The 1st Annual Shipwreck Charity Kite Race in the Turks and Caicos had to be postponed from Saturday, December 20 to Sunday, December 21 due to light winds, however once the event got underway, it was a huge success!
Sunny skies and warm weather at Long Bay brought out the holiday spirt of everyone in attendance. A the sound of the horn, a fierce pack of racers at the starting line tacked upwind to the grounded Russian ship. With light winds, kiters jockeyed their way around the rusty old vessel, which made for some close calls and tactical maneuvering. On the downward leg back, a close race developed between home town local Robert Bedoya & Canadian Pro Sam Medysky, both riders drawing every bit of energy and wind they could to outflank each other.
As the the two racers approached the finish line, tension started to mount on the beach with each rider edging to the fullest. The crowd erupted into cheers as the racers crossed the finishing line, Robert Bedoya, head instructor at Kitesurf TCI narrowly taking the win and Best Kiteboarding team rider Sam Medysky a close second.
Hope LeVin, the event organizer announced that $345 was raised for the the Jaliyllah Fund. Jaliyllah Rosati is a long time local TCI resident who was recently hit by a car and is in critical condition in a Bahamas hospital.
Johnny Fassler and Edward Shearer shared first place for the best costume. They won prizes from Spa Tropique, Glogglz, and Naish Kiteboarding.