Robert Carwright

The Robert Cartwright Memorial Trophy will be awarded this weekend at the RYA Youth & Masters/UKWA British Open.

Robert Cartwright was a young Windsurfer (aged 12) who was a member of the West Zone Windsurfing Squad coached by Helen Cartwright and Ian Roberts. His older sister Sarah had been a member of the Youth National Squad and was a talented sailor.

Robert loved Windsurfing and could always be seen with a smile on his face, going as fast as he possibly could and ‘normally’ in the right direction!

He was a fantastic squad member and was friends with all of the other sailor in the squad and a joy to coach. Whilst not always winning every competition he would always enjoy himself and never gave up, finishing virtually every race he ever entered.

It was on the way home from a Zone Squad Windsurfing event that Robert was tragically killed along with his father Phil when their car was involved in a head on collision. Roberts mother Pat was seriously injured and has made a remarkable recovery. Sarah, Roberts’s sister who was also injured, has continued to be involved in the sport of Windsurfing and coaches the up and coming youngsters of today.

The Rob Cartwright memorial trophy is a fitting tribute to Rob’s memory being presented to a Windsurfer who personifies what Windsurfing meant to Robert, fun, enthusiasm, commitment and passion.

Past winners have included Richard Hamilton, Paul Sibley, Lindsey Smith, and Matt Brown. It has been the greatest honour to have Pat and Sarah present the trophy in person each year at the Youth and Junior Championships.

Ross Williams wins the 2009 Sao Paulo Formula Windsurfing Grand Prix

Another full days racing at the 2009 Sao Paulo Formula Windsurfing Grand Prix with 4 races completed on the final day, and a total of 12 races in the series. Ross Williams continued where he left off on day 4, with 2 wins to his name, to ensure top position on the podium.

However the first race of the day did not go according to plan - uncharacteristically Ross lost the early lead and the result was another fine win for Gabriel Browne (BRA50) - closely followed by DEN111 and BRA999 who were having a private battle to secure the final two positions on the podium.

Ross won races 10 and 11 - but both Jesper and Wilhelm slipped up race 11. A win for Willhelm in the final race meant he overhauled Jesper to finish the series in second place.

Full results and photos from the final day are available on both the formula and WindBrasil websites.

Result Summary:
1st - Ross Williams (GBR83) Gaastra/Tabou
2nd - Wilhelm Schurmann (BRA999) Starboard/Pryde
3rd - Jesper Vesterstrom (DEN111) Starboard/Pyde
4th - Alberto Menegatti (ITA4) Starboard /Simmer
5th - Paulo Dos Reis (BRA3333) - North

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European Surf Festival

The first time for the European Surf Festival Makkum from 09.10.-11.10.2009 was a very great success! 18 exhibitors were presenting the latest stuff over 3 days on the beach.

Not only the new equipment for 2010 was a reason to visit the festival but also to meet the World Champion Josh Angulo, Kauli Seadi or Klaas Voget.

11.000 visitors had a lot of fun and a good mood at all the event days.

On Saturday in the evening was the big and great premiere party of “Four Dimensions” in the big party tent with a big screen and about 700 windsurf-fans directly on the beach. 

On Sunday the weather was very nice with good wind conditions and nice sunshine - perfect for testing the ne stuff!

And also the F2 Speed Challenge was able to start. The fastest guy of the weekend was Otto de Jong with a topspeed of 68,86 km/h. Way slower, on the second place was Jan Willem Baan with 59,47 km/h. On third place Erik Loots with 57,27 km/h. The winner could happy about the first price - a F2-Missile sponsored by Open Ocean.

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