Please find the video from the round 1 of the 2013 British Kiteracing Champs- The Pasty Cup held at Marazion over 25
The country’s fastest kitesurfers came to Marazion, Cornwall over the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend 25th – 26th May, to compete for the Pasty Cup sponsored by the National Marine Aquarium & organised by Pasty Adventures.
Now in its 3rd year, for 2013 the Pasty Cup is round 1 of the British Kitesurf Racing Championships which for the first time this year has two titles for both men & women – Race fleet which is for IKA registered production equipment and runs to full IKA/ISAF rules and the Open fleet which is for any board up to a max of 60cm width with any kite.
With the forecast showing a max of only 7 mph all weekend a few people were scared away and we only had 9 entries rather than the expected 20-30. Shame as it was the hottest weekend of the year so far which pulled in a fantastic sea breeze both days allowing for 8 races over the weekend. On the beach for the spectators, we had come and try kite flying sessions run by BKSA kitesurfing school Pasty Adventures along with competitions and info from our sponsors and supporters.
After a short postponement by race officer Mike Winiberg, Race 1 got under way in 10mph of wind with riders all using their biggest kites from 15-17m on the 1 mile upwind downwind course set just off Marazion beach in the shadow of St. Michaels mount making for an amazingly colourful spectacle for the thousands of people enjoying the Cornish sunshine.
In the race fleet it was Youth World Champion Olly Bridge taking the win in front of his mum Steph with Pasty in 3rd and Mogsy having a great fight with Denzil narrowly beating him into 4th place.
Race 2 got underway just as the wind backed off a little. Olly & Steph broke away from the fleet with Denzil flying and beating Pasty to 3rd. It was then in for a pasty lunch supplied by Philps.
Race 3 started in slightly more breeze making for exciting racing although the result ended the same with Olly seemingly unstoppable at the front. A mistake on the way to the start meant Denzil missed this race by dropping his kite and having to swim back to the beach.
Race 4 was much the same although Denzil was back in the mix, narrowly beating Mogsy into 4th.
In the Open fleet it was Ollie Lawrence winning all 3 of their races on his Aguera 59 ahead of Matt Causon riding a Sector 60.
As the tide came in the wind started to drop making for a perfect BBQ evening, for which we were joined by the helpers and Lark sailors from Penzance Sailing Club.
Sunday dawned with blazing sunshine and zero wind. As everyone started to set up the sea breeze started to fill in as if on cue setting up for another 4 exciting races for the Race Fleet. Results were much the same with Denzil seemingly finding more speed overnight and beating Pasty in Race 1 & 3.
Olly Bridge was again unstoppable proving why he is a force to be reckoned on the World race circuit and took the Pasty Cup for the 2nd year in a row.
In the Open class Ollie Lawrence again won both of their races to win the Cornwall Tourism trophy.
Prize giving was then held on the beach with Adventurer, Stew Edge fresh back from his recent Everest summit presenting the Open fleet prizes & the crew from the National Marine Aquarium presenting the prices for the Race Fleet. After prize giving we all then went to Penzance Sailing Club for a party with a great band.
Huge thanks to all our volunteers and members of Penzance sailing club for the loan of boats and running the racing. We couldn’t have done it without you!
Thanks to our sponsors – National Marine Aquarium, The Seiners Arms & Philps Pasties
Also our supporters who provided assistance & donated some great prizes- Kiteworld magazine, Freeriders, Lodeys, North Kiteboarding, Hager-Vor & Cornwall Tourism
1st Olly Bridge (Exmouth), 2nd Steph Bridge (Exmouth), 3rd Lee ‘Pasty’ Harvey (Hayle)
1st Cornish - Pasty. 1st No Pro – Gareth ‘Mogsy’ Morgan (Tenby)
1st Ollie Lawrence, 2nd Matt Causon
See you for Round 2 of the British Kitesurf Racing Championships, The Edge Cup 15th – 16th June in Exmouth. For the 2014 Pasty Cup we are looking to include the Stand Up Paddle racing championships alongside kitesurfing, details out soon.
It is with great sadness that we lost one of my best friends and cameraman for the Pasty Cup, Jacob Cockle on Tuesday 28th May. We love you Bro and will never forget you!
Big news and a massive boost for Cornwall's Kitesurf Racing stars like 3 times British Champ, Denzil Williams from Par and Lee 'pasty' Harvey from Hayle. The full report is below-
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has confirmed the final event and equipment selections for the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition to be Kiteboarding. After a long discussion with a lot of enthusiasm and support for both sports, ISAF Council voted with a 19 to 17 majority that Kiteboarding will replace Windsurfing for the men's and women's board events in Rio.
ISAF President Göran Petersson stated: "Kiteboarding has proven to us that it is ready to be included into the list of prestigious ISAF Events and it is a fantastic addition to the sailing programme for the 2016 Olympic Games."
Sir Richard Branson, one of the IKAs Olympic Ambassadors and supporters from the very first minute added: “Well we all flew a kite to get kiteboarding in to the Olympics and unbelievably the kite has landed in Rio! Kiteboarding is now an Olympic sport! To celebrate this, myself, my family and a few friends will this week attempt to kite across the English Channel to show off the beauty of kiteboarding.”
In November 2011 an evaluation group was appointed to examine kiteboarding formats with the board events for Rio 2016 defined as 'windsurfing and/or kiteboarding'. The Evaluation Group recommended that kiteboarding be included in the ISAF Event family including the ISAF Sailing World Cup and the ISAF Sailing World Championships. ISAF Council then went one step further when selecting Kiteboarding to be part of the Olympic Sailing Competition in Rio 2016.
IKA Executive Secretary Markus Schwendtner said: "The decision today will change the lifes of thousands of kiteboarders that now can live their Olympic dream. The National Sailing Associations will now invest serious money to include kiteboarding into their programs and coach and support the riders to go to the Olympic Qualification events. We never thought we would get this far in such a short time."
Kristin Boese, 9x Kiteboarding World Champion and strong ambassador for the Kiteboarding in the Olympics Campaign concludes: "It was incredible to see that council showed so much support for kiteboarding during yesterday's debate and that alone was very exciting for us. However, we never thought that we were going to stand a chance when it comes to the straight vote between kiteboarding and windsurfing and it was such a huge surprise when the result was announced. I will never forget this moment. I am so grateful for all the hard work the IKA and many others have put into the Kiteboarding in the Olympics campaign.“
The events to be contested at the 2016 Olympic Games are confirmed as:
Men's One Person Dinghy - Laser
Women's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial
Men's One Person Dinghy (heavy) - Finn
Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470
Women's Two Person Dinghy - 470
Men's Skiff - 49er
Women's skiff - 49er FX
Mixed Two Person Multihull - Nacra 17
These ten events will be featured in the 2012-2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup which kicks off in Melbourne in December as well as in the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Santander, Spain in 2014.