Wednesday 6th May to Sunday 10th May, hosted by Jamie Knox Watersports. After several discussions with Stena Line, the 'special event codes' to give us cheaper ferries are not as cheap as the Stena Line Spring Sale which is currently taking place. Stena Line say they cannot beat the 'sale prices' and these won't last for long so BOOK NOW.
UKWA News for 2009
The International Raceboard Class, which has been in a gradual decline for many years because of the manufacturers' reluctance to produce any longboards and because of their concentration on Formula and Hybrid boards, has now received a major shot in the arm with the appearance of the Starboard Phantom 380.
Apologies for the lateness of getting this up, but if you've a hankering for Winter slalom, our friends over at the Hayling Island Sailing Club at Sandy point are running a Winter Slalom series ...
The Annual British GPS ladder Sponsored by F2 and Maui Sails was a great success with some fantastic personal best speeds being posted.
Over 300 entries were recorded for the 2009 Resolution Downwind Dash. The world's biggest kite and windsurf race kicked off on Saturday 17th January from main beach, Langebaan, nr Capetown, South Africa. The favorably strong wind, as forecast, ensured a close battle between the kiters and windsurfers but windsurfer Ross Williams (GBR 83) was the winner.
More at the IWA.
The first USM of the year organised by SImon Hinkley was called on a promising forecast at St.Johns Lake in Cornwall. A good turn out of speed sailors and locals were greeted by a little less wind than forecast, around 20kts with a bit more in the gusts, but with a spring low tide the water next to the bank was mirror flat and everyone took to the water on a mix of slalom and speed boards with sails ranging from 5.0 to 7.0m.
Excited by the prospect of sunshine in what are traditionally the bitter English winter months, James Briggs (GBR848) made the journey south to compete in the 2009 Oceanic & Australian Formula Windsurfing Championships.
After four days of waiting for the wind, the organisers made the decision to move to a new location for day 5 (Fri 2 Jan). It was a very brave decision that paid off. El Paraiso, 60 miles North of Ancon was indeed windy.
After two days of the racing with three completed races the Team GBR Representative, James Briggs, is holding 10th place. Heavier conditions are forecast for the final half of the competition which coupled with the heat are likely to test the competitors endurance to the maximum.
Read more at FW-Australia
After days of perfect wind, it decided to take a holiday for day 1 which is quite usual for windsurfing competitions! Not to worry, the GBR riders were busy relaxing by the pool. Yesterday the practice race went fine for yours truly who won overall (including the youth).