Antoine Albeau

After a year of fierce competition on the PWA tour, France is the best windsurfing nation overall, with Spain and Brazil 2nd and 3rd respectively.

The top spot for the best wave sailing nation was a closely fought affair between Spain and Germany, but the Spanish managed to steal the show by just half a point.

After failing to get any points in Cabo Verde, four Spaniards sailed extremely well in the men’s fleet at Gran Canaria including Victor Fernandez (Fanatic, North, MFC), Jonas Ceballos (Fanatic, Simmer, MFC), Dario Ojeda (F2, Simmer, Mormaii, Dakine, MFC), and Alex Mussolini (Tabou, Vandal), banking the nation stacks of points.

Add to this the Moreno twins (North), and Nayra Alonso (Fanatic, Severne), and you’ve got a Spanish pot of gold. And then of course factor in Mussolini’s outstanding display in Sylt and the Spanish just edge ahead.

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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.

This is the first international star hotel in East Guangdong which has offered a room rate of 70USD including transfers from the airport, breakfast, lunch and dinner and daily return transfers to the Aoneiwan Sail Center.