About the Ipksa - Croisiere sur la Seine

FISLY ( The Federation of International Sand and Land Yachting ) www.fisly.org is the internationally recognised world governing body for all sand & land yachting as well as kite buggy and land board since it was formed in 1962 .Ireland is a full member of FISLY since the late 70's and the Irish Power Kite and Sandyacht Association ( IPKSA ) is the internationally recognised Irish Governing body for these sports. IPKSA initially started out as The Irish Federation of Land and Sandyacht Clubs in the late 70's and Ireland was host to the European Championships in 1985 which was held in Newcastle Co.Down

In Sept 2000 the Irish Federation of Land and Sandyacht Clubs passed the mantle on to the Irish Power Kite Association ( IPKA ) who once again hosted a European Championship in Ireland, this time the class 8 European Championships on Benone beach in 2005 .IPKA changed its name to the Irish Power Kite and Sandyacht Association ( IPKSA ) in 2007 yrs ago !So Irelands pedigree within the International Land based Windsports community goes back many years and some of the original members from the Irish Fed are still active members of IPKSA.
The many years of International competitions and working with local authorities and organisations has brought a wealth of experience to the IPKSA members.IPKSA is the a members association and represents its members locally and at International levels. IPKSA aims to assist in promoting safe practice of land based windsports and representing its members with local authorities and national organisations in an officially recognised capacity.

Primarily IPKSA is about like minded people pooling their knowledge and resourcefulness to participate in and promote Power Kiting, Kite Buggying and Sandyachting in a safe family friendly and social environment which respects the needs and requirements of its members and other beach users. The IPKSA also frequently arrange for beach litter picks and offer our many years of expertise to local authorities when required to do so. Working together with County Councils and local authorities throughout Ireland North and South the IPKSA organises frequent beach events which attract a considerable following and bring a welcome boost to the sporting community and economies of the event area.
See you on the beach !


Like kite buggying, kite landboarding also involves being pulled by a traction kite, but instead of sitting in a three wheeled buggy you stand on a 'mountainboard' with your feet strapped in (similar to a snowboard). The sport is totally different to kite buggying, being almost entirely oriented towards freestyle tricks.

› The history

This sport has experienced a growth spurt in the past 3 years and probably grown more than buggying both in numbers and development as a sport in the past 3 years tricks.

› The techniques

Kite landboarding begins with the basic static flying skills, then moves on to pulling you along on the board. once you mastered going along you need to learn the art of stopping! this is either bringing the kite to the top of the window, slowing down and turning up wind, or powersliding.

Once you are happy with the basics then you can move into the tricks. toeside (facing away from the kite), then basic jumps, followed by grabs, rotations, foot outs and board offs, all in the air. this sport is still growing, taking inspiration from surfing, kite surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding and mixing it all up with a little originality and a lot of air.

› The equipment

The equipment is being developed all the time, and each year brings more innovation or improvement. mountainboards from mbs, scrub, kheo, ground industries are most common, though kite specific mountainboards are now being developed by kitedeck, design-extreme and flexifoil. examples of popular boards are the mbs comp 6 and the scrub pro.

Kites are mainly depowerable kites flown on a bar, like the flexifoil sabre, ozone frenzy, hq montana, and the peter lynn range (phantom, guerilla ii, venom ii). some kiters are still using fixed bridle kites.


If anyone involved in sandyachting mentions Kerry, they're not talking about a person - they're talking about a place ... & that place is in Ireland, bottom left hand corner thereof. it's a place that's as near to sandyachting paradise as can be found on this earth, which might be a bit of a sweeping statement but ...
Well, i suppose it depends on what you're used to ! Click here to read more about this adventure
What is different about the standart landyacht class? answer : They are not different they are the same ! this is not a riddle it is totally logical; the concept of the standart class was that there should be a 'one design yacht' where all pilots had the opportunity to sail on equal terms.

Standart yachts are manufactured (by seagull landyachts in france) to a strict specification and individual yachts are scrutinised prior to the races to see that they conform to the agreed specification.
The benefits of an 'international one design yacht' are that pilots of standarts race on equal terms with other pilots; no-one will arrive at a competition with a newly designed sail capable of beating all other competitors! so those engineers and designers who excel in designing faster lighter weight yachts in the other classes do not have an advantage here. Nor do those who constantly buy the latest equipment force others to continually play catch-up as they dig deeper into their pockets. alan watson the ipksa chairperson was 6th in
The european championships in 2007, with a yacht which was 7 years old, another two Ipksa members Colman Billings and Tom Leonard also did well in the event, something that would have been virtually impossible in any of the other classes which make continual advancements in the design of yachts.

The yacht design is controlled by the members of the international standart sandyachting association the class association to which all standart pilots are entitled to join, so control of the class remains in the hands of the majority of the pilots.

There are two main options when sourcing standarts. Present pilots may be a source for second-hand yachts as some pilots may wish to trade up to a newer model. As the class has been much more popular in france and belgium there are more second-hand yachts available there; the sand yacht club at de panne is usually a good starting point. For new yachts contact seagull direct in france. visit their website seagull landyachts

› Bretteville

Well done to the 5 member ipksa team
who represented ireland in the class
promo european cup in may 2007.
Tom Leonard, David and Richard Meeke and
Stephen and Alan Watson.

The 3 day event was held in bretteville surey in normandy france.

There was an entry of 76 in what is an extremely competitive class and this was their first time sailing these type of sandyachts (they were lent to them to encourage their participation). They competed against not only other european countries but a number of south american countries like, Argentina, Brazil and Chile too !

Anyway, Alan Watson was 18th after 17 french pilots - leaving ireland second country home - the other irish pilots getting 41st, 51st, 45th and 64th.

sandyachting takes place on the Louth and Meath beaches over the winter months. If anyone wants info they should contact Alan in person.

> Mini Yachts

The inexpensive mini-yacht is the perfect introduction to land sailing. pack it into the boot of your car, find a suitable sailing site and have some fun. The characteristics of a 'mini' make it an ideal first yacht, but it will put a smile on the face of more experienced hands too. just about anybody can learn to sail it and it is perfect for outdoor family-sport. the mini is simply constructed. a frame supports three wheels, a seat and a mast. the sail is fixed to a sectional mast (for easy packing), the boom controlled by a simple rope and pulley system. steering is performed with the feet. with a minimum of parts and simple construction, the craft is designed to provide a lifetime of land sailing pleasure with quick and easy maintenance.

Miniyachts are purely for fun & those interested in the competitive side of the sport should consider the larger class 5 & 3 landyachts that are regularly raced at the established clubs around the country. minis are raced at clubs where a fleet of identical minis are available, & informal mixed-mini racing is inevitably hilarious as cheating is usually actively encouraged.

in summary the mini-yacht is planted firmly on the recreational, non-competitive side of land sailing. definitely not to be taken seriously unless you are serious about having fun.
(produced with contributions from andy parr)


A kite buggy is a light, purpose-built vehicle powered by a traction kite (power kite). It is single-seated and has one steerable front wheel and two fixed rear wheels. The driver sits in the seat located in the middle of the vehicle and accelerates and slows down by applying steering manoeuvres in coordination with flying manoeuvres of the kite. This activity is called kite buggying. protective clothing, including a safety helmet, is commonly worn as the speed achieved in kite buggies by skilled drivers warrants the need and recommended for all users.
The invention of the kite buggy is generally attributed to peter lynn of new zealand. he built and used the first kite buggies in the early 1990s.

Kite buggying is similar to land yachting, windsurfing or even yachting, and therefore much of its terminology and technique has been adopted from these activities. Kite buggies are classified as "class 8 land yachts " by fisly (the international land and sandyachting federation) and kite buggying competitions are often based on established land yachting guidelines.

Croisiere Seine

Vue d'ensemble installé dans un élégant menu déjeuner à 3 plats avec du vin sur cette croisiere sur la seine de 2,5 heures. faite au cours de la nourriture à bord profiter avec des ingrédients locaux, profiter de la Tour Eiffel, Notre Dame, le Grand Palais et d'autres attractions de la table devant la berge de la rivière, protégé par l'UNESCO. musique d'accordéon traditionnel français et bénéficie de la vue depuis le pont supérieur en plein air. 2,5 heures sur la Seine avec la navigation le long de la côte croisée, un site du patrimoine mondial par l'UNESCO Paris vu que détecter la Tour Eiffel, Notre Dame, le Louvre et d'autres sites parisiens bénéficient d'un déjeuner à trois plats somptueux en direct traditionnelle française écouter de la musique avec du vin

La croisière du déjeuner était un excellent moyen pour la plupart des monuments et des bâtiments à voir. Le bateau était spacieux et élégant. Très bonne ambiance et l'ambiance. Le service était excellent et la nourriture était délicieuse. Le meilleur canard je pense que je l'ai eu dans ma vie! Hautement recommandé!
En couple ou avec des amis, le jour ou la nuit,
Je découvre Paris que j'avais jamais vu ... un pont sous Slipping plus de commentaires en vue
Les meilleurs monuments, profiter d'une heure de détente au cœur de Paris vivant.
Votre voyage commence au pied de la Tour Eiffel ...

célébrez réservé pour une fête pour son 60e anniversaire et ma mère ne pouvait pas avoir été plus impressionné. Le personnel de la jetée était grande et avait une bonne carte imprimée et avant expédition menu. La nourriture était très bonne et le service était à l'heure et nous ne sommes pas sous pression. Accordéoniste était un vrai plaisir (!) Et heureux et attrayant lieu pendant toute la durée. sentier bateau était grande, tous les points d'intérêt de la population permet de visualiser, espace clos dire que je ne pouvais pas prendre soin profiter de la nourriture, l'objectif plus also, une opportunité pour la plate-forme d'observation pour continuer toit pour une meilleure vue en raison de l'environnement. Je recommande la croisière comme il a aussi apporté un gâteau avec un cierge magique pour célébrer votre anniversaire avec nous, ce fut une grande joie de ma mère et apprécié par toutes les parties. En fait, nous avons beaucoup apprécié.

Joining the Ipksa

New members are always welcome.
You will find all the information you require in the forms provided.
Volunteers are always needed and welcome. if you wish to help at an event or in
any other way please contact a member of the committee.
How to join
To join the ipksa please download the application form & send it to the address supplied
Who can join?
Anyone who flies kites or uses sandyachts.
Ipksa insurance now covers sandyachts, membership form have been corrected for this.
Why join?
All members of ipka / ipksa receive third party insurance for kite sports. this cover has recently been offered to members who reside in southern ireland. insurance cover is required to participate in kite sports on many beaches. Events are run for all Ipka / Ipksa members.

Training days:

The saturday of weekends will be used for training days with the national fleet helping on those days,
A race under the race series for the national will be held on the day after training.
Entry fees apply to all competitors.
entry into the national series requires registration and payment two weeks in advance of event.
If registration and payment is not received before the two week deadline you will not be allowed
To enter the national series for that event. you can pay for the full series if you wish.
fees for national races are £20 / €27 for weekend.
Please note that non Ipka / Ipksa members will be subject a membership fee as this is a requirement of our insurance company. but entry fee will be waived for the first event.
Entry into the club series requires registration and payment on the day.
Fees for club series are £10 / €15 per day.
these rates apply to buggies, board & sandyachts.
Please note that non ipka / ipksa members will be subject a membership fee
as this is a requirement of our insurance company.
The saturday of the race weekends will be used for training with the national fleet helping on those days. members of the puplic / general kiting comumity are welcome to take part and make use of the training day. To do so day membership to the Ipka / Ipksa is required.
day membership is available on the day at a cost of £10 / €15. This is not deductible from any membership fee

Contacting the Ipksa

In order to help you contact the correct person we have supplied a list of our committee member below. please try to contact the most relevant person for your enquiry.
Please use this hotmail address and in the subject box please put the person you wish to contact.
ipksa @ hotmail.co.uk

Ipksa beach guide

Important notices

All these beaches require you
to have insurance and wear protected gear i.e helmets ect..

Buggy pilots must display there numbers on the side of there buggy

Each user must make sure they have there insurance with them as they may need to produce it to the beach patrol

Please stay away from the public

If you could do a little on each topic

Beaches ~ in the area & directions

Activities ~ both on and off the beach

Accommodation ~ b&b, camping ect..

Food/pubs/nightlife ~ surrounding area

Sights ~ what people maybe want to see when there

Photos ~ and photos of beach and maybe surrounding areas