The HTC Atlantic Kite Challenge
Six kiteboarders departed on 20th of November from Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Their goal is to reach the Blue Haven Resort and Marina in the Turks and Caicos Islands which is almost 6000 kms aways.
Currently they are several hundred kilometers northeast of Venezuela, much over halfway across the Atlantic, almost reaching their target destination. The HTC Atlantic Kite Challenge is the first attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean kitebaording. The riders are expected to arrive at their destination between 17 and 19th of Decemeber.
The HTC Atlantic Kite Challenge is the brainchild of Netherlands-based Filippo van Hellenberg Hubar, founder of the Enable Passion Foundation. Filippo is one of the six riders participating in the crossing. They are accompanied by a catamaran with four experienced crew members. Every kiter is taking two-hour shifts per day – one in the daytime and one at night. When wind permits, one member of the team is always on the ocean.
It seems to have been an awesome adveture thus far. The riders kited through schools of flying fish, left trails in bioluminescent algae at night, sailed next to whales, passed sharks, and faced calm conditions where no progress could be made.
To follow the expedition in its remaining days, and to see the team’s exact position visit: http://enablepassion.com/live-tracking/