“The Gathering” Downwinder Information
The Gathering at Paddle Round The Pier is the name given for a collection of watersport enthusiasts coming together to travel a 10k downwind distance (with the wind behind them). The group is expected to contain Stand Up Paddle boarders, Outrigger Canoes, Ocean Skis, Prone Paddle Boards, Kiters and windsurfers.
They will set off at 12noon (Lowtide) from Lancing beach and head directly east towards Hove and the Paddle Village. The field is expected to land no later than 14:00 at the Paddle Village.
By the very nature and cost of the equipment required by each discipline, The Gathering is not expected to appeal to anyone other than a proficient individual or group, already skilled in their particular chosen sport. It is aimed at groups of friends supporting each other who already know their own groups limitations and support each other. The Gathering is not a race, more a supported experience.
Volunteer members of the local Kitesurf Clubs and participating kiters , will marshal on the beach at Lancing to assist with the safe launching of participating kitesurfers, Lancing Kitesurf Club ask that all visiting kiters familiarise themselves with local regulations and restrictions that are displayed on the notice boards within the pay & Display car park and along the beach frontage prior to commencement of any activities.. OC’s are expected to be OC1 to OC6’s so both large and small craft.
All participants are expected to be self-sufficient and be experienced in their own open water recovery. leashes to be worn on SUPs, OC1’s and Skis
For Kiters that means affecting a deep-water pack-down, before a safety boat will attempt a pick-up. Safety boat crews will do their best to rescue participants’ equipment but PRTP and its agents cannot be held responsible for any damage or loss to equipment whilst attempting recoveries.
All Outrigger craft and Ski’s should have at least one VHF radio between groups travelling together. All SUPs, Kiters or Windsurfers should carry either a VHF radio or mobile telephone in a waterproof case. Should participants be forced to land before the official Landing Beach (at the Paddle Village) they must call in to the Paddle Office Telephone 07563 579866 to register their location and that they are safe or if they require assistance.
The landing beach at Paddle Round The Pier on Hove Lawns shall be marked by a series of Feather Flags on one Beach (between groynes). All craft/kites/boards should be cleared from this area immediately on landing to make space for others.
The location of the landing beach is also demarked by the Mid-lawns Café building visible from sea.
please read and fully understand the full disclaimer before the event – you will be required to fill it in at the start line on Lancing Green.