Steve Allen 

European Championships in Formula Windsurfing Allegro.pl Cup 2008 are over! Those were the last two races that decided who won. Ross Williams became the European Champion, while Steve Allen won the Cup for the fourth time in a row.

After the heavy rain, the competition was cancelled due to the weak and instable wind, however, it started to blow stronger. When the wind reached the speed of about 16 knots, the judges decided that women and the silver fleet would race for the last time. They also gave the chance to the gold fleet to compete even more fiercely. The best of the best took part in another two races.

The end of the event was full of excitement. During the last two races, the wind was really strong. It exceeded 20 knots! As a result, those races were extremely spectacular. Each of them was commented live by Michał Olszański. This time the course was set closer to the shore so that everyone could observe a fantastic rivalry on water.

Wojtek Brzozowski was unbeatable as he feels best when the wind is strong.

It was him who, after an exciting struggle, won the last two races and in the whole event he took the eighth position.
 
The victory of the European Championships in Formula Windsurfing Allegro.pl Cup 2008 among women was won by a Pole – Marta Hlavaty! Agnieszka Pietrasik (2nd place) and Maarja Niinemets (3rd place) will also appear on the podium.

In the evening winners will be granted medals and cups on the great stage in Allegro.pl beach town. The whole ceremony will be honoured by a world-class celebrity – Shaggy. This will be a fantastic end to this year’s European Championships in Formula Windsurfing.


SOURCE: Formula Windsurfing

RS:X Euro Championship 2008 

No racing today due to lack of wind. If anything, the conditions in Mondello have given everyone a glimpse of what the Olympic Regatta may be like. Frustrating waits; Difficult decisions for the Race Committee; and of course, Joy for the medallists

In the Boys fleet, Liran Moshe Machlav (ISR 111) wins comfortably from Alistair Masters (GBR 41) with Ron Asulin (ISR 16) in third. Just off the back of these three Manfredi Misuraca (ITA 1) was denied by his OCS in race 3 and Hadrien Mourichon (FRA 518) by his poor first result.

In the Girls fleet, Laura Linares (ITA 11) adds the RS:X Youth European Championship title to that of 2008 ISAF Youth World Champion. Its honours even for Lior Shimoni (ISR 13) and Sybille Bosch (FRA 1) on equal points in 2nd and third with Leonore Bosch (FRA 11) in 4th and Anastasia Davrou (GRE 13) in 5th.

What we all have to work out is how the Israeli youth team becomes so strong. They are certainly the ones to beat. Hopefully more nations will now see the logic of investing in junior and youth windsurfing as they come to realise that this is a sure way of developing top racing helms at relatively little cost. A big return on investment is almost guarranteed.

See you all in Pattaya, Thailand at the end of November for the RS:X Asian Champs followed  by the RS:X Youth Worlds!


SOURCE: RS:X Class

Antoine Albeau 

Antoine Albeau (FRA, Starboard) and Karin Jaggi (SUI, F2, North) are the speed windsurfing world champions 2008. After 7 rounds of speedsailing in challenging conditions, Albeau took the victory with a perfect score of 3.5 points.
Vice world champion became Patrik Diethelm (ITA, F2, North). Bjorn Dunkerbeck (SUI, T1/Proof, North) took the last days race as a discard, as he was already well ahead of Finian Maynard (BVI) in fourth.

In the womens fleet, it was very close racing in the beginning of the event between Valerie Ghibaudo (FRA, Loft Sails), taking two bullets in the first rounds, and Karin Jaggi, winning the next four races. The final day brought no changes to the ranking anymore. Marion Raisi (FRA) taking third place then.

The event started with challenging conditions as the wind was pretty light in correlation to the deep angle of the course. The top speeds came close to 40 knots, with a close battle between Albeau and Diethelm. With improving wind speeds Dunkerbeck came closer, but was never able to really challenge the top duo. The places behind were hardly fought for between Maynard and the Moussilmani brothers, Slalom specialists Dan Ellis (GBR, Fanatic) and Peter Volwater (F2, North) as well as living legend Anders Bringdal (SWE) completing the top 10.

With higher wind speeds and the high tide in the afternoon the top speeds improved over the curse of the week, with Antoine Albeau again setting the top speed of the event with 40.54 knots average over the 500m speedcourse.

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