Lighthouse to Leighton: race has Kat as high as a kite


Kat Davies soaks up the water.
Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au   d462653
Lighthouse to Leighton: race has Kat as high as a kite
Kat Davies soaks up the water. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d462653

FROM sailing 28m maxi yachts to being at one on the ocean with nothing but a surfboard and a kite, Coodanup sailor Kat Davies is excited about taking part in Saturday’s Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton kiteboard race.

Davies (33) is a relative newcomer to the sport and will be taking part in the event for the first time after undergoing a rigorous training program in the Mandurah estuary four times a week, over the past two months.

She has been sailing kiteboards for about three years after being the skipper of maxi yachts in the Whitsundays for eight years.

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Davies, whose day job is a commercial skipper driving Captain Cook cruise boats, said she loved her new sport because it provided a feeling of freedom on the water.

She will be competing in the twin tips division and hopes to complete the 19km crossing in about 45 minutes.

“It’s very cool to be taking part in this race for the first time, “Davies said.

“And it will be great because we will also have a rare opportunity to have safety boats travelling with us.”

She said kiteboarding was the fastest growing water sport in the world.

“It just takes a bit of persistence to get used to controlling the kite,” she said.

“But with the technology that is now available, they virtually sail themselves these days,” she said.

World-ranked international kiteboarders will compete alongside local, national and international entrants and past winners. The current race record is 22 minutes, 7 seconds, set by UK sailor Olly Bridge two years ago.