2009 Irish Slalom Series 

August 15th and 16th saw the Irish Slalom Series travel to Co.Cork for Round 5 of what has been a fantastic year so far. With wind at every event this year Cork would prove no different. Saturday morning dawned with a fresh SW breeze.

The ISS team hit the road at 7am in search of the most suitable beach. With insufficient breeze in Coolmaine, the event was moved to GarryLucas. By 9am, local event organiser Pearse Geaney was kitting out the beach for the days racing.
With registration complete and the beach awash with colourful sails, competitors were summoned to the briefing. Many local sailors took the opportunity to enter there first event, while Gartan OEC’s John Boycee ensured Ireland’s top young sailors made the 9 hour trip from Downings.  Race officer, Greg Day explained the race course to the 51 strong fleet.

The gold fleet course was a 4 mark downwind course, while the silver fleet battled it out on a shorter course. The silver fleet aided by their gold fleet buddies kicked off the racing on the button at 11am.

Four back to back races were completed by both fleets in the morning session. The wind on the course varied from 12 to 18 knots. As a result the majority of the fleet were on their biggest kit. Local man Pearse Geaney took three bullets in the morning session. Notable performances were also seen from Maurice Owens, Fintan Day and Danny Mulryan. 

The short legs provided for some exciting action, with any mistakes resulting in quick punishment. Consistent gybes were a must for a top ten finish.  The silver fleet also saw some great racing. It was evident that certain members had been training hard since Downings.  Glen Worden led the silver fleet, however Paul Reid and Paul Green were hot on his heels.  Alison Beirne made her presence felt amongst the men by taking second place in race 4.

After a tough morning session on the water competitors were rewarded with tasty Cully & Sully soup and some tasty Ballymaloe relish topped bread. While competitors enjoyed the break, Greg was quickly back out on the water adjusting the course to the shifting breeze. Several more races were completed in the afternoon session. The inconsistent winds caused several races to be abandoned. Some new faces were seen at the top of the silver fleet notably Martin Savage, Kevin Cunningham and Dave Minton. The more challenging winds saw Hannes Louett and Tom Slomski take some great results in the gold fleet.

Saturday evening saw the crew gather in Hamlets of Kinsale. A tasty BBQ was enjoyed by all. As the nite progressed Kinsale lived up to its reputation for good food and great nightlife. Sailors were then escorted by event organiser Pearse, to his local nite club Bacchus, where dodgy dancing in flowery shirts continued into the wee hours.

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NeilPryde Baltic Cup 

Baltic's most important Formula windsurfing competitions NeilPryde Baltic Cup 2009 finals will be held from August 28th to 30th in Estonia. The competition will kick off on Friday, August 28th. All participants are welcomed to join the training already on Thursday afternoon.

Over the summer there have been three Neilpryde Baltic Cup competition in series. First in Lithuania, then in Latvia, after that in Finland and the finals will take place in Estonia this weekend. After the three stages the leader of the race is 2009 Masters World Champion Martin Ervin (EST-202) who has has won all three previous races. Until now there has been just one Estonian Erno Kaasik (EST-2) who has won this competition. He has been victorious for four times. All the other times the title has been given to Latvians. Today it looks like the the 2009 title will stay in Estonia.

The second place is held by Toomas Mölder (EST-44) and third place by Johannes Ahun (EST-99). As after the finals there will be one discard, the last years champion, Latvian Janis Preiss (LAT-23) who is holding 3rd place in Formula Windsurfing world ranking, will probably rise from the 9th place to fight for a medal.

Within this competition there will also be a local rankings for Estonian and Finnish 2009 Formula Champions and best local Neilpryde RS:X and Techno 293 competitors.

We are hoping to get crowd also from aboard as there shall apply RRS - WCR low points scoring system. And as always there will be an aftersurf at the beach and tour to best nightclub.

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Kieran Martin 

Young Brit Kieran Martin made an early statement of intent as he leads the charge for the Bic Techno Under 15 World title after day one of the 2009 IWA Junior, Youth and Masters Windsurfing World Championships at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA).

But the level-headed 14-year-old from Cheadle, Cheshire insists he will not be taking any notice of the overall standings until after the end of the RYA Racing Events-run regatta on Saturday (29 August) as those are the only scores that count.

Martin got his Championships off to a flyer today (Monday 24 August) as he landed a race one victory before following that up with a second race third to sit a point ahead of Israel’s Ben Hayoun in the boys’ fleet.

However, the youngster, who took Under 15 bronze at last year’s Worlds before being crowned 2009 Under 15 European champion in April, admits he was just pleased to get underway with two good scores.

He said: “I just wanted to make sure I got a couple of good counting races so I was really pleased with what I ended the day with. I don’t really want to be worrying about the overall scores until after the competition is over because then you can end up taking your mind off the things that you should be thinking about.

“To relax before racing I like to socialise and hang out with my friends and that wasn’t any different today. I did have a few nerves this morning but at the same time I felt confident I had done all I could do to prepare so when I actually got out on to the racecourse I was quite relaxed.”

Italy’s Marta Maggetti, 13, leads the Under 15 girls’ competition, a race two victory giving her a two-point advantage over May Witson (ISR) with Britain’s Emma Labourne enjoying a great start to the regatta in third.

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