Rutland Water, Part 2 of the UKWA Inland Series and an RYA selection event for those wishing to apply for the 2008/2009 Bic Techno National Junior Squad and also part of the selection process for the team who will represent Team GBR at the Techno World Championships in Sopot, Poland in August.  National Squad coach Oli Woodcock, together with Ian Roberts and Isy Hutchinson were in attendance on behalf of the RYA.

The Techno Fleet which is ever growing was represented by 53 Techno sailors on the main course comprising of both 6.8 and 7.8 fleets. We were treated to some very close, entertaining and at times surprising racing.  It is also good to see the new Bic One Design sail in attendance, mixing it with the Tushingham TK’s.

Saturday started with Matt Brown taking the lead in the first race, but Sam Sills, reigning 6.8 World Champion, was hot on his heels and took over the lead at the end of the last upwind leg, leading to the finish.  George Bowles was not far behind taking 3rd position, with Kieran Martin coming in 4th and 1st 6.8.  The first 7.8 girl in that race was Nicola Granger followed by Becky Plummer and Chloe Bennett.  The 6.8 girls were led by Imogen Sills.

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The 2008 Allegro Formula Windsurfing European Championships will be held from Tuesday July 29th to Sunday August 3rd 2008 in Leba, Poland. The Allegro Cup is a Formula Grand Prix and Grade 1 Formula Windsurfing World Ranking event.

As a Qualification Regatta, in the Mens Division, for the 2008 Formula Windsurfing World Championships, a total of 5 qualification places are allocated to European competitors in these European Championships.

The Championships will be organised by the Polish Windsurfing Association for and on behalf of, and under specified conditions laid down by the International Formula Windsurfing Class (IFWC), the International Windsurfing Association (IWA) and the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). The event is organised in conjunction with, and sponsored by, QXL Poland (Allegro.pl), the City of Leba, Afekt Promotion and Easy Windsurfing.

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On Sunday May 25 2008, the remaining top ten sailors at the Delta Lloyd Regatta met windy and wet conditions in the Medal Races. The strong breeze and choppy IJsselmeer were challenging. The competitors showed spectacular battles with lots of capsizes around the course. The leaders tried to stay out of troubles and others had to take extra risks. Some gained and some lost. According to many Olympians, this year’s Delta Lloyd Regatta has been a good training for Beijing with an interesting end.

“Today was a different competition”, said overall winner Julien Bontemps (FRA). “It is interesting to finish the series like this. I had a good start with Dorian. Of course I was covering him, but my upwind speed was bad and he was in front of me.”

The two Dutchmen Dorian van Rijsselberge and Casper Bouman, both coached by McIntosh (NZL), like the heavy weather conditions and were flying. Going into the Medal Race, Bouman was in ninth position. He needed to finish top six in order to qualify for Beijing. He took the bullet, but missed the sixth position by just one point. He has one more chance in Kiel. If he fails, Van Rijsselberge will go.

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