Wilson will have a kite propulsion system

Bergen-based Wilson ASA has become the first Norwegian shipping company to order SkySails propulsion.

This environmentally friendly towing-kite propulsion system is scheduled to be installed on the vessel “Wilson Grip” next year. "Wilson has high expectations that SkySails on Wilson Grip will prove to be an environmental and economic success for further Wilson vessels," says Oyvind Gjerde of Wilson ASA.

“This sale to Wilson gives SkySails the opportunity of thoroughly examining how SkySails propulsion performs during practical use in the conditions on the nothern North Sea and the Norwegian Sea,“ added SkySails founder and managing director Stephan Wrage.

The MV “Wilson Grip” is 88 meters long, has deadweight of 3,700 tons and produces nearly 1,500 kW of power. The ship will be outfitted with a SKS C 160 SkySails (160-square-meter). With a good wind a SkySails system of this size can generate up to 8 tons of tractive force. For comparison: the “Wilson Grip” needs about 11 tons of thrust to reach its cruising speed of 11 knots.

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KPWT Essaouira 2008

Morocco will host the Essaouira Kiteboard World Cup, final of the 2008 KPWT, from the 1st to the 9th of November. 

There are a thousand reasons to come to Essaouira. Its festivals Gnawa and Andalusian, the Portuguese style of its magnificent ramparts, the unique bustle of its medina. Its always pleasant, temperate climate. And of course, the beaches !

The beaches outside the town are just as magnificent. Sidi Kaouki, 14 km south of the town is know as a good surfing spot, as is Moulay Bouzerktoune, 25 km to the north of Essaouira, which also offers very good waves.

Located on the Atlantic, Essaouira - and Morocco at the same time - are well-known to be one of the best watersport's place in the world.

Moreover, the city of Essaouira owns the Blue Flag label, which prove the good spots quality, its dynamism about all watersports and also its ability to hold an International event like the Essaouira Kiteboard World Cup

Born in 2001, with the Brunotti Essaouira Pro, the Kiteboard World Cup has built a strong reputation in the world of kiteboard since then. The participation of the best international kiteboarders in the 2006, 2007, editions reported on TV on a worldwide basis of more than 300 countries spread and strengthened the paradisiacal image of Morocco as a water sports playground all over the world.

Essaouira benefits by various wind directions, from South to North, with variations between 15 to 35 knots, perfect conditions for Freestyle and Course Racing.. Moreover, the Wave masters -attractive waveriding riders- which will held on Moulay. Its beach break is famous, with waves about 2 meters high, the swell coming from various directions -NW, W, S.

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2008 BKSA Champions

Riders came from as far as Norfolk and South Wales to compete in the final round of the BKSA Wave Masters.

The forecast was for no wind on the Friday – with the waves and wind building during the weekend. Friday we were all greeted with a lovely swell and riders had a great time surfing and paddle boarding in the glassy conditions.

Lee Harvey (Local fisherman and competitor) excitedly came down the beach that afternoon promising the best ever forecast for Sunday! Saturday the wind was light onshore meaning the surf that was there to be blown out – however by 3pm the wind was strong enough for riders to go out – an expression session was run in the small 2 ft waves.

Sam Moore put a good effort in on a 5ft Freestyle fish to win the juniors. Jackie and Debbie were next up in the ladies both going for backloops on their directional boards and catching a few waves.

The seniors saw Trevor Hale (last years champ) go for some big Kiteloops – however it was Paul Stebbing winning with his featherweight frame making the advantage of the light wind.

In the Men’s fleet seasoned competitor Denzil Williams made the most on his freestyle fish doing some fancy tricks and riding to take the win ahead of Will Bennett (who made a late recovery) and Mike Perry.

Saturday night was spent in the Sandsifter where all riders enjoyed the food laid on together with the DJ’s, which played on till 2pm!

Sunday dawned with riders briefing at 10.30am – the swell was pumping and the wind a nice Cross Off – perfect for Waveriding – Lee Pasty was right!

We had to wait for the tide to drop down and the comp started at 11.45 am. Early upset was Will Bennett (07 champ) who went out against James (Smiler) Waters. The standard was amazing with some great waveriding in the 6ft surf.

Will made it back through the losers final to the 4-man final. There were 3 Cabrinha riders in the final, which made it interesting to judge – however the riders had the best 3 rides scored and 15 mins to ride as many as they wished.

Smiler rode consistently to take the win ahead of Will Bennett and Denzil Williams. Next up the Seniors, Juniors and Ladies were run, judged by the Men’s, there was some great riding from all concerned the waves still quite sizeable. The Juniors and Ladies had 3 heats each while the Seniors had a reporcharge. Top Junior was Daniel Maurice from Shoreham and Jackie Perry from Cornwall.

Last events winner Paul (Stubbie) Stebbings lost out in his 1st heat having to get through to the final the hard way. The Seniors (over 35) battled it out for 15 mins  - Gareth Morgan narrowly ahead of Trevor Hale to take the win.

Gwithian Results

Juniors
1-  Daniel Maurice
2-  Sam Moore
3-  Martin Thatchell

Ladies
1-  Jacinta Perry
2-  Debbie Kennedy

Seniors
1-  Gareth Morgan (North)
2-  Trevor Hale (North)
3-  Paul Stebbings (Cabrinha)

Men’s
1-  James Waters (Cabrinha)
2-  Will Bennett (Cabrinha, Santa Cruz)
3-  Denzil Williams (F-One)

OVERALL TITLE WINNERS

Juniors – Daniel Maurice

Ladies – Jacinta Perry

Seniors – 1= Paul Stebbings and Gareth Morgan
Mens – Will Bennett

Source: British Kite Surfing Association