RNLI Serious Fun DVD 

The RNLI is launching a new campaign in the Spring called Serious Fun. The campaign aims to engage with all watersports participants to encourage them to have maximum fun on the water – but to take their fun seriously. At the heart of the campaign is a new DVD entitled ‘Serious Fun!’ which is available FREE to those who order a copy at the Show.

The DVD is packed full of practical tips and advice, it features 11 short films – each is dedicated to a different watersport and aimed at all levels of skill and experience – one of the films has been created specifically for dinghy sailors and is about small boat sailing. This film includes action footage and is full of practical tips and advice from experts including RYA National Dinghy Coach John Thorn.

Serious Fun includes something for all watersports enthusiasts. In addition to dinghy sailing there are films on yachting, windsurfing, kitesurfing, canoe and kayaking, diving, large and small powerboating, sea angling, waterskiing and wakeboarding and personal watercraft/jet skiing; along with a top tips, lifejacket clinic films and a film about the RNLI and how to support the charity that saves lives at sea.

To find out more about Serious Fun and to order your FREE copy, visit the RNLI’s stand (F32), where a D-class inshore lifeboat will be on display along with the chance to watch highlights from the Serious Fun DVD, to find out more about the charity that saves lives at sea and the chance to become a member of the RNLI.

Commenting on the RNLI’s presence at the Dinghy Show Richard Devereux, RNLI Leisure Marine Marketing Manager, says: ‘We hope to welcome all dinghy show visitors to the RNLI stand and urge them all to sign up for a free copy of our new Serious Fun DVD – it’s a great way connect with your chosen watersport without getting wet!

We hope it may serve as a reminder to watersports enthusiasts who sail on the coast that they might one day need the RNLI, so as a charity we need their support too.’

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JP/Neil Pryde UK Slalom Series 

The first round of what is looking like a very exciting slalom series for 2009 is only a few weeks away. Funsport at Rhosneigr will host the opening round of the British Tour and following an enjoyable trip to Ireland the series kicks off on British shores with a real bang.

The event is combined with the wave tour (rozzy being a unique destination where waves and flat water can both be found on the same beach) and the two events will provide a real spectatcle with a beach full of sailors and competitors.

It will be held between 15th – 17th May 2009.

A big highlight is saturday night’s entertainment with FREE SNOWBOARDING AND SKIING lessons for all competitors, along with use of the tobogan run, food and live music! worth the entry fee alone. As well as this, there is a coach to and from the event site/camp site to get you there and back safely.

Furthermore, HOT LUNCHES ARE INCLUDED FOR ALL COMPETITORS throughout the weekend, not to mention the Irish Invasion with 30 competitors already confirmed to travel the Irish Sea and compete in the final round of the Irish Sea Challenge!

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Speed:World:Cup

Due to organizational problems we need to postpone the Mauritius event until further notice.

One of the main issues was that the national flight company has dramatically reduced their flights and we can not guarantee shipping of all equipment in time.

We tried to arrange alternative boat transfers but it was impossible to get a guarantee for proper timing. We are still working on it and the event will definately happen in the future.

Karpathos has thus been confirmed now as 2009 one-off world championship, which means that the winner of the Karpathos event will be the 2009 world champion and collect 475 points for the world ranking.

Registration will be opened shortly, please do not book any flights before your starting place is confirmed.

Starting places are limited this year, and seeding will be done by the world ranking. More details will be send to you with the registration forms.

We will also confirm soon the status of the remaining major events, as well as possible additional national events.

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