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.

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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.

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2009 PWA Fuerteventura 

After a day full of expectations, the two best freestylers in the world have held firm in Fuerteventura. Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic/North Sails/MFC) and Sara-Quita Offringa (Starboard/NeilPryde) punched the sky as they were officially announced as the event’s winners at the packed beach. The wind, once again, refused to blow enough to run a contest.

As well as the event title, the most highly acclaimed award in women’s windsurfing went to Sara-Quita Offringa (Starboard/NeilPryde), who was crowned the 2009 PWA Women’s Freestyle World Champion for the second year in succession. This incredible achievement is made even more unbelievable when we consider the extent to which she has taken the world by storm since her debut last year: the style-mistress from Aruba has not lost a heat in two years.

Yesterday, the kind words by Nayra Alonso (Fanatic/Severne/MFC) neatly summarized her astonishing abilities. Offringa was described as an untouchable, and the sort of talent that only comes around in sport on a very few occasions. To add to this already glowing report, she is also a wonderful person, always humble, always full of praise for her opponents, and always incredibly modest.

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