Sail Melbourne: kiteboarders put out a great show

Florian Gruber has taken the gold medal at the final kiteboarding day of Sail Melbourne, held in Australia.


Strong winds and lots of racing saw a repecharge system in action, through in the morning. Canada's Adam Vance and Turkey's Salih Cakir met the top pair of Florian Gruber and Torrin Bright in the final.

Germany's Gruber won the races, pretty much as he had done all week, to collect the gold, with New Zealand's Bright holding out for the silver and Vance collecting the bronze.

"This feels good. My first real regatta and I enjoyed it immensely. The Committee have been super awesome and we're all pretty stoked. I am genuinely happy with my second place", says Torrin Bright.

Kiteboarding has added colour and enthusiasm to the Sandringham Yacht Club and the Women's event, whilst smaller in terms of participation, included a dominant display by one sailor.

France's Ariane Imbert, a gracious, enthusiastic and focused kiteboarder during all week, collected the gold medal. Australia's Lisa Hickman was second and Astrid Berz of Switzerland took bronze.

Sail Melbourne 2012 Kiteboarding Event:

Men:
1. Florian Gruber (GER)
2. Torrin Bright (NZL)
3. Adam Vance (CAN)

Women:
1. Ariane Imbert (FRA)
2. Lisa Hickman (NZL)
3. Astrid Berz (CH)