TURKS AND CAICOS (Nov. 20, 2013) – Six kiteboarders departed today from René Egli, Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands to cross the South Atlantic Ocean heading to Blue Haven Resort and Marina in the Turks and Caicos Islands, a distance of 3,720 miles. In this first-ever kiteboarding relay of its kind crossing the Atlantic Ocean, they are expected to arrive between Dec. 7 to 13, 2013.
The six kiteboarders are accompanied by a catamaran, a Lagoon 500 called the Double-A, with four crewmembers including the Dutch sailing professional Erik van Vuuren as team captain. Every kiter will kite in two two-hour shifts per day – one in the daytime and one at night – so one member of the team will always be out on the ocean going the distance. This approach enables the team to cover the entire distance in approximately 19 days, depending on wind speeds.
The HTC Atlantic Kite Challenge is the brainchild of Netherlands-based Filippo van Hellenberg Hubar, founder of the Enable Passion Foundation. Filippo will be one of the six kiteboarders participating in the crossing.
The sole American on the expedition is Eric Pequeno from West Bloomfield, Mich., who won a slot on the adventure through a sixth rider Facebook competition. He has been a devoted kiteboarder since 2008, having become an experienced kiter on the Great Lakes.
To follow the expedition, log onto www.bluehaventci.com
WHO: Six international kiteboarders in an adventure sponsored by HTC, organized by
Enable Passion, and hosted by Blue Haven Resort and Marina
WHEN: Starting Nov. 20 and arriving between Dec. 7 and 13, 2013
WHAT: First kiteboard crossing of the Atlantic Ocean
WHERE: The South Atlantic Ocean from Canary Islands to Turks and Caicos Islands