Anne Quéméré

This is it, the solo mariner succeeded in casting off in direction of Tahiti from San Francisco at 10 :32 :03 (local time) on Tuesday November 4th.  This corresponds to 19:32:03, in France.

Anne Quéméré set off in a bright 'Frisco sunshine and leading away from the bustle of the USA elections! This incredible adventure is the beginning of the Adrien Challenge. 

The long wait was well worth it. This morning, all conditions were met for the launch of the Adrien Challenge: Great sunshine and a North by Northwest wind in the range of 20 to 25 knots.  That wind is expected to hold for the next three days, along 123° west, keeping Anne out of range of the cargo routes.

A wonderful departure

The sun was shining on 'Bay City accompanied by a steady wind.  What more could one ask for the start of the Adrien Challenge? After a last briefing and the final checks on board the Oceankite, Anne Quéméré was towed to the Departure point, under the Golden Gate Bridge.  From then on, Anne was on her own, manoeuvring the launch of the kite that would take her to Tahiti. 

This meant pumping the kite borders, launching the various lines, lifting the anchor and finally, raising the kite. It took her over 45 minutes to really consider the adventure "launched".

Good bye

Once the kite was airborne, the mariner waved goodbye to the few people who had come to see her off, in spite of the call to head to the voting booths, to elect a new president. Anne was quite satisfied by a wave and these few words "We'll see you soon in Tahiti!".  No false modesty there, but rather contained enthusiasm...

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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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Dimitri Maramenides, the founder and owner of Epic Kites, rode his kite a few hours before Hurricane Florence hit the East Coast of the United States.

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