Finian Maynard 

A spectacular event came to an end today with the price giving held directly at the beach in front of the Pro Center Chris Schill. Finian Maynard (BVI) and Valerie Ghibaudo (FRA, Loft Sails) are the world champions 2009.

After 7 rounds of speedsailing action, giving two discards for the fleet from all over the world, Karpathos proved another time to be the perfect venue for high wind windsurfing.

The event opened with an early skippersmeeting to get used of the day with the best forecast of the whole week, and the race committee sent the fleet out to the first race at 9:00. Finian Maynard proved from the first moment that he is back and got his first bullet of the event.

The second round, again consisting of a silver and gold fleet leg commenced in the afternoon, and still the sailors were not released. The race committee went for a full fleet start late in the afternoon and sent out all 50 riders from 16 nations on the water. The second bullet for Maynard, and a spectacular scenery for the spectators on the beach.


Finian Maynard 

Another bullet for Finian Maynard (BVI) at the 2009 ISWC worlds. He is leading the competition now with a perfect score of 3.5 points after seven races and 2 discards ahead of Antoine Albeau (FRA) with 9.7 points and Anders Bringdal (SWE) with 14 points.

In the womens fleet, Valerie Ghibaudo (FRA, Loft Sails) scored her 8th consecutive victory in this competition and has won the title already before the final day of the competition. Marion Raisi (FRA) is in second with 10 points and Marie-Paule Geldhof (BEL) in third with 16 points.

The rest of the 7th round was completed today in light wind conditions, which still allowed for top speeds of almost 39 knots, another time Finian Maynard was dominating the heat and took victory ahead of Anders Bringdal and Jacques van der Hout (NED). Still, Antoine moved up in the overall ranking due to the second discard.

The 8th round commenced then with the silver fleet, but the conditions became too light then to finalize the round with the gold fleet.

Skippersmeeting is set to 10:00 tomorrow, the last day of the competition and we hope to get enough wind to get the gold fleet on the water.


Izzy Hamilton 

Cypriot star Michalis MALEKKIDES and Britain's Izzy HAMILTON were crowned the 2009 RS:X Youth World Champions after an action-packed week of racing in Turkey.

Scheduled to start just one week after the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship finished in Buzios Brazil, the RS:X Youth World Championships - staged by the RS:X Class with the support of Palmalife, the Yalikavak local governement, the Turkish Sailing Federation and Turkish Airlines - was the biggest yet with 109 competitors taking part.

By the end of the competition, there was a perfect symmetry in the two RS:X Youth World Champions, Michalis MALEKKIDES (CYP) and Izzy HAMILTON (GBR) – both had won silver medals at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship just a couple of weeks earlier.

Seventy-eight youth men (including 27 under 17s) and 26 youth women (five under 17s) from 14 countries and three continents enjoyed champagne racing over six days. The TYF put in place a fantastic organization to manage the event with logistics being handled by Meet Travel. Yalikavak built a mini-'Arc De Triomphe' in the centre of town in honour of the visiting youth athletes. Palmalife were a discreet but valued presence as the title sponsor without whom the major success of this championship would have foundered on the rocks of financial woes.

The event was covered by a four-man video production team and two stills photographers. Twenty-eight videos were loaded onto more than 10 video hosting sites. More than 1,000 images were loaded onto Flikr and received more than 15,000 views. The Palmalife RS:X Youth Windsurfing Worlds website received more than 9,000 visits and 40,000 page views. Five races were run in under 10 knots of breeze, a further five in under 15 knots and the remaining three in 15 knots plus. These are dry statistics but they help to tell the story of the championships.