This has just landed in our mailbox, and while we don’t normally post kitesurfing news, we thought you’d be interested in this as it could potentially hand the world speed record back to windsurfing. As always, we’ll keep you posted as to the latest developments…
Outright Speedsailing Record – IKA statement
“We have encountered a lot of confusion about the ratification of the 50.26 knots run by Sebastien Cattelan earlier this year in Luderitz, Namibia, and the upcoming claim for 50.57 knots by Alexandre Caizergues.
“WSSRC newsletter number 165 states: ‘Note that at the November Conference 2008, ISAF clarified that a kite-powered craft cannot be recognised as the holder of The World Sailing Speed Record.’
“At this stage we only want to clarify that the WSSRC has been always supportive to Kiteboarding and has made clear that they see kiteboards fully eligible to claim the outright speed sailing record. We are working on this topic now with full energy to resolve the matter.”
The International Kiteboarding Association is officially sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) as world wide governing body for kiteboarding.
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://www.internationalkiteboarding.org