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Old 02-27-2008, 02:40 AM
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Default Long Distance Race Saturday In Crandon



LISTEN UP!!!

Miami Kiteboarding is organizing a long distance race this weekend from Crandon Park to Fowey Rock.

Tentatively: SATURDAY MARCH 1ST , if wind allows. Stay tune to this forum for any updates according to wind direction and strength.

RIDERS MEETING at 10.00 am sharp in order to start at 11.00 am.
For those who still don’t know where Crandon Park is, check this link: . http://www.miamikiteboarding.com/map.htm

The Course is quite simple if winds cooperate:
CRANDON PARK KITEBEACH to FOWEY ROCKS located 6,5 miles South East of Key Biscayne light house.
The race is aproximatively 15 miles long. Expect chops , currents and ocean conditions as we are rounding Fowey Rocks Beacon right on the edge of the Gulf Stream.



Miami Kiteboarding will provide 2 chase boats to ensure safety and close assistance to riders, as well as images.
Any photographers / cameraman with a proper camera are welcome to join onboard.

The wind forecast according to www.ikitesurf.com is very favorable for now and predicts NE winds. This is pretty much a Reach tack back & forth. Although tight reach on the way out and broad reach on the way back , especially if the wind is switching more Easterly.

Directional boards are usually better to perform well in speed for this type of race, however ANY type of boards are welcome to be used during the race .

This race is open to Men, Women, Youth ( Under 18-year-old with parents approval sign-in the day of the race) and Senior ( over 45 year-old) riders. Each categories will have a designated winner and each contestant will be attributed points according to a score system for future races next months.

Requirement for each participant to enter the race :
- MUST BE confident rider able to stay Upwind
- MAINTAIN control of kite in a tight space without crossing lines (crossing lines will disqualify both riders from the race )
- WELL VERSED IN self rescue procedures in all sea conditions,
- KNOW THE RIGHT OF WAY rules and maintain courteous riding. (non-respect of rules will disqualify faulty rider from the race )
- ENTRY FEE $30 per contestant
- CARRYING A CURRENT IKO kitesurfing liability insurance which u can obtain in 48 hrs through this link on our Certification page: http://www.ikointl.com/kb_insurance.php?affil=S656

Any information at taxiboat@kitesafari.com
Ph/ 305 401 8885 ask for Patrick or Chris, but only if u can't understand this post .



PROCEDURES:

- CONTESTANTS will have to REGISTER and SIGN-IN ON THE BEACH TO OBTAIN A NUMBERED PURPLE STREAMER to be attached to your BACK PIGTAILS.
- The STARTING LINE will be POSITIONNED 300 ft AWAY FROM THE SHORE .

- EACH CONTESTANT MUST SIGN-OUT IMMEDIATELY AFTER FINISHING THE RACE AND RETURN his assigned STREAMER as this will allow us to keep track of each participant starting and finishing the race.( even if you abandon )

- ANY CONTESTANT ENTERING THE SWIM ZONES WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED.

- NO CONTESTANT CAN KEEP ON RIDING IN CRANDON after the race until they RETURN the purple Streamer.

- If you plan on riding in Crandon after the race, you must then SIGN-IN the DAILY RIDERS SHEET to get the usual PINK STREAMER. As you know only 25 kites can be on the water simultaneously when riding in Crandon Beach.

- There will be NO TOLERANCE THAT DAY since we have a North East wind blowing toward the swim zones. Any riders ending downwind MUST activate the Safety and retrieve his kite BEFORE entering the swimmers area.

It’s going to be a tough job for our team to control the amount of kites on the water after the race, so we really need your smart and courteous cooperation on that particular day or this may be the last event we ever run in Crandon .

ATTENTION:

This 2008 FEBRUARY race is the first one of a MONTHLY EVENT WHICH WILL LEAD TO AN ANNUAL CHAMPIONSHIP.
Meaning that each rider attending this day will get SCORING POINTS .

Miamikiteboarding will run a similar race ONCE A MONTH until the end of the wind season:
- March Dates TBA on our website and fksa forum
- April will be the www.miamikiteboardingmasters.com Event on APRIL 12-13 (New name of our annual www.kiteforgirls.com Event )
- May Dates TBA on our website and fksa forum
- June Dates TBA on our website and fksa forum

The HIGHEST SCORED RIDER will BE DECLARED CHAMPION at the end of the 2007-2008 season.

This is a possible attempt to launch a FLORIDA KITESURFING CHAMPIONSHIP where each race in our State of Florida can be part of a global points system to determine a Champion in each categories : Men , Women, Under 18-year-old, and Seniors … either in Racing or Freestyle contests that are ran all along Florida .



NOTE:
MKB will not run our usual advanced Downwinders and Taxi service to Stilltsville flats this day, since we will use our Kiteboats for the race.
Sunday downwinder is still on in the afternoon and the Sandbars taxiboat for beginners-only in the morning.
To register go to our Downwinder page. http://www.kitesafari.com/downwinder/MiamiPackage.htm


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Old 02-27-2008, 10:03 AM
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Hey Christophe,

I added some images to your post. Sounds like a blast. NWS is favoring Sunday over Saturday at this point although weather wise the weekend is still a long ways off and things can readily change. Hope it comes together with epic conditions on Saturday.

This doesn't sound like a piece of cake at all. There may be quite a bit of tacking involved and hanging in for the long haul. A lot will come down not only to the wind speed but more importantly the direction. The more northerly or southerly the wind, the harder the making to windward might be. I wish I was going to be able to come this weekend, sounds like a hoot!

Have fun and take pictures!

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Old 02-27-2008, 10:53 AM
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it does currently look like Sunday could be very good. this is going to be a great time. i can tell you that the first part of the race will be pretty easy for regular foot riders, but switching to left foot forward after hammering the other tack for 7 miles will be hard, especially if it's broad on the way back. Give the predicted wind direction i would think that both twin tips and directionals will work well.

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Old 02-27-2008, 11:09 AM
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Just checked the NWS zone forecast for Miami and the one just south. The next zone south often applies to the Miami Flats and on the way to Fowey Light. It is still a crap shoot this far out and won't know til that morning how valid the forecast for the zone to the south might be. If you had to wish for a wind direction for an easier run what would it be? Not that you are looking for an easier run to be sure, ha! The NE to E might be fairly ideal for a beam reach, if it happens?!

The Miami forecast is:

SATURDAY
NORTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET.
INTRACOASTAL WATERS A MODERATE CHOP.

SATURDAY NIGHT
NORTHEAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS BECOMING EAST 15 TO
20 KNOTS AFTER MIDNIGHT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS
CHOPPY IN EXPOSED AREAS. SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

SUNDAY
EAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 6 FEET. INTRACOASTAL
WATERS CHOPPY IN EXPOSED AREAS. SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

and for the next zone south:

SATURDAY
NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS.
SEAS BEYOND THE REEF 4 TO 6 FEET. SEAS HIGHER IN THE GULF STREAM.
SEAS INSIDE THE REEF 2 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY.
ISOLATED SHOWERS.

SUNDAY
EAST WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS.
SEAS BEYOND THE REEF 4 TO 6 FEET. SEAS HIGHER IN THE GULF STREAM.
SEAS INSIDE THE REEF 2 TO 3 FEET. NEARSHORE WATERS CHOPPY.
ISOLATED SHOWERS.
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Old 02-27-2008, 12:59 PM
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Definetly motre favorable for this sunday. TO BE CONFIRMED BY THURSDAY AND AGAIN ON FRIDAY. if the High that is passing over us starting on wednesday doesn't moves too fast , we should be good for 15-2O knts out of the E- NE.
If it is not ran this weekend , we can easily postpone for next weekends or until it's good.
In ANY CASE the meeting and START time will be THE SAME , whatever the day is choosen.

SO FAR AT THIS PRECISE MOMENT WE OPT FOR A SUNDAY START.

Right it's a long tack on each leg. that's why we put the boats on the water for close assistance and safety. But make sure to get some water ( camel bag) and a solid breakfast in the morning.

The fleet may have to tack according the wind direction, we have back up plans if it shift too early or too much southerly on that day.

stay tune tomorrow.

We'll try to get some aerial shots as well as well as a video thanks to a cameramen full time on board.
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Old 02-27-2008, 06:16 PM
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Thumbs up In Need of Directional Board?

This should be a great time so long as the wind cooperates! Anyone who prefers to use a directional board, or big boards for the race The KiteShop will bring all demos to the beach the morning of the race. Thee include Cabrinha quad, North Rocketfish, plus some other larger boards. Come try them out early! Kites are available for race as well!
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