New kite-powered boat put to the test on the Isle of Wight

By Ross Findon

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

 

New kite-powered boat put to the test on the Isle of Wight

Tom Court puts the KiteTender to the test on the Isle of Wight. Picture courtesy of Ripslix.

AN UNUSUAL new kite-powered boat has been put to the test on the Isle of Wight.

Island pro kite-surfer and filmmaker Tom Court captured KiteTender being put through its paces in the video below.

Tom, who competes around the globe, said: "After speaking with Peter Renssen, the brains behind the KiteTender project a few months ago and talking about the great sailing around the Isle of Wight and Cowes Week, he threw the boat on the roof of his car and drove from Holland to my home spot on the Isle of Wight.

"This little clip is us putting the Kite Tender boat through its paces, taking it out to pit it against boats much larger to see how it performs. Getting speeds on 21knots and averaging 17knots, this little two man kite powered dingy is a formidable sailing machine that has an interesting future.

"If you are skeptical about it now, I dare you to have a go in one as even if you can't Kiteboard, this is a great training tool and could help to bridge the gap between sailing an Kiteboarding into the future.

"Could this be the world's first commercial kite boat?"

Tom, who is sponsored by North Kites, as well as local companies Wightlink and the West Bay Club, started his video production company RipFlix around four years ago.

He specialises in videos of extreme sports.

Visit http://www.kitetender.nl/ for more information on the project.

Reporter: ross.findon@iwcp.co.uk

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