The RYA and the British Kitesports Association have once again teamed up in a bid to find young kite foil racing talents.
The Foiling Futures programme was initially launched in 2021, and this latest edition will help young sailors learn to kite foil and take part in their first kite foil races.
Kite foiling is the newest and fastest discipline to be added to the Olympic Games sailing events, with riders travelling at speeds of up to 35kts.
For those that show aptitude, the programme is a stepping stone to qualification for the British Youth Squad and international competitions.
- Basic kitesurfing skills (BKSA Level 2) - waterstart and riding back and forth across the wind. The BKSA has a network of 50 kitesurf schools around the UK that can help you learn these skills
- Ultimately you will need your own kites once you start the programme but initially there will be board/foils you can rent or bring your own
What will you learn?
- How to ride a kite foil
- Introduction to core techniques - gybes, foot changes and tacks
- Key skills for completing a kite foil race - starts, mark rounds, rules and course
- Additional kite skills across foils, twintips and surfboards
Who’s it aimed at?
- Kiters / sailors / young aspiring racers keen to get into kite foil racing
- Development Pathway leading to regional, national and international competitions
- Those interested in working towards the 2028 and 2032 Olympic Games
When is it?
- 17-18 June – Poole
- 8-9 July – Shoreham
- 12-13 August – Weymouth
- 21-22 August – Weymouth
Want to find out more?
Youth sailors keen to explore getting into kite foil racing and joining the Foiling Futures programme are invited to submit an expression of interest.