- 08 October 2009 | Windsurfing
Saturday’s main racing course saw far to much wind for course racing with gusts over 45knots, with a difficult Rutland chop. Race Officer Mike spent most of the day out on the water looking for suitable conditions and late Saturday afternoon, after moving the course yet again held 3 races for the braver Formula and 2 races for Raceboard.
Unfortunately all other fleets failed to race.
Sunday saw much better conditions and all fleets saw at least some racing.
Late Saturday afternoon Race Officer Tessa held one round of racing for the Junior fleet in the shelter of the Rutland creek. Conditions in the creek are always difficult and this was no exception, however this did at least give the Juniors a challenge and some time on the water.
Sunday saw much better conditions for the Juniors and 8 rounds of racing on a larger than normal course tested the skill and fitness of our Junior sailors. Race Officer Tessa was pleased to see some first timers at the event.
1st Jessica Dudfield 2nd Alysia Gibson 3rd Rebecca Kent
1st Sarah Labourne 2nd Joe Patrick 3rd Zed Spencer-Milnes
1st Cameron Coghil 2rd Dean Hargreaves 3rd Charlotte Seal
1st Emma Labourne 2nd Seb Cooper 3rd Max Bushell
1st Kieran Martin 2nd Adam Purcell 3rd Kieran Burley
1st Robert Kent 2nd Tom Naylor 3rd Mark Kay Unl 1st Andy Mexhome
1st Charly Money 2nd Josh Leadbetter 3rd Matt Brown
1st Rich Jones 2nd Liam Round 3rd Jason Clarke
1st Simon Jam 2nd Gavin Nicholson 3rd Graham Baster
- 07 October 2009 | Windsurfing
A 72-year-old windsurfer has been rescued near the Osea Island, in the Blackwater Estuary, Essex, UK.
The man was reported missing by staff at the Marconi Sailing Club, Stansgate, at 10.20am on Saturday.
The winds were gusting to around 40 knots and the conditions were quite extreme.
A rescue helicopter was put on standby and the lifeboat crews from West Mersea were called.
Minutes after, a yacht from Blackwater Sailing Club spotted the man just south of Osea Island.
The crew members managed to get the windsurfer out of the water. He was cold, but ok.
- 06 October 2009 | Windsurfing
The roots of windsurfing started 60 years ago in Susquehanna River, Pennsylvania, USA. In 1948, Newman Darby, 20, built the first small catamaran with a handheld sail and rig mounted on a universal joint. Despite he did not patented his invention, Darby is commonly seen as the father of sailboarding/windsurfing.
Later in 1970, North Americans Jim Drake and Hoyle Schweitzer got a patent for their "Windsurfer" design, based on the Newman Darby's techniques. They credited him for their version of the sailboard.
Nevertheless, the two friends were working on the Darby's ideas since the mid-60's. Hoyle Schweitzer began the commercial production of polyethylene sailboards - the "Windsurfer" design - in the early 1970s.