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  • Neil Harper
    Sorry chief I stand corrected just goes to show how time tricks the mind :-) ... From: kitesurf@yahoogroups.com [mailto:kitesurf@yahoogroups.com]On Behalf Of
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      Sorry chief I stand corrected just goes to show how time tricks the mind :-)

      -----Original Message-----
      From: kitesurf@yahoogroups.com [mailto:kitesurf@yahoogroups.com]On
      Behalf Of dave@...
      Sent: 12 August 2005 20:50
      To: kitesurf@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [ksurf] RE: First Kiteboarders ?


      > Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2005 09:12:52 +0100
      > From: "Neil Harper" <neil.harper@...>
      >Subject: RE: First Kiteboarders ?
      >
      >I don't know if this counts, but in the mid 80's there was an English guy
      >who competed at the Weymouth Speed Sailing week using a stack of foils and
      a
      >pair of water skis I think it was known as 'Jacobs Ladder'. It was about
      the
      >time that Fred Haywood broke the 30 knot barrier on a windsurfer.

      Before rumors get out of hand--Jacob's Ladder was a Tornado
      catamaran, powered by a 15-stack of Flexifoil Super 10's (about 28
      meters, total). She held the world record for flat-out speed for
      C-class sail (any sailboat with between 225 and 300 sq ft sail area)
      from 1982 to 1988.

      The "British water skier with stack of foils" was an American, Cory
      Roeseler. Cory won the event in 1988, but set no records. I was his
      crew chief for the attempt. I first saw flex-powered water skis at
      Weymouth in 1986, with Theo Schmidt. He'd been using them for 6
      months or so at that point.

      Dave


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