nikolagirke

In the Laser 2 sailing class, Nikola was a three-time National Youth Sailing Champion, representing Canada at the 1995 Youth Worlds placing fifth and winning the Women's Title at the 1995 Laser 2 Worlds. In 1999, Nikola went on to pursue her goals in windsurfing. While living on Maui, she trained and competed in some of the Professional Windsurfing Association's World Cup Tour.

The summer of 2001 was Nikola's first season in the 470 class sailboat and after a successful four year Olympic Campaign in the 470, Girke placed 13th at the Athens Olympic Games. In 2005, Nikola made the switch back to windsurfing. The 5 time Canadian Women's Windsurf Champion took on a new challenge, to compete on the Olympic Circuit on the RSX windsurfer.

Nikola Girke, from West Vancouver, Canada, learned to sail at Eagle Harbour Yacht Club and developed her racing career at Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. After graduating from West Vancouver Secondary School, Nikola received her Bachelor of Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia.

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Wind Brasil Fortaleza Grand Prix

It is all change again at the top of the leader board at the Fortaleza Grand Prix. Three good races from Alberto Menegatti (ITA4) moved him into pole position going into the last day of the Wind Brasil formula grand prix finale.

Gabriel Browne (BRA50) had an even better day - with two first places in races 11 &12, and only the tie break separates him from Alberto.

The other contenders for a podium had an indifferent day - Wojtek Brzozowski (POL10) being pick of the bunch, moving up one place in the overall rankings despite equipment failure in race 11.

Steve Allen (AUS0) had a patchy day and slips into third place overall. Wilhelm Schurmann (BRA999), with a total of 20 points from todays 3 races recorded his worst day so far, but remains in striking distance of the podium.

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RS:X Youth Championships

The RS:X Open Youth European Windsurfing Championships have been set for Sopot, Poland and will take place between June 24th and July 2nd.

This will allow youth sailors to compete in Kieler Woche where there will be an 8.5 Youth Men and Youth Women divisions before making the relatively short transfer to Sopot to take part in the RS:X Youth Europeans.

From an MNA perspective this works too.

Transfer your coach boats and coaches from Kiel to Sopot and then have your youth athletes take part in the RS:X Youth European Windsurfing Championships which finish in good time to move onto the the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships taking place in Istanbul, Turkey on July 8th [finishing July 17th].

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