British Airways

British Airways will change their baggage policy from October 7th 2009.

When you fly with BA you can take certain types of sporting equipment in addition to your normal checked baggage allowance. If your equipment bags meet the dimensions and weight restrictions, they may be carried free of charge until 7 October 2009.

Baggage restrictions

In addition to your free checked baggage allowance, you are allowed to take one of the stated pieces of sporting equipment with you free of charge, provided it meets the following restrictions:

* Each bag must be no more than 240cm x 75cm x 65cm (94.5ins x 29.5ins x 25.5ins) including the handle, pockets and wheels. Sporting equipment listed below is exempt from the oversized bag charge. * Each bag must not exceed 23kg (51lbs). * Any bag that is more than 23kg (51lbs) and less than 32kg (70lbs) is subject to a charge at check-in. * If you have more bags to check in over your free allowance (including your one piece of equipment), these will be subject to an additional fee per bag.


Finian Maynard 

After six rounds of spectacular speed sailing Finian Maynard (BVI) is still leading the 2009 ISWC Speed Windsurfing World Championship. He is now three points ahead of Antoine Albeau (FRA) in second, with Anders Bringdal (SWE) in third, but already clear below. Bjorn Dunkerbeck (SUI, Starboard, Severne) and Hans Kreisel (NED) complete the Top 5.

Valerie Ghibaudo (FRA, Loft Sails) has won all heats of the womens competition and is ahead of  Marion Raisi (FRA) and Marie-Paule Geldhof (BEL).

Tomorrows racing should allow for the second discard, which could mix up the rankings.

The actual results can be found here for download: Results after day 3

The day started with skippersmeeting at 10:00 and competition comenced at 11:00. Although the weather forecast was not promising, a complete round of silver and gold was completed before the lunch break. As the conditions became tricky at the end of the gold fleet heat, the AP was put up and the competitors put on a longer hold.


Zara Davis victorious in the Greek Speedsailing Open Championships 

The Island of Karpathos in Greece has a reputation for strong winds.

It delivered in spades for the recent Greek Speedsailing Open Championships.

With winds of over 50 knots on the 1st day Zara Davis, the British No 1, had a tough battle to win overall with a top speed of 34.65 knots.

Her closest rival  Birgit Hofer from Germany gave Zara a real battle in the strong but gusty winds, which even made some of the men stay off the water.

It was down to the final day and Zara had dropped to 2nd in the fluky conditions and needed two wins to secure the win which she did with style clocking consistent 33.5 knot runs.