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423 Kitesurfers break world record on Hayling Island

Parade of kitesurfers as they break the world record

Four hundred and twenty-three kitesurfers out on the water in Hampshire today have broken the world record for the Largest Parade of Kitesurfers.

They beat the previous record of 416 kitesurfers set in Cape Town, South Africa.

Today's successful record breaking attempt took place at Hayling Island, and was organised by the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada. The new title was verified by Guinness World Records.

"Huge congratulations to everyone for 3.5 hours of determined kitesurfing. With 423 kitesurfers completing the course Virgin Kitesurfing Armada you are officially amazing and are all GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ holders."

– Sophia Greenacre, Official Adjudicator from GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™
Kitesurfers in action off Hayling Island

"A huge thank you to everyone who has come down and supported the festival this weekend. It's been an amazing experience. 423 kitesurfers is a fantastic total and everyone should be really proud.

We couldn't have done it without all the brilliant volunteers, industry support and the sponsors which include Virgin, WOO Sports, North Kiteboarding and Volvo Car UK. It's been an awesome weekend."

– Dan Charlish, Event Organiser

Invite for more kitesurfers to help break world record

Hayling Island will play home to the world record breaking attempt

The team behind an attempt to break the world record for the largest parade of kitesurfers over a one-mile course are appealing for more people to take part at the event on Hayling Island on Sunday 19th June. The record to beat is the South African Virgin Kitesurfing Armada, with a total of 415 kiters, which was set in Cape Town earlier this year.

Kitesurfer in action

The attempt is one of several activities taking part at the kitesurfing festival in Hampshire this weekend. The organisers are hoping to attract as many as 500 kitesurfers to the beach on Hayling Island at noon on Sunday. Here's their video invitation:

The people featuring in the video invite are Dan Charlish, Event Director, Virgin Kitesurfing Armada; Sam Light - British Champion and Triple S Champion; Steph Bridge - five-time Kite World Champion and current European Race titleholder; and Lewis Crathern - the 4 times British Champion.


Kent motor racing team gears up for Le Mans

The Kent team is detemined to make an impression at Le Mans Credit: PHA Media

British Motor Racing team JOTA Sport, based at Frant on the Kent/Sussex border, is preparing for the iconic Le Mans 24-hour race this weekend.

The team, which won the Le Mans 24 Hour race in 2014, is hoping to repeat that success this time around.

This year, for the first time, the team will enter two cars in the world famous race.

The first car – the Gibson 015S-Nissan – will be raced by JOTA Sport co-founder Simon Dolan, former Caterham Formula One driver Giedo van der Garde and talented young British driver Jake Dennis.

Van der Garde said: “This will be my first time racing at Le Mans so I am incredibly excited. This is a very special race, but one which is also very challenging for the whole team."

Car number two will be driven by Russian-born Roman Rusinov, Germany’s Rene Rast and former Manor Formula One driver Will Stevens, who joined the line up just last week, replacing Nathanaël Berthon.

England fan, attacked by Russian thugs, opens his eyes

Credit: Bache

An England fan left seriously injured after being attacked by Russian supporters, has opened his eyes.

Andrew Bache, 51, suffered a cardiac arrest, extensive brain injuries and a lung infection after being attacked by a group of Russians armed with iron bars ahead of England's match with Russia in Marseille.

His brother, Dean Bache, revealed Andrew has begun to move his arms and opened both eyes when his son Harry visited him in hospital.

A JustGiving fundraising page had been setup for Mr Bache's treatment, and has raised more than £19,000 towards a £30,000 target.

Portsmouth football fan still critical as French police clash with England fans in Lille

Andrew Bache, known as Pepe, suffered severe brain injuries Credit: Jason Ricketts

A Portsmouth man, who was attacked by Russians armed with iron bars in Marseilles, remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Andrew Bache, known as Pepe, suffered a cardiac arrest, extensive brain injuries and a lung infection.

His son Harry has travelled to France to be with his 51-year-old father.

On a message posted on a fundraising page set up for Mr Bache, he said: "Have just seen dad for the first time, very briefly as they were taking him into a CT scan.

"The doctor said he had suffered a cardiac arrest and also has a lung infection plus extensive brain injuries."

He said he would be meeting with French police before returning to the hospital later.

England fans drinking in Lille before trouble started Credit: PA

It comes as French Police fired tear gas at England fans in Lille ahead of England's match with Wales in nearby Lens on Thursday, and after Russia's match against Slovakia in the city.

It is unclear which set of fans the police were targeting and what caused the unrest.

Credit: Just Giving

The JustGiving page set up for Mr Bache, from Portsmouth, Hampshire, has now reached more than £18 000

His brother Dean Bache previously posted on Facebook: "I have just had a call from the British Embassy and they say the hospital had informed them that Pepe's injuries are no longer life-threatening but could be life-changing.

"He is still in a serious condition and they won't know the extent of his injuries until he is taken out of the induced coma.

To support his cause please click here: Just Giving page


Bournemouth face Man U on opening day of next season

Fans of both our Premier League clubs will be perusing the fixture list Credit: ITV Meridian

The Premier League fixtures for next season have been published - and Bournemouth have a mouthwatering tie to kick things off.

They face Manchester United at home on what will be Jose Mourinho's first competitive match in charge.

Mourinho will face both our sides in the first two games of the season Credit: PA

The season kicks off on August 13th - the Cherries' first away fixture will be at West Ham the following week.

They'll finish the season at Champions Leicester on May 21st.

St Mary's will welcome Watford on the opening day Credit: PA

Meanwhile Southampton's new manager, whoever that will be, will start with a home game against Watford.

But they're away at Manchester United the following week hoping to give Mourinho another headache.

As far as the south coast derbies go, Bournemouth will host Southampton just before Christmas on December 17th, while Saints entertain the Cherries on April 1st - No joke...

Hats off to the Queen at Royal Ascot

Thousands of racegoers wearing their spectacular hats hid beneath umbrellas as they arrived for day one of Royal Ascot.

The world-famous event got off to a very soggy start. But the rain stopped just in time for The Queen's arrival.

She wrote in the official programme that her trips to the Berkshire racecourse are among her "most cherished memories". Kate Bunkall reports.

National Bike Week comes to Gosport

People are being encouraged to 'get on their bikes' Credit: ITV

National Bike Week comes to Gosport on Saturday 18 June from 10am to 4pm in Falkland Gardens.

British Cycling, Gosport Borough Council, Portsmouth City Council and local companies are encouraging people to 'get on their bikes'.

Representatives will be on hand from British Cycling to give information on local guided rides, plus news on cycle events such as July’s Pedal Portsmouth.

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