GRINNELL / THULE
Kite Windsurf Cup
Mark Grinnell (South Africa) set a new South Africa and all Africa record in Windsurfing with a truly impressive 49.92 kts (92.5 kph) – just short of the magical 50 knots.
Also very well done to Hennie Bredenkamp and Raffaello Gardelli on setting their personal bests.
The Grinnell / Thule Kite Windsurf Cup has been put together with the vision of creating a world class event that draws competitors and interest and ultimately grows the sport of windsurfing. You can help by entering the event as it is for pros and beginners. Your participation will assist in building momentum for this competition to one day be an iconic event.
Our vision is grow the sport of windsurfing through active participation. Please get involved by joining in and being part of the Grinnell / Thule Kite windsurf Cup 24 to 31 Jan 2015.
We want Blasters and Masters -- If you can windsurf you can enter.
Dear WSA members.
With the generous assistance of the above sponsors the 2014/15 WSA Slalom nationals will be held in conjunction with the GRINNELL / THULE
Kite - Windsurf Cup from the 24th to the 31st of January 2015.
To confirm your attendance on our Facebook Page.
The Dash is a 22 km Comrades Marathon where 200 to 300 kites and windsurfers challenge themselves. Extreme downwind runs over varied conditions ranging from flat, choppy and rolling swell. A test of ones character and ability as finishing the race is accomplishment on its own. The choice of equipment is always a gamble as the wind at the start is usually consistent and strong yet the last two legs are sometimes gusty and inconsistent. [www.langebaandash.co.za
The Lagoon Dash is a true test of your all round sailing ability. Starting from Langebaan main beach and heading upwind to the top of the lagoon. Once the top mark has been rounded it is a adrenalin filled downwind experience back to Langebaan main beach.
3 Buoys approximately 100m apart make up the start line. The kites pass through the downwind and middle buoy and the boardsailers pass through the middle and upwind buoy. A boat will run along the start line and all competitors can only proceed once the boat has passed them.
Should you only want to enter a single event or a few chosen events (Island Run / Casino Royal / Saldanha Sprint / Lagoon Dash), this is possible @R200 per event . Registration takes place the morning prior to the event. You can also choose to enter the Langebaan downwind Dash separately @ R270.
The Island Run starts at the very top of Langebaan main beach and consists of some long speed runs through chop and absolutely mirror smooth patches. Ending near Friday Island. Depending on time this race may be run more than once.
The Casino Royal tests your ability to hold straight line speed from Friday Island to Mykonos. Test yourself against some of the fastest sailors in South Africa. Depending on time this race may be run more than once.
The Saldanha Sprint will starts with a rabbit start near the Saldanha yacht club and runs across the bay to the iron ore jetty. The course is a beam reach which allows for easy powered up sailing.
Kite Windsurf Cup GPS Speed Challenge!
A added competition taking place throughout the Grinnell / THULE Kite Windsurf Cup will be a speed competition. Riders must supply their own GPS. At any time during the event using their registered equipment, a riders 10 second fastest average speed will be recorded via their own GPS.
Thus competitors can have readings from their event participation or just blasting after or before an event. On the 30th of Jan 2015 all SD cards are handed in, and the stats will be worked out. The rider with the fastest 10 second average speed will be crowned the competitions fastest rider. This will be an added incentive to stay on the water before and after a day’s racing and will keep everyone guessing as to who is the competitions fastest.
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