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FIRST FLORIDA TO BIMINI KITEBOARDING RACE !!! - Details

Postby RickI » Sun Nov 13, 2005 8:40 pm

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Here is an update on the race from Neil:

Just an update on the Bahamas Kite Race, if you have not seen or heard about it yet check out http://www.bahamacrossing.com/. The event is on we have numerous teams singed up from all over the US and the world.

It will be taking place anytime between the 28th of November and the 12th of December.
There will be an opening party at the Treasure Trove bar on Ft. Lauderdale beach on the night of the 28th starting at 7pm and will be showing Kiteboarding movies, including uncut and unseen footage from this years Red Bull, King Of The Air competition in Maui.
Everyone is invited to come and join us in Bimini for the arrival party and awards ceromoney of the race, followed by a couple of days of fun riding in the Bahamas.
As there is not a set departure date for the event, if you would like to join us and be kept informed of the exact day of us leaving Florida please e-mail me directly at nhukusa@aol.com and I will put you on the e-mail list, you will be given a five day warning of a possible start date, then a three day warning and finally a 24hr notice that it will be definitely going ahead on that date.

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You can fly to Bimini, Bahamas on Chalk's Airlines from either Ft. Lauderdale or Miami on a seaplane for approximatly $250 but pack light as the planes are small. We will be staying on North Bimini at the Complete Angler Hotel, Bimini Blue Water and the Sea Crest Hotel.

Hope you can make this historic event. If you have any questions or want to get on the e-mail list just either shoot me an e-mail or call me at 954-647-7228. Cheers Neil
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Postby RickI » Tue Nov 15, 2005 2:22 am

Lots of panoramic and other photos from Bimini and other areas along the way of the crossing have been uploaded to:

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Hope to see you there!

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Postby RickI » Wed Nov 16, 2005 7:59 pm

Are there riders planning on competiting that are still looking for partners or support boats? Please PM ricki or email <flkitesurfer@hotmail.com>

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Postby RickI » Mon Nov 21, 2005 1:42 pm

I was talking with Neil last night who reminded me that the cutoff for registering for the crossing is TODAY. Get those applications and registration fees in at:

http://www.bahamacrossing.com/

if you want to get in on the Crossing.

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Postby RickI » Fri Nov 25, 2005 11:35 pm

This was printed in the Miami Herald today::

"Posted on Fri, Nov. 25, 2005

Kiteboard race set for takeoff

BY JIM VARSALLONE
jvarsallone@herald.com

A 50-mile kiteboarding race to Bimini in the Bahamas -- a first of its kind of competition, according to organizers -- will cross the Gulf Stream from the East Coast of Florida beginning in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday.

Kiteboarding, the newest thrill in extreme sports, began more than six years ago.

A twist on windsurfing or wakeboarding, kiteboarders ride atop what is similar to a surfboard and are powered by the wind using a kite, some as big as 25-square meters.

Kiteboarders regularly reach speeds of 40 mph or more and can perform leaps of more than 30 feet.

Both Rebel Billionaire Sir Richard Branson and former presidential candidate John Kerry got hooked on kiteboarding last year, and the sport has grown by leaps and bounds in popularity since.

Now, another extreme Brit, Guinness world-record holder Neil Hutchinson, has helped to create the race across the Gulf Stream from Florida to the Bahamas.

Hutchinson, 35, earned a earned the record for the longest distance traveled on a kiteboard, crossing 97 miles from Key West to Varadero, Cuba.

Now Hutchison has organized the race to Bimini, which will cross the Gulf Stream from the East Coast of Florida through the Bermuda Triangle, where ocean swells can reach upward of 14 feet. The race is expected to take between four and six hours.

''It's like the Cannonball Run for kiteboarders; racers have to be ready for anything,'' Hutchinson said.

Competitors are required to form a team consisting of two kiteboarders, a boat and captain. More than 30 kiters are registered.

With 30 kiters from around the globe already registered, teams will compete to be the first in recorded history to cross the Gulf Stream on a kiteboard. The race scheduled for Nov. 29 through Dec. 12. Plans are to depart 9 a.m. Tuesday from Fort Lauderdale, weather permitting.

Hutchinson will help host a kickoff party on Monday at the Treasure Trove in Fort Lauderdale for teams, sponsors and fans.

Once the teams land in Bimini, there will be two days of racing events, including a an awards ceremony.

Call 954-647-7228. Visit http://www.bahamacrossing.com "

from: http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/sp ... 252999.htm


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