The Very First IJsselmeer Crossing Ever

The very first IJsselmeer crossing ever!

It promises to be a very special event and we are happy to share the first edition with you.
The wind window opened in May and this means that it could actually happen at any time. The first weekend with a stable one NW or SE wind around 20 knots we go wild!!
Below are a few points that are important to take into account:
  • Love our social media keep a close eye on your inbox. If we see good predictions coming, we will post this on our channels, a standby email will be sent out on Tuesday and the final decision will be made on Thursday morning as to whether it will go ahead!
  • You must confirm to us that your level of material and fitness is good. Do you recognize yourself in the following points?
    – Have you ever done a downwinder of 20km+?
    – Do you have no problems sailing on one leg for more than an hour? Or sail long stretches upwind?
    – Can you sail toeside?
    – Have you been kitesurfing for more than 2 years and/or do you do approx. 10 kite sessions / year?
    – Are you fit?
    – Is your material in order?
  • Because we are working with a large wind window this year, we are going to look around as many weekends as possible to continue so that we can give as many people as possible this unique experience next season. Now that is of course difficult to plan and it is likely that many people have other plans at the last minute or are unable to do so. At that moment, the next person on the list is called for that weekend and we continue like this until the weekend is filled.
  • You can only cancel a weekend once, we understand that you sometimes have other things to do, but this is a very unique event that requires very specific conditions and if we want to make this a success, we expect you to drop everything for this. and embark on this kite adventure with us!! So, if you cancel once, you can participate in the next crossing, if you cancel twice you have to register again and you will end up at the bottom of the list.
  • Congratulations, you are among the first 20 and can start unless:
    – You have not passed our screening as described above before departure.
    – You are prevented by other matters
    – You are not fit enough
    – Your material is not in order (only new material of excellent quality can participate)
    – Do you not meet these criteria or do we see during the downwinder that the level/material/condition is not sufficient? We can then cancel the event for you at any time and the place will go to the next person on the list.
  • One thing is still intact importantIf you are on the list and your level has been approved by us, you will remain on the list and sooner or later you will join this downwinder! If it doesn’t happen again this season, you will be at the top of the list for next season! It is a unique event and this is the only way it can be organized safely. Long wait will undoubtedly be rewarded!!!
Furthermore, we are of course very much looking forward to it!! Let’s hope for a few nice weekends with a lovely WNW wind! The great wait has begun! You can always contact us if you have any questions
To the water,
and the rest of the KiteActive team
Nederland, Flevoland, Lelystad, 07-05-2015. Houtribdijk verbindt Enkhuizen en Lelystad en deelt het IJsselmeer in IJsselmeer en Markermeer (links). De foto is gemaakt richting Enkhuizen, Trintelhaven en proefmoeras Marker Wadden halverwege. De Houtribdijk is oorspronkelijk aangelegd om het Markeermeer in te polderen tot Markerwaard. De plannen voor deze inpoldering maakte reeds deel uit van de Zuiderzeewerken. Andere namen voor de dijk zijn: Markerwaarddijk, Lelydijk, Dijk Enkhuizen-Lelystad, N302.
Houtrib dike linking Enkhuizen and Lelystad, dividing lake IJsselmeer in IJsselmeer and Marker lake(left). The photo was taken towards Enkhuizen. The dike was originally built make the reclamation of the polder Markerwaard possible. The plans for the reclamation was already part of the Zuiderzee Works (1891).
luchtfoto (toeslag op standard tarieven);
aerial photo (additional fee required);
copyright foto/photo Siebe Swart