- 19 September 2009 | Windsurfing
In partnership with 'Windsurfing MMX', NeilPryde bring you an exclusive demo windsurfing game where you can test out the 2010 Fly from the comfort of your own living room!
This realistic 3 dimensional real time simulation of windsurfing enables you to do jumps and moves that you never imagined yourself ever doing before.
Not only will you be throwing goiters like Kauli Seadi (JP, NeilPryde, MFC), but you’ll also be able to perfect other moves such as table-tops, gybes, and loops. And all of this in varying sea states and different wind strengths.
The game only takes a couple of minutes to download and will run on Windows XP or Vista with DirectX 9. Unfortunately it’s not available for Mac OS yet so be sure to give this a go on your PC at work during your lunch break!
If you find yourself hooked on the game, then why not download the full version of Windsurfing MMX. You’ll be entering competitions and winning prizes for doing the best tricks before you know it.
Source: PWA World Tour
- 17 September 2009 | Windsurfing
The European Speedsailing Championships will take place in Dungarvan, County Waterford with windsurfers and kite-boarders due on the county’s coastline from October 17-23.
The event is being arranged on a rollover basis with a week in November also allocated should suitable wind conditions not be available in October. A prize fund of €10,000 is up for grabs with a number of additional prizes on offer from event supporters.
The final stage of the World Speedsailing Championships hit Dungarvan harbour last year. Video footage of the venue was viewed by the international windsurfing community after it was sailed for the first time by Irish speedsailor Martin Waldron and it was very quickly acknowledged as a potential championship venue.
Commenting on the launch of the championships event, Martin Waldron said: “Dungarvan Harbour offers one of the best speed venues in Europe, and with a strong prevailing westerly wind top speeds are easy to achieve. We are very much looking forward to the event and it has a broader aspect to last year’s event with the inclusion of kite-surfing this year.
“These are not only spectacular sports to participate in but also very entertaining to watch so we hope everyone will come out to enjoy the spectacle and join in the fun and activities on offer.”
A host of international sailors are registered to attend the event next month. In the men’s fleet, the 2008 World Champion Cyril Moussilmani will be keenly watched.
Windsurfing legend Anders Bringdal who recently crewed on the boat Hydroptere which broke the speedsailing world record will be a strong contender. Previous Speedsailing world record holder and the current kite-surfing world record holder Alex Caizergues will be in attendance.
Also attending will be Finian Maynard, the man who took the speedsailing record back to windsurfers after a long break where it was held by a sailing craft and was recently crowned World Champion in the last event in Karpathos, Greece. Also attending and competing will be Monty Spindler, the legendary sail designer with whose sails many world records have been broken.
A very strong international women’s fleet is expected to participate. These include Jemma Grobbelaar, a previous women’s world record holder.
In addition to speed-sailing and kite-surfing, Martin Waldron says there are many events for the public and family entertainment. “There are a host of fun activities open to all over the course of the championships in Dungarvan, including, introductory lessons to kite-surfing, introductory lessons to windsurfing, wakeboarding demos and lessons and water-sport exhibitions by Surf Dock, Wind & Wave, Pure Magic, Big Surf and many more.
“The social side of the championships is also open to the public to come along and join in the fun. A live DJ will perform each day and the championship will have opening and closing parties,” he added.
- 17 September 2009 | Windsurfing
"We were unlucky not to get a third race today and validate the championship on the first day. However this was definitely a masterful display from reigning world champion, Wojtek Brzozowski, POL 10 - two bullets in convincing style. For sure he is not going to relinquish the title easily. In the women's fleet a win each for Marta Hlavaty (POL 111) and Allison Shreeve (AUS 911)."
The decision was made to race the men in one fleet but competitors and organisers at the 2009 FW Worlds in Santa Pola had to wait until after lunch for the wind to increase.
The finish was set very close to the spectator stand on the shoreline. Over-eager to get started, the first race started with a general recall - many sailors ignored the chase boats and sailed to the first mark!
However, a good clean start followed with 17 knots at the windward mark.
Fast paced and exciting racing was the order of the afternoon with two races for the men and two races for the women before the wind dropped late in the day in advance of a storm.