RS:X World Championships 2009 

The RS:X World Windsurfing Championships is the first ‘Olympic’ event to be staged at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy in this quadrennial. This is the venue for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition. Racing is expected to be inside the harbour blasting across the flat water in full view of the general public. Spectators are welcome to come and watch the action.

On Wednesday evening the Opening Ceremony was held ahead of the start of racing this Friday. It was blowing all day on Wednesday and is likely to continue for the next two days at least. Predicting conditions further out than that is always a fool’s game so let’s not go there.

However, lets just assume for a minute that we stand a good chance of getting some breeze later in the event. September is the month of the equinox. The change in the seasons, this usually brings breeze with it - sometimes in abundance.

This then is how we see it…

In the men’s fleet, Przemyslaw Miarczynski (POL) is always a name that springs to mind when the wind is up. Then there is Casper Bouman (NED), the 2006 RS:X Windsurfing World Champion who is really fast on flat water. And, there is nothing flatter than Weymouth harbour in wind.

The home supporters must be rooting for Nick Dempsey (GBR) and Bryony Shaw (GBR) both good all round performers. Marina Alabau (ESP) and Blanca Manchon (ESP) the dominant team in Women’s RS:X windsurf racing are however the ones to beat in the women's fleet

It will be interesting to see how the 2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Champion, Hei Man Chan (HKG) fares in the Olympic fleet. She is now fully recovered from the leg injury sustained just before the Palmalife RS:X Youth Windsurifng World Championships.

As well as following the latest news on www.sailing.org, the RS:X Class will be loading video postcards onto the RS:X YouTube Channel, images onto their Flikr Photostream and Tweeting regularly . Daily reports will be posted on the RS:X World Windsurfing Championship Facebook Page as well as the Championship microsite too.

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Peter Andre learns to windsurf 

Pop Star Peter Andre and his brother, Mike, were down in Hove, on the south coast of England, filming for his reality TV show, and dropped into the Baker Academy for some windsurfing lessons from long term PWA star Nik Baker.

Naturally, the paparazzi were out in force, and like everything Mr Andre does these days, the pictures and story made it straight into the pages of the nationals.

Says Nik Baker:

"Peter seemed to love it and both himself and his brother Mike are booked in for regular lessons with us, which I think can only help increase awareness of windsurfing to the masses. It was actually being filmed for one of his TV shows for his upcoming series which starts in October in the UK, so keep an eye out for it to see how he got on."

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WOWI - 10 Years 

WOWI - 10 Years is a celebration of all the hard work put in by its members and the great long lasting friendships made from this group - not to mention tons of windsurfin’.

This event is open to everybody with a love of the water; so do come along and bring your friends!

To celebrate that WOWI has successfully been in existance, all the hard work put in by its members and all the great the long lasting friendships made from this group Laura Macaulay and myself have teamed up with the go ahead from Aishling to organise: WOWI - 10 years and counting!

This weekend is going ahead on the 19th - 20th of September 2009 down in Castlegregory Co Kerry.

WOWI - 10 years and counting is a celebration open to everybody and plans to be pretty relaxed catch up for all the new and old people to windsurfing and surfing. Just to give ya a flavour of what we have in mind for this event this is how we see it panning out.

Here’s a flavour of what will be on over the weekend: Red Bull Tent | Demo Gear | Fancy Dress Party [theme - anything beginning with ‘w’] | GPS Equipment available | DJ and Live Music | Great food in Spillanes Pub | Table Quiz | discount on gear rental & lessons through Jamie Knox | Spot Prizes |

WOWI is a network of women windsurfers based in Ireland.

It was established by Charlotte & Anna in September 1999 with the aim of raising the profile and level of women’’s windsurfing in Ireland.

It was also formed with the idea of introducing windsurfers to each other on a sporting and social level so that together we can meet and share all the excitement and challenges of this exhilarating sport.

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