Maxime Nocher and Elena Kalinina win the 2015 Formula Kite World Championships

July 20, 2015 | Kiteboarding
2015 Formula Kite World Championships: sailing under the sun | Photo: Icarus Sailing Media

Maxime Nocher and Elena Kalinina have conquered the 2015 Formula Kite World Championships, in Gizzeria, Italy.

In the last day of competition, Oliver Bridge tangled with Blazej Ozog on a tack while ahead in the third of the day's four medal races and was awarded a costly disqualification.

The jury only made a decision after the fleet's last race. Bridge, 17, was inconsolable after seeing his title bid evaporate for the second year in succession. Nocher caught a plastic bag in the water, broke a fin and placed eighth in his day's final race.

"I'm really pleased to win. In this competition, you have to be careful and ride fair. You just never know what's going to happen. It's about not making mistakes. I'm afraid Olly Bridge made a big mistake when he looped his kite into Blazej Ozog's lines," said Maxime Nocher.

In the women's fleet, Elena Kalinina dominated the majority of the medal races, despite constant attacks from the experienced Step Bridge. The Russian was crowned world champion a mere one day before celebrating her eighteenth birthday.

"I'm happy it's over because I so tired. It was very interesting for me to race against Steph Bridge because she is such a good racer, both tactically and sailing. We were always close, and she pushed me always. But I feel happy with the competition. We had no protests, we just raced hard on the water," concluded Kalinina.

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