Three days of competition at Pirita Beach, Tallinn, Eastonia concluded on Sunday 15 June with overwhelming victories by Latvian Janis Preiss in Formula class and Viktoras Seputa in Formula Kite class. This international wind- and kitesurfing regatta formed a leg of the NeilPryde Baltic Cup, and was attended by 86 surfers from five countries.
During the first two days of the competition almost autumnal weather was dominating - winds of 15-20 knots, air temperature barely 15 degrees, water temperature just a bit warmer than 10 degrees and cloudy skies with intermittent rain showers.
Sunday showed already the sun, but the air temperature did not change much. However, the wind speed was dropping to 6-9 knots, which presented a challenge for both the organizers and the surfers. Still two additional races both for kites and Raceboards were executed, but the lower limit of the wind speed for Formula class did not allow more than one race for them. In total for Formulas and Raceboards 8 races were held over the 3 days plus 9 for the kites.
In Formula class Latvian Janis Preiss, the current leader of the world ranking, did not give a lot of opportunities to his rivals, and finished with a perfect score, 11 points clear of second place which was not settled until the last race when Estonian Formula number one Martin Ervin outperformed John Kaju by just one point.
In Formula U20 division Estonian Karl-Erik Saarm led from the beginning and was the winner of the regatta, second place went to Erik Tristen Kivi and third was Latvian Kristaps Keidans.
Eastonian Rainer Kasekivi took 1st position in the RS: X class, but just one point separated him from Keit Jarve, who was 2nd. Marcus Pertelson took his place among the top three as 3rd, 5 pts behind.
In Techno 293 U15 division the overwhelming victory went to Latvia. Namejis Dreimanis won all the races, and left second place 14 pts away. The battle for the second and third place between Oscar Naabel EST122 and Gregor Schneider was won by Naabel the two points ahead of Schneider.
In Techno 293 U17 division victorious Latvian Aleksandra Goods gained five points advantage ahead of Estonian Alfred Kalm in 2nd place. The status of the third place was not decided until the final day of the event. Latvian Ketija Birzule, who won the last race, rose to 3rd just one point behind 2nd.
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Results: FW / Raceboard / T293 / RS:X / Kite
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