Day 1 : Race Report
St. Francis and Crissy Field are hosts to the 2016 Hydrofoil Pro Tour starting today, Thursday, August 4th. This is the second stop of four international races in the Hydrofoil Pro Tour which brings together a fleet of 45 racers. These are the fastest water based, wind powered racers on the planet. Colorful kites, fast sailing action, and one of the most iconic locations to sail, San Francisco, makes for an amazing venue for incredible athletes. Come on down to Crissy Field between 1pm and 5pm through Sunday to watch some of the best, fastest sailors in the world.
Rio? Olympics? This is faster. With bids into the Olympics for future games, hydrofoil kite racing continues to make headlines in the sailing community. These racers ride carbon fiber hydrofoils that look like samurai swords. They float above the water on the latest composite technologies used in board design. Power comes from colorful kites that look like paragliding kites harnessing the wind. The kites are tuned for speed. Insane speed. In 10mph winds the racers are achieving 30-40 mph speeds on cutting edge technology.
The sailing started hot today with lead changes left and right. Wind lines, pressure zones, nerves, gear failures, all play a part. One mistake can cost several places at a minimum. It is truly amazing watching first hand the skill, speed, technology, and tight competitive racing happening on the water. There are five races per day starting at 1pm that span the bay from the Golden Gate Bridge downwind to Fort Mason.
In the first day of racing we have Nico Parlier from France leading the standings. Two time world champion Johnny Heineken from San Francisco, USA, currently holds second two points back. Joey Pasquali from Sausalito, USA, grabs third overall just 5 points back on the first day. The next three days will see some incredible racing among all fourty five racers battling for top honors.
Huge thanks to the main sponsors for making this incredible event possible.
Full Sail Brewing: http://fullsailbrewing.com
ABK Brewing: http://www.abkbeer.com
Links to following the racing:
Current results: https://www.regattatoolbox.com/results?eventID=7cDTnm7WUF
Crissy Field live webcam: http://www.parksconservancy.org/visit/web-cams.html
Hydrofoil Pro Tour: http://hydrofoilprotour.info
Race report by Eric Due