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Kite Foil Golf Cup Comes to StFYC
This summer, 80 of the world’s fastest foiling kiteboard racers will assemble at the St. Francis Yacht Club to compete in the second stop of the 2015 Kite Foil Gold Cup tour.
"It's Gonna be Spectacular!"

Kite foil gold cup comes to st. francis yacht club

This summer, 80 of the world’s fastest foiling kiteboard racers will assemble at the St. Francis Yacht Club to compete in the second stop of the 2015 Kite Foil Gold Cup tour. From July 30 to August 2, competitors will launch from Crissy Field and race along City Front, filling the Bay with colorful kites that are reaching record speeds.

“The Kite Foil Gold Cup regatta at the St. Francis will be the largest kite foil board race in the history of the World tour,” says regatta chairperson Erika Heineken. “It's gonna be spectacular!” For Heineken, the Gold Cup represents many things. As the top-ranked female in the tour, it is a pivotal stop in her personal competition. As a native San Franciscan and a lifetime sailor at the St. Francis Yacht Club, it is also her chance to compete on her home turf. Sailing alongside her will be many regulars from the StFYC Thursday night kite fleet, including Johnny Heineken, Joey Pasquali, Ariel Poler, Kevin Growney, Steve Bodner, Daniela Moroz, Seth Besse, Geoff Headington, Chip Wasson, Haydn Fischer, Hugo Kenyon and Tyler Baeder, in addition to many international competitors.

The regatta will consist of two days of qualifying races followed by two days of finals. Heineken predicts there will be enough competitors to necessitate three fleets: gold, silver and bronze. Seeding for Day 1 will be based on previous rankings; seeding for Day 2 will be based on Day 1 results. All scoring will be cumulative.

  Photos by Michael Petrikov
Racing will take place along City Front between StFYC and the Golden Gate Bridge. “Each twice-around windward/leeward race will take less than 15 minutes. The speeds that we’re reaching are unreal,” says Heineken. She doesn’t exaggerate: during the Tour’s first stop in Mexico, upwind racing speeds reached VMGs of over 15 knots for the first time. With equipment technology rapidly improving, expect to see more of that throughout the San Francisco event.
This regatta is the second in a three-stop world tour for these highly competitive kiters. Each stop in the tour involves two days of qualifiers followed by two days of finals and all scoring is cumulative both at the regatta and throughout the tour. 

During the first stop of the Kite Foil Gold Cup in La Ventana, Mexico, March 24-28, competitors were treated to fantastic kiting conditions—flat water and big breeze—along with top-end competition. StFYC’s Daniela Moroz says, “it was my first international competition and it certainly didn't disappoint. On the starting line were 43 kiters, representing 15 countries. I was one of only six women participating.” You can read Daniela’s full regatta report HERE.

After the July event in San Francisco, the fleet will gear up for the third stop in the tour hosted by Townsville Sailing Club in Townsville, Australia from October 8-13.

For the Spectators

If you’ve ever watched a Thursday night kite race from the Club, you know how breathtaking this sport can be. Gold Cup will feature a fleet triple in size of a typical StFYC evening race, with a caliber of racing never before seen in San Francisco. For spectators, Gold Cup will be a treat.

The “dock” is Crissy Field beach, were dozens of kiters will be stationed throughout the weekend, tweaking foils, comparing gear and analyzing techniques between races. Spectators are encouraged to gather at Crissy Field during the day to watch the sailing and chat with the competitors. In the evenings, there will be fantastic social events at StFYC and Crissy Field. Stay tuned for a full list of social activities. 

Visit the StFYC's Kite Foil webpage HERE

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