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Choppy seas and a collision with a shark didn’t stop Brian Walters and Justin Grobler completing the first-ever kite-foil double-crossing of Cook Strait at the weekend.

The duo set out from Makara Beach on Saturday morning in a light northerly and finished the 68 kilometre return trip in 2 hours and 58 mins, averaging almost 23.2 kmh.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/300264906/cook-strait-tamed-by-foiling-kite-surfers

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There is so so much going on in the foiling space at the moment. I can see it totally eclipse yacht racing.

I was watching a couple of moths tearing around Manly last night, and pondering my stoush with Tamure about the cost of racing sails for keel boats (sorry about that Tamure). For a bit more than the price of a black square top for a 35 fter, you can get a black square top on a boat that can go 2 or 3 times faster than the 35 fter, be $20k / yr cheaper to operate and maintain, and not have to worry about coordinating  half a rugby team of crew just to go for a sail. If you really want, you can line up against several AC skippers one on one as well (refer to Foil Week boI in Racetalk).

Throughout the white pinhead / black square top discussion, I'd overlooked the fact I have a black squaretop. It cost me under a $1,000 new, and I'm using it 2 or 3 times a week. Consistently getting 13 - 14 knts, which is twice as fast as typical speeds on the yacht requiring my $40k sail wardrobe. And at 13-14 knts I am slow, am still learning. I'm hoping to be foiling in 2-3 months, and total outlay would be $6-$7K. Should be able to achieve speeds of 20knts with that outlay, and 30knts with some poosher gear - budget another $5k on top of the $6-7k to get to 30 knts.

Can rig up in 10 minutes, compared to about an hr for my yacht. Starting to wonder why I own the yacht, especially now I need to sort out the antifoul again...

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Hey Fish no worries re having an argument, after all we both paid for the full half hour :) and I agree that the cost of ownership and visiting the sailmaker is nuts considering that boats sit around most of the time. I did a LOT of windsurfing in the 90’s, it wasnt cheap either with multiple boards, fins, masts, sails and most of the time was spent mowing the lawn rather than in waves unfortunately. Kite foiling is great, so portable but not so sure it will take over the world or at least my world, the yacht racing cockpit is a unique experience. Re crossing the straight, GB looking very much a 70’s guy, great achievement for all of them on undeveloped gear. 

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22 hours ago, waikiore said:

Remember that well, must be getting old... 

Snap 

(no it wasn't a hip...that time ;) )

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