BKSA Racing Event - June 28th- 29th Exmouth South Devon

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Tue Jun 17, 2008 10:20 am

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Tue Jun 24, 2008 2:09 pm

This weekend is the second stop on the BKSA Race tour and Its in EXMOUTH!

The event is open to all Kitesurfers, everyone is welcome.

The Racing will be Twin Tip friendly so PLEASE do not worry if you have not got a directional or Race board.

REGISTRATION is from 08.30 too 09.30 at EDGE.

As a one off the BKSA have agreed to give 50%OFF the entry fee, for adults it
is just £20 and Juniors it is £10. We plan to have a number of races across the wind, slalom downwind and upwind courses.

We shall have a twin tip and directional division for all the racing. We shall also have a Juniors division.

Do not worry if you have not done anything like this before, we shall give you a thorough brief and there will be advice on tap to help you.

PRIZES FOR top 3 places in each division along with plenty of Freebies!

The first skippers meeting is on the seafront beach at 10.30am.

Vans & cars are best to be parked in the Queens drive car park(normal kitesurf car park)

We hope to run 2 races in the morning and 3 races in the afternoon. This is
wind dependent. We have rescue boats on stand by and we plan to have the TV, radio and plenty of the industry down.
For lighter winds, kids fun & games we have Beach Volley,Exe Wake, SUP and Powerkite action.

On Saturday Evening we have organised to meet at The Grove on Exmouth
seafront. The top room is booked for everyone where there are inside and
outside tables. Kids are welcome and we should be there from 7pm.

The Sunday will take a similar format with a finish and Prize giving at 4pm.

The forecast is looking good so please bring all your kites, boards and make
the most of this special weekend of kitesurf action in Exmouth.

See you there,
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Mon Jun 30, 2008 1:16 pm

Course Racing Exmouth

Dates 28 th – 29 th June

Sponsors – Edge Watersports, Cabrinha, Naish, North, Buff and Quicksilver

26 competitors registered for Round 2 of the BKSA at Exmouth.

There were 12 seniors, 7 Men, 5 Ladies and 2 juniors all were given a numbered rash vest for the weekend. Competitors from far and wide with the Whitley’s from Manchester making the trip!

Skippers brief at 10am on Saturday was given by race director Spud (steph’s Dad) where many competitors were introduced to the course race format for the day. For many this was pretty daunting with new terminology, strange drawings, flags, stop watches etc.

The racing took place on the south side of pole sands in a variable westerly wind with many onlookers on the seafront fascinated by the spectacle.

The first race kicked off just as the breeze dropped, which meant that only 4 competitors actually crossed the Start line! This race was won by Steph Bridge (North) followed by Denzil Williams (Fone) Pete Whitley and then Ollie Bridge aged 10 came in 4th place on the trusty North Phantom board.

Race Two and Three the course was shifted to introduce a simpler format, this involved across the wind racing.

A minor entanglement with Steph Bridge & Denzil Williams – much to the amusement of the other competitors allowed Steph’s son Ollie to take 1st place position!

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Race 3 followed a similar across the wind format which was won by Denzil Williams, Steph Bridge 2nd and Junior Freestyle Leader Jack Shoulder 3rd.

The final & 4th Race of the day was held in more wind, this was won by Steph Bridge, Denzil 2nd and Pete Whitley coming in a respectable 3rd using a proper course board.

All exhausted by 5pm the tide was going and the racing was called off. This first day had been a real experience for many and although some had done their fair share of deep-water pack down’s, everyone was getting something out of it.

The Grove was the initial meeting place with Cold beer, steaks and a good chance to catch up with the crew running the BKSA Junior event on the Duck pond. BKSA coaches Christian and Karine who had a group of 5 youngsters for the weekend were running this. The day had been a superb success with Sam Moore nailing slims and other’s ticking box’s off in the book of tricks.
On Sunday the wind teased allowing the first race start in a light southwesterly.

A close battle was fought again for Race 5 & this time it was won by Denzil Williams. Chairman, Richard Gowers made it out to the racecourse but along with many struggled due to a massive wind shift on the first leg.

Race 6 on Sunday was sailed in the best breeze. A cracking start by all and a strengthening wind allowed for some exciting racing. Jack Shoulder was battling it out with Ollie for 4th &5th places while Richard Thompson created a fair amount of havoc with the hydrofoil.

BKSA Chairman Richard Gowers decided to give it a go and borrowed a 14mtr rhino and big Eric’s Race board (the ironing board) and was seen also at the top end of the fleet coming in 3rd. A mistake by Steph at the Gybe mark cost her the race and again was beaten by Denzil Williams.

Racing ended at 3 pm with Prize giving on the beach at 4pm

The event was a great success and we are all looking forward to the next 3rd and final event of the season on Poole.

Mens

1st Denzil Williams
2nd Matt Thomas

Ladies

1st Steph Bridge
2nd Sarah Sylvester
3rd Hannah Whitley

Seniors
1st Peter Whitley
2nd Richard Thompson
3rd Darren Pompey

Juniors

1st Jack Shoulder
2nd Oli Bridge

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Mon Jun 30, 2008 6:24 pm

The event was excellent, I would like to say a big thank you to the race crew who did a brilliant job, especially Colin on the Jet ski who had to rescue me twice!

6 races ran in one weekend is a great acheivement, especially with the shifty winds we had.

I will never forget race 2, Steph Bridge and myself quite far in front with no one else around, and we tangle our kites going around the marker bouy! and then everyone else riding past us saying their cheeky comments :roll:

Roll on round 3 at Poole windfest
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Mon Jun 30, 2008 10:56 pm

All sounds like good fun.

I think i will give it a go next year when i dont have so much on.
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