BIC Techno 293

The Youth Olympic Games qualification schedule for the boards gets underway in less than two weeks in El Puerto de Santa Maria, Cadiz.

Organised by the Federacion Andaluza de Vela, this European Qualification regatta has attracted a record entry of 150 junior racers representing 17 European nations.

The equipment chosen for the windsurfing event at the Youth Olympic regatta is the Bic Techno 293, a one design class that is devoted to fostering the development of windsurf racing for competitors under the age of 17 years old around the world through the promotion of an inexpensive racing format.

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2nd Kona Series Race

What a great race! 7 Kona sailors showed up for 3 races in gusty winds from 5-15. We raced across the river at the Eau Gallie Causeway from 11 to 4.

The site is great with the restaurant Squid Lips having access to the water and food and refreshments right there.

Each race finished at the restaurant. Surf Mama paid for lunch in between races and some stayed for happy hour at the restaurant. Thanks to Sandy Point for making extra Konas for racers.

Two Formula racers were there from Miami for support and sailing while we raced.

This site is great and has potential for future events, so stop by the new race site to show your support and let them know you appreciate their support.


1st Steve Gottlieb
2nd Chris Waldo
3rd Beth Winkler
4th Doug Waldo
5th Mike Rayl
6th Steve Campbell
7th Cody Steward
8th Linda Campbell

John Kenny

Ireland's number one speedsailor John Kenny has just smashed the Irish speed sailing record hitting speed's of over 45 knots or 84 kmh on his Starboard iSonic speed special W49 and Severne Code Red 5.9.

Kenny or JK as he's known to his friends was not happy with winning his second National Speedsailing Championships but then in the big winds that hit last weekend a handful of windsurfers went out sailing at Burrow beach near Howth, where JK not only broke his old record once but ten times finally finishing with a speed of 42.52 knots over 500 meters which puts him up in the top 20 of the 500 meters for this year on the site.

So as this year comes to an end JK is already making plans for next year and the search for new speed sailing spots in Ireland to allow him to push his kit to its limits and push for his 3rd Irish National Speed Sailing Championship title.

John Kenny (IR 1916):

Irish Record Holder 40.44 Knots (WSSRC Approved)
Irish National Speedsailing Champion 2008 - 2009
Irish 500M GPS speedsurfing Champion 42.52 Knots
39th ISWC overall men 2008