- 21 September 2009 | Windsurfing
After the midday skippers meeting every competitor was presented with a commemorative plate from the Mayor of Santa Pola and the Consellera de Deportes.
Then there was a tense few hours as the wind kept coming and going and changing direction until finally "the wind has stabilised - 11 to 13 knots has just been recorded at the windward mark; 9 to 10 knots at the start; 6 knots at finish. We could be racing soon!"
But 15 minutes later, "the wind is playing games with us - just when it seemed to be stabilising - a wind shift." The tension was almost unbearable!
Eventually at 15.40, the last possible chance for a final race in this championship with 12-15 knots on the course, the warning signal was given for race 12 for the men, then 15 minutes later the warning signal for the ladies' race 12. Both clean starts.
With a finishing order of GBR 83, ISR 1, ESP 7, POL 126, AUS 0 . . . was this enough for AUS 0 to clinch the championship? Where was POL 10? This race was to be one of Wojtek's discards! Steve Allen took the FW World Championship title with a final total of 26 points over Wojtek Brzozowski's 29.5 points and fellow countryman Przemkek Miarczynski POL 126 took third place with 32 points.
And in the women's fleet, could Allison make this an Aussie double? Alas, she came third after Marta took the bullet and Agnieszka Pietrasik came second. The final result couldn't have been closer - equal points, both on 13 - but Marta Hlavaty POL 111 takes the title of Formula Windsurfing Women's World Champion 2009. Allison Shreeve AUS 911 is second and Morane Demont FRA 59 a well deserved third place.
- 19 September 2009 | Windsurfing
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Not only will you be throwing goiters like Kauli Seadi (JP, NeilPryde, MFC), but you’ll also be able to perfect other moves such as table-tops, gybes, and loops. And all of this in varying sea states and different wind strengths.
- 17 September 2009 | Windsurfing
The European Speedsailing Championships will take place in Dungarvan, County Waterford with windsurfers and kite-boarders due on the county’s coastline from October 17-23.
The event is being arranged on a rollover basis with a week in November also allocated should suitable wind conditions not be available in October. A prize fund of €10,000 is up for grabs with a number of additional prizes on offer from event supporters.
The final stage of the World Speedsailing Championships hit Dungarvan harbour last year. Video footage of the venue was viewed by the international windsurfing community after it was sailed for the first time by Irish speedsailor Martin Waldron and it was very quickly acknowledged as a potential championship venue.
Commenting on the launch of the championships event, Martin Waldron said: “Dungarvan Harbour offers one of the best speed venues in Europe, and with a strong prevailing westerly wind top speeds are easy to achieve. We are very much looking forward to the event and it has a broader aspect to last year’s event with the inclusion of kite-surfing this year.