RNLI rescue windsurfers 

The volunteer crew of the Rock inshore lifeboat have had a busy start to the year.

On Saturday, they rescued a windsurfer from Daymer Bay who had broken a finger and was being swept out to sea.  Today (Monday 19 January) the volunteer crew were out again to three more windsurfers.

The rescue on Saturday is being credited by the RNLI as a life saved after the windsurfer was rescued in heavy surf conditions. Today the crew faced more action as they were called to assist three windsurfers who had set out from Daymer Bay and were stranded in Hawkers Cove on the other side of the estuary, unable to return owing to exhaustion.

Mike Hewitt, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rock said:

‘Sea conditions are far from ideal at the moment, and these incidents underline the need for windsurfers to make sure that someone ashore knows where they are going  and when they expect to return.  They should also be suitably attired in a lifejacket and a wetsuit adequate for the current cold weather.’

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RS:X Youth World Championship 

The competitors in Pattaya awoke on the final day of the 2008 RS:X Youth World Championships, postponed because of the sit in at the main international airport in Bangkok last December, to a calm sea and for the first time, a light breeze blowing directly on shore. The boy’s fleet race were scheduled to start first, followed by the girl’s fleet and the boy’s Medal Race last. The postponement flag went up at 10:00 and stayed there for an hour as the convected wind filled in and steadied.

In the 11th girl’s race, Maja DZIARNOWSKA (POL) won convincingly in 12 knots of wind. Laura LINARES (ITA) finished second with Agnieszka BILSKA (POL) in third and Victoria CHAN (HKG) fourth.

LINARES just needed to sail a conservative race, make no mistakes and victory would be assured. Like a true champion, she went out into the best racing conditions of the week in a relaxed frame of mind. This race was a formality in every sense.

Five Youth World Titles For LINARES

LINARES went out for the final race on Sunday knowing that she could become a five-time Youth World Champion. She has won gold three times at Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship (in 2006, 2007 and 2008), as well as two bronze medals (in 2004 and 2005) and she had also won the RS:X Youth World title in 2004.

Sunday was the final day she raced as a youth. She now moves up to the Olympic fleet and new challenges. For now, let us dwell on her remarkable achievements as a youth. Her record is truly exceptional.

At this championship, she took time to get her head into the racing. The results in the first four races show this. Then she found her usual grip and moved up a gear. From that moment on, no-one stood a chance of heading her. LINARES finished with a six-point cushion and declared herself satisfied with her performance.

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Mattia Pedrani 

Casting sexual connotations to one side, Italian freestyler Mattia Pedrani has recently updated his blog with news of sponsorship changes, and the release of his latest music and video media.

With the windsurf transfer season still very much in full effect, 23 year old Pedrani has announced that he’s changing both board and sail sponsors. After competing on equipment from Mistral and North during the 2008 season, Pedrani has now made the move across to Starboard and Simmer sails.

While there’s been no official word from either brand about their latest signing, Pedrani, who finished 13th overall in the 2008 PWA freestyle discipline, has been quick on the case to publicise his new sponsors.

In addition to the Italian’s new sponsors, Pedrani’s also released footage of his winter’s exploits in Lake Garda. Ripping in his now trademark dry suit, the video, ‘Iron man on a Mission’, which refers to the models of his new Simmer sails, shows the cold’s no reason to hold back from throwing down literally every move in the book.

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