Varanger Arctic Kite Enduro 2017 - April 4-7! This will be the 9th VAKE in history. Application opens October 15th (and closes November 15th). Read more about VAKE here and start preparing, winter is coming!
What a day! (Winners in Vardø! We’ll get back to that – this is a summary). Early morning glory at checkpoint Bergebyvann for teams The Windyty Alpboys and Norwegian Express. Sunny and 5 m/s wind. Southern unstable winds making it harder for the teams further in on the Peninsula.
"Raindrops keep fallin' on my head. But that doesn't mean my eyes will soon be turnin' red. Cryin's not for me. 'Cause I'm never gonna stop the rain by complainin'. Because I'm free. Nothin's worryin' me”. Sorry about the rain guys. Last two days of VAKE 2016 was not a walk in the park. Lots of cudos to all teams and your sportsmanship. 15 teams finished this year, 37 tried with all they had. Awesome.
Congratulations to the Swiss/German Windyty Alpboys in conquering the Varanger Peninsula as the fastest team ever! Close run with Norwegian Express all the way to Urdfjellet before checkpoint Vadsø, but the Norwegians lost time there when rigging down to smaller kites. The Windyty kids from the Alps got 30 minutes on them, and kept it to Vardø where they were clocked in by crew at 15:38 Wednesday April 6th 2016!
More wind all over. And wet snow, borderline rain to rain. Tacking towards Vardø Finish. Eastern to South-Eastern winds. Poor visibility from checkpoint Vadsø in the morning, better towards Vardø. If our teams didn’t have sore thighs before, they surely got it today.
The walking-start from Berlevåg resulted in a good spread of the field early in the competition. Winds varying between 5-12 m/s today, teams rigging large kites (15 m/2 and up) had an advantage from start. Historic touch-down at checkpoint Bergebyvann this evening, when The Windyty Alpboys came in at 21:42, followed by Norwegian Express 21:46.