Pasty Cup 2012
Saturday 26th August saw the country’s top kitesurf racers descend on Mounts Bay for the 2012 Pasty Cup organised by Pasty Adventures Kitesurfing School and run by Penzance Sailing Club.
With the buzz surrounding the announcement that Kitesurf racing is an Olympic sport for Rio 2016, the UKs top racers were joined by several newbie’s to the kitesurf race scene including 2 guys who were previously on the Olympic Windsurf development program and are now training for Kitesurfing in Rio, making a fleet of 10 kites flying around Mounts Bay.
Rigging up at Long Rock in 18-20 knts of breeze, organiser Lee Harvey went out first on a 12m kite along with Mogsy from Wales who was on a 13m. As soon as they made their way to the start line around 2 miles out to sea the wind notched up and most of the other riders noticed in time and chose more appropriate kite sizes from 7-10m as the wind meter on the committee boat read an average of 25knts with 31knt gusts.
With the amazing organisation of the race crew thanks to Mike and co. from Penzance sailing club, the 1st race started on time and was promptly won by UK Tour leader, Olly Bridge (15) from Exmouth followed by his mum, 4 time World Champ, Steph with 2010 UK Champ, Callum Edge fighting hard just behind. The next four races were much the same with Olly winning and some close fought battles along with the occasional big crash behind, as huge gusts blew down the race course. In the 6th and final race, Olly was winning yet again before deciding to head back to the beach on the 2nd lap of the 2 mile course as the wind notched up yet more, knowing that he had already won the prize pasty, due to being allowed to discard your worst result with 5 races to count. Callum seized the opportunity taking the win, which meant he finished just 0.3 points ahead of Steph while Lee struggled again as the breeze increased meaning he had to count a dnf.
It was then back to the beach for Prize Giving presented by Alex Hapgood.
The unstoppable Olly Bridge took the win and the Pasty Cup 2012 with Callum Edge nudging ahead of Steph for the 1st time ever. Other notable performances came from former windsurfer Tom Squires knocking Lee Pasty out of his normal 4th spot and local boys Ryan Crawford and Craig Smith with a great effort getting round after only recently buying race boards. It was then off to bed for a rest for some while others scored a wave and a few had to leave before heading to the sailing club for curry and a band.
All of the sailors loved seeing us kitesurfers out there and there was some great feedback such as-
amazing control, such speed, general praise and interest in how well we were going around the course and how good it looked. Mike even said he’d like to see and run an event with 100 kites, so maybe the Kitesurfing Europeans or Worlds will be in Cornwall one day soon?
Huge thanks to Penzance Sailing Club, especially Mike for providing the committee boat and being an excellent race officer, Barry and Robin on safety in the rib and for videoing, Joe of www.jnpevents.co.uk for the pics and scoring and big thanks to Mark Chadwick for enabling a kitesurfing event to be held at PZSC. We look forward to coming back for a bigger event next year.
Next up for the racers is an RYA Test event in Weymouth in end of September followed by the IKA Worlds in Sardinia 1st week of October. Meanwhile Lee is off to Mauritius for the 2nd stop of the 2012 KSP World Tour which runs from 7th -16th September.
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @PastyAdventures to stay up to date.
For kitesurfing lessons in Cornwall go to www.pastyadventures.co.uk Blake is manning the fort while Lee’s away on Tour so you will be in good hands!
1st Olly Bridge 3.5, 2nd Callum Edge 10.7, 3rd Steph Bridge 11, 4th Tom Squires 25, 5th Lee 'pasty' Harvey 28, 6th Gareth Mogsy Morgan 31, =7th Sam Chown & Denzil Williams 40, 9th Craig Smith 42, 10th Ryan Crawford 43 pts.
To view and purchase all the pics from the day go to http://jnpevents.co.uk/photocart/index.php?do=photocart&viewGallery=10090
Video coming soon ;)
Despite the crazy weather with torrential rain and hosepipe bans up country, its been almost perfect for learning to kitesurf down here in Cornwall.
With small waves and North to West winds, Gwithian has been amazing with all the beaches around St Ives bay offering up amazing kite conditions.
In the southerly winds we have been having, Marazion has been perfect, although some waves last week have stirred up a bit of weed making for some line tangles and the students learning about the importance of staying away from weed and cleaning your lines after your kitesurf session. The beach have now been cleaned by Cornwall Council who use the weed to fertilize the farms around Penzance.
With great winds forecast again all this week and the beaches pretty empty, there has been no better time to learn to kitesurf in Cornwall, so make the most of this summer and get in touch today to book in your extreme adventure with Pasty Adventures, West Cornwalls only British Kite Surfing Association recognised school.
We also pride ourselves on offering the best value kitesurf instruction in the UK concentrating on giving intimate instruction to the students. To do this we recommend 1:1 instruction so that you can learn at your own pace. We also offer the 'Learn with a friend' option for all of our kitesurf courses as kitesurfing is a really socialable sport and great to learn with your mates. 2:1 is the biggest class size we run, unlike most other schools who operate on a 4:1 basis. We believe this is unfair as you spend a lot of time hanging around and we want you to learn quickly, while having an amazing time and feeling like you are getting amazing value. Kitesurfing is an expensive sport to learn but we feel it is worth every penny and want you to feel this right from your first lesson!
We can also sort you out with some great deals on new equipment thanks to local shop Westcountry Watersports in Truro and our sponsors North Kiteboarding so there has been no better time to get into the Worlds fastest growing extreme sport.
The forecast is looking great for the Pasty Cup this weekend 18-19th June sponsored by Skinners brewery (Truro) and organised by Pasty Adventures.
Based at Long Rock which is 1 mile west of Marazion we will be racing over towards Penzance.
There will now be 2 fleets for course racing, Pros who are racing for cash prizes on a full upwind downwind course and Ams who will be riding on a smaller course which will be Surfboard friendly for anyone who thinks they're fast and can win the great product prizes!
After the morning course racing there will be a long distance race open to all members of the BKSA, you need to bring and hand in your BKSA membership card.
Registration is 9-930 for course racing and 2-230 for long distance at the silver North tent on Long Rock beach.
Bring your won food BBQ after with loads of beer for all racers, thanks to Skinners!
The Pasty Cup 2011 sponsored by Skinners Brewery is almost here. Pre register by 15th June to receive a free pasty for luch on saturday. email firstname.lastname@example.org for a reg form.
Penzance 18-19 June 2011
Kitesurf Course Racing & Long Distance
Course Racing for the Pasty Cup, part of the BKSA South West Cup
Presented by Pasty Adventures
Sponsored by Skinners Brewery
Part of Golowan Festival 2011
Venue - Penzance
Registration – North Tent, West end of Long Rock Car park 9-10am Sat 18th June
Cost - £20 you must be a member of the BKSA
Schedule both days-
10.30 am race briefing
11.30 First start
2.30 Long Distance Race Brief
3pm Long Distance start
Racing will take place off Penzance promenade. Riders will launch and land at Long Rock.
Cash Prize fund and great prizes for Top 5
Long Distance Race
Will run on both days, 18 & 19th June as long as wind is a suitable direction and Force 4+
Registration - 2-2.30pm both days in North Tent, West end of Long Rock Car Park
Open to all members of Kernow Kitesurf Club
You must hand in your BKSA card stating you are a KKC member at registration and collect it as soon as you return to the beach.
Loads of prizes- 1st Overall, 1st TT, 1st surfboard, 1st Lady and more.
BBQ Saturday 18th, Long Rock Beach
We are having a bbq straight after the racing on Saturday around 5.30pm.
There will be a big gas bbq to use but to make life easy it is bring your own food and Morrisons is just round the corner.
Loads of free beer will be on hand thanks to Skinners!
Supported by: North Kiteboarding, Kiteworld, 9 Bar, Kernow Kitesurf Club, Freeriders,
West Country Watersports, Lodey, Penlee Lifeboat, BKSA, Kitesurf magazine