- 13 January 2010 | Windsurfing
The Midwinters Festival will continue its tradition of bringing together World Cup Pros, Olympic Class Competitors, Beginner sailors and all other levels in between. We will have classes for all skill levels and type of equipment – A Fleet / Sport Fleet / Workshop Fleet (learn to Race) // and many Youth, Junior and Kids classes to choose from along with Masters and Seniors.
Whether you like racing a long, hybrid or short board, we have a class for you. The 2010 event will include the Kona North Americans and the Bic Techno 293 North Americans which will be a qualifier for the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in Summer of 2010.
Racing will be held in the Banana River with launching from Kelly Park in Merritt Island, FL.
The Midwinters will be governed by the ISAF Rules (2009-2012) and the rules of Formula Windsurfing (as of 1/1/10)– with regard to the Pro & A Formula Fleets – the specified sail size limitations and the listing of approved production equipment. New Weight Divisions will be used if more than 20 competitors in a division.
- 12 January 2010 | Windsurfing
The New Year is upon us and with it comes the start of a new season. 2009 was made more difficult than it should have been by current worldwide economic circumstances, but with that taken into consideration, it was a reasonably successful year. Although we do find ourselves facing similar circumstances for the year ahead, we are already starting to see signs of increased investment and new events being brought to the tour.
There have also been a few significant changes made since last season, that will affect many of you, but these are all positive and will help to bring increased prosperity to the tour.
As agreed at the Sylt AGM, men's Slalom Prize Money, at single discipline Slalom events has been raised by €10,000 to €40,000. This change has no come into effect and we have already secured the additional funding for both the Korean and Costa Brava events.
As part of this raise, prize money will now be split amongst the top 24 at events with the increased prize fund.
- 11 January 2010 | Windsurfing
Light winds greeted competitions of the SIM 29th Singapore Open on the third and final day of the race.
The 10-25 knots wind forecast for the day never came and only two races were ran in the RS:X, Techno 293, IMCO and Raceboard classes.
In the RS:X class, it was a close fight between South Korean’s Kwon Ohhan (KOR 82) and Philippines’ Reneric Moreno (PHI 76). Kwon beat Reneric by 3 points after a 11 races and 2 discards while Singapore’s Joshua Choo took third position.
It was an equally close fight in the Techno 293 Boys and Girls classes. In the Techno 293 (Boy) class, Korea’s Kim Chaneui (7) denied Thailand’s Kitpatchai (THA 25) the overall win with a mere one point lead over Kim while in the Techno 293 (Girl) Class, Thailand’s Sarocha Promprai (THA 55) was tied with teammate Paphawadee (THA 56) at 12 points but took first position.
Singapore’s Amanda Ng (SIN 15) beat Asian Youth Games Bronze Medalist Audrey Yong (SIN 11) to take home the third prize.
In the Formula class, Philippines’ Geylord Coveta was unrivalled, clinching top position after 5 straight wins. Lying in second place is Singapore’s Goh Thye Hock while Great Britain’s Christopher Newman came in third.