- 09 March 2009 | Windsurfing
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.
- 08 March 2009 | Windsurfing
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?”
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Account Name: Allison Shreeve
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You can follow Allison’s progress as she attempts to be the only female to windsurf across Bass Strait, and in record time!
- 06 March 2009 | Windsurfing
Day 6 delivered awesome action! We started slowly in Cotillo this morning, finishing heat #3 of yesterday's first round, and then we all moved to Puertito as the spot started going off.
There, the organization sent the riders in mast high monsters and after some nice crashes, great air actions, deep surfs and a few destroyed rigs, a 2nd round could have been completed today in hardcore conditions.
Heat #3 : Will vs Ilya vs Yannick vs Boujmaa vs Dario.
Today the morning spots check brought the riders and the organization in Cotillo's beach again, as the swell was again better down there, with 10-15 knots side shore wind.
In these conditions, mostly the same as we met yesterday, riders of heat #3 could finally complete their heat. Surely motivated by the good points scored yesterday by his 2 team partners, Robin and Stephane, Boujmaa shot the best waves and did the best moves, in front of 2/Yannick Anton, 3/Will Ward, 4/Ilya Escario and 5/Dario Ojeda.
As we were about to do another 2nd round right after lunch, Thomas came back from Puertito, really excited at the idea of bringing again all his friends there as the spot was starting to get on fire : "it's side shore, 2m sets, and nobody there!!! What are we waiting for?" In less than 10 mn, all were gone.
Up there, the sets were really clean and started to build up... The 2nd round will take place here! As soon as the teams had selected who will go first, 1st riders of heat #1 entered the arena and great action could finally start in Puertito's "hot" waves...
Heat #1 : Ilya vs Antony vs Robin vs Francisco vs Thomas (he wants his revenge!)
Heat #2 : Klaas vs Dario vs Stephane vs Will vs JB.
Heat #3 : Aleix vs Jaume vs Boujmaa vs Jonas vs Yannick.