Marta Hlavaty 

Prizes have been awarded. At the end of the fourth day of the regatta, winners entered the podium to be congratulated, as well as receive cups and cheques.

After a short, but full of positive emotions closing ceremony, Stereo MC’s band appeared on the stage followed by an exhilarating performance by Kosheen.

The winner in men’s classification was an Australia Steve Allen, who has taken this award for the fifth time.

Thus, he confirmed that he is in great condition.

Among women, the best was Marta Hlavaty (POL 11) from Poland.

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Finian Maynard 

A spectacular event came to an end today with the price giving held directly at the beach in front of the Pro Center Chris Schill. Finian Maynard (BVI) and Valerie Ghibaudo (FRA, Loft Sails) are the world champions 2009.

After 7 rounds of speedsailing action, giving two discards for the fleet from all over the world, Karpathos proved another time to be the perfect venue for high wind windsurfing.

The event opened with an early skippersmeeting to get used of the day with the best forecast of the whole week, and the race committee sent the fleet out to the first race at 9:00. Finian Maynard proved from the first moment that he is back and got his first bullet of the event.

The second round, again consisting of a silver and gold fleet leg commenced in the afternoon, and still the sailors were not released. The race committee went for a full fleet start late in the afternoon and sent out all 50 riders from 16 nations on the water. The second bullet for Maynard, and a spectacular scenery for the spectators on the beach.

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Finian Maynard 

Another bullet for Finian Maynard (BVI) at the 2009 ISWC worlds. He is leading the competition now with a perfect score of 3.5 points after seven races and 2 discards ahead of Antoine Albeau (FRA) with 9.7 points and Anders Bringdal (SWE) with 14 points.

In the womens fleet, Valerie Ghibaudo (FRA, Loft Sails) scored her 8th consecutive victory in this competition and has won the title already before the final day of the competition. Marion Raisi (FRA) is in second with 10 points and Marie-Paule Geldhof (BEL) in third with 16 points.

The rest of the 7th round was completed today in light wind conditions, which still allowed for top speeds of almost 39 knots, another time Finian Maynard was dominating the heat and took victory ahead of Anders Bringdal and Jacques van der Hout (NED). Still, Antoine moved up in the overall ranking due to the second discard.

The 8th round commenced then with the silver fleet, but the conditions became too light then to finalize the round with the gold fleet.

Skippersmeeting is set to 10:00 tomorrow, the last day of the competition and we hope to get enough wind to get the gold fleet on the water.

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