Nico Landauer is the 2018 Pacific Coast Champion!
The final three races of the event were sailed in a 6-8 knot southwesterly breeze under sunny skies. With a tight points spread going into Sunday it was anybody’s guess on who would take home the title. Landauer (URU) posted two first place finishes out of three races and scored 4th in the other, securing the victory with a couple points cushion. As a Masters class competitor Landauer also takes the over 35 title. Noah Zittrer takes the Junior title in fifteenth position overall. Amil Kabil takes the Grandmasters title in ninth overall.
Landauer credits his recent training and just plain luck for his success in the racing on Sunday. “Staying in the pressure and avoiding marine debris was the main thing today.” Sailing against a field of youngsters Landauer chose not to share his secrets for staying young but he did point out, with a wink, that he was the last person at the party on Saturday night.
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Twenty three hydrofoiling kiteboarders lined up on Saturday, October 6th for the Kite Foil Pacific Coast Championship. Organized by The US Sailing Center – Long Beach the racing kicked off in a clean southwesterly from 8 to 12 knots. Eight races were sailed in the normally smooth waters of Los Angeles Harbor however today there were some rollers pumping in from a southern hurricane. Tight battles in the group were complicated by seaweed and jetsom that plagued the hydrofoils and their pilots. The course was setup as a trapezoid which mimics the course currently used at major IKA events. The windward leg of .6nm is just one minute thirty seconds long and the total race length of 2.65nm. with eight minutes total duration.
Racing continues on Sunday with 6+ races planned and a soft forecast. Denis Taradin leads the event with 23 points ahead of Will Cyr, Joey Pasquali, Evan Heffernan, and Nico Landauer as only one point separates positions two through five. Up-to-the-minute RESULTS are posted here https://www.regattatoolbox.com/results?eventID=HcouOEq8fS
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