Hayling Island 

This years National Windsurfing Festival will take place at Hayling Island 5-6 Sept 2009. 

Yes, this was the former Fat Face National Windsurfing Festival which has been so successful over the last 3 years. We are extremely grateful of their valued support to the event over the years. 

So what has changed, well not a lot really the event organiser is still Allan Cross with the valued support of the windsurfing industry with the sole aim to deliver yet another awesome event for the windsurfing general public.

As we know this is the people’s windsurfing festival being the only event which is geared solely toward the free-ride sailor!  So get it in your diaries.

Our Mission: “To deliver a non intimidating, fun windsurfing festival with great atmosphere and caters for all abilities of sailors”

The event website will be live in the next few weeks, where you will find all the information regarding the event, with online entry option.  As entry will be on a first come first served basis, limited entrants of 350 competitors in total.

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Sebastian Kornum 

Sebastian Kornum of Denmark became the youngest winner ever in the 25 times the race has been contested in the waters off the British Virgin Islands today. The 17-year old U17 World Champion won both the morning race and the afternoon race of Sandy Cay to finish the event with four straight stage victories in one of the more impressive HIHO victories in recent years.

“I didn’t make any mistakes today,” said Kornum, who noted that he checked the course in the early morning before the race to set his strategy. His father Torben, also a contender this week, said “ sailing in 14 knots of wind around this tricky island made for interesting racing, very technical and exciting. Sebastian just tacks and jibes faster than the rest of us, and is very sure of how he wants to attack the course. I can guaranty I did everything I could to catch him, but I’m also very proud of him.”

The pro tour veteran came in second twice today, and finished second in all four of the races Sebastian won, and finished third overall in the Open Division.

Ricardy Maricel of St. Martin had won the first two legs and hung on to his overall lead until today, but had to beat Sebastian at least once to have a shot to hang on. Maricel was competing in his ninth Highland Spring HIHO and, despite also showing strong form in previous events, has yet to win the event.

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2009 Irish Slalom Series 

For the past 25 years the Event Team in Downings have been putting on some of the best run Windsurfing Events in Ireland.

The event this year will be one to remember! In addition to racing the Event Team have arranged a function for the Saturday night.

It will be held in the Downings Bay Hotel - less than 1 min from the beach. There will be Dinner at 8pm - buffet meal main course with 3 options for €10 and a Kids Menu for €5. 

After Dinner - the legendary RNLI disco will kick off. Tickets €10. (Bring your flowery shirt - Irish Slalom Series Prize for Best Dogdy Dancer)
 
Kids will be allowed to attend the function until the doors are opened to the public at midnight.

Please mark Kids beside those availing of the kids menu. We appreciate if you would help the Event Team by letting them know if you are attending the Event Function.
 
Two local hotels are listed below with special deals for the event.
 
Downings bay B+B is 50€  if sharing  € 60 for single. .074 9155586
Beach hotel  B+B .Price per person sharing 50€  - 074 9155303

Please please help out the voluntary work - by letting us know if you are attending the function!