James Dinsmore: making a name in British Slalom windsurfing

James Dinsmore has been crowned 2013 UK BSA Slalom champion, in the final event of the British season, held in Weymouth.


Dinsmore was leading the standings earlier in the season but at the penultimate event, Simon Cofield took first place.

In the final race, Ross Williams, Cofield and Dinsmore all had good starts and arrived at the first mark together.

As they all unhooked, Ross was going to struggle to jibe tightly and was going to take Simon wide. It was like a door opening for James Dinsmore.

"I thought: 'This is your chance!' and I exited upwind with speed and got the run on them. Ross was on my heels for the rest of race but I was able to relax and sail the course without a mistake".

The Bristish Slalom Championships runs as a three-fleet system, at each event. Firstly, there is an entry level "Master Blaster" fleet who do out-and-back racing off the beach. Then there are "Amateurs" and "Pro/Elite" fleets, which do on-the-water starts and downwind slalom.

The setup is designed to enable sailors to move through the fleets as their level improves.

"I would love to do some more PWA events next year. It is always a bit tricky as the calendar is often not finalized until late and as I have a full-time job it can be difficult to get time off to attend events", says Dinsmore.

"I am lucky that my wife, Aneeta, is very supportive but I feel I can't spend all our money jetting round the world doing the whole tour".