Its day three of the Kings Cup Regatta in Thailand and in its 25th Anniversary year the event has invited the KTA to bring kiteboarding to the Kings Cup to join in the action. For its first appearance in the regatta, the largest in Asia and one of the most respected in the world, the kiteboard class is running as an invited exhibition class with race management from the KTA and IKA all under the watchful eye of the Kings Cup Regatta Race Director Simon James.
The King's Cup Regatta has taken a big step introducing a Kiteboard Class to the 25-year old multi-class regatta and Kevin Whitcraft, President of the Regatta Organising Committee explained, 'ISAF is promoting kiteboarding and it could be an Olympic demonstration event as soon as 2016 in Brazil, so the Committee decided that it is likely to become an Olympic class at some point and the discipline is attracting a younger generation of sailors. We thought it was important for the Kings Cup to be a leader and bring kite boarding into this event as there are opportunities for our lighter weight Asian sailors in that class.
There have been two frustrating days for the kiteboarders that saw the yacht fleets move 8km out to sea to hunt the wind while the kiters were stranded at the beach on day one. Day two was the opposite with wind at the beach for the riders to get away to only find it die completely as they began to gather for the start. However day three has completely gone off with winds of up to 20kts and full on kite racing.
Cabrinha riders have come through it all well with Philippines Ken Nacor and Turley’s Salih Alexander tying for third place by the end of today’s racing, with plenty more to come over the next three days of the event if the forecasts are correct.
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