New date is set for kitesurfing armada

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THE kitesurfing armada world record attempt will not go ahead this weekend.

Organisers say there is not enough wind to power 500 kitesurfers, including Sir Richard Branson, from Hayling to Pagham, in West Sussex.

It was originally scheduled to go ahead in early September but the conditions were not right then either.

But organiser Dan Charlish said the kitesurfing festival will go ahead in Hayling over the weekend of October 11 and 12 whatever the weather.

‘The wind is not enough and hasn’t been all September,’ he said. ‘It’s most unusual for this time of year and of course has produced some lovely sunny days throughout September, but not much good for kitesurfing.

‘We are hoping for a shift in conditions for the October festival weekend, which will go ahead either way.’

The event, which took place for the first time last year, will raise money for Virgin Unite, Snow Camp and The RNLI.

And it is also expected to provide a huge boost for the local economy.

There is still time to sign up to be part of what Mr Charlish hopes will be the largest kitesurfing armada in the world. Go to