Riccardo Leccese (ITA) and Steph Bridge (GBR) hold the lead in the Men's and Women's fleets after the second day of the African Kiteracing Championship in Soma Bay, Egypt.
The weather did not look promising at the start of the second day with the turquoise waters of Soma Bay in Egypt distinctly mirror-like in apperance. However after a few hours of patience ashore, the sailors were rewarded with breeze kicking in between 8-12 knots.
For the men, racing in two fleets reseeded from day one, the second day was all about qualifying through to the gold fleet for the final series. Germany's Florian Gruber, left nothing to chance and took two race wins to move up into second on the leaderboard, just behind series leader Riccardo Leccese. Gruber seemed unstoppable and more than confident enough to play amongst the big names in course racing, despite his young years - at just 19 years old. Reigning World Champion, Jonny Heineken had difficulties trying to catch Gruber, but a fourth place in race 6 was enough for him to stay in the top three of the leaderboard, just two points behind Gruber.
The third day sees the men split into gold and silver fleets for the final races, with the top 30 kiters now racing against each other in the same fleet - so there is guaranteed to be added pressure and excitement on the race track.
In the women's first race of the day it was the young Russian Elena Kalinina who led, and achieved a major margin over the rest of the pack. Her light weight certainly played to her advantage, and she went onto score another win in race 6 and end the day where she started, in second overall. Series leader going into race day 2, Steph Bridge from Great Britain posted a second in race 5, to help her stay in the top spot on the leaderboard.
With the wind forecast to pick up on the third day, it will be interesting to see how Bridge responds to the challenge from the Russian. And pushing up in to third overall is the reigning Course Racing World Champion Erika Heineken after a strong 4,2 scoreline.
Men Top Three
1. Riccardo Andrea Leccese (ITA)
2. Florian Gruber (GER)
3. Johnny Heineken (USA)
Women Top Three
1. Steph Bridge (GBR)
2. Elena Kalinina (RUS)
3. Erika Heineken (USA)