BVI waterman Mike Hirst broke the overall Round Tortola Record, and established a new kiteboarding record, yesterday (January 13, 2019) covering 49 miles in 2 hours, 14 minutes and 54 seconds.
With a top speed of 27 knots and average speed of 20 knots, Mike took 18 minutes and 46 seconds off Triple Jack´s record set in 2015. Chris Brockbank also broke the record with a finish time of 2 hours 28 minutes and 53 seconds. Mike also holds the paddleboarding record with Mark Cochrane having circumnavigated Tortola in 7 hours and 9 minutes in 2014.
Mike had entered the Nanny Cay Challenge and established a new kiteboarding category. Nanny Cay launched the Nanny Cay Challenge for the round Tortola record in 2010. Yachts, kiteboarders, and paddleboarders visiting the British Virgin Islands are invited to make an attempt to beat the latest round Tortola records.
It’s an all-comer, any-day event, starting and finishing off Nanny Cay. Competitors (except paddboarders) must attempt the record anti-clockwise and round Beef, Scrub Island, Great Camanoe and Guana Island to port. Over time, the Challenge has expanded to include paddleboards and kiteboards.
Mike commented: “I´m pleased with this first attempt, but with more training and fitness I think I could take another 30-40 minutes off this time. That said if a real pro decided to take this challenge on they could easily take an hour off!”
Challengers must pay an entry fee of $250 which is donated to a BVI charity of the challenger’s choice. Mike donated his $250 entry fee to the Family Support Network. To date $2000 has been raised for local charities.
Other Current Records
Triple Jack, Richard Wooldridge / Steve Davis
30 April 2015
Spookie, TP52, Stephen & Heidi Benjamin
29 March 2016
Mike Hirst & Mark Cochrane
17 September 2014