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Thoughts on setting up Club Kite-board Racing in Kingston next summer


Who would be interested in participating in weekly (give or take) Club Kite-board Races next summer?

I am a member of the Kingston Yacht Club and they have expressed an interest in supporting this type of event, I would be willing to help coordinate and organize such events.
  
This would also help prepare anyone who is interested in participating in next summer’s Kite-board CORK Races.

Just need a show of hands to gauge the level of interest in the community.

Look forward to hearing from you.


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I'm interested! Sounds really fun, about time we got more local kiters in CORK. This morning I launched off the KYC in East (East!) winds, got out into the channel, had a blast. Definitely just as good a place to kite as any. Perhaps I will also pick up a raceboard and join the racers, who knows?
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Sure, I'm game! I think Kingston is one of the best places in NA to train for Kiteboard racing (from June to Sept).
Maybe I can even spark some interest from keen out-of-towners that live nearby ie. Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto. Why not? - those places kind of suck for wind compared to Kingston lol.
oh, and either right before or right after CORK I'd like to organize the first annual race around Simcoe Island (short course would be around Snake). Just a fun event that would include a big BBQ etc and fun prizes. Maybe even get a sponsor someday! Heineken Beer perhaps??
Google the Naish Race summer race series that run in Maui every year. All participants seem to have a lot of fun because they have several classes ie. twintip, surfboard, relay races etc. you don't even need to own a raceboard. Also check into the St. Francis yacht club race series that has been running for 5 years in San Fran. They are probably the best in the world at running club races (they were 3 yrs ahead of everyone else and are blessed with consistent winds).
Thanks Bluewatersailer in advance for the work you are offering to do for us! I've run races before and often it is a difficult and thankless job.

Note to ANM: I have an extra raceboard but it slower than my new one. You're welcome to use it and then you'd also have an excuse if I beat you. Your only hope would be if my kite goes down - I'm useless at relaunching compared to you as proven by walk of shame back from Elevator bay last Friday. A downwind walk of shame btw! almost as unusual as kiting in an East wind emoticon
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I'm very interested! Might also be a good idea to hold a few "intro to racing" land sessions for anyone that wants to race, but doesn't know much about how a start sequence works, starboard vs port rules, etc.
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Re: Thoughts on setting up Club Kite-board Racing in Kingston next summer


Yes, I think that is a great idea. I think the "classes" should be started early in the spring. We could probably hold them at the yacht club.

I am an offshore sailor, and will facilitate the coordination of the "Intro to Kite-board Racing", but who has the skill level to teach this in the local community? (I do not)

Give me some names so I can contact them and get the ball rolling.

Brian Watson comes to mind are there others? And Brian are you volunteering to teach a class or classes?

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I've coached dingy racing for a few years and would be able to give a few lessons on racing basics. I'm sure a lot of principals are carried over when it comes to starts and basic course tactics. However, in terms of kiting specific things I'm still a beginner and would not have too much knowledge to share.
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Since you asked so nicely Blue I'll say yes. Maybe Ira can do the basic stuff and I can add all the specific info related just to kiteboard racing? I don't know all the rules etc right at the moment but should have a pretty good grasp on it by the spring since I plan to race in at least a couple regattas before the spring.
Ok, off to Florida for awhile. I'll keep an eye on the forum while I'm gone emoticon
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http://www.sailweb.co.uk/Olympic/2366/windsurfer-rs:x-is-in-for-rio-2016

http://www.surfertoday.com/windsurfing/8162-windsurfing-is-back-to-the-rio-2016-olympic-games

I wonder if Cork will still be willing to have kiteboarding racing after this decision.

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Re: Thoughts on setting up Club Kite-board Racing in Kingston next summer


Seeing as what has happened they might not include kites during CORK OCR (Olympic Class Regatta). However, if enough of us email them and show interest perhaps we can get a spot at CORK International (happens a few days before OCR).
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Re: Thoughts on setting up Club Kite-board Racing in Kingston next summer


Tim Irwin, CORK co-chair, E'd me saying: "kiteboard racing would most likely be in the 2020 olympics and we all need to work towards preparing for that".
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