UKWA Rutland

Saturday’s main racing course saw far to much wind for course racing with gusts over 45knots, with a difficult Rutland chop. Race Officer Mike spent most of the day out on the water looking for suitable conditions and late Saturday afternoon, after moving the course yet again held 3 races for the braver Formula and 2 races for Raceboard.

Unfortunately all other fleets failed to race.

Sunday saw much better conditions and all fleets saw at least some racing.

Junior Course

Late Saturday afternoon Race Officer Tessa held one round of racing for the Junior fleet in the shelter of the Rutland creek. Conditions in the creek are always difficult and this was no exception, however this did at least give the Juniors a challenge and some time on the water.

Sunday saw much better conditions for the Juniors and 8 rounds of racing on a larger than normal course tested the skill and fitness of our Junior sailors. Race Officer Tessa was pleased to see some first timers at the event.

1st  Jessica Dudfield     2nd Alysia Gibson     3rd Rebecca Kent

1st Sarah Labourne    2nd Joe Patrick     3rd Zed Spencer-Milnes

1st Cameron Coghil     2rd Dean Hargreaves     3rd Charlotte Seal

1st Emma Labourne     2nd Seb Cooper     3rd Max Bushell

1st Kieran Martin     2nd Adam Purcell     3rd Kieran Burley

1st Robert Kent     2nd Tom Naylor     3rd Mark Kay     Unl 1st Andy Mexhome

1st Charly Money     2nd Josh Leadbetter     3rd Matt Brown

1st Rich Jones    2nd Liam Round     3rd Jason Clarke

Free Race
1st Simon Jam      2nd Gavin Nicholson     3rd Graham Baster


Osea Island

A 72-year-old windsurfer has been rescued near the Osea Island, in the Blackwater Estuary, Essex, UK.

The man was reported missing by staff at the Marconi Sailing Club, Stansgate, at 10.20am on Saturday.

The winds were gusting to around 40 knots and the conditions were quite extreme.

A rescue helicopter was put on standby and the lifeboat crews from West Mersea were called.

Minutes after, a yacht from Blackwater Sailing Club spotted the man just south of Osea Island.

The crew members managed to get the windsurfer out of the water. He was cold, but ok.

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Newman Darby

The roots of windsurfing started 60 years ago in Susquehanna River, Pennsylvania, USA.

In 1948, Newman Darby, 20, built the first small catamaran with a handheld sail and rig mounted on a universal joint. Despite he did not patented his invention, Darby is commonly seen as the father of sailboarding/windsurfing.

Later in 1970, North Americans Jim Drake and Hoyle Schweitzer got a patent for their "Windsurfer" design, based on the Newman Darby's techniques. They credited him for their version of the sailboard.

Nevertheless, the two friends were working on the Darby's ideas since the mid-60's. Hoyle Schweitzer began the commercial production of polyethylene sailboards - the "Windsurfer" design - in the early 1970s.

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