Registrations for the Formula Kike Series in Alarcón are open

The Formula Kite Spain Series (FKSS) are back. The first competition of 2020 will be held in the waters of the Alarcón reservoir from July 10 to 12 at the hands of the Club Kitesurf Centro (CKSC). The regatta already has open registrations for participants in both the Pro, Open and Amateur categories.

The experience in the swamp was the great novelty of the 2019 season and had an extraordinary reception among the sailors who found flat waters and thermal winds to compete in a ‘spot’ that was unknown to most and, therefore, very challenging .

The sailors who wish to do so can now register for the indoor regatta, which will be the first of the season after those in Hondarribia and Mallorca have been postponed.

The Open category will also include the competitors who do it in the Pro class and who will want to use material measured by the IKA.

Among the precautions that have been adopted due to the health situation in which we find ourselves, the possibility of limiting the participation of sailors has been enabled. Thus, if there is a need to cut participation due to some health instruction, the organization will be obliged to lower the registrations in strict order of reception.

For example, if it were necessary to limit the participation in 40 sailors, it would be done as follows: the first 30 registered would have their participation assured while the other ten places would be granted by means of an invitation or ‘wildcard’ that the FKSS would give in conjunction with the CKSC. The organization, in any case, would always keep ten ‘wildcards’.

Sergio W Smit, general manager of the circuit, points out: “We are very happy to be able to start the season and do it in Alarcón, a spot that last year pleasantly surprised everyone. But from the organization we want to continue being very prudent due to the health situation we live in. The regatta will be held with extraordinary safety measures and always ensuring the health of all people involved in the event. The first thing is health and it will be our priority when making decisions ”.

Vicente Ferris, president of the CKSC, is very excited to open the FKSS calendar and explains the improvements that are going to take place this year: “On a structural scale the club has been reinforced with a much more powerful zodiac for rescue or incidents that may occur are easier to deal with. And, although we have the handicap that the event will be diminished by the impact of Covid, we believe that people will enjoy an unbeatable spot with flat water, laminar thermal wind and summer temperatures with water at a very good temperature. In addition, due to the last rains, the swamp is almost 50% full, being much higher than the previous year. “Therefore, we have a swamp width of more than one hundred meters greater than 2019, which provides us with a greater sheet of water and more possibilities to mount the race course.”

For Ferris, the swamp offers sailors greater equality than in open sea regattas it is more difficult to achieve: “The Alarcón route is very technical. Due to its idiosyncrasy, it makes the material not the most decisive to win the test, but the more technical sailor will have more options to win compared to those who bring the most modern material, something that in other locations does not occur with the mastery of the best material ”.

Ferris wants to thank the collaboration of the local authorities: “The Valverde del Júcar beach will be prepared by the City Council so that it is in perfect condition for the opening of the FKSS season with our event. I also want to thank the collaboration of the Castilla la Mancha Federation, which with its financial and personal support, led by the president, Concepción Valledor, make it possible to organize an event of this nature. CKSC have the Valverde del Júcar beach with an audience eager to cheer. Thus, the sailors feel the public’s breath because they can jibe or turn within a hundred meters of the pubic. This is something that is difficult to achieve elsewhere. ” .

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