2008 RS:X Youth World Championships

At 1100hrs racing started in a shifty 8 knots of breeze. Both Thiseas Kambas (GRE3) and Leung Ho Tsun (HKG2) the top two on the leader board put in a bad one finishing in the high teens.

Mateusz Hoppe (POL41) who has not been on sparkling form to date benefited by taking the gun with Songkram Singsart (THA4) taking second place and Michalis Malekkides (CYP9) 3rd.

Life was not looking if it was about to improve for Thiseas when in the second race of the day he rounded the top mark deep in the fleet just behind Chang Hao (TPE8). However the wind gods were about to play their hand. A new breeze lifted them onto the plane. Before the middle of the last down wind, they had both passed 15 others.

Thiseas was smiling with some relief when he hit the shore, knowing that he could drop the first race now that the discard has kicked in and his 9th in the second would let him retain his position at the top of the leader board and his two point cushion.

Chang moves up a place overall to 4th thanks to his blast on the last downwind but has lost ground in his battle with Liran Moshe Machlev (ISR111) who now moves up to third overall thanks to his consistency  and his third place in race 6.

The last race in the boys’ Youth World Championship will be a medal race for the top 10. Oliver Tom Schliemann (GER1001) who has now dropped out of the top 10 thanks to a disasterous day on the water (26th & 18th) has also used the last throw of the dice. He sought redress against the Race Committee saying that conditions were not suitable for racing. His witnessses had also all had an awful first race.

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Edvan de Souza 

Roberto Ricci Designs have just announced the latest addition to their international windsurfing team. Joining the line up for the 2009 season is Brazilian freestyler, Edvan De Souza. The 21 year old moves to RRD from his previous board sponsor, Mistral.

Hailing for the much-hallowed windsurfing Mecca of Jericoacoara, De Souza will be representing RRD on the PWA’s freestyle circuit. Following his World Tour debut in 2008, RRD will no doubt be calling on De Souza to bolster their PWA freestyle rankings; arguably the brand’s least represented discipline.

Additionally, and not widely publicised, De Souza is also a talented wave sailor, and one to look out for in the future if he ever decides to pursue this aspect of his windsurfing.

On joining RRD, the Italian brand have commented:

“The RRD Family welcomes Edvan Souza, a young freestyle wizard from Jericoacoara (Brazil) that is already shooting his infinite string of tricks on stylish RRD boards. Edvan plans to attend all the PWA freestyle events of the income 2009 season. Welcome Edvan!”

Edvan De Souza is sponsored by RRD boards and Simmer Style sails.

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Sean O'Brien 

The wind conditions lightened today for the final day of racing at the 2009 Oceanic and Australian Formula Windsurfing Championships in Sydney. The experienced race-crew again managed to get the maximum amount of races today running 4 back-to-back races for the sailors to take advantage of the morning winds which lightened and shifted as the day wore on.

The lighter winds allowed some sailors the opportunity to climb the rankings after yesterday’s strong winds and big seas. Sean O’Brien (AUS-120) managed to hold on to his lead and the Australian Title today taking two bullets in the first two races before losing his cool in the last two races taking 4th’s a piece in the shifty, light afternoon winds. [read more]

In Race 8 this morning, Sean O’Brien took an early lead before a few shifts on the second lap allowed Brett Morris and Sam Parker (AUS-3) to pass him into the top mark with only the downwind run to go; Brett and Sean headed out to sea with Sam taking the inside line to the leeward mark. All three sailors arrived at the bottom mark at the same time and after the 150m blast to the finish line, Sean managed to pip Sam into 1st with Brett taking 3rd place honours.

A similar finish occured in Race 9 with Sean leading Sam Parker into the final downwind run only to oversail the layline and have Sam meet him at the leeward mark - half a boat length separated Sean in 1st and Sam in 2nd place in this race; with Murray Towndrow (AUS-720) turning a few heads to arrive in 3rd place ahead of Brett Morris (AUS-8) and Sam Fawkes (AUS-21).

For Race 3 and 4 the wind became quite shifty and dropped to around 8 knots in the lulls and 15 knots in the gusts, leaving Sean O’Brien stranded with Sam Parker and Nathan Hohnberg on the right side of the course on the second lap to allow Sam Fawkes a huge get-out-of-jail freebie to take the bullet from 7th place going in to the second lap. In the final race which allowed for the 3rd drop for all the sailors, the wind became considerably more shifty and allowed Sam Fawkes and Steve Floyd (AUS-222) a huge lead on the first lap where other competitors were left floundering in big wind holes on the course.

Sam and Steve in 1st and 2nd respectively led Allison Shreeve (AUS-911) into the finish of Race 11 and finished a clear 6 minutes ahead of Sean O’Brien in 4th place - some difficult conditions left Sean off the plane for pockets of up to one minute trying to get around the top mark.

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