Update On Speedsailing Record

Just a very quick entry before I leave - it now seems the kiters have been given recognition for holding the record. Have not a clue what has gone on or read anything about it but heard from a friend.

So I suppose that brings an end to the heavy debate that has been going. Personally I never questioned that kiting wasn't sailing - never even thought about it to be honest.

OK I'm off!


PeconicPuffin said…
I don't know about the others, but I haven't been debating an official record...I've been debating whether kiting is sailing.

I think the speed record that matters is for wind powered craft, period. Sailors and kiters are competitive (many, anyway) and I would find any windsurfer or speed sailboater who clung to "well a kite isn't really sailing so we still have the record" to be pathetic.

But that doesn't mean that I think kiting is sailing. The ISAF is not the arbiter of the meaning of words (and besides I think they were horribly embarrassed by how badly they handled the situation.)

Broccoli is not a tree. A banjo is not a guitar. While it's nice to see some windsurfers being supportive of kiters, I think the argument to define one as the other is silly. Frankly I'd like to hear from more kiters about this (about the definition, not being recognized for a speed record. I'll say it until the cows come home...whoever is fastest should be recognized.)

If boats were using spinnakers to go upwind, I would consider that kiting, btw.