Olly Bridge blasts across the finish line 1st in the Eurosaf Delta Lloyd Regatta!
The Delta Lloyd is one of the most prestigious and largest regattas for Olympic Classes in the sailing industry. For the first time in the history of the event, Kite Racing gained recognition and was welcomed into the Eurosaf Delta Lloyd Regatta for 2014. The integration saw a new format for Kite Racing emerge, including a direct qualifier to the ISAF Sailing World Cup Grand Final.
Medenbilk International Sailing Centre, Holland played host to the event from the 20-24th May. North Team rider Olly Bridge was there to test the new format and help develop Kite Racing to become a fixture for the 2020 Olympics. The three days of competition brought the crème de la crème of Race riders from across the globe, including the current World Champion Florian Gruber and Italian Champion Riccardo Lechesse with many Nations being represented.
Along with the new format, came a new Short Track Course, an exciting layout with a reaching start, downwind and upwind gates and plenty of manoeuvres, such as tacking, gybing and laylines. So much variety offered the riders endless opportunities to switch positions throughout the race although a cracking start was crucial. Riders were separated into heats of six with the course taking approximately eight minutes and as the event finished, all of the riders had competed in 11 heats.
Olly Bridge put in an outstanding performance, collecting nine bullets and two 2nd places. Main rival, Florian Gruber was hot on his heels throughout the competition, but lost out in the final race leaving Olly to finish 1st in the Delta Lloyde Regatta 2014.
Stay tuned for the next regatta, the Kite Race IKA African Continental Championships where the Race Team with be representing with the new 2015 North Dyno and North 69Ltd 2015.