Maartje Theadora is ready to deliver fish by kite propulsion

Diederik Parlevliet, the Chief Executive Officer of Parlevliet & Van der Plas B.V., one of the largest European fishing companies with headquarters in Katwijk in the Netherlands, and Stephan Wrage, the Managing Director of SkySails, signed a purchase agreement for the world’s first towing-kite wind propulsion system to be installed on a fishing trawler.

SkySails propulsion is scheduled to be placed in operation early 2010 aboard the ROS-171 “Maartje Theadora” fishing vessel.

“We are looking forward to significant fuel savings by using the SkySails-System, particularly during those extended transfer runs to the African coast and in the South Pacific, not to mention the potential savings during actual fishing operations,” says Diederik Parlevliet, “while at the same time enabling us to reduce enormous amounts of CO2 emissions and make a big contribution to safeguarding the climate.”

At 141 meters in length, the “Maartje Theadora” is Germany’s largest fishing vessel and is operated by the Sassnitz-based Westbank Hochseefischerei GmbH, a member of the Parlevliet & Van der Plas Group. The ship has two MaK main engines that produce a total of 8,640 kW of power. The vessel will be fitted with a 160m2 SkySails propulsion system like those already in use on cargo ships.

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Alex Caizergues

The World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC) has announced the ratification of a new World Record.

Alexandre Caizergues is now the fastest kiteboarder in the planet with an average speed of 50.98 knots in501 meters.

The French athlete got this overwhelming result at Luduritz, Namibia,during the 2009 LuderitzSpeed Challenge.

The World Record was broken in 19.03 seconds with a Fone Prototype 2009 and a Fone Bandit 3, 8sqm kite.

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Aaron Abel

Liquid Force, the world’s leading kite and wakeboard manufacturer, announced that the brand has added St. Petersburg, FL kiteboarder Aaron Abel to their team roster.

“It’s awesome to ride for Liquid Force,” said Abel. “LF has always been my favorite brand, and I’m super stoked to be riding the best gear head to toe moving forward!.”

The 18 year-old kiteboarder/wakeboarder is known for his aggressive riding style and is no stranger to success, recently taking 2nd Place in Pro Men’s at the USA Wakeboard Cable Nationals.

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