- 25 June 2009 | Windsurfing
One of the world’s most fabled windsurfing events is the 25-year old Highland Springs HIHO, a eight-day adventure and stage race that visits all seven islands in the Caribbean’s British Virgin Islands.
The 2009 event, set for June 28-July 5, starts and finishes on Tortola. The 25th Anniversary event was formally announced just over a month ago, and already features 52 entrants from over 14 countries.
"The response already has been fantastic," said Andy Morrell, who won the event in 1986 and resurrected in through his company Ocean Promotions in 1993. "This is one of the most unique events in windsurging for a lot reasons, not the least of which is its growingly international field of entrants."
Starting at Tortola, the “new” HIHO sprints up to the top of the BVIs, and spend the last few days coming back downwind. Along the way it covers and stops at Anegada, Virgin Gorda, Peter Island, Norman Island, Jost Van Dyke and Little Thatch, and features world class sailing and boarding, parties at every stop including a special lunch on Sir Richard Branson’s Private Island.
A fleet of skippered catamarans serves as mobile homes for the racers and all entrants, kit stores, taxis, lifeboats and race monitors.
There is a detailed itinerary for the event which can be found on the event’s website, but with all true outdoor adventure events, it is more of a guide and is subject to change for logistical reasons such as weather conditions.