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New Kite-surf Record set at Portpatrick
NEW record for crossing the North Channel was created at
Portpatrick on Thursday. But forget about high powered
speed boats - this
was all done with the aid of a giant kite!
the first time ever the Irish Sea was crossed by way of
craze known as kite surfing, which involves
a small board and hand-held sail.
Jeff Williams and Phillip McConkey departed Millisle, near
shortly after mid-day and
Jeff arrived at
Broadsea Bay, north of Portpatrick an hour and 30 minutes
later. Unfortunately his kiting partner Phillip had
been blown way off course and had to abandon his record
daring duo, both members of the Irish Power Kiting Association,
were just happy that half their team
managed to create
a record though - and it was all in aid of
Children in Need.
defeated the wild 35km route, Dubliner Jeff (30) said:
hasn't really sunk in yet but what a buzz!
wind got up in the last hour and it was a bit scary at
times ‹ we
were travelling at about 20 miles per hour at one point.
But I am really glad we gave it a go
we have been planning to do it for so long
and nearly had to put it off until the spring.
saw the window of opportunity this week and thankfully
did it in
time for Children in Need which is the perfect
BBC camera crew joined the pair on their adventure from
the realms of a
in which Phillip¹s girlfriend
Liz was also present.
record attempt will now be broadcast by BBC Northern Ireland
for Children in
to make exciting viewing.
a well-earned cooked dinner at Portpatrick's
Crown Hotel after his feat, Phillip
wanted a challenge and the North
Channel presented us with the perfect
was a bit hairy out there so it should make interesting
it got a bit too much and I was going well off course so
I had to down kite and come in!"
art of kite surfing is simple - but requires
skill and stamina in abundance. The
surfer's feet are attached to a small surfboard
and they propel themselves
by holding onto a massive kite.
catching on in Ireland and I would encourage as many
youngsters as possible to give kiting a shot. The west
coast of Scotland certainly has
ideal weather for it!"