Positive reviews for Formula Kite
Published on August 24th, 2021
The introduction of foiling Formula kites for the Paris 2024 Olympics was to heighten excitement and offer inclusive equipment for both genders, and the concept got positive reviews during the 2021 PanAmerican Formula Kite Championship in Cabarete, Dominican Republic.
Known to be a popular training venue for Olympic caliber ILCA sailors, spectators on Cabarete beach were amazed by the speeds and airplane-like boards flying above water during the competition on August 16-22.
Twenty-one sailors from ten countries battled in winds ranging from 8 to 18 knots in the famous wind and waves of Cabarete as qualifying races were held in open ocean with all the fleet racing together. For the last day sailors were divided to Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Women fleets and participated in short five minute races as close to shore as possible.
After 20 races, Kirstyn Obrien (USA) won both the Women’s Open and PanAm awards while Toni Vodisek of Slovenia claimed the Open division with Bruno Lobo of Brazil finishing second while taking top honors in the PanAm division. – Full results