Valérie Ghibaudo leads the 2009 PWA Women's World Tour

The season began in Uslan, Korea, for the women's fleet from June the 16th to the 22nd. Over the course of the week long event, there were two full days of racing, powered by the local south western thermal wind, which was gusting up to 50 km/h both days.

Women's riders had to wait until competition’s third day before Jinha Beach awoke to show its true colours, delivering side shore wind under blue sky.

In first position after 8 races in Korea, French Valérie Ghibaudo feels really good with this first victory, showing that our young mum is still in great shape! Windsurfing is also a matter of experience and at 37 years old she is more than ever at the top.

Well done for the first event of the season... But Karin Jaggi, who took the 2nd place on this first slalom world cup, did not say her last word and everything seems still possible for our 2008 Slalom World Champion. Karin has just changed her sail brand, and maybe she needs a little bit more time to be at ease on her new equipment.

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More than 20 training venues available for the London 2012 Olympic Games

Over 20 different venues around Great Britain are available to sailing teams wishing to take part in a Pre-Games Training Camp ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) is offering a Financial Award of up to £25,000 to National Olympic Committees (NOC) and National Paralympic Committees (NPC) choosing to take advantage of some of the best sailing facilities in Great Britain.

Twenty-one sailing venues across Great Britain have been chosen for inclusion in the London 2012 Pre-Games Training Camp Guide, including three facilities based on the Weymouth and Portland waters where the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition will take place.

NOCs and NPCs can take advantage of a Financial Award of up to £25,000 offered by LOCOG to assist with the expenses of venue hire, accommodation and support services for Pre-Games Training Camps.

Sebastian COE, Chair of LOCOG, says teams can expect a warm welcome, “What we can guarantee, apart from excellent facilities, is that the communities throughout the UK will welcome you with open arms, keen to play their part in a great Games. We are all looking forward to welcoming you in the lead up to 2012”.

In addition to the 21 sailing venues, 14 venues have been selected as venues for Paralympic Sailing in the London 2012 Paralympic Pre-Games Training Camp Guide.

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Mark Kay won the Raceboard event in Bridlington

Last weekend the UKWA was again given a warm Northern Welcome by East Riding Council as the 2009 series moved on to Bridlington. Bridlington must be the friendliest venue on the UKWA tour and local interest brings out the spectators literally by the thousand. The promenade was a mass of motor homes, windsurfers, locals and holiday makers all enjoying the spectacle of the UK’s top course racers in action.

66 sailors turned out to race last bank holiday weekend 23rd, 24th & 25th May for Round Two of The Saturday greeted competitors with overcast skies and a light chilly breeze. Scanning the Internet for forecasts gave us little optimism, but the coast guard visited the race office with a promising forecast for the day and this indeed proved to be the most accurate version. Race officer Tessa Ingram and Principal race officer Mike Dempsey took to the water early and a course was soon set. The race officer ran 2 rounds of racing for all raceboard fleets in the morning session.

After lunch as the wind built a further three rounds of extremely exciting course racing for raceboard fleets & three back to back races for formula were held. The race officer then announced another two rounds for formula but as they rebelled, shattered and vocal it was agreed that one more round would be held. In fact this was the right decision as soon after the leaders had finished the wind dropped and the back of the fleet struggled to the finishing line.

On Saturday night there was a Pool Party in the local leisure centre hosted by the council with wave pool and slides, which was enjoyed by all. The leisure centre also provided showers all weekend for competitors and relatives for which we are most grateful.

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