Kite­foil rac­ers head to fore­shore

Southern Telegraph - - Sport -

Rock­ing­ham will wel­come one of the world’s most pres­ti­gious high­per­for­mance arena-style sail­ing events in No­vem­ber, with the spec­tac­u­lar hy­dro­foil­ing kite­foils to take place in WA.

Rac­ers are pow­ered by the wind and can reach speeds of more than 65km/h as they seem­ingly glide on tur­bocharged magic car­pets.

The rac­ers’ high per­for­mance marks them as clearly the fastest sail­ing fleet in Aus­tralia around an Olympic-style course.

The pop­u­lar­ity of kite­board rac­ing around the world has re­sulted in the sport be­ing in­cluded in the 2018 Youth Olympics, with a re­cent re­quest by the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee for World Sail­ing to look at op­tions for in­clud­ing kite­foils in the 2020 Olympics.

Rock­ing­ham has been se­lected as the venue for the fi­nal event of the Hy­dro­foil Pro Tour, along­side the Aus­tralian KiteRac­ing Na­tional Cham­pi­onships.

The Hy­dro­foil Pro Tour be­gan in Mex­ico ear­lier this year, with rid­ers from 24 na­tions at­tend­ing and was won by Maxime Nocher, a dou­ble world cham­pion from the Monaco Sail­ing Club.

San Francisco and Mau­ri­tius will host the next two stages be­fore the tour ar­rives for the fi­nal leg in Aus­tralia.

The global tour at­tracts the world’s best hy­dro­foil rac­ers, many of whom are world and/or na­tional cham­pion sailors and top sail­ing per­son­al­i­ties. The two back-to-back events, hosted by The Cruis­ing Yacht Club of WA and sup­ported by the Rock­ing­hamKwinana Cham­ber of Com­merce, will de­liver six days of ac­tion­packed rac­ing from No­vem­ber 24 to 29 along the Rock­ing­ham fore­shore.

The event will be free and al­low the pub­lic to en­joy the ac­tion from the Rock­ing­ham beach and fore­shore area.

There will also be beach en­ter­tain­ment and ac­tiv­i­ties for all ages, in­clud­ing a Red Bull beach vil­lage on the week­end.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Alan Pierce at the TCYC on 9527 5468.

Rac­ers can reach speeds of more than 65km/h around the course.

Ric­cardo An­drea Lec­cese is ranked sec­ond on the tour and will com­pete in Rock­ing­ham.

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