Course record set at 2019 King of the Waitemata

The 15-20 knot conditions were conducive to fast sailing at the 2019 King of the Waitemata race held at Takapuna Beach on Sunday, with a new course record set.

Kitefoiler Lukas Walton-Keim completed the 37km circumnavigation of Rangitoto and Motutapu Islands in an astonishing time of 49minutes 20 seconds, which works out at an average speed of 45km/hr! 

And while that seems impressive enough, Walton-Keim reckons a sub-40minute time is possible and is looking forward to giving it another crack next year.
Justina Kitchen was 2nd overall and 1st female home in 55.08mins. Nick Reeves rounded out the podium.

As many as 30 foiling machines took on the challenge to fly around Auckland's iconic volcano, which was rescheduled after April's race was postponed due to lack of wind. This was the third time this race has been run. In 2017, the winning time was 58.42 by Matt Taggert, which goes to show just how far these sailors have come in mastering their craft since then.
Kiran Badloe was the first of the kitefoilers to get around the course in 1hour 5minutes and in the new Wing division, JP Tobin finished first in a time of 1hour 49minutes.
Check out photos of the action here
Full results below:

Kitefoilers- Overall


Windfoilers- Overall


Kitefoilers- Overall