After much hype and anticipation Saturday the 16th of December saw Dan Ellis win back his honour and a bit of cash too! For some more pix and a map of the course check out Dan Ellis's website. To find out about other SA races check out WindsurfingAfrica.org and to see all the pix including a great jump on a speed board go to Capesessions.com.
UKWA News for 2006
Quite a few UKWA sailors are staying active in the off-season:
Zara Davis from the broke the 500m national speed record, at the Namibia speed event. Dave White, got the top speed of the day at 42.91knots on his Tabou production board. (Story on Boardseeker.)
Dan Simpson won the RYA Thames Valley Young Sailor of the Year, with an impressive array of results this year.
The BBC has again nominated Keith Atkinson, the UK's 2006 Triple Formula Windsurfing Champion, for the BBC South East sports awards. The ceremony is to be held on the 4th December will be filmed for Broadcast on BBC South East and Southern counties radio and is also televised on the BBC South East news.
Please note this is a date change from 18th /19th November due to UKWA Ball now being held on this date. We have to book coaches and RIBs in advance so late entries may not be accepted. Further details from: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The year end Prize Giving and Dinner will be held at the Queen Mary Sailing Club on Saturday the 18th November. There is the LWA icebreaker during the day if you fancy racing, and the sailors meeting on the Sunday at 10.30am. Download the form.
It's been a while since we've had any new developments in windsurfing technology, could this be a new one? Supposedly the leech "automatically adjusts its shape in gusts and turbulent conditions and as the sheeting angle varies during maneuvering and course changes such as reaching or running." More on deepfried.
European Champion Nick Dempsey took a clean sweep of race wins at the final RYA Olympic Classes National Ranking Series for 2006, held at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy this weekend (28-29 October). Full story on RYA.org.uk.
One day of racing, Saturday, and 5 rounds of slalom racing completed for both Top Flight and Challenge fleets. The wind gods prevailed yet again.. if only for one day, and tame in comparision to some of the previous years offerings! However conditions were not easy - gusty and shifty winds challenged all competitors, and the Race Crew!
Congratulations to Zara Davis, following on from the Speed World Cup event in Namibia, Zara has finished this years programme as 3rd fastest woman, and 2nd in the production board series. Full results. Pete Davis is the new Chairman of ISA ; and has been invited to join UKWA Committee with a view to generating new interest in UK Speed. More details will follow.
"The development team of " Windsurfing - The Game " is working on providing a close-to-reality simulation of windsurf." Any sport like windsurfing is difficult to simulate, I hope the game play is good: Windsurfing the Game.
The 2006 Slalom rankings, after 6 events, are now available. Xavier Ferlet heads the Top Flight fleet, ahead of Alan Jackson and Kevin Greenslade. It is also your last chance to enter the raffle for free ferry trip to Isle of Wight Wave and Slalom event.
Following the success and growth of the RYA Junior Racing Programmes, the RYA will host its first ever multi-class Junior girls' training weekend at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy from 21-22 October. Read more on the RYA site.
The UKWA will be posting out a mailing to 1400 members/ex members on 14th November 2006. If anyone is interested in including a leaflet with this mailing please contact Arabella for costings.