Australia, China, Hong Kong and Thailand secure places in the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games.

Australia, China, Hong Kong and Thailand all secured qualification in the Techno 293 windsurfer events to be held at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games.

Michael Cheng Chun Meung (HKG) and Siripon Kawduang Ngam (THA) emerged as 2010 Asian Champions after six days’ of racing at the Techno 293 Asian Championships. Both sailors went into the final day in pole position and despite two firsts for Chen Mubin (CHN) in the boys fleet, it was not enough to overhaul the overnight leader. Lee Chun Tiung (HKG) took the final podium position.

In the girl’s fleet Siripon added another two wins in races 9 and 10 to compliment the two first on the previous day of racing. She excelled in the lighter winds that predominated in the second half of the regatta. Lin Hai Xia (CHN) and Man Ka Kei (HKG) held on to take second and third overall - with other members of the China team close behind.

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Speedsailing Hall of Fame

This year's "Hall of Fame" poll is on to send one famous male and female speedsailor into the Speedsailing Hall of Fame.

Elections will run until 28th of February, with the Male and Female winners to be announced on the 1st of March, 2010.

Every member of the speedsailing community can make one vote on the right hand side of the website for his favourites.

And the nominees are:

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Ben van der Steen won the last stage of the South African Windsurfing Championships in Langebaan

The race director set up a 6 leg downwind slalom course, each leg about 1.5km, starting and finishing at our two favourite islands.

The start line was set just before Skaap Eiland in front of Langebaan main beach, the finish in the bay in front of Friday Island. The fastest guys finished the course in about 8mins, with close battles all the way to the finish.

A total of 21 riders entered for the last days action, which, despite the long course, still resulted in fierce battles on the start line and on the gybe marks (with one-or-two crashes along the way).

The untouchable Benny van der Steen was "lit like a firecracker" on his new JP/Neil Pryde gear. Most people learnt this hard way and left the likes of Hennie to contemplate the meaning of life when they realised they weren't the fastest in a straight line any more.

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