Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 2.32.29 PMWinds ranging from 0 to 27 knots and gusts up to 44 knots forced racing to be abandoned in the kiteboarding course area after a long day of waiting on the third day of the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia event.

Shortly before the 12p warning signal, the race committee decided to keep all riders ashore when the first heavy gusts hit the course. When the wind settled down to a more manageable 20 knots average, the race committee started to organize a start, however, the wind completely disappeared to virtually 0 knots within a 15-minute period. What followed were hours of shifting winds and attempts to reset the course, with little success.

Being the most northerly of all course areas, the north-northwest wind was most gusty and shifty, coming over the mountains and the city of Palma. Several start attempts were made to start some heats, with the fleet sailing on their smallest kites in survival conditions, but the wind never stabilized enough to allow for fair racing. Racing was postponed to the next days in the late afternoon — organizers and competitors are hoping that conditions will be more manageable on the penultimate day of the regatta.

Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 2.32.01 PMSix races have been sailed so far in the first two days of the regatta, and sailors as well as the race committee hope to be able to complete a full schedule before Wednesday’s Medal Races.

Overall standings after six races:

MEN
1. Florian Trittel (ESP, ML/Elf) – 5 pts
2. Ivan Doronin (RUS, ML/Elf) – 16 pts
3. Alejandro Climent (ESP, ML/Elf) – 17 pts

WOMEN
1. Elena Kalinina (RUS, UC/Elf) – 5 pts
2. Anastasia Akopova (RUS, ML/Ozone) – 10 pts
3. Jade O’Connor (IRL, UC/Ozone) – 16 pts