Nick "Rum Runner" Cumber

The Halloween Downwinder - A Kitesurfing Odyssey for the RNLI

Fundraising for RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution
raised of £1,050 target
by 49 supporters
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Participants: Start Fresh PT, The Kite Pirates Kite Surfing School, Thanet Kite Pirates, The Juice Project
RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution

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We are a 24 hour search & rescue service to save lives at sea


Thanks for taking the time to visit the Kite Pirate's 'The Halloween Downwinder' JustGiving page.

If you would like to sponsor a kite surfer for this event please make a donation via this page with a message to make it clear who you are nominating!

If you would like to join the pirate crew for the kite surfing downwinder there are a few things you should know first:

  • How much: £15 per rider is the minimum suggested donation*.
  • Date: Weekend of 27th, 28th October OR 3rd, 4th of November 2018 - see 'Weather'.
  • Weather: The event is weather / wind permitting so it could be either weekend with enough wind!
  • Where: The downwinder is a one way kite surfing route on the low-tide between Whitstable to Margate or vice versa (depending on prevailing wind).
  • Skill level: Riders on the downwinder have to expect (as with all kitesurfing) the risk of 'kite-mare'! We want this to be a fun event but if you're not competent enough to kite and conduct an 'emergency pack down' then this is not for you. However you could sponsor a rider that has the kite skills.
  • Attire: Well make it Halloween, but don't forget safety first before fun!
  • Jetski: We expect to have one on the water for support in case rescue is necessary.
  • Insurance: We advise riders to get or renew third party insurance from the BKSA or similar insurance provider!
  • Contacts: If you need more information then you can get in touch with Steve Rawlings: or Graeme Rolbiecki:

If you're not sure about your pack down but want to join the downwinder we recommend you contact the Kite Pirates and book a lesson:

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    About the charity

    RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution

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    RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews provide a 24-hour search and rescue service all around the UK and Ireland, while lifeguards keep a careful watch on the UK’s busiest beaches. RNLI lifesaving and drowning prevention depend on supporter fundraising and the generous donations that you and others give.

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