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An early (1984) experimental kite rig being used to pull a boat. 1984. Premier test d'un C-kite par les freres Legaignoux sur une annexe de voilier.jpg
An early (1984) experimental kite rig being used to pull a boat.

Kiteboating or kite boating is the act of using a kite rig as a power source to propel a boat. Kiteboating is a type of surface water sport, but it also has transportation uses [1]



Kiteboating uses different types of gear from kitesurfing. Kites attached to boats can be larger than kites attached to a surfer. For long voyages, the kite rig must be more autonomously controlled. Due to the lifting power of kites, they are often used with hydrofoils. [2]

Points of sail (with a kite buggy) Buggy Winds.jpg
Points of sail (with a kite buggy)

Current kite rigs can be sailed within 50 degrees of the wind. [1] Placing turbines in the boat's hull can let the kite power generate electricity on board. [3]


Going back to 1800s, George Pocock used the kites in order to increase the size of propel carts that are found in land and boats.[ citation needed ] Sébastien Cattelan is the French kitesurfer was the first sailor who was able to break 50 knots, achieving 50.26 knots on 3 October 2008 at the Lüderitz Speed Challenge in Namibia. [4] Next, on 14 November 2009, Alex Caizergues achieved a speed of 50.98 knots in Namibia.


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  1. 1 2 Skysails, Captain John Konrad, Mariners Weather Log, April 2009, Volume 53, No. 1, National Weather Service
  2. The Kiteboat Project, interview of Don Montague by Paul Lang, The Kiteboarder, December 14, 2012.
  4. "New World Speed Record 50.26 knots". 4 October 2008. Retrieved 10 February 2017.