Keith Atkinson has just won the penultimate event of the 2006 British Formula Windsurfing Championship series, the UKWA â€˜Eastern Cup', held at Clacton, the venue was changed from Felixstowe due to a major problem with the recent collapse of the promenade.
UKWA News for 2006
Red Bull will be picking a storm, and then 1 rider per country will face this storm alone in his country on the spot he selects on that one day when the storm strikes...
Results from Clacton have now been posted - event reports to follow. Congratuations to fleet winners: Lewis Robinson (Techno), Rob Kent (Raceboard) and Keith Atkinson (Formula). In the mean time, can you spot the "similarities" between these two photos taken at the prize giving.
It's fair to say that it's been a steep learning curve for everyone involved with the UK Techno 293 OD class since the introduction of the first TK rigs almost six months ago. Read on for more details on recent developments.
"Bridlington gives us a warm welcome every year and we are always made to feel welcome and privileged by not only the generous local council but also the hundreds of people passing by on the promenade and all taking an interest in what all the activity is all about." Chris Lewis reports back from the event.
This is your chance to win your choice of board from the 2006 Fanatic range, This board was Scotty Harrisons prize for winning the 2006 camel cup in Dahab, organised by Dan Ellis and Clubvass
Scott is currently auctioning the prize on ebay, all Proceeds from this sale will go to a Cancer charity here in the UK.
Tushingham Sails, with input from the Techno Support Group, have produced a rigging guide to help sailors get the best out of the Tushingham TK 68 and 78 rigs. The rigging guide will be supplied with all new rigs and from Tushingham dealers. It is also available on line here.
Rod Davis Reports on the inland series 2 event at Bewl
It was for many people their worst ever journey to a windsurfing event - on the Friday morning at 10am a container lorry had overturned and caught fire on the M25 near Leatherhead, crashing into a lamppost on the central reservation......
Having already won 3 golds and 1 silver from the first 4 international events this year Nick Dempsey held his nerve and has become the European Champion in a fleet of 94 top class sailors including 2004 Olympic Gold, Silver and of course Bronze medalists.
We've had bad news about the venue at Felixstowe, (something to do with problems with the promenade, sea defences collapsing, cafÃ© being demolished!), and the organisers have had to make the decision to move the event. The event will now be at Clacton on the same weekend.
"There was some fantastic sailing in the Junior fleet with Sam Neal and Richard Jones producing solid moves, but in the final Matthew Leonard surprised us all and sailed the better heat..." Team Airborn member Graham Woods reports.
The newly forming Techno support group makes a short announcement about the focus of the group and what will be done to help junior sailors and their supporters.
A sobering story from Mike Blackgrove, a good reminder to consider your own safety when windsurfing. "I took a couple of very high speed falls on the way to the finish and knocked myself about a bit..."
Whitstable information is up now for Freewave 4, and the Christchurch Super-X 1 has been updated as there was a mistake (sorry, my fault!), the location is Avon Beach, not the same venue as the race event.
Club Vass have linked up with the UKWA to give its support in helping promote the sport nationwide, helping the excellent work already carried out for the benefit of windsurfers in the UK through the management of competitions, promoting the sport and the development of instruction and training.