- 08 October 2009 | Windsurfing
Free introductory Kitesurfing, Windsurfing and Wake Boarding lessons will be available to the public at the European Speedsailing Championships which will take place in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford from the 17 to 23 of October.
According to windsurfer and event organiser Martin Waldron the opportunity to try out the sport is not to be missed, “We are really hoping that the public come out and try some of the activities on offer, our coastline is perfect for water sports so we may even be introducing a future Champion to the sport!”
Some of the World’s top Speed Sailors will be in attendance at the event and the opportunity to sail with the best will be on offer through Kite Schools Puremagic, Kiteskool and LSD Boarding. Wind Surf Schools Surf Dock, Wind and Wave and BigSurf will be on hand to help beginners get to grips with the sport. A combination of Water sports will be available from Dunmore East Adventure Centre. A number of the world’s top equipment producers will also be at the event demonstrating their latest equipment.
Championship Speed Sailing will take place each day of the weeklong event and according to Martin it is a highly entertaining spectator sport, “Speed Sailing is really an amazing sport to watch we are inviting the people of the South East to come along and witness some of the massive speeds achievable by some of the world’s fastest men and women in the sport.”
Aside from the sporting activities a number of celebration events are also open to the public. The social side of the championships will see a live DJ perform each day and the championship opening party at The Seannachai Bar and closing party at The Quays are not to be missed.
- 08 October 2009 | Windsurfing
Saturday’s main racing course saw far to much wind for course racing with gusts over 45knots, with a difficult Rutland chop. Race Officer Mike spent most of the day out on the water looking for suitable conditions and late Saturday afternoon, after moving the course yet again held 3 races for the braver Formula and 2 races for Raceboard.
Unfortunately all other fleets failed to race.
Sunday saw much better conditions and all fleets saw at least some racing.
Late Saturday afternoon Race Officer Tessa held one round of racing for the Junior fleet in the shelter of the Rutland creek. Conditions in the creek are always difficult and this was no exception, however this did at least give the Juniors a challenge and some time on the water.
Sunday saw much better conditions for the Juniors and 8 rounds of racing on a larger than normal course tested the skill and fitness of our Junior sailors. Race Officer Tessa was pleased to see some first timers at the event.
1st Jessica Dudfield 2nd Alysia Gibson 3rd Rebecca Kent
1st Sarah Labourne 2nd Joe Patrick 3rd Zed Spencer-Milnes
1st Cameron Coghil 2rd Dean Hargreaves 3rd Charlotte Seal
1st Emma Labourne 2nd Seb Cooper 3rd Max Bushell
1st Kieran Martin 2nd Adam Purcell 3rd Kieran Burley
1st Robert Kent 2nd Tom Naylor 3rd Mark Kay Unl 1st Andy Mexhome
1st Charly Money 2nd Josh Leadbetter 3rd Matt Brown
1st Rich Jones 2nd Liam Round 3rd Jason Clarke
1st Simon Jam 2nd Gavin Nicholson 3rd Graham Baster
- 07 October 2009 | Windsurfing
A 72-year-old windsurfer has been rescued near the Osea Island, in the Blackwater Estuary, Essex, UK.
The man was reported missing by staff at the Marconi Sailing Club, Stansgate, at 10.20am on Saturday.
The winds were gusting to around 40 knots and the conditions were quite extreme.
A rescue helicopter was put on standby and the lifeboat crews from West Mersea were called.
Minutes after, a yacht from Blackwater Sailing Club spotted the man just south of Osea Island.
The crew members managed to get the windsurfer out of the water. He was cold, but ok.