Guy Bridge races to silver at World Kiteboarding championships in Denmark
PUBLISHED: 12:34 14 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:34 14 August 2018
Kiteboarding, now an Olympic sport, was included in the World Sailing Championships for the first time and the Exmouth-based Bridge family were out in force for the championships which took place in Aarhus Denmark.
What’s more, 18-year-old Guy finished the championship on the podium in the silver medal berth!
The championships involved three days of qualification racing followed by two days of the final series and then the medal race.
What was certainly a ‘mixed bag’ of wind and weather did not faze Ollie or Guy Bridge, with the brothers sitting first and second in the Gold Fleet following the three days of qualification racing.
Gold Medal Races took a toll on both of the boys with both having gear failure! Broken lines in two different races cost them valuable time and races on a day when it all mattered.
Guy managed to make it back into second place while Olly bagged a seventh place overall spot. Both boys made it into the medal race, which was postponed due to thunder and lightning!
It all left the boys holding those positions of second and seventh respectively.
For Guy, it was a terrific silver medal in the first ever World Championships since the sport was included in the Olympics. Olly, on the other hand, was left disappointed with his seventh placed finish, but mum Steph Bridge was also in action and she took fourth place in the women’s event.
Steph Bridge said: “It was another incredible all-round performance from the team and we thank the British Sailing team for their support and a special thank you to two times Olympic medallist and three times Volvo World sailor, Ian Walker, who took the role of coach for this event and we were really fortunate to share time and his expertise for this event.”
The Bridge family are now busy preparing for the next big kiteboarding event, which will see them in action in China!
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