- 10 March 2009 | Kiteboarding
The International Speed Windsurfing Class (ISWC) and the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) have to clarify their position on the newly created GPS Speed World Records, introduced by the website GPSSS and GPSKS.
These world records can not be recognised by us and we feel they will introduce confusion into the world of speed sailing.
We have worked with the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC) for many years and with their help established many world and national records for our members. The WSSRC has been established since 1972 and is sanctioned by ISAF to provide impartial results and observe claims by all high speed sailing craft and ensure that they are achieved fairly and correctly under their rules, ensuring fair play for all.
- 09 March 2009 | Kiteboarding
A 30-year-old kitesurfer from Santa Clara drowned at Poplar Beach, Half Moon Bay, on the San Mateo Coast.
The tragic accident happened Sunday. Half Moon Bay police were called to Poplar Beach at about 1:20 p.m.
The man was wearing his wetsuit and was getting ready to kitesurf when he was swept away by a rip current.
«He was a kite surfer but his board and wing were on shore. We don't know why he was in the water», said Half Moon Bay police Sgt. Mark Reed. «It was rough surf today, and he was the only one out there», he added.
A state park ranger dove into the ocean to try and rescue him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
- 05 March 2009 | Kiteboarding
The Grand Prix Petit Navire, one of the most renowned competitive kiteboarding and sailing events, will host the 2009 European Course Racing Championships.
Since its creation in 1999, the Grand Prix Petit Navire has constantly kept evolving and diversifying.
The 2009 edition of the Grand Prix petit Navire will take place from April 30th to May 10th, marking the 10th anniversary of the Grand Prix Petit Navire, which will be an opportunity for the hundreds of volunteers to join forces and to celebrate once again this cherished yearly sailing event.
Douarnenez, in springtime, is naturally enchanting and its magical atmosphere is further enhanced when the whole town bends over backwards to welcome sailors from all around the world. It’s a real party atmosphere. At this point, the bay becomes a theatre of unusual encounters between high-tech, classical and traditional sailing types.
For this tenth birthday, we foresee the simultaneous participation of the following classes: 85 Dragons, the largest racing fleet in the world, 100 kitesurfers, constituting Europe’s largest gathering of kites and hosting the european course racing championships, class 60 ' IMOCA monohulls of the Vendée Globe, Class 40’ monohulls, 6.5m-long Mini boats, 300 schoolchildren competing in the Optimist class and the Port Rhu Museum’s open house featuring its traditional boat building skills.
The event is planned and organized by Douarnenez’s sailing associations: the Société de régates of Douarnenez (SRD) , Douarnenez Voile and the municipal nautical Center, with the help of a vast local volunteer force
Support comes from the Finistère’s General Council, the District council of Brittany, the French sailing federation (FFV), the French federation of Free Flight (FFVL) , the sailing League of Brittany, Nautisme in Finistère (NEF), the International Kiteboarding association, and the sponsorship of Petit Navire.