As most people know there will not be a Triple Crown Event in Ireland this year but the UKWA event is still on at Brandon Bay for the 20th 23rd May and will be known as "Andy's K24 Craic" in memory of Andy Funnell. (Entry Form)
It is with mixed emotions we bid farewell to Rory from the post of Executive Secretary of IWA - we will miss his guiding hand on the tiller, but at the same time recognise our loss is someone else's gain.
They had some great wind last Saturday at the first Inland series of the year at Whitwell, see from the pictures (results coming soon). For those who missed out, the next London region event is this Saturday at the Queen Mary resevoir - see the LWA site for details.
The Ocean Carnival is held over the May bank holiday weekend at Lagoon Watersports. The Ocean Carnival is not just another â€˜extreme' sports event. At this event the general public can not only watch some of the most extreme sports in the United Kingdom, but they can also actually get involved and try the sports for themselves.
On Sunday 15 May, ISAF and Neil Pryde signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the production of the Neil Pryde RS:X. Final details on the price control, production, distribution and availability were approved by the ISAF Council. Read more on the ISAF site.
Wojtek Brzozowski from Poland dominated the kick-off event of the Windsurfing Euro-Cup 2005 in Portugal. The second place went to Gonzalo Costa Hoevel from Argentina in front of Ross Williams. The three have been fighting against a fleet of 36 of the best competitors of the World.
The whole idea is to come and relax, there are no prizes, only fun racing, no clocks, no timetables and no plans-just alot of options and things for you to do-if you choose!
Noble Marine offer a 10% UKWA discount to be used to renew a policy or take out a new policy. UKWA members can also pay renewals and new policies by post and phone, just quote your membership number for the discount to be given.
Gavin will on hand at the Whitwell inland series event this weekend from friday evening to sunday afternoon to provide pre and post sports massage. Please book in advance with Gavin, and in keeping with the nature of the event, some of the proceeds go to charity.
Unfortunately there was no real swell coming in for us at Rhosneigr, however there was some small chop and a pretty solid North West wind for Saturday and Sunday, so the 43 sailors were able to put on an excellent display of fast and furious freestyle competition.
"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.