CLUB VASS ROUND HAYLING ISLAND RACE 2010. VENUE HISC. DATE 2/4/10
30 years have passed since the conception of this once great race, and in 2009 HISC in collaboration with Club Vass Holidays have pieced together a revival. Once again for 2010 Club Vass and HISC have teamed up to lay on a great day that will also include a race!
In addition to last year’s Round Hayling Race, the guys have pieced together a stand-up paddleboard challenge that consists of three races of varying length (2.5 to 6 miles), an industry show area, a clinic or two, a curry night and of course a party with live band.
The idea behind the event is to try and keep it as open as possible, of course you need to be able to windsurf or paddleboard, but not limiting it to the experts is a big part of the ethos behind the event. You can go as far or as short as you want with the option to finish at three areas on the island you can compete in the Gold (all the way round) Silver (half way round) and Bronze (one third of the way round) fleets for windsurfers.
The theme has been kept when arranging the paddleboard racing. Initial thoughts were to send paddlers all the way round the island, but the curry night at HISC is pretty good so the organisers decided that three races for two board categories (12’6” and Open), will satisfy the demand. Those new or not so fit can do the 2.5 mile race, then there’s the 2.5 and 4.5 mile race – and the mad men and woman can do the 2.5, 4.5 and 6.5 mile challenge.
The organisers are aware that the weather may not be so great but are hopeful for a full turn-out of 150 competitors so that they can convince HISC that a summer date would suit better for 2011, so it’s in our hands as windsurfers and paddlers!
The event costs £25 if you enter before Wednesday 24th and £30 after this date. Entry closes on the Wednesday prior to the event so if you’re not fast you’re last. Price includes race, rashvest, competitor welcome bag, curry and party.
Club Vass has put a holiday for two up for grabs plus a host of industry sponsors have come forward with various other goodies that will be handed out on the day. Zero Gravity, Sail Style, Shore Watersports, Tushingham Starboard, Powertech Marine, KA Sails, Spartan Wetsuits and more!