Brochers in Euros

MARK: Mark Davies also suffered from technical issues on the day, finishing 73rd overall.
MARK: Mark Davies also suffered from technical issues on the day, finishing 73rd overall.

Mark and Maggie Davies have recently returned from France, where they were competing in the 2012 Kite Buggy European Championships.

Pete Buchan, the other local to qualify to represent Scotland in this event was unfortunately unable to attend.

MAGGIE: Maggie Davies placed respectably overall, considering her technical issues.

MAGGIE: Maggie Davies placed respectably overall, considering her technical issues.

The event was planned to be a World Championship, with all classes of sand yachts (including kite buggies, which are classified as Class 8 sand yachts) competing in the same location to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the International Federation of Sand and Land Yachting (FISLY).

To qualify for a World championship there needed to be pilots from at least three continents represented within a class, which was achieved in some of the classes, but not within the class 8 fleet, making the competition a European Championship for the kite buggy pilots.

Although racing was postponed due to poor weather at the start of the week, overall a total of seven kite buggy races were held.

The rain, however, left the beach very wet, and the sticky mud and potholed beach led to some tricky conditions for racing.

The class 8 fleet was large at 78 pilots, making for exciting racing, with all of the pilots on a 2-3 mile course at the same time, doing speeds of up to
70 miles-per-hour.

Races were all 40 minutes long, the aim being to do as many laps as possible in the 40 minutes.

Maggie Davies did well to achieve 3rd placed female in one race (43rd in the whole fleet) - her best result yet in an international
race.

She lost places in other races following technical problems with a kite, giving her 6th female
overall.

Maggie also achieved 63rd place in the whole fleet, while Mark Davies held onto 73rd place overall, despite also having equipment
problems.

The highest placed Scottish pilot was Stephen Pirie from Montrose in 37th place overall.

Synergy Kite Sports would like to say well done to all the pilots for competing in difficult conditions, and are looking forward to the Scottish Kite Buggy race series over the coming winter.

Race dates will be posted on Synergy Kite Sports’ website (www.synergykitesports.com) as soon as they are announced, with the hope that Fraserburgh will be chosen as a venue again
this year.

The Scottish Powerkite Association had made an appearance in Fraserburgh last year, in the first race event of the 2011/ 2012 race season.

The Scottish Powerkite Association races usually take place in St Andrews and Stranraer, meaning long drives for local buggy pilots interested in taking part.