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Old 03-04-2008, 01:07 AM
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Default CRANDON to FOWEY Race - Images & Results


The Race was on ! 16kts ENE . Ideal conditions for an almost-perfect Reach to Fowey Rock, 7 miles off-shore and back. At least in theory !
Below are the first pictures .

Riders meeting

For this Premiere Distance Racing in Crandon, a not-so-quick Riders meeting was necessary to explain the basic racing rules, starting procedures, and scoring points system.

27 riders signed in for this race, among them were the Adventure Sport crew, the Kiteshop, several local Instructors and a strong group of local riders who came to share this first Crandon racing experience.

Great attendance and such a blessed day!

Warming up before the start

The wind was perfect on the way out but an incoming tide kicked-in, making the way back from Fowey Beacon to Crandon North beach quite a challenging ride.
In those conditions, advantage was for light riders and those who choose the directional board. Definitely the best option in this type of long distance legs.

They're off!!!

At the end, only 12 made it up to the finish line after couple (dozen) of tacks .

Mention A to Crandon Park Lifeguards very cooperative and truly on top of the situation even when they had to land the kites of riders ending up close to the swimming zones. They had also prepared a Jetski in case of any urgent need during the race.
So I’m glad I had notified them of the race the days before, and they all admitted they were amazed by the show of such a fleet of kites passing all together offshore.

The 2 chase boats were also quite justified in recovering some riders still out at sea, struggling to get back to North Beach.

But on this day, everybody had a blast.

The finish

Special mention also to:
- Melissa Gil , 1st women, who finished 3rd overall.
- Damien Leroy turned on the show on the water after the race.
- Juan and Morgan from The Kiteshop brought the hamburgers, turned on the grill, and filled in the cooler with something else than sodas.

So far the result of Crandon to Fowey Race is :

1st - Kent Marin-Sonic , aka lightning speed U-turn ! the man, who is already on his way back when you are still trying to clear the start. ( Cabrinha) – Miami,Fl
2nd -Tyson Sullivan ( North )- Seattle,Wa
3rd - Melisa Gil ( Cabrinha ) & 1st women – Jupiter,Fl

Complete results and names in the next couple of days.

We had hired an Ultralight to shoot aerial images of the Event, so we expect a great video. We will put it up online as soon as we edited it.

A race will be scheduled every month in Crandon until the summer starts ( June 21st).
A High-points scoring system has been launched yesterday, to determine a ranking at the end of those races.
We will award a winner for each of the following categories: Men , Women, Youth ( under-18) and Senior ( Over 45 ) . Prizes will be distributed from the 1st to the 3rd in each series.

Each riders entering the races will receive Participation Points Bonus, whether they finish the course or not. This is to reward those who make the effort to attend all the races. It also takes in consideration the amount of riders for each race .

Therefore yesterday all of you get at least 10 points for participating.

Next race by end of March tentatively between the 23rd to the 29th .
April Race will be during MIAMI KITEBOARD MASTERS on April 12-13: the Sunday will be the amateur Open Race. We expect over 50 contestants on that day. From all over the USA.

Couples of long downwinders to the Keys are also on their way as soon as the wind cooperates . As usually : boat support and more.

Thanks again for coming .
Stay tuned to our next post. More kite events to come .

MKB team.
MIAMIKITEBOARDING - Miami's First School

Christophe Ribot
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