Spain rise to the top of the national standings in the latest release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings. Led by Marina ALABAU (ESP), who holds the world #1 spot in the Women’s RS:X, Spain now has five crews Ranked amongst the top-three in the world across the 11 Olympic events.

Men's Windsurfer - RS:X

Przemyslaw MIARCZYNSKI (POL) stays top for the fourth consecutive of the Men’s RS:X Rankings, a bronze medal at the European Championship in Brest the latest addition to his trophy cabinet. However, world #2 Joao RODRIGUES (POR) has closed the gap on the leader, cutting the points’ difference at the top to less than 50 after he was crowned 2008 European Champion in France.

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For all those European windsurfers craving more action, the solution has arrived in the form of The Windsurfing Journal.

The Windsurfing Journal is a new German language windsurfing magazine. It’s published every two months, and distributed in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The very first issue hit the shelves in March and proved to be a huge success.

The second issue has just been completed and will be published this week. Inside you’ll be hit with a barrage radical windsurf action, including an 18-page travel feature on the club ventos beach search, featuring the likes of Kevin Prichard, Robby Swift and Kauli Seadi on a hunt to track down the best conditions in Brazil. Subscribers will also get a free DVD of the trip.

You’d be a fool to miss out, so get yourselves down to the store and pick up a copy before they’re all gone.

Source: PWA World Tour

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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