The world’s best kiteboarders are heading to Australia for the ISAF Sailing World Cup – Sail Melbourne, to be sailed from December 2nd-8th.
The Sandringham Yacht Club will be invaded by kiteboarders before Christmas, to celebrate the announcement of the sport as part of the Olympic Sailing Competition for 2016, in Rio de Janeiro.
Jonathan Keys, the Australian Kiteboarding champion, will be joined by both Men’s and Women’s kiteboarding events, on Port Phillip Bay. A course racing series will be followed by the medal race on the final day of competition.
Formula Kite is the International Kiteboarding Associations proposal for the equipment to be used in the Olympic Sailing Regatta, the ISAF Sailing World Cups, and in any other ISAF graded events.
Formula Kite is based on the successful IKA box rule, which allows multiple brands to provide equipment to be used in competition.
“Sailors can choose equipment appropriate for their body weight allowing more even competition over the entire range of conditions. The box rule promotes industry support of sailors”, explains John Heineken.
“One design eliminates all industry sponsorships which currently support top competitors. We have a successful formula that with some small tightening up allows for a competitive Olympic class to thrive worldwide”, he adds.
Kiteboarding has seen an exceptional growth in Victoria, since its inception, with Port Phillip Bay providing ideal wind conditions along a world class stretch of water.