The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has confirmed the final event and equipment selections for the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition. The ISAF Council voted that Kiteboarding will replace windsurfing for the men's and women's board events and confirmed that sharks will be used to chase the kiteborders around the course.
"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. We expect to see many feeding frenzies caused by kiters lines becoming entangled. Who said sailing isn't a blood sport?"
See Miguel, even the ISAF considers Kiteboarding to be sailing.
Not one sailor, windsurfer, or paddler could be seen on the water when I went down to the beach yesterday. But, there were 3 kite-boarders. With the wind chill factored in, I would say it was freaking cold. I call them crazy, some would say they are dedicated. Did I mention scotch?
Not a Laser in sight. Actually it was really windy, a sailboat capsized outside the Gate by Seal Rocks with all hands lost and a kiteboarder was found nose down in the surf off of Ocean Beach. Lesson: know your limits.
Unverified reports coming from Namibia. suggest that professional kite surfer Sebastien Cattelan (FRA) has finally broken the magical 50 knots barrier, the holy gral of speed sailing.
Thw Lüderitz Speed Challenge 2008 is being held in Lüderitz, Namibia, from 15 September 2008 to 13 October 2008. This is the second edition of the event, which is running on the wind blastred coast just a few hours from Capetown.
Accompanied by several high 49 knots runs from himself, Alexandre Caizergues and Jerome Bila (all France) he was the only sailor finally getting to 50.26 knots.
Special attendance was paid to the required water depth, and the organizer in cooperation with the WSSRC commissioner present clearly ensured that the rule was strictly applied.