Okinawa Cup 

Okinawa Cup was held at Okinawa, south part of Japan, from February 20 to 22.  This event is the last event of the 2008 series and the opening race for Japan Professional Windsurfing Association (JPWA) 2009 series.
 
Day 1, it was good condition for the race. MauiSails riders selected 5.9-7.0 sail for the first race. Norio led the complete races from preliminary heat to the final.  No one could get him before he crossed the finish line.
 
It was actually the first time for Norio to use TR-5 6.6 in the race. After the race, he mentioned he felt very comfortable with it. It was easy to handle and gave him good speed. No doubts on the high quality of the super sail, TR-5!!!
 
Toru, was newly joined to the MauiSails Japan team and Okinawa cup is the first event for him. As a member of MauiSails Japan team, Toru got third place at the first race. He gave big surprise to other competitors and audiences.  At the same time, he must show the potential of the sail. His TR-5 sails couldn't be arrived before Okinawa cup unfortunately. Therefore, he challenged with three TR-4 sails only. 
 
Second race of the Day1 : Got more windy.  Norio chose TR-5 5.9, Toru TR-4 6.3 and Daisuke TR-4 5.5.
 
Norio played out perfect races and won a sweeping victory. Wonder who could stop him and MauiSails???  No one... Daisuke got fourth place.  He could do revenge for the first race. At the first race, his sail (7.0) was a little too big since the wind went up during the race.  

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RS:X South American Championships

Finally a day with strong winds.

In Division A Alex Guyader (FRA 7) (1-6-5-4-7-12-1-1) won the 2 races and Ricardo Santos "Bimba" (BRA 1) (2-2-3-8-6 -2-3-4) with great regularity re-assumed the leadership of the championship. Already Shahar Zubari (ISR 11) (11-3-1-2-3-1-6-10) with 2 not so good results lost the lead. Only 10 points separate the first 7 sailors and all with chances in the Medal Race today.

In Division B, we can say that the almost unbeatable Marina Alabau (ESP 5) (1-1-1-1-1-1-1-4) preferred to keep all their forces for the Medal Race and rest in race 8. Already Flavia Tartaglini (ITA 46) (3-2-3-2-3-2-7-1) won the race breaking the 8 bullets serie of Spanish girl. Here the task of the other competitors at the Medal race is a bit more difficult, since the Spanish has an advantage of 9 points for Flavia, 10 points for Blanca Manchon (ESP 1) (2-3-2-12-2 -3-2-3) and 21 points for Eugenie Ricard (FRA 22) (4-4-4-5-4-4-3-11), the latter has no more mathematical chances.

In division C, Renato Amaral (BRA 179) (11-14-14-8-7-14-11-2) with the stronger wind and at home, achieved his best result in race 8 and consolidated its leadership virtually guaranteeing the South American U19 title (youth).

For the last day the Medal Races for divisions A and B will add a whole of expects at the end of the championship. With the double points and without the opportunity to discard their results, the first 10 put everything at stake in search of the title, leaving still a large number of mathematical possibilities.

No doubt and once again, the Medal Race adds an extra spice to the championship and creates great anxiety for all who participate and monitor the championship.

Demita (MEX 5) (7-7-5-4-5-6-10-9) goes to the Medal Race with great chance to confirm the South American title in Division B but should be very attentive to Brazilian Patricia Freitas (BRA 818) (6-5-8-7-11-9-8-6).

Even before the end of the championship we can draw some conclusions. The RSX class grows in Brazil, Argentina and Colombia, given by the large number of young sailors.

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Allison Shreeve 

Allison Shreeve is joining forces with other top coastal athletes like Guy Leech, Harley Ingleby and Valerie Taylor to raise awareness and to support the efforts of 60,000 volunteers around Australia who protect our coastlines and waterways.  The “Life on the Edge” campaign, an initiative of Coast Care Australia, will begin in the first week of December and continue throughout the whole summer. 

Australians are being challenged to live “Life on the Edge” by collectively travelling the entire length of Australia’s coastline – a whopping 36,000 kilometres, by either completing 100km of any non-motorised travel, or 10 hours on the water, whilst helping raise one million dollars in support of Coast Care projects nationwide. 

Allison’s contribution to the “Life on the Edge” campaign will be to link Tasmania to mainland Australia by windsurfing across Bass Strait.  The 240km of treacherous waters is no small feat but Allison has her sights set on a new sailing record across the Strait while at the same time raising money for a good cause. “As someone who competes in windsurfing regattas all over the world, I have a real appreciation for Australia’s magnificent coastal areas and waterways that should be valued and must be conserved.  Being on the water, in the water, or just enjoying the beautiful views, is such a big part of the Aussie way of life.  How can we not all feel some responsibility for its preservation?”

Allison is looking for sponsors to support her efforts to cross Bass Strait, so you’re invited to ‘get on board’ with her by emailing with your pledge, or by making a transfer via Paypal website, then click "Send money" to the following email .  At least 20% of the proceeds for the Bass Strait crossing will go directly to Coastcare.

If you don't have Paypal you can do a direct deposit into the following account:
Account Name: Allison Shreeve
BSB: 062181, Account Number: 10488360
 
You can follow Allison’s progress as she attempts to be the only female to windsurf across Bass Strait, and in record time!

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