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Heineken Leads by One Point at North American Kite Racing Championship

North American Kite Racing Championships Day 2 Wrap Up
St. Francis Yacht Club,San Francisco, CA USA
by Eric W. Due (edited by TKB for today’s release) | Photos courtesy www.live2kite.com

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Kiters have taken over Crissy Field until Friday for the 2013 North American Kite Racing Championship.

The second day of racing for the North American Kite Racing Championships saw the Yellow and Blue get changed up for closer racing throughout the fleets.   Johnny Heineken took three bullets, getting upset in one heat by Adam Koch. Adam was on fire in his first heat. Adam and Johnny were neck and neck to a photo finish and Johnny exploded reaching to the line trying to gain back inches on Adam. Riccardo had some trouble in the second heat, taking fourth, but also getting trumped by Bryan Lake in another heat. The top six racers at the end of yesterday were listed as Heineken, Leccese, Lake, Koch, Kender and Pasquali. As it stands now, Johnny Heineken has a one point lead over Riccardo Leccese and five of the top six racers are local regulars at the Cabrinha Race Series.

The women also had a change up. Erika Heineken consistently pulled out four more strong races to maintain her first position, looking solid all day. Nuria Goma has a fantastic fourth heat and gained an overall position from third to second on Catherine Dufour.

Bernie doing a wind check.

Bernie doing a wind check.

The race committee headed by Robbie Dean is pulling some impressive timing for all the racers. Getting in four heats a day for two fleets takes lots of coordination. The new course layout helps racers on and off the beach. The timing between races is only five to ten minutes. This leads to great racing action all day long. Locals and tourists alike are asking about the races up and down the beach.

Racing continues today starting at approximately 1pm!

LINKS:

St. Francis Yacht Club Race Office website

Direct link to results

Livestream! By Jamy Donaldson (thanks Jamy! Stay tuned for Jamie’s new DVD Gust II!)

St. Francis Facebook site

U.S.S. Potomac site

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