"The early May Bank Holiday weekend has become the favoured date for one of the more popular events on the UKWA race calendar, located in the picturesque landscape of Snowdonia, a mere 330 miles from the South Coast where many of us reside." Ian Kraft reports.
The recent Royal Navy training session at Weymouth turned out to be a fantastic weekend. Mark Kay made the 275-mile journey down to Weymouth. Once they got into the swing of things the Navy started to show just how good they are. After a couple of hours of hard work all the sailors understood just how important sailing in light winds is.
Please note that the Youth Formula Windsurfing Qualification System has been amended as of 6th May 2005 and this is now the current qualification system.
The Nordic Championships in Formula Windsurfing and Freestyle is just 3 weeke away. More than 100 competitors from Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and the Baltic countries are expected to battle for the title of Nordic Champion 2005.
The RYA/UKWA will be running Open Training prior to The British Championships, Hove, on 27th May. The training will be run by National Coaches with the assistance of top National Sailors.
The training is open for both adults and youths and the content will differ in each training session.
The UKWA's Annual General Meeting was held at the Cutty Sark in Marazion on the 25th of March 2005. A short and good natured meeting, this is the ideal type of AGM!
For 2005 the Techno Cup has undergone a bit of a facelift and the prizes on offer for competitors should make this a well subscribed series of events. Ian Kraft gives an insight . . . .
Rutland Marathon in aid of NCH National children's homes will run on the afternoon of Sunday 15th May, as the final race of the weekend. You can download the sponsor form, get your friends to sponsor you and bring your form and importantly the sponsor money along to the event. Last year we raised just over £2400.00 for the charity.
Ross Williams holds the record for the course at approx 38 minutes. Keith Atkinson got close last year approx 41 minutes and is determined to beat it this year.
Details are on line to enter the Junior Youth & Masters FW World Championships, England, Christchurch , Dorset, 25th July - 31st July.
This is a great opportunity for people to enter and enjoy a truly world class ...
This is a no nonsense full on training programme in a good fun kind of way and this would be a good grounding for anyone hoping to pass selection or just improve on there sailing ...
The final day of the welsh cup saw one race for the Raceboard & junior fleet, but there wasn't enough wind for the Formula fleets.
You can see some pictures courtesy of Neil Ellison, and the final results.
The Wave Champs entry form has just been finalised, for the two-part Wave Championships. The first part at Rhosneigr (5th May) tends to be port-tack biased, and the second part at Bigbury (Sept 10th) tends to be starboard-tack biased. See the freewave 2005 info and update for more info. Pre-entry for Rhosneigr is by the 2nd May.
Over the New Year changes have been occurring in the racing circles that are both exciting and challenging. A new RYA squad has been formed including the top names in Formula racing with a select few from past Olympic campaigns. This team embarked on its first international event, The French Formula Nationals.
Round One of the 2005 UKWA Slalom Series took place over the weekend of 9th/10th April at the Essex resort of Clacton-on-Sea, and as with all UKWA events it drew a dedicated mix of enthusiastic competitors, organisers and volunteers. One definite requirement would be a warm wetsuit as people were reporting a layer of snow overnight as they arrived.
Just a little housekeeping news: The web site has now transfered over to a shiny new server. It has meant totally re-doing just about everything, but hopefully you won't notice too much disruption.