd/37 Stars)

Zach Railey
Finn U.S. National Championship, Long Beach, Calif. (1st/30 boats)
French Olympic Sailing Week, Hyères, France (2nd/80 Finns)
Kiel Week, Kiel, Germany (3rd/46 Finns)
Princess Sofia Trophy, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (5th/82 Finns)
US Sailing’s Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, Fla. (6th/37 Finns)

2011 Yachtswomen Nominee Resume Highlights

Deneen Demourkas
Farr 30 World Championship, San Francisco, Calif. (1st/12 boats)
Farr 30 North American Championship, San Francisco, Calif. (1st/5 boats)
Farr 30 Canadian National Championship, West Vancouver, Canada, (1st/7 boats)
Cal Race Week, Marina del Rey, Calif. (1st/5 Farr 30s)
Long Beach Race Week, Long Beach, Calif. (1st/7 Farr 30s)
Sperry Top-Sider Annapolis NOOD Regatta, Annapolis, Md. (3rd/12 Farr 30s)
Key West Race Week, Key West, Fla. (3rd/9 Farr 30s)

Sally Barkow
Princess Sofia Trophy, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (1st/24 Elliott 6m)
U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship, New Orleans, La. (1st/8 J/22s)
French Olympic Sailing Week, Hyères, France (2nd/24 Elliott 6m)
US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR, Fla. (3rd/24 Elliott 6m)
Skandia Sail For Gold, Weymouth, England (3rd/24 Elliott 6m)
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, England (3rd/8 Elliott 6m)
US Sailing’s Rolex International Women’s Keelboat Championship, Rochester, N.Y. (3rd/36 J/22s)

Erin Maxwell
Kiel Week, Kiel, Germany (1st/19 470 Women)
Princess Sofia Trophy, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (5th/49 470 Women)
French Olympic Sailing Week, Hyères, France (7th/56 470 Women)

Kristen Lane
Melges 24 Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week, Charleston, S.C (1st/45 boats)
29erXX North American Championship, Kingston, Canada (1st/10 boats)
Zhik US 29erXX National Championship, Cascade Locks, Ore. (1st/7 boats)
Melges 24 World Championship, Corpus Christi, Texas (5th/32 boats)
Melges 24 National Championship, Lake Geneva, Wisc. (5th/38 boats)
Bacardi Miami Sailing Week, Miami, Fla. (8th/30 Melges 24s)

Paige Railey
Kiel Week, Kiel, Germany (1st/51 Laser Radials)
US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR, Fla. (1st/58 Laser Radials)
Laser Midwinters East, Clearwater, Fla. (1st/106 Laser Radials)
Laser Radial North Americans, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (1st/22 boats)
Pan American Games, Guadalajara, Mexico (3rd/13 Laser Radials)
Weymouth and Portland Regatta, England (3rd/49 Laser Radials)
Princess Sofia Trophy, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (4th/78 Laser Radials)
Skandia Sail for Gold, Weymouth, England (14th/90 Laser Radials)
French Olympic Sailing Week, Hyères, France (13th/98 Laser Radials)

Anna Tunnicliffe
Skandia Sail For Gold, Weymouth, England (1st/24 Elliott 6m)
BoatU.S. Santa Maria Cup, Annapolis, Md. (1st/8 J/22s)
Buddy Melges Challenge, Sheboygan, Wisc. (1st/16 Elliott 6m)
US Sailing’s Rolex International Women’s Keelboat Championship, Rochester, N.Y. (2nd/36 J/22s)
US Sailing’s Rolex Miami OCR, Fla. (2nd/24 Elliott 6m)
Princess Sofia Trophy, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (3rd/24 Elliott 6m)

Cory Sertl
US Sailing’s Rolex International Women’s Keelboat Championship, Rochester, N.Y. (1st/36 J/22s)
J/22 Northeast Championships, Lake George, N.Y. (3rd/40 boats)


News Archive
St. Francis Yacht Club to Host US SAILING’s Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards Ceremony in 2012

Above article from: http://about.ussailing.org/Awards/Rolex.htm

Spain Race Clinic Wrap-Up

The first ever Ozone/Team Fluid Race Clinic wrapped up last week in Mar Menor, Spain. Adam and I were stoked to have 17 participants show up for four days of race talk, training, and gear tuning. Each day we focused on a different aspect of course racing with a morning lesson and afternoon riding.

Although the breeze was generally light, we were able to get on the water every day to run races and practice maneuvers. The group’s tacks made huge strides, and their confidence in starting also improved. It was getting so aggressive on the line that we even had one start with a 7 kite tangle! Maybe this isn’t the goal…but it’s the only way to improve. I was reminded very much of Thursday night racing in San Francisco!

We were invited to participate in the the Spanish Long Distance Championships which took place last weekend following the clinic. It was great to race against everyone we’d gotten to know throughout the week, and see them improve during the event. On day one Adam and I had a solid lead against the top Spanish guys, and on day 2 we could barely keep them off our heals. Practice makes perfect!

Congrats to the new Spanish Long Distance Champion Pedro Garijo, and to Sergio Perera and Miguel Villar for 2nd and 3rd. Fun racing with you guys!

Finally, thanks to all the riders that came out to the clinic for being so eager to improve and absorb information. We couldn’t have asked for a more enthusiastic group of people or a better local network to take care of us. And a big thanks to Ozone and Kite Frenzy for getting us to Europe and taking care of the clinic logistics, we couldn’t have made this happen without you!

Johnny

 

Johnny Heineken wins PKRA Germany 2011

podium race

I’m finally back home from Europe after the PKRA Germany race. This was a real eye opener for me–I’ve never seen so much energy go into a kiteboarding event. An entire tent city built on the beach…incredible to say the least.

After a very rough start (5, 6 in the two first races) I was forced to play catch-up for the rest of the week. Adam seemed unreachable in the light conditions, and I had to adjust my riding style drastically to keep up. I found my groove though and moved up one position each day. Two bullets on a windy day helped me out big time.

By the last day Adam and I were only 0.2 pts apart, meaning it came down to the single race we did that day. It was once again super light conditions, in fact marginally even sailable. But the race committee sent us out and we put all we had into making it around the course. I sat in third behind Adam and Julien going into the last weather mark but Adam fell on his tack to layline and I was able to squirt past. I can’t say this is an ideal race but consistency pays! Lucky me…

So after 11 races I won by only 0.8 pts, by far the closest event of the year. It was great for Adam and I to see where we stand against the Euros in really light conditions, and rewarding to see that we can still sail faster than them. I’m going to have to work hard to stay in front of Adam though!

MEN COURSE RACING

1. John Heineken (USA, Ozone)

2. Adam Koch (USA, Ozone)

3. Julien Kerneur (FRA, Takoon)

4. Olivier Dansin (FRA, North)

WOMEN COURSE RACING

1. Katja Roose (NED, Airush)

2. Steph Bridge (GBR, North)

3. Caroline Adrien (FRA, Cabrinha)

JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

1. Tom Bridge (GBR, North)

2. Denis Zurik (POL)

3. Guy Bridge (GBR, North)

men

Johnny Heineken Takes the Lead on Day 6 PKRA Germany

Aug-25-2011

For the sixth day of action here in St Peter Ording, Germany, the conditions didn’t look promising. Instead of taking to the water, the kiteboarders of the PKRA decided to hold meetings about the judging system in the Freestyle discipline and the rules applying to Course Racing. By the middle of the afternoon the wind picked up to around 8 knots, which was enough to start the only race of the day, Race 11.

alex

The Freestyle-judging meeting was set up to discuss several points:

– Scoring individual tricks from 0 to 10 according to the existing judging criteria but putting more emphasis on the quality of execution. The judges now have to note the name of the trick as well as the score.

– Only taking into consideration the 5-7 best tricks from each rider (Men & Women’s divisions)

– A panel consisting of five judges in which the highest and lowest scores are withdrawn for the final tabulation.

All these different issues were discussed and debated with the riders and final decisions will be made after voting in Brazil.

meeting

Meanwhile the Course Racers had a meeting of their own about different rules:

– The wind limit was discussed and set to 6 knots combined with suitable conditions, the current and the direction of the wind being the most important factors.

– The board limitation was discussed (190cm by 60cm) and will be voted at the next AGM (annual general meeting) of the IKA (International Kiteboarding Association) to decide whether to go for a production class only or also accept custom boards.

– The same thing applies for the number of kites to be registered at the event. Right now it’s set to 3 per event for budgets reasons and could go to 4 or 5 kites.

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At 3pm the wind was fairly light but higher than 6 knots confirming the new rule to start the course racing discipline. The three leaders of the ranking were on the exact same kite, a 17 meters, and kept on crossing each other throughout the course. Kerneur (FRA, Takoon) remembered pumping with his legs by pushing on the board to gain some speed and managed to go faster than the others on the last reaching tack, he went on to win the race.

Olivier Dansin (FRA, North) tangled right on the start line due to Bram Hoogendijk (NED, Peter Lynn) who looped his kite into Olivier’s as he got blocked by the fleet and tried to get away. When this kind of mistake happens the rider needs to scream “Protest” on the water in order to fill out a proper protest form once the race is over. At the end of the day all protests are discussed with Markus Schwendtner, IKA representative, who then decides the legitimacy of the protest.

In the girls division, Katja Roose (NED, Airush) was happy to finish first again and confirm her recently acquired top spot overall for this event after 11 races. She reckoned that she played well with the shifting winds, tacking as they were changing to get to the upwind buoy. Meanwhile Steph Bridge (GBR, North) commented that she rode well but didn’t go as fast as she thought she should and is now thinking about going on a diet…

Results Race 11:

Men:

1. Julien Kerneur (FRA, Takoon)

2. John Heineken (USA, Ozone)

3. Adam Koch (USA, Ozone)

Women:

1. Katja Roose (NED, Airush)

2. Steph Bridge (GBR, North)

3. Christine Boenninger (GER, Flysurfer)

John Heineken (USA, Ozone) and Katja Roose (NED, Airush) are now sitting in first place on the overall ranking of this event.

Tomorrow afternoon the conditions should be good enough to start the Freestyle discipline again.

 

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