We finally pulled it off! The Landsailing Kapiti Waikanae Beach 50km Endurance, that is.
We arrived around 1100 to a receding tide and a reasonably clean beach.
A strong contingent had arrived to compete for the coveted Landsailing Kapiti Trophy. The wind was North and down the beach a bit and this meant there was going to be a fare bit of tacking involved and any Trophy adversaries had their work cut out for them.
Right from the start we could see this was going to be quite a marathon. The first lap took 16 minutes (for the leader) and the times were increasing with each lap. The Minimum distance for a lap is 3.86km. Most would have been doing over 4km with the tacking. The last lap took over 23 minutes!
While the goal was to cover 50km or 3 hours (whichever came first), we shortened it to 2 hours because of the dropping wind and incoming tide.
Congratulations to everyone who took part. Especially to Robert Deighton for taking the trophy!
Gold Robert Deighton
Silver Bruce Buckland
Bronze Ernie Watts
See full results on MYLAPS https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Events/1460514