Do you have what it takes to compete in the Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton race?
The Red Bull Lighthouse to Leighton race returns to Western Australia for the seventh time on Saturday 3rd December with Sunday 4th December as a back up day should wind conditions not be favourable. Entries are now open to experienced racers from WA and around the world for the 19km race which runs from Rottnest Island to Fremantle’s Leighton Beach and the race will be limited to 135 competitors with places awarded via a ballot system. Race director Tim Turner says he’s confident that demand will again exceed the entry spots available even with the 25 extra places that have been added this year.
“Word about the race spreads quickly each year amongst the international kiting community and we’re also likely to have entrants from the Hydrofoil Pro Tour Final this year, which is being held in Perth the previous week” said Tim.
The locals will no doubt have a hometown advantage with their knowledge of the wind and tidal conditions but it’s going to be great to see some elite riders thrown into the mix and spectators will be hoping to see someone try and beat the course record of 22 minutes and seven seconds that was set in 2014. Given the growing number of foil racers entering the race each year we should see some serious contention for it as well!
The race offers equal prize money for the top three males and females (the first race to do so) and there’ll be nearly A$9000 prize money up for grabs as well as A$4050 worth of trophies alongside the much coveted Marc Sprod Trophy for the fastest Western Australian competitor.
The is made possible thanks to Tourism Western Australia and Red Bull, and is also supported by the Fremantle Sailing Club, WAKSA, Rottnest Express and Channel 9 Perth. Entrants need at least 100 hours experience to enter the race and the ballot closes on Monday 24th October.
You can enter via the website at www.lighthouse2leighton.com.au