The first RS:X Youth European Championship will be staged in one month by the Albaria Club on the beautiful bay of Mondello in Sicily. Albaria has a very long and distinguished record of organising windsurfing events including their annual ‘World Festival on the Beach’ which started life as the ‘World Windsurfing Festival’ 23 years ago and an Olympic Class European Championship for IMCO.

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China has called in thousands of people to clean up an algal bloom at the sailing venue for this summer’s Olympic Games, a state news agency said.

The blue-green algae blossomed around June 1 in the waters around Qingdao on the coast of Shandong province, and some 400 boats and 3,000 people have been mobilized to clean it up, the Xinhua News Agency said.

Chinese news photos showed the bright-green bloom along the shores of downtown Qingdao. Other images showed workers loading the algae onto boats as windsurfers sailed in the background. The photos also showed people wading in the water and scooping up armfuls of the plant-like organism and putting it into white sacks.~

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Entering the final day of competition, Marcilio Browne (Mistral, Gaastra) and Jose Estredo (Fanatic, North Sails) had both battled to win one double elimination each, meaning the final day would prove critical in deciding who would take home the event, and 2008 season lead.

In the women’s fleet, Sarah-Quita Offringa’s (Starboard, NeilPryde) dominance had already guaranteed her the event win, leaving the remaining positions to be challenged for in the final day’s third double elimination.

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