SOURCE: Family Day Kite Festival

September 13, 2007 10:58 ET

Family Day Kite Festival to Feature Largest Ship Ever Powered by a Kite in US Waters

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - September 13, 2007) -


What: KiteShip Corp., winner of two Guinness World records, will attempt a new record by deploying one of the largest and most innovative traction kites ever built, to power a 140-ton, 65-foot barge, the largest commercial vessel ever towed by a kite in US waters.

Why: KiteShip is conducting this experiment to monitor real-world savings and performance, in preparation for building a 13,000 sq ft traction kite in early 2008. As soon as this traction kite is launched, the pilot can throttle back to 70-80% power, reducing fuel usage and eliminating emissions by approximately 20-30%.

Where: San Francisco Bay, off the Marina Green in San Francisco

When: September 15, approximately 2:00 PM at the Second Annual Family Day Kite Festival, held on the Marina Green, the weekend of September 15 and 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Facts about KiteShip:

-- KiteShip, based in Martinez, CA, holds multiple world records and patents for ultra-large traction kites used to power commercial vessels and yachts.

-- KiteShip built the largest traction kite on record -- 420 sq meters (4,500 sq. feet).

-- KiteShip holds the record for the largest vehicle ever pulled by a kite, the 79-foot, 25-ton America's Cup yacht -- IACC #71 Oracle.

-- KiteShip won the California Clean Tech Award in 2006 for its contribution to helping ship owners save fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Facts about the Second Annual Family Day Kite Festival:

-- The Festival is a free, open-air, panoramic, eco-friendly event featuring all forms of kiting, including kite-flying, kite-boarding and kite-boating.

-- Its all-star line-up of world champions and aerial artists will exhibit and compete with giant kites, stunt kites, antique and exotic kites, acrobatic kite-buggies and super-fast kite boats.

-- Judges will award prizes in eight competitive categories.

-- Kid-friendly activities include free kite-making booths, monster inflatable rides and hands-on educational activities.

-- For more information, see www.FamilyDayKiteFestival.org

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