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.
Hourtin near Bordeaux was the venue of the 2005 French Formula National Championships. Following a weeks training in the south of France, Keith Atkinson moved up to lake Hourtin for his first European event of the year. He was joined by fellow team-mates from the RYA Olympic squad including Nick Dempsey, the Olympic Bronze Medallist.
It seems the UK contingent are doing pretty well in the French National Formula Championships. Christine & Bryony are 1st & 2nd ladies, and Keith Atkinson & Nick Dempsey are 3rd & 6th. Xavier might be 1st master in 10th place, but it's difficult to tell from the results tables.
Lucy Horwood and Dan Ellis, with the help of Pwllheli Sailing club, will be running a Formula Racing Clinic on Friday (29th April) preceding the Welsh Racing Cup. Much like the previous open training, it will concentrate on the important aspects of racing that will move you up the fleet. (Welsh Cup.)
The UKWA has just released a new Freewave Calendar with some minor revisions for the remainder of 2005. The dates, venues and formats of all other UKWA Freewave events remain as previously published, but there are alterations for what counts as championships.
"10 minute freestyle heats were run, where â€˜overall impression' is scored. Pro Mens and Amateurs were mixed together and Ladies were mixed with Masters, Youths and Juniors. This provided the amateurs with a taste of the big time - Joel was particularly pleased as it meant he got to lose his heat to Andy King!" Caroline Radway reports...