About sixty competitors took to the sea and sky in Penghu on Saturday, November 14, in winds of up to 40 knots (74.1 kilometers per hour) on the first day of an annual kitesurfing competition, according to organizers.
The 2020 Penghu Invitational Kitesurfing Regatta, held on Baikeng Beach on the northeast side of Penghu Island in the Taiwan Strait, was officially launched by the Penghu Lai County Magistrate Feng-wei (è³´å³°å) and heads of local and national sailing sports organizations. The Penghu Sailing Association, which is hosting the event for the third year, said competitors faced winds of 35 to 40 knots (64.8 to 74.1 km / h) on the opening day, more stronger than the average of 20 to 25 knots in previous competitions.
In her speech, Lai said the seasonal northeast winds make Penghu a great place for kitesurfing. With 60 kitesurfers surfing the winds and waves on day one, the competition is set to last another day, organizers say.
The kitesurfing competition will be followed by an annual windsurfing competition Nov. 20-22 in Penghu, in which three-time Olympian Chang Hao (å¼µæµ©) is expected to participate, organizers said.