It's been an interesting few days in Pattaya at Top of the Gulf. The organisers and the Ocean Marina Yacht Club certainly know how to throw a good party - not to mention a regatta.
ISAF have voted to ditch windsurfing in favour of kiteboarding for the Rio 2016 Olympics, which we consider a very dodgy decision. Neil Pryde (here at Top of the Gulf), supplier of the Olympic RS:X windsurfing equipment, was philosophical about, but also 'surprised.' Sail-World was at the Phuket King's Cup last December when kiteboarding was on the programme for the first time, and it proved to be a real damp squib. 'We can launch in 5kts' turned into 'actually, we need 15kts' and then it was a quick splash and crash and it was all over. Nobody at PKC saw anything, which considering it was meant to be an 'exhibition' made it a bit pointless. Pryde says that kite design has got a million miles of development in it, so ISAF better get something locked off on paper pretty quickly.
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