Thursday, August 29, 2013

Bruno Sroka kitesurfs from France to Ireland

Bruno Sroka completed a marathon kitesurfing journey from France to Ireland. on 19 July 2013, covering 250 nautical miles in 16h40.

He used a raceboard for much of the journey but swapped to a hydrofoil board when the wind dropped close to Ireland.

He departed a 6:25am from Penn-Enez beach in France and averaged 18 knots for the first 100 nautical miles.

He passed the Isles of Scilly from the Atlantic ocean (west) side to get better wind.

Bruno "hit the wall" with 90 nautical miles to go when he stopped for a break and realised how tired he was and that the sun was going down.

The wind dropped to under 10 knots for the lasted 50 knots - the hardest part of the journey.  He did the last 30 nautical miles on the foil board, which is quite technical to ride.

Highlights of his trip included some dolphins swimming with him and a flotilla of small boats came out to meet him at Cross haven.

An epic achievement.

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