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A Viewer's Guide to Kite Foil Gold Cup
This weekend, 67 kite foil racers from 14 countries are coming to San Francisco to compete in the third stop of the Kite Foil Gold Cup tour, the largest kiting event of the year. StFYC is proud to host this global competition. Here is how you can best be a part of the action.
  A Viewer's Guide to Kite Foil Gold Cup 
San Francisco, July 31 – August 2

The Kites are Coming 
Sixty-seven of the world’s best kite-foil racers are traveling to San Francisco this week to compete in the third stop of the Kite Foil Gold Cup, the largest kiting event of the year. These competitors hail from 14 nations and range in age from 14 years old (Daniela Moroz) to 59 years old (Gabor Vagi and Hugo Kenyon). The St. Francis Yacht Club is proud to be hosting this global competition. 

Here is what you should know for the weekend:

About the Racing 
During Kite Foil Gold Cup, competitors will race on foiling kite boards along the City Front, completing twice-around windward/leeward races between Crissy Field and the Yacht Club. All races will start from the beach at Crissy Field, and these races will be fast. Competitors are predicted to reach VMGs of over 15 knots. 

Racing will take place from 1:00pm to 5:00 for four days. Thursday and Friday will be qualifying races; Saturday and Sunday will be the finals. 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.

How to Watch 
From Crissy Field: all kiters will launch from a small regatta village at Crissy Field. This is a great place to interact with the athletes up close, and also where you can watch them round the top mark.

From the Club: Each day, this fleet will zoom directly past the Club multiple times. If you post up on the Race Deck, in the Clippership or at the Grill Room Bar, you are just about guaranteed a great view of the action.

Online: At, you can find updated scoring and regatta reports. A webcam will provide live video feed from the Race Deck. On Saturday and Sunday, the Gold Fleet finals will have live tracking available online, displaying GPS coordinates, speed and direction. On Sunday, sailing commentator Tucker Thompson and the crew of T2P TV will provide a regatta video.

Post-Race Socials 
Each evening, competitors and spectators are encouraged to gather for the following casual socials:

  • Thursday: at the Club
  • Friday: at the Club
  • Saturday: on Crissy Field
  • Sunday: Prize-Giving Ceremony at the Club

Who to Watch 
The following competitors hail from the Bay Area. Bold indicates they are members of StFYC

  • Tyler Baeder
  • Seth Besse
  • Steve Bodner
  • Geoff Headington
  • Erika Heineken
  • Johnny Heineken
  • Haydn Fischer
  • Kevin Growney
  • Hugo Kenyon
  • Daniela Moroz
  • Joey Pasquali
  • Ariel Poler
  • Nicolai Sponholtz
  • Sebastian Sponholtz
  • Gabor Vagi
  • Chip Wasson 

US Youth Nationals
The San Francisco Gold Cup tour stop will double as the first-ever US KiteFoil Youth Nationals, a title that can be claimed by any competitor under the age of 21. In preparation, StFYC recently hosted a High Performance Kiting Clinic, taught by Michael Gebhardt, Olympic medalist, Pan American Games medalist, six-time world champion and 23-time national champion. Gebhardt coached some of StFYC’s youngest competitors, including Daniela Moroz who had THIS to say about the previous Gold Cup tour stop in Mexico. 

Keep a close watch on the youth sailors this weekend, as this is sure to be a highly contested division.

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