Mazella and Nolot first leaders of the Formula Kite Spain Series 2023
Spaniard Bernat Cortés best Spaniard in the Rooster Sailing FKSS 2023 Mallorca
(Mallorca 26 March 2023) – Frenchman Axel Mazella has made an admirable start to the sixth season of the Formula Kite Spain Series, leading the Rooster Sailing FKSS 2023 Mallorca from start to finish, finishing with a cushion of eighteen points over second-placed Toni Vodisek from Slovenia. In the women’s race, Frenchwoman Lauriane Nolot also managed to maintain her lead and climb to the top of the podium after an intense battle against American Daniela Moroz on the final day.
After completing a perfect first day and managing to maintain his lead in the complicated second day of the Rooster Sailing FKSS 2023 Mallorca, where the bay of Palma became a technical and challenging race course, Axel Mazella has been proclaimed winner of the queen category after a final day in which the Frenchman only had to control his direct rivals in the gold group.
After arriving at the beach, Mazella said: «I am very happy with my results and to have managed to finish first. Competing in this event has been very good for me because I have been able to test my equipment, also to see what kind of shape I was in and to see the current level of the Formula Kite fleet. It has been a good start to the season and now it’s time to rest and prepare for the next big event, here at the Club Nautic S’Arenal, the Trofeo S.A.R Princesa Sofia Mallorca by Iberostar».
Eighteen points behind Mazella, Slovenian Toni Vodisek has experienced an event in which he has gone from less to more, climbing positions from sixth to second place, beating Théo de Ramecourt (FRA), Cameron Maramenides (GRE), Benoit Gomez (FRA) and Kai Clader (USA).
Another Frenchman, Theó de Ramecourt, also managed to finish on the third step of the podium after a regatta in which the light and shifty winds of the second day on the race course made him lose the regularity to opt for the fight for second place overall in the Rooster Sailing FKSS 2023 Mallorca.
Lauriane Nolot, queen of the women’s category
Lauriane Nolot, Mazella’s compatriot, repeated the feat of her teammate, taking first place in the women’s classification on the first day and defending her lead until the last of the twelve races sailed in the Rooster Sailing FKSS 2023 Mallorca.
The current world champion, the American Daniela Moroz, could not snatch the first position from the Frenchwoman and had to settle for second place, just 6 points behind Nolot. Finally, the also French Poema Newland, who was displaced to third place by Moroz on the second day, managed to stay on the podium despite not competing in the races of the day.
Bernat Cortés, leader of the Spanish fleet
A good event for the Catalan Bernat Cortés, who for the first time managed to beat the favourite to defend the colours of Spain in the next Olympics in Paris 2024, the Valencian Alejandro Climent, in an official regatta.
Cortés closed the first day of the Rooster FKSS 2023 Mallorca in tenth place in an international fleet of 21 nationalities and 77 participants. Despite the shifty wind conditions on the second day, he maintained his position, but however, a bump and a broken foil on the final day saw the Catalan drop to twelfth place.
Despite the incident and the loss of two positions in the final standings, the Catalan was satisfied with his performance: «It was a very good day, with challenging conditions. At first we started with the big glider, but then the wind picked up and we switched to the medium glider. The tasks were very fast and although in the first task I had a bump and broke the foil, which made me lose some positions, I was able to save the day and in general it was great and a lot of fun».
In the women’s category, Gisela Pulido has had to settle for competing in the silver group fighting for positions to which we are not used to since last season, finishing seventh in the women’s category and forty-fourth overall in the Rooster Sailing FKSS 2023 Mallorca.
Open Pro Category:
1. Axel Mazella (FRA): 12 points
2. Toni Vodisek (SLO): 30 points
3. Theó de Ramecourt(FRA): 36 points
4. Cameron Maramenides (GRE): 55 points
5. Jannis Maus (GER): 66 points
Up to 77 participants
Open Pro Women’s Category:
1. Lauriane Nolot (FRA): 175 points
2. Daniela Moroz (USA): 181 points
3. Poema Newland (FRA): 250 points
4. Annelous Lammerts (NED): 110 points*
5. Jessie Kampman (FRA): 119 points*
Up to 21 participants
Spanish fleet classification:
12. Bernat Cortés: 85 points
13. Alejandro Climent: 88 points
18. Jacobo Espí: 129 points
37. Pau Mesquida: 223 points
44. Gisela Pulido: 134 points
48. Carlos Espí: 162 points
55. Pedro Garijo: 221 points
61. Marc González: 244 points
65. Pau Soler: 286 points
68. Pedro Alcántara: 352 points
71. Marcelo Cairo: 383 points