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Last Updated: Wednesday, 22 June 2005, 19:31 GMT 20:31 UK
Power kiters set world record
Power kiting needs a lot of wind
Power kiting needs a lot of wind
A new world record has been set on a beach in Northern Ireland.

Irish power kiters notched up a total of 94.8 miles at Benone Strand at Magilligan in the space of 24 hours.

Power kiting is essentially buggy racing on the sand and it requires a lot of wind so that the karts can move quickly.

During the record attempt, getting started while battling the elements proved tricky for the power kiters.

Working flat out for a whole day certainly tested their stamina.

Robert Finlay, the Irish number one, said gusty south-easterly winds meant hard going.

"Some people were getting taken out," he said.

"I landed the kite in the water many times. I just gave up at 12.30. I just couldn't do it any longer.

Championship host

"I went to my bed for an hour and got up, got the kites all sorted, got out there, made up a lot of time."

Dean Lindsay, 13, from Omagh, is the Irish number two in the sport.

"I liked today because I was light and I could move quicker than the rest of them," he said.

"Yesterday it was far too gusty for me".

Benone is an ideal setting for an event like this and it will play host to the European Championships this September.


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