Lee 'Pasty' Harvey was recently out in Qatar coaching their National Kiterace Team in preparation for the Asian Championships which they are hosting in November. Check out the report and pics on Lee's blog- http://www.leepasty.co.uk/blog.html
I am pleased to announce that I have been appointed as Kitesurf Coach to the Qatar Olympic Federation as of end of march to start their youngsters on track for Olympic glory in 2020.
Flying out to Qatar for an initial 2 week coaching session straight after I return from competing in the PKRA World Tour Wave event in Dakhla, we will then have a further 6 weeks of coaching in various locations in 2014.
I am really excited about this and am really looking forward to future possibilities.
Check out this article on British Kitesports - http://www.britishkitesports.org/news/news-training/1013-pasty-appointed-qatar-olympic-coach.html
Lee older than the other 2 put together
18 years after wining a youth dinghy sailing event in Weymouth, Lee 'pasty' Harvey finally gets an Olympic Classes podium with 3rd in Kiteracing. A great result especially after just coming back f
Read a full report with Lee's Blog http://www.leepasty.co.uk/1/post/2012/09/3rd-olympic-classes-ranker-weymouth.html
For kitesurf race coaching pleases go to our coaching page http://www.pastyadventures.co.uk/kitesurf-coaching.html
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.
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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.
This years Pasty Cup in Mounts Bay, Cornwall is being combined with coaching from BKSA coach Lee Harvey and will also involve people interested parties who will be checking out how we go and learning about safety as well as making a video.
The plan is to have coaching on saturday morning followed by 3 races for the Pasty Cup saturday afternoon and 3 races sunday morning followed by long distance training after lunch.
This event is open to everyone who has raced before and wants to improve with coaching and also have some quality racing!
Due to outgoing costs this will only run if enough people book in so please send your details asap to firstname.lastname@example.org
Price is £50 which will simply cover the boat costs.
we will meet at Marazion on Saturday 4th August at 9am. more details will be sent once you are registered.
Lets show everyone that Kitesurfing is ready and the right board sport for Rio 2016!!!!
Thats it we are Olympic! now all the hard work starts but hopefully we will now be able to get funding?
to get involved, have lessons or train with me, please email email@example.com
below is the official statement from the ISAF council meeting-
The International Sailing
Federation (ISAF) has confirmed
the final event and equipment selections
for the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing
The ISAF Council voted
that Kiteboarding will replace
windsurfing for the men's and women's board
events and confirmed the equipment
that will be used for the Women's Skiff
and Mixed Multihull Events.
Mackay FX, referred to as the 49er
FX, was selected yesterday as the two person
women's skiff and today the
Nacra 17 joins the Olympic equipment family after
being selected for the
two person mixed multihull event.
The 49er FX
received the majority
of votes from the ISAF Council in the first round after
the six evaluation
trial entries were narrowed down to just three; the 29erXX,
the RS900 and
the 49er FX.
There was an equally animated debate on the
morning of the Council meeting at this year's ISAF Mid-Year Meeting to
decide the equipment to be selected for the mixed multihull event. After
discussing the recommendations from the Evaluation Panel, the Equipment
Committee and the Events Committee, Council voted between the Nacra 17 and the
Viper with the Nacra 17 securing the majority.
The final discussion
the events and equipment for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition was
men's and women's board events with Council voting in favour or
In November 2011 an evaluation group was appointed to
examine kiteboarding formats with the board events for Rio 2016 defined as
'windsurfing and/or kiteboarding'. The Evaluation Group recommended that
kiteboarding be included in the ISAF Event family including the ISAF
World Cup and the ISAF Sailing World Championships but Council went
further and selected Kiteboarding for the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing
The ISAF Windsurfing and Kiteboarding Committee
and make further recommendations to Council on the
implementation of the
inclusion of kiteboarding at their meeting in
November 2012 at the ISAF Annual
ISAF President Göran
Petersson said, "These announcements
mark a new era for sailing and we
welcome the new classes into the ISAF family.
The equipment selections have
fulfilled the criteria set out by the Evaluation
Panel and we look forward
to seeing the boats not only at the Rio 2016 Olympic
Games, but the ISAF
Sailing World Cup and ISAF Sailing World
"Kiteboarding has proven to us that it is ready to be
included into the list of prestigious ISAF Events and it is a fantastic addition
to the sailing programme for the 2016 Olympic Games."
The events to
contested at the 2016 Olympic Games are confirmed as:
Men's One Person Dinghy -
Women's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial
Men's One Person Dinghy
(heavy) - Finn
Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470
Women's Two Person
Men's Skiff - 49er
Women's skiff - 49er FX
Multihull - Nacra 17
These ten events will be featured in the
ISAF Sailing World Cup which kicks off in Melbourne in December
and will come
together in Santander, Spain in 2014 for the ISAF Sailing
ISAF Council also approved applications from
C) and Vietnam (Group K) for full member status.