Kieran Martin

The RYA’s best young windsurfing talent took to the waters of Weymouth and Portland between 31st October and 1st November where they scooped the crop of titles up for grabs at the annual RYA/UKWA National Windsurfing Championships.

Held at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA), the event which traditionally rounds up the competitive windsurfing season, saw over 120 of the UK’s top windsurfers battle it out for National titles in their respective classes with RYA squad sailors picking up an impressive haul.

Hampered by impossible winds gusting up to 40 knots on the second day of the event, the championships were decided by Saturday’s racing which saw contrasting light shifty winds making for some challenging conditions across the classes.

Making the most of his preferred light wind conditions, Skegness’ 13-year-old Robert York, put together an impressive four race performance finishing eighth overall in the Techno class securing the boys 6.8 class victory and National title comfortably ahead of fellow RYA National Techno Squad sailors Oliver Bradley-Baker and Max Bushell.

In the girls 6.8 Techno class 13-year-old National Squad sailor Imogen Sills started her National title campaign well beating World champion twin sister Saskia in her first race. Her success however was short lived unfortunately and after being struck down by illness at lunch time and rendered unable to compete in the afternoon, Saskia was able to race ahead and cruise to glory adding the National title to her World victory.

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RS:X Class

The 2009 RS:X Asian Windsurfing Championships will take place at the Aoneiwan Sail Center in Haimeng, Shantou, [Guangdong] China.

Participants are scheduled to arrive on December 14th and depart on the 24th.

Taking place at the same time will be the Techno 293 national championships.

A limited amount of charter equipment will be available and coach boats can be chartered [200USD per day]

The organisers have selected the Longhu Hotel to accommodate all the athletes and coaches.

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Steve Allen

After a successful year on the PWA slalom tour, Australian, Steve Allen (Starboard, Severne) joins the 2009 PWA Board Constructors Champions, Starboard, as a member of their R&D team to focus on the isonic and Formula models.

Allen proved his worth yet again this year with his awesome 3rd place finish in Costa Brava helping him to notch up enough points to end the year on a high, ranked 9th place overall after one of the toughest years the PWA slalom tour has ever seen.

Starboard caught up with Allen recently and here’s what he had to say:

Starboard: Why did you choose to team up with us?

SA: “Firstly because Starboard are the best to help me achieve the highest possible results. Also I love development and dreaming of new innovative designs. Starboard are always keen to try something new and different to create the best possible products, whilst other companies tend to stay very conservative and don’t spend so much money on development.”

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