Dursey Head: windy and greeny

Ireland is the windiest spot in Europe for kiteboarding. Dursey Head was considered the kite arena with the highest number of days with more than 4bft winds (beaufort scale), in 2010. The Irish wind heaven registered 274 days in those conditions.

Europe is a great continent for kiteboarding. The analysis made by the German magazine "Kiteboarding" covered 15 countries.

Dursey Head registered an average wind speed of 15 knots during the entire year, which proves that the land of Guinness beer pints. In second places comes Vlieland, in Holland, with 270 days of winds above 4bft.

Karpathos, in Greece, places in fourth place, while the famous Spanish windsurfing spot of Tarifa only secures a ninth place between 15 countries. The beautiful town of Sagres, in Portugal, stays in the 13th position and the Polish spot of Leba ranks in 14th.

One beaufort is the equivalent of 1-3 knots, 2bft equals 4-6 knots, 3bft means 7-10 knots, 4bft is the same that 11-15 knots and 5 bft equals 16-21 knots.

The European Above 4Bft Wind Ranking goes as follows:

Position

Country

Spot

Days over 4Bft

Average Wind Speed

1

Ireland

Dursey Head

274

15

2

Holland

Vlieland

270

15

3

Germany

Kiel-Lighthouse

259

15

4

Greece

Karpathos

248

15

5

Denmark

Romo

245

14

6

England

Isle of Portland/Weymouth

237

13

7

France

La Hague / Normandie

234

14

8

Italy

Capo Carbonara / Sardinia

226

15

9

Spain

Tarifa

193

12

10

Turkey

Izmir

190

10

11

Croatia

Split

183

8

12

Austria

Podersdorf / Lake Neusiedel

161

11

13

Portugal

Sagres

142

9

14

Poland

Leba

139

10

15

Switzerland

Geneve-Cointrin

52

5