Shahar Zubari

Israel's Shahar ZUBARI and Marina ALABAU of Spain are the 2009 RS:X European Champions, claiming the titles following today's Medal Races in Tel Aviv.
The women’s Medal Race was held first and it turned out to be a sweet victory for Marina ALABAU (ESP). European Champion in 2007 and 2008, she now adds the 2009 RS:X European Championship title to her impressive list of successes. By finishing second in the Medal Race, she has demonstrated that she is the dominant force in the Women's RS:X fleet. No other woman can live with her, except perhaps...

Her team mate. Blanca MANCHON (ESP) ran out of power on the last day. She topped the leaderboard for the whole of the championship. However, she scored a DNF in the first race of the day yesterday suffering from heat stroke. She dug deep. Took on the 10th race in the series (the second of yesterday's races) and came third. All she had to do today was finish in the top five.

Sadly, it was not to be. She spent the morning in hospital, hooked up to a glucose drip. She was so dehydrated that the doctors told her not to race.

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Blanca Manchon

Israeli star and Beijing bronze medallist Shahar ZUBARI tightened his grip on 2009 RS:X Europeans in Tel Aviv on Thursday whilst in the women's fleet the battle for victory tightened between the two Spanish leaders.
Whilst the leader, Shahar ZUBARI (ISR) has only to maintain consistency and sail conservatively, the battle for the minor places is just beginning to develop.

Olympic silver medallist Julien BONTEMPS (FRA) did not have a good day. Two 10th place finishes let Ivan PASTOR (ESP) through to take over second and gave João RODRIGUES (POR) hope that he can retake third place or better. Five points is the difference he has to make up to take second.

Behind them, realistically speaking, there are five sailors fighting it out for fifth place overall. Nimrod MASHICH (ISR) is the current holder of that position with Piotr MYSZKA (POL) just nine points back in ninth overall. In normal fleet racing, the gap would be considered too big but with the Medal Race counting double points for the top 10, MYSZKA must live in hope.

Especially in view of the fact that it will be impossible for MASHIAH to cover everyone. That would include Byron KOKALANIS (GRE), Alexandre GUYADER (FRA), Samuel LAUNAY (FRA) as well as MYSZKA. These guys know what they are doing so will be ready to exploit any possible opportunity on Saturday.

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Maui Wind Cam 

The mauiwindcam.com crew are very excited to announce the addition of a THIRD camera to their popular webcam website! Their new High Definition camera is aimed at the lower break at Kanaha and can ZOOM into the action using its powerful 10x lens.

This exciting new view on the windsurfing, kiting and stand-up paddling mecca is enhanced by the stunning West Maui Mountains as a backdrop. The streaming video feed is in a full widescreen format with unbelievable image quality.

The new equipment represents the state of the art in webcams and the first deployment of a High Definition camera like this on Maui. The mauiwindcam website has also received an upgrade with a new logo and other graphic enhancements.

Recently mauiwindcam was featured in an Associated Press article which rated them among the top 10 webcams worldwide.

Mauiwindcam.com offers up one of the most unique ocean action views on the web with some of the highest quality images around. A huge photo gallery stretching back over 7 years together with daily and monthly time-lapse movies are also among the fun features of the website. The complete day’s action repeats during the night for those in other time zones.

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