2009 South American Windsurfing Championships

Weather forecast showed cloudy and light wind today, but in lake Potrerillos, any thing can happen. As we headed from Mendoza to lake Potrerillos, we could see no clouds which is a good sign. When we arrived, light winds started to build in from the correct direction, soon a 10 to 16 knot breeze filled in and everyone started to get ready.

Techno class and raceboard had their skippers meeting at 11am, one hour afterwards we had ours for Formula. The course was; start - upwind mark - downwind mark - upwind mark - and a small reach with a 2 jibe mark (slalom like) to the finish.
Most of the Formula sailors went out with 11s, the start line was set perfectly with good length as well for the the 50 formula sailors.

First start got under way around 1:40 pm and everyone on Starboard tack. Sergio Mehl ARG 21, Rodrigo Costa ARG 13 had a good start close to the pin end followed by Paulo dos Reis BRA 3333 and Mathias Pinheiro BRA 5, I (Wilhelm Schurmann) BRA999 started in the middle of the line with Carlos Issac BRA 768 and Gonzalo closer to the boat, these where the people I could Identify at the time of the start.

Going for the first upwind, everyone was close together, at the top mark I rounded in first with Paulao and Gonzalo just behind than came Carlos Issac, Sergio Mehl, Mathias Pinheiro, Rodrigo Costa and Mateus Issac BRA 767 who at the age of 15 surprised everyone with his speed here.

On the downwind, everyone jibed early, Gonzalo kept going to the other side which did not pay off, I rounded the bottom mark, followed by Paulo dos Reis and Gonzalo.

Going for the last upwind, we all came close to each other on the top mark, I rounded in first and maintained the lead on the small two jibe slalom course to the finish to take the bullet, Paulo dos Reis came second followed by Gonzalo, Mathias, Carlos Issac, Rodrigo Costa, Mateus Issac, Raul Saubidet, Marcus Murgio and Marcos Galvan closing the top 10.

Going back to shore I was impressed on how many people came to the lake to watch the event, the lake, which is actually a dam, serves water to the hole town of Mendoza, the water is so clean, that you can actually drink it, everyone does, the waters come from the Cordilheiras dos Andes, and we are just at the East side of it, on the west of it is Santigo Chile and the highest peak in between is the mountain of Aconcagua which is 6962 meters. This makes it not only the highest peak of the Andes and South America, but in fact the highest point outside of Asia.

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JP Young Guns Classic 

Following the resounding success of the 2008 YGC, which saw 55 Scandinavian young guns make the pilgrimage to Klitmøller in Denmark, the 2009 event aims to become an even bigger and better affair.

Taking place between the 11th to the 18th of October, the organisers are hoping for 80-100 young guns to attend the event, which has opened its doors to the international windsurfing community for 2009, allowing a global crowd of kids and their families to mix and mingle.

The aim of the YGC is for windsurfing’s youth to socialise and learn together, with the added option to compete in wave, freestyle and slalom contests over the week. The level of sailing covers everything from those wanting to get to grips with the harness, right through to looping and wave riding.

Also in attendance will be JP / NeilPryde team rider and 3 x World Wave Champion, Kauli Seadi, who’ll be on hand to offer tips, advice and clinics throughout the event.

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Irish Slalom Series Round 1 

Following on from the success of 2008, this year’s UK Slalom Series sponsored by JP and Neil Pryde kicks off with a real curtain raiser and looks to set the tone for what is looking like a fantastic season for British and Irish Slalom racing!

As part of a two event mini series called the “Irish Sea Challenge” competitors from Ireland and the UK will join forces to compete for overall titles and international glory! Malahide in Ireland will be the first venue on the calender and a venue you’ll be mad to miss out on, with superb sailing conditions providing good clean winds and superbly fast flat water-the ideal choice for any slalom event. off the water the weekend is looking just as special with an amazing Irish style party planned with live music and local beverages for competitors, travellers and spectators alike!

The Malahide estuary is situated just north of Dublin and only a very short drive from Dublin’s ferry ports, so once on the ferry your journey from the UK is pretty much done! Use the weekend to take in some sights and enjoy a road trip of epic proportions - sailing in a new and fantastic location with a team of competitive and entertaining hosts! Ireland is famous for many things but it’s hospitality has to be right up there, you know this weekend will give you more than just windsurfing, pool your transport, book your ferry and book your place now.

Fleets competing will consist of the existing top flight and challenge fleets along with the more social aspect of the “Groove Armada Fleet” where the focus is much more on the road trip and entertainment side of the series, needing no fancy kit or previous experience of racing, you just need a will to travel and have a good time! To score in this fleet you count just 4 out of 8 simple hourly races that will take place over the weekend, its that easy! and prizes are on offer to all.

To enter you need to have third party insurance which is available by becoming a member of the UKWA amongst other options, entry details and registration will be available at irishslalom.ie, here and prydegroup.co.uk

For accommodation and tourism information use: discoverireland.ie

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