Whitehead has struggled at times in the strong Melbourne conditions, "With the speed, when you are going upwind at 20 knots, when you hit the waves it's like a ramp on a skateboard. The good guys can push it down with their legs whereas I haven't got long enough legs."
The young sailor is sure he wants to represent Australia in the Formula Kite at the third summer Youth Olympic Games which are being held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in October 2018. The games are open to 15 to 18 year-olds drawn from 206 countries across 28 sports. The other sailing events included in 2018 are Boys Windsurfer (Techno 293), Girls Windsurfer (Techno 293) and Mixed Multihull (Nacra 15).
He has checked out kite foiling, but doesn't want that to distract him from his goal of getting good at race boards and then travelling around the world to that discipline's events.
Dad Murray Whitehead is an enthusiastic supporter of his son's choice, "Scott is extremely keen on kitesurfing; the excitement and the speed. It's fast, relatively cheap to get into and extremely competitive."
Scott has been in boats since a baby. He started racing in Flying 11s and then the Laser 4.7. "That got too boring," he commented. "I was sailing home one day and I saw some guys kiteboarding out on the bay off Townsville and I thought, 'wow, that looks like fun'. I bugged dad about it for about half a year." Six months later he is on the water in Melbourne with loaned equipment.
"Josh van Brederode taught me how to kite and gave me my first kite." Local kiteboard expert Marvin Beaumeister from In the Loop then stepped in, giving Scott a racing kite and lines and a loaning him a "top-end" board so he could compete in Melbourne. He has also secured his home club, Townsville Yacht Club, as a sponsor.
His first event was the Race Board nationals at Townsville in October. "That was a two-day event with some of the best in Australia. I didn't do too well, but I came second youth."
Training comprises kiteboarding every afternoon, when there is enough breeze, and swimming several times a week to improve his strength and agility in order to better control his kite.
He has two years to grow up and out with 75 to 80 kilos the preferred weight range. Luckily his dad is tall. "Being flexible also helps and feet like a gecko," the senior Whitehead said.
RESULTS / ENTRIES
Results will be available throughout when racing commences on 9 December here - http://www.sailing.org/worldcup/results/index.php
The racing will be available to watch in 2D and 3D via the live tracking. Live tracking will be available when racing commences via - http://www.sailing.org/worldcup/multimedia/tracking.php
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Sailing World Cup
The Sailing World Cup is a world-class annual series for Olympic sailing. It is open to the sailing events chosen for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition. Its centre piece is the Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The 2016 Sailing World Cup will consist of five regattas for all ten Olympic events and where possible, Formula Kite Racing. Qualification places for the Sailing World Cup final are up for grabs at each event. The final will bring together the top 20 boats in each Olympic event and an Open Kiteboarding event where the World Cup champions will be crowned
2016 Sailing World Cup
Melbourne - 7-13 December 2015
Miami - 23-30 January 2016
Hyères - 25 April - 1 May 2016
Weymouth and Portland - 6-12 June 2016
Qingdao - 12-18 September 2016
2015 Final Abu Dhabi - 24-28 October 2016