Kiteboarding: the future of sailing

Sail Melbourne has announced the decision to keep kiteboarding as part of its Invited Class Program, during the ISAF Sailing World Cup, to be held at Sandringham Yacht Club from 2nd-8th December 2012.


Despite the decision by ISAF to remove Kiteboarding from the Olympic Class line up for the 2016 Olympic Games, the sport will feature in the upcoming ISAF Sailing World Cup - Sail Melbourne.

"Sail Melbourne has had a huge response from the kiteboarding community with more than 60 entries confirmed. As a key addition to the invited class program, Sail Melbourne's first-in-class Race Management Team will continue to provide a competitive platform for kiteboarders from around the world", the organization notes.

Racing formats for kiteboarding will remain the same, entailing course racing and a final-day medal race as originally planned, in line with the IKA Class Rules 2012.

Following the decision to reinstate windsurfing into the Olympic Games line-up for 2016, RS:X Windsurfing will also once again be included in this year's Sail Melbourne as part of the Olympic Class.

The RS:X Windsurfing program racing format will run as per the previous Olympic format, including 10 races and a medal race.

Port Phillip Bay provides ideal wind conditions along a world class stretch of water, and Sail Melbourne looks forward to welcoming kiteboarders and RS:X sailors to its shores to compete for the title.