Irish Slalom Series Round 1 

Following on from the success of 2008, this year’s UK Slalom Series sponsored by JP and Neil Pryde kicks off with a real curtain raiser and looks to set the tone for what is looking like a fantastic season for British and Irish Slalom racing!

As part of a two event mini series called the “Irish Sea Challenge” competitors from Ireland and the UK will join forces to compete for overall titles and international glory! Malahide in Ireland will be the first venue on the calender and a venue you’ll be mad to miss out on, with superb sailing conditions providing good clean winds and superbly fast flat water-the ideal choice for any slalom event. off the water the weekend is looking just as special with an amazing Irish style party planned with live music and local beverages for competitors, travellers and spectators alike!

The Malahide estuary is situated just north of Dublin and only a very short drive from Dublin’s ferry ports, so once on the ferry your journey from the UK is pretty much done! Use the weekend to take in some sights and enjoy a road trip of epic proportions - sailing in a new and fantastic location with a team of competitive and entertaining hosts! Ireland is famous for many things but it’s hospitality has to be right up there, you know this weekend will give you more than just windsurfing, pool your transport, book your ferry and book your place now.

Fleets competing will consist of the existing top flight and challenge fleets along with the more social aspect of the “Groove Armada Fleet” where the focus is much more on the road trip and entertainment side of the series, needing no fancy kit or previous experience of racing, you just need a will to travel and have a good time! To score in this fleet you count just 4 out of 8 simple hourly races that will take place over the weekend, its that easy! and prizes are on offer to all.

To enter you need to have third party insurance which is available by becoming a member of the UKWA amongst other options, entry details and registration will be available at irishslalom.ie, here and prydegroup.co.uk

For accommodation and tourism information use: discoverireland.ie

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Phil McGain 

Phil McGain MauiSails product Manager and former Professional Boardsailors Association (PBA) Racing World Champion will be stepping off his Windsurf Board and into Ironman Germany for his first Ironman race come July 5th. 

Phil, who will be 46 years old on race day has been a professional windsurfer since 1983 and has been competing on the windsurfing professional tour for over 20 years. 

Phil recently got into running marathons as cross training and this year decided to give Triathlons as shot. He was immediately drawn to the sport because of the extreme physical challenges and the adventure of training for such a long endurance event.

Phil's windsurfing titles include World Champion, multiple US National Champion, multiple US Open Champion and multiple Australian Champion. 

Phil was also Chairman, President of the Professional Windsurfers Association from 1995 to 2004.

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Sunrise Sunset 2009 

Sunrise Sunset 2009 will be an opportunity for windsurfers, kitesurfers, speedsailors and other sailors throughout the UK, and possibly overseas, to get on the water at their own sailing location and raise money for a common cause being cancer-related education, support and research.

At Hayling Island you can join some of the top windsurfers (Dave White and others) on the water throughout the day but you can also go out on the water and sail with colleagues at your local venue.

The main event will take place at Hayling Island, if you can make it to Hayling Island that will be great but through the "map" below and on the event web site (www.SunriseSunset.ws) you should be able to see your own local venue and the sailors planning to be at that location.

There will also be a  FREE PRIZE DRAW and to be eligible you merely need to raise a minimum of £25.00 in sponsorship.

Be part of a major fundraising event to raise monies for the new W4CR charity. Free to enter and open to any sailor to take part in this first major fun event.

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