Nico Landauer is the 2018 Pacific Coast Champion!
The final three races of the event were sailed in a 6-8 knot southwesterly breeze under sunny skies. With a tight points spread going into Sunday it was anybody’s guess on who would take home the title. Landauer (URU) posted two first place finishes out of three races and scored 4th in the other, securing the victory with a couple points cushion. As a Masters class competitor Landauer also takes the over 35 title. Noah Zittrer takes the Junior title in fifteenth position overall. Amil Kabil takes the Grandmasters title in ninth overall.
Landauer credits his recent training and just plain luck for his success in the racing on Sunday. “Staying in the pressure and avoiding marine debris was the main thing today.” Sailing against a field of youngsters Landauer chose not to share his secrets for staying young but he did point out, with a wink, that he was the last person at the party on Saturday night.
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Twenty three hydrofoiling kiteboarders lined up on Saturday, October 6th for the Kite Foil Pacific Coast Championship. Organized by The US Sailing Center – Long Beach the racing kicked off in a clean southwesterly from 8 to 12 knots. Eight races were sailed in the normally smooth waters of Los Angeles Harbor however today there were some rollers pumping in from a southern hurricane. Tight battles in the group were complicated by seaweed and jetsom that plagued the hydrofoils and their pilots. The course was setup as a trapezoid which mimics the course currently used at major IKA events. The windward leg of .6nm is just one minute thirty seconds long and the total race length of 2.65nm. with eight minutes total duration.
Racing continues on Sunday with 6+ races planned and a soft forecast. Denis Taradin leads the event with 23 points ahead of Will Cyr, Joey Pasquali, Evan Heffernan, and Nico Landauer as only one point separates positions two through five. Up-to-the-minute RESULTS are posted here https://www.regattatoolbox.com/results?eventID=HcouOEq8fS
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September 28, 2018
A blustery northwest breeze ushered in the races of the 2018 US Kite Foil National Championships on Friday, September 28. Hosted by Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club and Windy City Kite Sports at Montrose Beach the racecourse is being set quite close to the shoreline, offering stunning race views to the joggers and field trippers of Margate Park and Uptown. As sailors fly by on their colorful kites and performance hydrofoils it’s hard to grasp the power and precision that is being displayed. But it “sure does look cool!” said one race observer. Traveling at speeds of over thirty knots it was wild riding in the variable 10-18 knot offshore breeze. “The wind was a little shifty and you could get caught in a gap (of low wind)” said Event Chairman/Racer, Valen Smith. “Simply sailing straight let alone getting through the maneuvers on the foil can be tough in conditions like that.” This is the kind of racing that can certainly test a sailor’s mettle. Similar to the current challenges being offered in premier and Olympic sailing; races close to shore, with tricky wind and short courses. At seven minutes long (.55nm, two-laps) there is very little room for error. Every single move can make or break your result in the race. Points leader Denis Taradin of Malibu, CA opened the series with three race wins but scored third in Race 4 after a simple fall off the foil and struggle to restart. Amil Kabil of Alameda, CA sits in second and leads the Grandmaster results. Followed in third by Michael Brodeur of Montreal, QC who leads the Men’s Open Division. The leading female competitor is Kirstyn O’Brien who rung up a top 5 finish in Race 2. “I was overstood a bit on the right side but a favorable shift came my way as I approached the top mark and I just squeaked around. Honestly my goal was simply to finish all the races today, so the fifth was just great!”
Racing was cut short through the weekend due to light winds. Competitors vying for championship titles along age and gender classifications sailed to victory on Day 1 which completed the event. To learn more about kiteboard racing and to see a listing of events go to www.americankiteboarding.org Subscribe to our Facebook and Instagram pages for up to the minute coverage and announcements from the American Kiteboarding Association.
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Sign up now for the 2018 Kite Foil US Nationals! Sailed off Montrose beach in Chicago, IL. The beach shoots straight out into Lake Michigan 1/2 a mile allowing foil racing in any breeze direction while still getting city views. The regatta is run by Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club which has a long history of running good sailing events, and is a great place to hang out after racing. There will be 3 days of racing. There will be divisions for open, inflatable and FRX. There should be good competition for many skill levels so everyone should feel comfortable to come out and race. The majority of racing will be windward-leeward bouy racing. If conditions permit we will attempt to run one longer distance race as well. A new concept that will be debuted at this event will be the Green Fleet. This is aimed to get first time racers an easy way to jump into the racing. It will be only 2 days of racing. Saturday morning will begin with a classroom lesson to cover the basics of starting, navigating the course, right of way rules and some racing tactics. From there you will go out on the water and do a couple practice races without the rest of the fleet. After a short break you will jump in with the rest of the fleet at the start and race a smaller course so the races will take about the same time as the other classes. The timing is a perfect time to ride on lake Michigan. The water is still warm from the summer and the strong fall winds are starting to blow. It should be a great event, I can’t wait to see everyone in September!! Link here http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/17338#_home
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The AKA announces the 2015 US Youth Kiteboard Hydrofoil Championship. Sponsored by the StFYC Junior Kite Racing Team the event will take place July 30 – August 2 at St Francis Yacht Club. The championship will be sailed together with the KiteFoil Gold Cup regatta and will feature that nation’s top youth sailors as well as more than seventy of the world’s top adult competitors. In accordance with International Kiteboarding rules youth sailors shall not turn twenty-one years old in the year of the competition. Information about the event can be found at https://www.stfyc.com/2015goldcup
Just a reminder that 2015 annual memberships are due for the American Kiteboarding Association.
With Foil Gold Cup and Formula Worlds approaching valid membership is required to qualify for IKA points and to compete in IKA sanctioned events.
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