Sam Sills 

A host of potential Olympic stars of the future and those who still cut the mustard at the top level will descend on Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) from this Saturday (22 August) for the 2009 IWA Junior, Youth and Masters Windsurfing World Championships.

Incorporating the Bic Techno Under 15 and Under 17 and Raceboard Youth and Raceboard Masters Worlds, the event brings together no fewer than 215 windsurfers from across the globe, as well as the age spectrum, for what is set to be six days of scintillating competition off the Dorset coastline.

Among the Brits looking to make worlds-winning waves in Weymouth and Portland will be 2007 Under 15 World champion and reigning Under 17 European champion Sam Sills from Launceston.

RYA Team GBR will also have high hopes in both the boys’ and girls’ Under 15 Techno 6.8 competition with both Cheadle’s Kieran Martin and Noelle Finch, from Clevedon, landing European crowns in the division earlier this year.

With a strong challenge expected to come across the board from the Israeli sailors, Louis Giard (FRA), Marcin Urbanowicz (POL),Kiran Badloe (NED) and Omer Sofer (ISR) are among the ones to watch in the boys’ U17 event, Sofer recently finishing fifth U17 on the RS:X 8.5 at the RS:X Youth Worlds.

In the boys’ 6.8 event, Mattia Camboni (ITA) and Albert Chaillot (FRA) are likely to be among the frontrunners while in the girls’ 7.8 competition, Lea Mattei (FRA), Veronica Fanciulli (ITA) and Clidane Humeau (FRA) – who dominated the medals at the Europeans - could all feature again at WPNSA.

Portugal’s Joao Rodrigues, silver medallist at the 2008 RS:X Worlds and 11th at Beijing 2008, will be one of the hot favourites for the Raceboard Masters crown although Paco Wirz (ITA), the defending 2008 Masters World Champion and 2009 Masters European Champion will not be willing to give up his crown without a fight. Patrik Pollak (SVK), who clinched the 2009 European Raceboard crown in June, will also be hot on their tails.

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Windsurfer International Magazine 

Beach Telegraph Publications has today launched Windsurfer International Magazine - a free-to-read monthly digital publication serving-up a multimedia feast of juicy articles for action-hungry wind addicts worldwide.

After founding the popular news aggregation Blog BeachTelegraph, Editor Brian McDowell aims to deliver a feature-rich service to complement the up-to-the-minute news that Beach Telegraph provides.

With a strong slant on environmental issues, Windsurfer International (WI) mag is also for people who care about the ocean and want to help protect our planet in return for a good read.

WI is proudly supported by smart sponsors who recognise the negative impact paper printing processes have on our future.

WI is also committed to marketing Windsurfing broadly and hopes to attract new participants into the sport via exciting multimedia imagery and stories.
As a showcase of the best sport on the planet WI mag has no cost and can be shared by many social media applications such as Facebook or Twitter and super-easy Blog and website embed options.

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2009 IFCA Slalom European Championships 

This year's IFCA Slalom Youth & Master European Championships at Schoenberger Strand finished as a very successful event for all competitors and partners of the event.

Perfect wind conditions with wind forces of up to 7 beaufort allowed slalom eliminations on all six event days. The very challenging conditions required a lot from the 63 starters who completed 12 slalom eliminations in the masters fleet and 11 slalom eliminations in the youth fleet. In the masters fleet the Slalom European Master Champion Title 2009 went to the German sailor Bernd Flessner (GER-16, F2, Neil Pryde).

He has now scored three titles this year: the 14th German Master Title, the Slalom World Champion Title and now the European Master Champion Title. In the youth fleet (U-20) Maciek Rutkowski (POL-23, Starboard, Maui Sails) from Poland won the Slalom European Youth Champion Title 2009.

The final day of the IFCA Slalom Youth & Master European Championships 2009 presented itself as great as all event days before. Excellent conditions with wind peaks of up to 25 knots allowed one more slalom elimination in both categories, youth and master. 

On top of the masters fleet there were no surprises anymore. The title candidate Bernd Flessner (GER-16, F2, Neil Pryde) won the last elimination of the event and clearly secured the Slalom European Master Champion Title 2009 with 6.3 points. His strongest rival Helge Wilkens (GER-63, Starboard, Gun) from Germany was always on his heels and became Vice-Slalom European Master Champion 2009 (20.4 points). An exciting fight started about the third place in the masters fleet. Thade Behrends (GER-94, Exocet) from Germany led just two points ahead of Alexander Lehmann (GER-373, Fanatic, North) before the last race. Behrends kept his nerve and secured the third place (31.0 points) in the overall ranking with just one point ahead of Lehmann, who scored the fourth place (30.0 points). The Italian sailor Luis Marchegger (ITA-6, JP, Gaastra) followed in fifth place (47.0 points).

In the youth fleet Maciek Rutkowski (POL-23, Starboard, Maui Sails) from Poland made his way through the starter field of 38 youth starters and won the Slalom European Youth Champion Title 2009 with 14.1 points. The vice-title went to Teade de Jong (NED-777, Mistral, North Sails) from the Natherlands (25.0 points) in front of the French sailor William Alikiagalelei (FRA-540, AHD, Loft) with 34.4 points. Place four in the youth fleet went to Thomas Gaudiot (FRA-909, Starboard, Gun Sails) from France. The only German competitor in the top 5 was the current Slalom Vice-Youth Champion Sebastian Koerdel (GER-220, Lorch, Neil Pryde). Best in the category junior (U-17) was Jacek Piasecki (POL-013, Starboard, Neil Pryde) from Poland in sixth place. The best girl, with a 27th place, was Marion Mortefon (FRA-118, Starboard, Neil Pryde) from France.

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