The defending champion came closer to the final success of IKA KiteFoil World Seriesâ round 3, winning two races. Nolot, the new leader of Womenâs ranking. The SGS village hosted special guests like Cagliariâs Councillor Floris, Olympic windsurfer Maggetti and a delegation from Luna Rossa.
We still have twenty-four hours to the crowning of Sardinia Grand Slamâs new king, but Axel Mazellaâs candidacy is stronger and stronger. Given tomorrow’s showdown, the defending champion strengthened his lead in IKA KiteFoil World Seriesâ round 3, taking place in Cagliari (October 6-10). Mazella claimed the win in two out of four races held today in Golfo degli Angeliâs waters. Unfortunately, the fifth one was cancelled due to weak wind, under five nodes.
âIt was a good day. Iâm really tired of the races, we did fourteen races in three days, it was really intense from the beginning to the end. The wind was shifty, from the right side to the left side, every race was different. The last race was completely different from the other ones because the wind was really shifty from the right side and it was coming from the headland: weâve got a no-wind zone just in front of it. Everyone had different tactics. On the second leg, I followed Riccardo Pianosi, then on the last one I decided to go even more on the left side and it was better, for sure, because I overtook him. Now I stay focused until the end to win Sardinia Grand Slamâ leader Mazella commented.
Behind the European Champion, BritÂ Connor BainbridgeÂ went up to second position thanks to regular performances, whilst FrenchÂ Theo De RamecourtÂ climbed up the overall ranking by winning two regattas and flying to the third position.
âI just wanted to have fun, I was really not concerned about position or ranking, I did my line without caring to anyone else. I really enjoyed the conditions and I made the most out of it. The wind was shifty and you really had to open your eyes, then be reactive and opportunistâ, De Ramecourt stated.
Among French and Brit kiters, the Italian prospect Riccardo Pianosi excellently interpreted the racing field, going up to seventh Overall with the icing on the cake: the second spot in Race 14. The Italian champion Lorenzo Boschetti is tenth, ahead of countryman Mario Calbucci.
âI perceived some strong wind shifts and I was able to read the wind since the first leg, taking a good advantage on the runner-up. On the third leg, Axel read the wind better than me and won the race, but I can be really happy with my performanceâ Pianosi said.
Thereâs a new queen in the Womenâs ranking: French Lauriane Nolot overtook her countrywoman Poema Newland, whilst another French athlete, Jessie Kampman, is third.
Sardinia Grand Slamâs penultimate day was made even more special by the presence of special guests likeÂ Andrea Floris, Councillor for Sports atÂ Municipality of Cagliari; Olympic windsurferÂ Marta Maggetti, fourth-placed at the Tokyo Games; a delegation from theÂ Team Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli, runner-up at Americaâs Cup.
Three further races are scheduled in Cagliari today, Sunday, October 10th: the fight for 2021 Sardinia Grand Slamâs title is on the final straight.
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