It was a record entry for the Kings Cup Regatta in its 25th Anniversary year with more than 120 craft taking part and amongst them for the first time ever was kiteboarding giving a new edge to a week of multiclass racing in Phuket Thailand.
Much has been said of mixing kite boarding and sailing and much more will be said in the lead up to the 2016 Olympics as the kite board fraternity pitch to be an official event. While these discussions continue, the Phuket King's Cup Regatta in Thailand has taken a bold step introducing a Kiteboard Class to the 25-year old multi-class regatta.
During the recently held IKA class Annual General Meeting, the class rules for a new foilboarding class have been approved. This new class will be administered by the IKA, and class business is to be conducted through an independent sub-committee chaired by Olivier Mouragues (FRA).
All national associations and fleets are encouraged to get in touch with the IKA office if they wish to become part of the foilboarding sub-committee. The task of this sub-committee is to develop class rules and decide on the class policies, which then will be administered by IKA.
The first ever foilboarding world championship is to be held next spring in France. The Notive of Race will be published shortly.