Jamie Hancock

After three rounds of full on wave sailing the UKWA has crowned Jamie Hancock.

Jamie, who lives in Portsmouth, can be seen riding waves all along the hot spots on the south coast. Competing for many years on the UKWA wave tour Jamie previously won the prestigious indoor title in 2005 and was also the Tiree Wave Classic Champion in 2006.

This year’s first tour event saw competitors cross to Brandon Bay, Ireland, and what an event! Brandon Bay delivered like never before provideing the most extreme conditions ever seen at a UK contest. This was an extremely successful event for Jamie finishing the event in first place and getting his season off to a great start.

Event two was the Welsh leg held at Rhosneigr. With a strong southerly wind sweeping off Cardigan Bay and cross-shore at Rhosneigr Beach, there was classic port tack jumping for the wave sailors where Jamie finished in a creditable second place, therefore retaining his overall lead.

Event Three saw competitors making the long trip to the beautiful Isle of Tiree. Here Jamie in his own words ‘had a shocker’ finishing in only eleventh place, but with only two events from the three to count for the 2009 British Title Jamie was declared a worthy Champion.

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James Briggs

Initially all racers were sent afloat when wind on the race course was a steady 10 knots.

By the time the first Formula race was due to start, the wind had dropped to a light 6-8 knots. The AP was flown whilst the fleet waited on the water to see if the breeze would return. Thankfully, within 30 minutes, the start sequence was underway with the race being two laps of a box course in 9-11 knots of breeze.

The first start was away clear with Keith Atkinson (GBR56) reaching the windward mark a boat length ahead of James Briggs (GBR848). Completing the downwind section, GBR848 had taken the lead from GBR56 which he then extended until the finish. Jason Clarke (GBR1515) finished in a comfortable third place.

The first attempt to start the second race was abandoned when the wind dropped and changed direction by 20 degrees making the pin end very biased. After a short wait, the second race was successfully away with most of the fleet starting on port and those closer to the pin sailing more the middle of the course area gaining on those on the right hand side of the course.

Tim Gibson (GBR40) was first to the windward mark closely following by GBR848. With the wind freshening to 11-13 knots, a powerful downwind leg saw GBR848 take the lead from GBR40 which he held until the finish. Ashley Barrett (GBR964) successfully led the charge ahead of the pack taking third place.

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Wind on the very last day brought finally results for the speed windsurfers and kiteboarders in Dungarvan, Ireland.

There was just enough time to complete a few fast runs along the speed strip, with the fastest speed of the event set by Dave Williams (GBR, Best) at 44.2 knots over 250m.

Andrea Baldini (ITA) set the top speed in the windsurfers fleet with slightly over 40 knots, and Zara Davis (GBR) took victory in the womens fleet.

In the Kiteboarding fleet, Jason McCaffrey (GBR, Cabrinha) and Jemma Grobbelaar (GBR, Flexifoil) were on top after two completed rounds.

The event came to an end with the prize giving ceremony held in the Dungarvan Harbour Yacht Club, and a party that is lasting until the late night.