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Israeli star and Beijing bronze medallist Shahar ZUBARI tightened his grip on 2009 RS:X Europeans in Tel Aviv on Thursday whilst in the women's fleet the battle for victory tightened between the two Spanish leaders.
Whilst the leader, Shahar ZUBARI (ISR) has only to maintain consistency and sail conservatively, the battle for the minor places is just beginning to develop.

Olympic silver medallist Julien BONTEMPS (FRA) did not have a good day. Two 10th place finishes let Ivan PASTOR (ESP) through to take over second and gave João RODRIGUES (POR) hope that he can retake third place or better. Five points is the difference he has to make up to take second.

Behind them, realistically speaking, there are five sailors fighting it out for fifth place overall. Nimrod MASHICH (ISR) is the current holder of that position with Piotr MYSZKA (POL) just nine points back in ninth overall. In normal fleet racing, the gap would be considered too big but with the Medal Race counting double points for the top 10, MYSZKA must live in hope.

Especially in view of the fact that it will be impossible for MASHIAH to cover everyone. That would include Byron KOKALANIS (GRE), Alexandre GUYADER (FRA), Samuel LAUNAY (FRA) as well as MYSZKA. These guys know what they are doing so will be ready to exploit any possible opportunity on Saturday.

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Maui Wind Cam 

The mauiwindcam.com crew are very excited to announce the addition of a THIRD camera to their popular webcam website! Their new High Definition camera is aimed at the lower break at Kanaha and can ZOOM into the action using its powerful 10x lens.

This exciting new view on the windsurfing, kiting and stand-up paddling mecca is enhanced by the stunning West Maui Mountains as a backdrop. The streaming video feed is in a full widescreen format with unbelievable image quality.

The new equipment represents the state of the art in webcams and the first deployment of a High Definition camera like this on Maui. The mauiwindcam website has also received an upgrade with a new logo and other graphic enhancements.

Recently mauiwindcam was featured in an Associated Press article which rated them among the top 10 webcams worldwide.

Mauiwindcam.com offers up one of the most unique ocean action views on the web with some of the highest quality images around. A huge photo gallery stretching back over 7 years together with daily and monthly time-lapse movies are also among the fun features of the website. The complete day’s action repeats during the night for those in other time zones.

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2009 European Raceboard Championships 

With a near faultless display Patrik Pollak (SVK 1) took the 2009 Raceboard European title. In the first race of the day he was sailing true to form with yet another win; but even champions can make mistakes!  In the second race of the day Patrik sailed to the wrong mark and a lengthy detour meant he could only make fourth place.

The fight for second and third places on the podium was very close. Three good races today by Juha Petri Blinnikka (FIN 6), including a first place in the final race of the series, meant he tied with youth racer Rihards Akmentins (LAT 30).  However the tie break went in favour of the younger man.

Ex olypmic racer Vita Matise (LAT 1) finished very strongly today to complete the series in 6th place overall and first woman.

The raceboard championship was the premier event of the 2009 Liepaja Windsurfing Festival which also included round one of the Baltic Sea Cup. The BSC comprises 3 events for Techno 293 junior and RSX youth racers, and hosts this year include Latvia, Germany and Russia.

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