Pearse Geaney

The 2008 and 2009 Irish Windsurfing Slalom Champion Pearse Geaney will be putting up a challenge to some of the world’s best speedsailors when they compete at the European Speed Sailing Championships to be held off the coast of Dungarvan, Co. Waterford in southern Ireland, this 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 the event supporters.

Commenting on participating in the championship event, Pearse Geaney said, “I’m really looking forward to the European Speedsailing Championships here in Ireland.  It is a fantastic opportunity to compete against the world’s best windsurfing and kitesurfing speedsailors in a location where I windsurfed for years!  As a youth, I would never have thought we’d have the likes of Dunkerbeck and Bringdal rigging on our shores! 

There are a selection of unknown speed sailing locations across Ireland, that each allow us to perfect our skills before the big event; Dungarvan in particular is one location that offers the best conditions to be had in the prevailing south westerly wind we usually get here in Ireland.  The sand bar just outside the harbour provides flat water at low tide which is needed to achieve high speeds.” Pearse continued.

Irish speedsailor Martin Waldron was the first to recognise the locations potential.  Some video footage of him windsurfing there one windy weekend was viewed by the international windsurfing community, where it was very quickly acknowledged as a championship venue. 

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Steve Allen

Severne is proud to announce the addition of Steve Allen to their international team.

Steve’s long experience in FW windsurfing and R&D experience will enable him to work closely with Ben Severne and Björn Dunkerbeck.

Together, they will propel the race program to another level for 2010.

Steve’s achievements in the race scene have been making headlines, especially earlier this year as he returned to full action and clinched 3 Polish National Titles.

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2009 PWA Sylt

After four full eliminations of high-octane slalom, Antoine Albeau leads the fleet and proves to the crowds on Brandenberger Strand that he’s the World’s number one racer.

After the early start of the previous day, it was a welcome break for the sailors to arrive at the event site at 09:00. With plenty of wind, and the sun breaking through the clouds, the race crew quickly set the course in preparation for a downwind duel between the World’s fastest windsurfers.

The racing got underway promptly, and before long, the four gybe downwind course was blessed with 12-18kts of wind and wall-to-wall sunshine. This was champagne slalom racing at its finest.

Race 1
The usual suspects stamped their authority over the rest of the fleet during the first heats, with only a few surprises. The first of these came in the form of local legend Bernd Flessner (F2, NeilPryde) failing to make it through in front of his home crowd. Next up was PWA Chairman Jimmy Diaz (Starboard, North) who also failed to make the cut. He crashed out on one of the long reaches, creating an impressive scene for those gathered on the beach early on.

In the final, Antoine Albeau (JP, NeilPryde) shot off the start line and straight into the lead. He dominated the whole race and won with a comfortable margin, reaffirming his position as the 2009 PWA Slalom World Champion. Behind him however there was a real race going on between the French Moussilmani Brothers, Cyril (Starboard, North) and Benoit (Starboard, Simmer). After the Frans brothers freestyle tussle, the previous day we thought we’d seen the end of family rivalry, but these boys took it to the wire today! In the end Benoit took 2nd and Cyril had to settle for 3rd.

In the losers final there was even more drama. This time between long-term rivals Finian Maynard (RRD, NeilPryde) and Micah Buzianis (JP, NeilPryde). It was extremely tight around the whole course but Maynard put his foot to the floor and edged out just in time to take line honors.

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