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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.


World record set in Hayling Island

Kitesurfing off Hayling Island Credit: Virgin kitesurfing armada

Hundreds of kitesurfers have taken to the water at Hayling Island. A new Guinness World Records was set for the largest parade of paddle boarders. 256 paddle boarders travelled down a similar course with an official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS adjudicator on hand to approve the record. The Kitesurfing Armada attracted world champions, pro-kitesurfers, a double Olympic medallist and novice kitesurfers, with ages ranging from as young as 11 years through to 73 years. The beach was awash with spectators to support the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title attempt.

Hundreds gather to watch Credit: Virgin Kitesurfing Armada

Director of the Kitesurfing Armada Dan Charlish said, "We have been overwhelmed by the positivity and enthusiasm of everyone who got involved. Despite a challenging wind forecast hundreds of kitesurfers came to support the event. The Armada looked amazing as hundreds of kites filled the sky".

The event has grown significantly since its launch last year, becoming a weekend festival which included live music, a big screen, local and international kite brands exhibiting gear and talks from kite pros and industry experts.

Woman assaulted in Hayling Island

Police are appealing for information after a woman was assaulted in Hayling Island. It happened some time between 11.50pm on Friday, September 19 and 12.10am on Saturday, September 20.

The 31-year-old victim was walking along Manor Road with a suitcase, when a Vauxhall Vectra contining three males pulled up alongside and offered to give her a lift.

When she declined their offer, the car was driven off and then returned a few moments later. The driver and passenger then got out of the car and asked her again if she wanted a lift. The woman refused.

One of the men then tried to grab hold of the woman and she ended up falling into a bush.

The car was then driven away and the woman ran to a local hotel to get help.During the incident the victim dropped a small wallet, containing a TV Licence and an Oyster card.

The men are described as white; one was wearing a red baseball cap and the other had a spider web tattoo on his hand.

“This is an unusual incident which took place in a quiet area of Hayling Island. I am trying to trace anyone who witnessed what happened, or anyone who thinks they might know who is responsible. I would also like to speak to anyone who may have seen a lone woman walking along Manor Road with a suitcase around the time of the incident.”

– Detective Constable Pete Bambury

National Watersports Festival underway

One of the largest watersport festivals in the UK is underway in Hampshire today.

The National Watersports Festival held on Hayling Island attracts thousands of people every year.

The festival returns to Hayling Island for the weekend of watersports Credit: @execbeachbum

The festival will see hundreds of watersport enthusiasts compete in windsurfing, kitesurfing, paddle boarding and kayaking events.

The competitions are open to both professional and amateurs over the festival which takes over Hayling's seafront.

The festival has been running for eight years and is a boost for the local area Credit: @execbeachbum

Havant borough council flood update

A high tide and storm conditions have led to limited flooding in Emsworth, Langstone and Hayling Island.

The flooding caused some damage to the slipway at Langstone, which will be assessed, along with the rest of the foreshore, once the weather allows.

There is more bad weather expected this weekend and Havant Borough Council will have staff on stand-by to assist if required.

Residents are asked to stay safe during this time and not visit areas where flooding is expected. There is a risk of being swept away by rough seas or flood water.

If anyone sees flooding near electricity substations in residential areas they are asked to report it to Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) on 0800 072 72 82.


Hayling railway revamp given go ahead

Local volunteers have secured a grant of nearly £89,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore the Hayling Billy heritage project.

The project will explore the history of Hayling Billy line on the island and enable conservation to take place.

It will also provide volunteering opportunities for local people to develop skills and work on the historic site.

To help guide people around the site there will also be leaflets, digital material and a new website to engage visitors.

The benefits for the local community will be a heritage project for generations to come, a focus for community volunteers to work on together to create a lasting legacy for local people and visitors. The Partnership have worked really hard with the council officers on securing the funding however, this is just the start."

– Councillor Yvonne Weeks, responsible for Economy and Communities at Havant Borough Council

Shaw picks up sailor of the year

Olympic windsurfing star Bryony Shaw has capped off her impressive 2013 season by claiming the British Sailing Team’s Athlete of the Year prize.

Bryony Shaw wins Sailor of the year prize Credit: British Sailing Team

The 30-year-old was handed the BOA Athlete of the Year trophy for Sailing at a team presentation at Hayling Island Sailing Club on Friday, having claimed an impressive seven podium finishes from the nine events she’s contested this year.

After a tough 2012 season, with illness having hampered her Olympic hopes, Shaw was overjoyed with her consistency and success in 2013, and on receiving her award from RYA Olympic Manager Stephen Park, she paid tribute to the team around her who have helped her get back on track this season.

CCTV released in connection with theft

Police have issued CCTV images of a young woman they would like to speak to following the theft of some items from a Co-op store in Hayling Island. The woman entered the store in Elm Grove at about 6pm on Monday, October 21 and took several packets of fresh meat and detergents.

She left without paying for them. Anyone who recognises the person in the CCTV images, or has any information is asked to contact the crime desk at Fratton police station on 101.

CCTV image released in connection with Co-op theft Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

£5 million Flood work will protect 1700 Island homes

As with all large construction projects there have been many challenges along the way, but the finished scheme is one the local community can be proud of. We have been able to reduce the risk of coastal flooding and erosion while improving access and the amenity value of this important coastal area.

– Marc Bryan, Project Manager
  • 70,000 tonnes of rock imported from Norway
  • 25,000 tonnes of shingle were dumped onto Eastoke beach to raise it up
  • Building work began in January 2013
  • Beaches now re-opened with better access
  • Part of larger scheme to protect 40,000 homes and coastline in Eastern Hampshire
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