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#RIO 2016 – It's well known that Annalise Murphy was barely off the water in Weymouth before she committed herself to a further few years sailing hard in the Laser Radial class for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

What's probably less well known is that older sister Claudine has also set her sights on Brazil, campaigning in the new Olympic kitesurfing class.

News of the double campaign in the Murphy household was revealed in The Irish Times by Pamela Duncan prior to Annalise's medal race a week ago.

Claudine says there was "big rivalry" between her and Annalise as both pursued success in the Laser Radial, but they also realised that only one of them could represent Ireland in the class at Olympic level. Annalise showed the potential, and Claudine turned her hand to a different class.

“She’s my best friend in the whole world,” says Claudine, who flew in to support her sister from the Caribbean where she is already hard at work campaigning for a spot at the Rio Games in kitesurfing - a somewhat controversial addition to the Olympic schedule.

Meanwhile, Annalise Murphy and the Irish sailing team were welcomed home with a guard of honour at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire yesterday evening.

Annalise also announced plans to take things relatively easy for the next year, returning to UCD next month for a science degree.

"I deferred it three years ago as I didn’t want to put a half-hearted approach into college or sailing," she said. "I’m older now and I feel like I can manage things better.”

 

 

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#KITESURFING - The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has responded to the legal challenge from the International RS:X Class Association to its decision to cut Olympic windsurfing from the Rio games in 2016 in favour of kitesurfing.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, kitesurfing was given two medal events at the next Olympics following a mid-term meeting of the ISAF Council in Italy nearly three months ago.

In a statement, the ISAF said it "intends to fully defend the decision of the ISAF Council, which was made in accordance with the ISAF regulations and the defined decision making processes of the ISAF."

Sailing's world governing body said it was "extremely disappointed that this course of action has been taken" - rather than the "normal submission process" to request the council to reconsider its decision at the ISAF AGM in November - "not least because responding to legal claims will incur substantial and unnecessary legal costs for ISAF and for the class itself."

There has been some controversy surrounding the decision to include kitesurfing over windsurfing at the Rio games after claims that the council vote was married by "language difficulties" among the Spanish delegate.

Spain, a long-time windsurfing stalwart, surprised many by joining the 19-17 vote in favour of the newer discipline, which was supported by Ireland's John Crebbin.

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#KITESURFING - The Daily Business Post's recent focus on businesses in Wicklow and Wexford turned its focus to Niall Roche's start-up kitesurfing school based on Duncannon beach.

Roche runs Hooked Kitesurfing, which was set up a year ago to teach people the ins and outs of one of Ireland's fastest growing sports.

"I took a jump to turn my hobby into a business," said Roche, who took a redundancy package from Intel to set up the school - the name of which was inspired by his own addiction to the watersport, watching events on television a decade ago.

"Once you get the kite in your hands the thrill of having some much power, it's unbelievable. I love passing that onto students."

The Daily Business Post has more on the story HERE.

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#KITESURFING - Northern Ireland's Jenny Ridley will be among those joining a kitesurfing clinic for people with disabilities in Athens, Greece from this weekend, as Surfer Today reports.

The five-day workshop at the Karavi Beach Club in Schinias will be hosted by Christophe Martin, developer of a special kiteboarding seat for paraplegic athletes.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Jenny Ridley has been learning to kite on land under the tutelage of friend Jason McGrugan who has worked with her to design a custom seat and board that will enable her to get on the water.

And she's promised to do just that in Greece this week, joining many other abled and disabled riders in the warm Aegean waters.

Martin will demonstrate the latest techniques developed to teach kitesurfing for people with disabilities. Those taking part will get a chance to go on the water using modified catamarans to show how accessible watersports can to be to everyone.

Surfer Today has more on the story HERE.

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#KITESURFING - The decision to include kitesurfing in the 2016 Olympics is a big mistake, a leading expert in the sport has said.

Amit Inbar, who represented Israel in windsurfing at the 1992 and 2000 Olympic Games, told news agency Reuters that kitesurfing is "10 times more dangerous" than windsurfing, and that the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has failed to appreciate that.

"People have died in kitesurfing," he said, claiming that 130 people had been killed in the sport worldwide. |I'm really scared that we are going to see some very bad accidents."

Meanwhile, Israel's sailing head Yehuda Maayan claims that the vote among the ISAF board to cut windsurfing from the Olympics in favour of kitesurfing was marred by "language difficulties" experienced by the Spanish delegate at the meeting.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, windsurfing stalwarts Spain surprised many by joining the 19-17 vote in favour of the new discipline, which was supported by Ireland's John Crebbin.

A two-thirds majority would be required by the windsurfing lobby to overturn the decision at the ISAF’s annual general meeting in Ireland this November.

Reuters has more on the story HERE.

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#KITESURFING - Ireland's top kitesurfers and stand-up paddlers will be out in force on Dollymount Strand this weekend for the sixth Battle For The Bay.

The second leg of the Irish Kitesurfing Association (ISKA) Tour will see the best of Irish kitesurfing talent take on riders from around the globe at one of the best spots in Ireland for the sport. Organisers describe the concept as very simple: fun, wind, watt and fun!

Stand-up paddleboarding - a hybrid of longboarding and kayaking - will also have its day in the sun with the second annual Battle For The Paddle.
 
Racing will be the highlight, of course, but the weekend will also feature demos on the beach, a freestyle show and kite introductions for newcomers, plus a beach party and BBQ and much more.

For more details visit BattleForTheBay.com.

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#KITESURFING - Windsurfers have vowed to battle to overturn the decision to cut their sport from the Olympic Games in 2016 in favour of kitesurfing.

As the Independent reports, kitesurfing has been given two medal events at the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro, following a mid-term meeting of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) in Italy.

"I am raw, sore, and shell-shocked by the decision," said Rory Ramsden, secretary of the RSX board association, who was also said to be rocked by the turning of the tide against windsurfing at the emotionally charged meeting.

Ireland's John Crebbin was among those who gave impassioned speeches in favour of kitesurfing before the board voted 19-17 in favour of the relatively new discipline - a decision strongly supported by the USA, Bulgaria, Greece and even windsurfing stalwarts Spain.

The French contingent, meanwhile, was reportedly "devastated" at the news.

A two-thirds majority would be required by the windsurfing lobby to overturn the decision at the ISAF’s annual general meeting in November.

The Independent has more on the story HERE.

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#KITESURFING - An Irish-born Kenyan is putting the East African country on the extreme sports map thanks to her beach resort dedicated to kitesurfing.

As the Montreal Gazette reports, Joey Kennaway - who has lived in Kenya since she was three years old - started The Kenyaway with her husband as a shack on Galu Beach, south of the coastal city of Mombasa.

But when their daughter Linzi got into kitesurfing after lessons from local tutors, the resort soon morphed into a kitesurfing village attracting daredevils from around the world.

“Kitesurfing is not for your average country-club tennis player,” says Boris Polo, owner of kitesurfing school H2O Extreme, which now has a base at The Kenyaway. “What’s hard to master is the kite. They’re very powerful."

Though she hasn't tried it herself, Joey Kennaway is happy to watch some of the thousands of all ages who've taken lessons at the resort out on the water.

The Montreal Gazette has more on the story HERE.

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#KITESURFING - Photographer Luis Faustino has captured some stunning shots of Dublin kitesurfer Rob Clarke in action off Dollymount Strand.

"Dublin is quite windy, especially near the sea, in the bay," writes Faustino. "It's natural to see kitesurfers in many places and one of my favorite spots is Bull Island."

Find more of Luis Faustino's Dublin Bay kitesurfing photos HERE.

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#RACING - Mayo Sailing Club's winter series of lectures continues this Thursday 23 February with a talk by Ed Alcock on 'The Rules of Racing'.

Alcock is racing manager of the Irish Sailing Association (ISA), and his lecture will outline the laws that govern racing by windpower on the water in Ireland, covering classes from yachts and dinghies to windsurfing, kitesurfing and more.

Topics to be covered include rights and obligations on the water, giving way, keeping clear, red flags and protest forms.

Sailors of all craft are invited to attend the evening, and anyone wanting to get involved in racing is also welcome, especially with the 2012 racing season only eight weeks away.

Alcock's talk takes place this Thursday at 7.30pm in GMIT Castlebar. The Galway Advertiser has more HERE.

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The Half Ton Class was created by the Offshore Racing Council for boats within the racing band not exceeding 22'-0". The ORC decided that the rule should "....permit the development of seaworthy offshore racing yachts...The Council will endeavour to protect the majority of the existing IOR fleet from rapid obsolescence caused by ....developments which produce increased performance without corresponding changes in ratings..."

When first introduced the IOR rule was perfectly adequate for rating boats in existence at that time. However yacht designers naturally examined the rule to seize upon any advantage they could find, the most noticeable of which has been a reduction in displacement and a return to fractional rigs.

After 1993, when the IOR Mk.III rule reached it termination due to lack of people building new boats, the rule was replaced by the CHS (Channel) Handicap system which in turn developed into the IRC system now used.

The IRC handicap system operates by a secret formula which tries to develop boats which are 'Cruising type' of relatively heavy boats with good internal accommodation. It tends to penalise boats with excessive stability or excessive sail area.

Competitions

The most significant events for the Half Ton Class has been the annual Half Ton Cup which was sailed under the IOR rules until 1993. More recently this has been replaced with the Half Ton Classics Cup. The venue of the event moved from continent to continent with over-representation on French or British ports. In later years the event is held biennially. Initially, it was proposed to hold events in Ireland, Britain and France by rotation. However, it was the Belgians who took the ball and ran with it. The Class is now managed from Belgium. 

At A Glance – Half Ton Classics Cup Winners

  • 2017 – Kinsale – Swuzzlebubble – Phil Plumtree – Farr 1977
  • 2016 – Falmouth – Swuzzlebubble – Greg Peck – Farr 1977
  • 2015 – Nieuwport – Checkmate XV – David Cullen – Humphreys 1985
  • 2014 – St Quay Portrieux – Swuzzlebubble – Peter Morton – Farr 1977
  • 2013 – Boulogne – Checkmate XV – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1985
  • 2011 – Cowes – Chimp – Michael Kershaw – Berret 1978
  • 2009 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978
  • 2007 – Dun Laoghaire – Henri-Lloyd Harmony – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1980~
  • 2005 – Dinard – Gingko – Patrick Lobrichon – Mauric 1968
  • 2003 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978

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