Briton Oliver Bridge Takes Formula Kite Open Title
Published: Thursday, 22 December 2016
Oliver Bridge of Great Britain has taken the Formula Kite title at the Sailing World Cup Final at St Kilda Sailing Precinct, Australia on Saturday Dec 10, Briton Oliver Bridge has taken the class title.
(Photos: Sailing Energy / World Sailing - Formula Kite Open winners Florian Trittel, Oliver Bridge and Guy Bridge)
The last day of race witnessed a 12-knot breeze and sunshine for the kiteracing participants for the ultimate battle. Oliver Bridge (GBR) took a 14-point lead into the three single-point non-discardable kite Medal Races, yet, in the first race things did not quite go to plan.
"I wasn't at my best in the upwind and I caught something at the second windward mark and just hit the deck,” says Bridge. “Something was stuck on my foil and I couldn't get started again. It was quite annoying but I managed to catch up a couple of places."
Bridge worked his way up to fifth and a top finish in the second race confirmed him as the World Cup champion. He found his foiling feet again and won the final two races with relative ease.
"In the last two I was able to sail my own race from the front,” he says. “It was difficult as there was a lot of seaweed on the course which made it hard to handle but I was able to get in front and stay there."
Florian Trittel (ESP) pushed up to second overall after a 1-2-4 scoreline. This relegated Guy Bridge (GBR), younger brother of Oliver, to third overall.
Top 10 results Formula Kite Open:
1. Oliver Bridge (GBR) - 24 pts
2. Florian Trittel (ESP) - 40 pts
3. Guy Bridge (GBR) - 41 pts
4. Florian Gruber (GER) - 43 pts
5. Martin Dolenc (CRO) - 71 pts
6. Alejandro Climent (ESP) - 92 pts
7. Sam Bullock (NZL) - 96 pts
8. Marvin Baumeister (GER) - 110 pts
9. Mani Bisschops (AUS) - 118 pts
10. Jordan Girdis (AUS) - 126 pts