NeilPryde Baltic Cup 

Baltic's most important Formula windsurfing competitions NeilPryde Baltic Cup 2009 finals will be held from August 28th to 30th in Estonia. The competition will kick off on Friday, August 28th. All participants are welcomed to join the training already on Thursday afternoon.

Over the summer there have been three Neilpryde Baltic Cup competition in series. First in Lithuania, then in Latvia, after that in Finland and the finals will take place in Estonia this weekend. After the three stages the leader of the race is 2009 Masters World Champion Martin Ervin (EST-202) who has has won all three previous races. Until now there has been just one Estonian Erno Kaasik (EST-2) who has won this competition. He has been victorious for four times. All the other times the title has been given to Latvians. Today it looks like the the 2009 title will stay in Estonia.

The second place is held by Toomas Mölder (EST-44) and third place by Johannes Ahun (EST-99). As after the finals there will be one discard, the last years champion, Latvian Janis Preiss (LAT-23) who is holding 3rd place in Formula Windsurfing world ranking, will probably rise from the 9th place to fight for a medal.

Within this competition there will also be a local rankings for Estonian and Finnish 2009 Formula Champions and best local Neilpryde RS:X and Techno 293 competitors.

We are hoping to get crowd also from aboard as there shall apply RRS - WCR low points scoring system. And as always there will be an aftersurf at the beach and tour to best nightclub.

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Kieran Martin 

Young Brit Kieran Martin made an early statement of intent as he leads the charge for the Bic Techno Under 15 World title after day one of the 2009 IWA Junior, Youth and Masters Windsurfing World Championships at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA).

But the level-headed 14-year-old from Cheadle, Cheshire insists he will not be taking any notice of the overall standings until after the end of the RYA Racing Events-run regatta on Saturday (29 August) as those are the only scores that count.

Martin got his Championships off to a flyer today (Monday 24 August) as he landed a race one victory before following that up with a second race third to sit a point ahead of Israel’s Ben Hayoun in the boys’ fleet.

However, the youngster, who took Under 15 bronze at last year’s Worlds before being crowned 2009 Under 15 European champion in April, admits he was just pleased to get underway with two good scores.

He said: “I just wanted to make sure I got a couple of good counting races so I was really pleased with what I ended the day with. I don’t really want to be worrying about the overall scores until after the competition is over because then you can end up taking your mind off the things that you should be thinking about.

“To relax before racing I like to socialise and hang out with my friends and that wasn’t any different today. I did have a few nerves this morning but at the same time I felt confident I had done all I could do to prepare so when I actually got out on to the racecourse I was quite relaxed.”

Italy’s Marta Maggetti, 13, leads the Under 15 girls’ competition, a race two victory giving her a two-point advantage over May Witson (ISR) with Britain’s Emma Labourne enjoying a great start to the regatta in third.

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Midwest Speed Quest 

You are invited to another Offical Race Day at the Midwest Speed Quest in Worthington, Minnesota.

The high winds are returning to Worthington on Monday August 24. The Weather Forecast calls for 22mph Southerly Winds, with gusts of 29mph. These are the best winds we have seen in a long time.

Remember, the fastest windsurfer on Lake Okabena by October 15th wins $1000 CASH. Second Place is $500, $250 for Third, $125 for Fourth, and $75 for Fifth Place. This is the highest prize money in North American Speed Sailing!

We will have lots of demo gear available for the visiting racers. We will have a selection of KA Speed Sails courtesy Windsurf Deal set up and ready to go.

We will have the Carbon Art SP 50 83 liter Speed Board for your use, courtesy Carbon Art, New Zealand.

Some of the fastest speed sailing session in the world have been recorded with the combination of the KA Koncept Sail, and the Carbon Art Speed Boards.

We will have Chinook Carbon Racing Booms, and Chinook Racing Harness Lines set up and ready to go.

We will have demo Canefire and Rockit Speed Fins courtesy Vector Fins of Maui, and also Select SL7 Fins, courtesy Windsurf Deal.

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