The Highland Spring HIHO 2008 is gearing up to take place in the British Virgin Islands June 29 – July 6, when windsurfing racers will compete in class races from one island to the next whilst non-racers follow the route aboard captained Moorings catamarans, which serve as ‘home’ for the week.
Introducing a new racing category, faster sails, and new additions to the itinerary for 2008, the organizers are determined to make this the perfect pre-cursor to next year’s 30th anniversary.
For inter-island racing, the organizers have chosen to introduce the Kona fleet to accommodate a wider range of abilities. The long board category class will compete under Kona one-design rules and participants will be assigned to one of three classes: Light weight (5.8m sail) 64.9k (143lbs); Medium weight (7.4m sail) 65-85k (143-187lbs); Heavy weight (9.0m sail) over 85.1k (187lbs).
Racers can also choose the Techno 2 class where up to 45 windsurfers will compete on identical BIC Techno 283 boards. Racers in this class may use any three sails they like. Sponsor NeilPryde offers the 2008 V8 and new Hellcat flat-water freerace sail. Champion racer and windsurfing icon Robbie Naish plans to attend this year’s event.
New for 2008 is the Formula class. Participants in this class will compete alongside the Techno 2 and Kona class but can expect some additional longer courses making for an exciting race. The Formula class will undertake some separate starts & finishes and the results will count for the US Windsurfing National Race Tour (NRT). Equipment for all classes is available for rent from the organizers.
This year, racers and the fleet of captained Moorings yachts will make a lunch stop at Mosquito Island in Virgin Gorda’s North Sound. Also on the itinerary is the famous 14-mile reach beyond the horizon to Anegada. Two races down the famed Sir Francis Drake Channel are also planned for this year.
"Our opening party this year will be on Vixen Point in Virgin Gorda and a beach start the following day will kick off the series of island-to-island races for the coming week,” says organizer Andy Morrell.
Highland Spring HIHO caters to individuals, groups and families with a kid’s camp and land-based activities planned for non-racing adults. Lunches are set up on beaches ahead of time and after a decent break, it’s on to the next anchorage ready for dinner and a night of partying.
The Highland Spring HIHO event is sponsored by Highland Spring Natural Mineral water, HIHO, The Moorings, NeilPryde, BiC and Kona Windsurfing. The event organizer is Ocean Promotions.
Further information and entry forms for the 2008 Highland Spring HIHO events can be found on www.go-hiho.com
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