Dave Hackford in the 2009 UKWA National Championships

Last weekend the UKWA was again given a warm welcome by Christchurch Borough Council as the 2009 series moved on to Steamer Point Christchurch. Christchurch must be the most beautiful location on the UKWA tour and local interest brings out many interested spectators. The Camping field was a mass of motor homes, windsurfers, locals and holiday makers all enjoying the spectacle of the UK’s top course racers in action and enjoying the summer sunshine.

87 sailors turned out to race last weekend 20th & 21st June for Round Three of The UKWA National Championships, Cup 3 at Steamer Point Christchurch.

Saturday greeted competitors with clear sky’s and sunshine. Saturday was predicted by all the various forecasts to be the best day for racing so Race officer Jay Williamson and his crews took to the water early and a course was soon set.

This was always going to be a challenging and difficult weekend for the race officer and his dedicated team. Light offshore breezes with big shifts and a strong tide, made constant course alteration essential. Wisely Jay set a windward, leeward course with a well positioned bottom gate which added interest and provided an element of decision making to the racing.

The race officer ran only 1 round of racing for all fleets in the morning session as the early promises of wind subsided. After lunch as the wind built briefly a further two rounds of course racing for raceboard fleets & one for formula were held. Unfortunately the wind subsided and shortly after the leaders had finished the wind dropped and the back of the fleets struggled to the finishing line and the races had to be shortened. Despite the efforts of the crews who stayed on the water until 6.30pm it was decided by the event organizer to call racing off for the day.

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2009 Polish Formula Windsurfing Triple Crown

From the 23rd July to 8th August 2009 the baltic shores of Poland play host to 3 events offering a total of 60,000 euro prize money.

These formula windsurfing World Ranking events offer more than just high level competition - beautiful sandy beaches, historic towns and great social scene, provide a welcoming atmosphere and memorable vist.

The Triple Crown Tour - begins in Pobierowo with the Formula Windsurfing Euro Challenger (23rd >26th July); moves on to Leba for the Allegro Cup - Formula Grand Prix (29th July>2nd August); and finishes in Sopot for the Formula Windsurfing European Championships ( 3rd >8th August).

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2009 Irish Slalom Series 

Round three of the Irish Slalom Series (ISS) took place on June13th/ 14th at the world famous windsurfing location of Brandon Bay, Co. Kerry. Based just outside the small village of Castlegregory on the Maharees peninsula the event was hosted by Jamie Knox Watersports. With a poor wind forecast throughout the week, some regular faces of the series choose to risk not taking the long journey south – boy did they miss out on a great weekend!

To begin the weekend, the ISS Crew were delighted to announce the new title sponsor of the ISS for 2009; DiscoverIreland.ie. Castlegregory has always provided some exciting racing over the past few years. Some competitors begin their preparations early and got some training in on Friday at Dumps beach. 

The official start of Round 3 began early on Saturday morning at Jamie Knox’s. With such a wide choice of top notch beaches, Jamie decided to call the beach on the day to best suit the conditions. With registration complete, each entrant was presented with a shiny new racing bib supplied by DiscoverIreland.ie. Five minutes later 40 vehicles headed off in convoy on the short trip South to Sandy Bay – which ended up as the race venue for the entire weekend.

After twenty minutes the car park was a wash with colourful sails and supporters banners. Despite the poor forecast over 14 Gold Fleet and 19 Silver Fleet competitors were on the beach ready to battle for some national championship points. True to form Ireland’s most efficient race officer; Greg Day, had competitors on the water straight away. With a large Silver Fleet contingent it was decided to run both fleets separately. A strong 20 knot breeze allowed the race crew to set a large downwind slalom course for the Gold Fleet and a slightly easier course for the Silver Fleet.

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