A caption competition this time, rather than a 'guess who'; a prize has been offered by Mike (or Olivia?) Dempsey... Please leave your answers on the forum, and the best will receive a prize at Bridlington.
UKWA News for 2006
The next of the RYA's Grand Prix series for Junior (Techno) racers will be at the UKWA / London region event at Bewl. The RYA's site has more information on the Bic Techno National Junior Windsurfing Squad, and a poster showing the top-line information and events.
Nick Dempsey delivered gold for Britain at the Holland regatta rounding off Skandia team GBR's seven medal haul from this ISAF grade 1 event.
Pre-entry closing date for Bridlington is with the post on Monday 12th June. Please make sure your form and payment arrives at the UKWA office before the closing date. We cannot accept any further pre-entries after closing nor will you be pre-entered unless we have received your payment by the closing date. On the day entry fees for the rest of the UKWA calendar events (all 2-day events): Adults £45 and Junior £30. Pre-entry fee: Adults £35 and Juniors £25 - thus a saving of £10 for adults and £5 for Juniors (u-17).
Starboard's newly signed international Keith Atkinson was in top form at Christchurch with a spectacular run of 7 out of 7 first places. The three day UKWA event produced 4 very good races on the first day in ideal Formula conditions.
"6th Day of Competition - PortimÃ£o declared the Formula Windsurfing European Champions 2006!!! After 6 days of local action, which kept organizers, sailors and audience, in a constant nervous wreck the wind, finally, allowed us to end what had been started in the first day of the competition."
British Formula windsurfing champion Keith Atkinson was the guest of honour when Dartford recently rewarded the â€˜Borough's Sporting Best' at the Dartford Councils annual sports awards ceremony held at the New Generation Sports Centre in Dartford. The event was well attended with Dartford's Mayor also in attendance.
Ross won the first race of the Formula Europeans at Portimao (Portugal) yesterday followed by Antoine Albeau and Wojtek. Xavier Ferlet finished 16th - "not bad for me but could do better! " Richard Jones' front footstrap came off so he didn't finish. The yellow fleet hasn't raced yet due to lack of wind. The forecast is for the wind to pick up later this afternoon. Full results on Formula Windsurfing.org.
Fat Face, the Active Lifestyle clothing brand have joined forces with the UKWA and UK windsurfing industry to host the Biggest Recreational Windsurfing Festival in the 2006 calendar.
Monday morning brought with it enough wind too blow out the hangovers and set up for a perfect day of slalom. With the Hove seafront packed with spectators, Britain's top windsurfers put on a real show for the crowds, with fast furious slalom right next to the beach.
To avoid any further confusion for sailors or organisers, please note:
Christchurch pre-entry closing date is with the post on Monday 22nd May. Please make sure your form and payment arrives at the UKWA office before the closing date. We cannot accept any further pre-entries after closing nor will you be pre-entered unless we have received your payment by the closing date.
The designation for the Freewave Triple Crown event scheduled in May for Brandon Bay, Ireland has been changed. The dates are the same, 12th - 15th May but Brandon Bay will now replace Gwithian in the UKWA National Wave Championship.
The Rutland Marathon is now in its 22nd year and has raised thousands of pounds for children in the UK mainly due to the efforts of Eric Holt. In its regular position as the final race of the opening round of the UKWA Inland Series (May 13 - 14) we once again request your support.
"Friday began with the wonderful anticipation of a four day bonanza of Course Racing, Slalom and Freewave. The signing on, meeting up with friends, and rigging and tweaking new equipment makes the first event of the season very special. Some racers were honed to perfection having raced all winter. Others were just shrugging off the coat of deep hibernation and struggling onto the beach!!"