Otago Harbour 

James Dinnis, of Taranaki, won the open men's grade in the national windsurfing championships on Otago Harbour, winning all but one of the 21 races. Sue Bradley, of Queenstown, won the women's open grade, finishing just ahead of Annie Crombie, of Christchurch. In the over-50 men's grade, Tim Wood, of Auckland, was a convincing winner.

The 34 competitors in the event were able to enjoy the benefits of good weather throughout the long weekend.

Two promising Dunedin crews filled the top spots in the 29er class at the Sail Auckland regatta at the weekend.

Skipper Chelsea Whitburn and crew Gabrielle Cross, sailing for the Macandrew Bay club, won the event, winning five of the nine races and finishing second in two others.

Dan Meehan and Deryck Edie (Ravensbourne) were second with four race wins and three seconds.

The annual event included 11 divisions in seven different Olympic and dinghy classes at the Waitemata Harbour.

Meanwhile, Dunedin sailor Allan Sutherland guided his Hot C Air craft to victory at the national Farr 6000 championships in Dunedin at the weekend.

Sutherland had five wins and two seconds in racing at the Port Chalmers Yacht Club, enough to give him victory by four net points over Rob English, in Aphrodite.

Canterbury's Vince Williams (Piracy) won the national Noelex 22 championships, also hosted by the Port Chalmers club, with Alex Bruce (Double Dark) second.

The finish was very close with overnight leader Dragos Blaga (Rangatahi) dropping to third and Williams and Bruce having to be separated at the second stage of countback.

Williams got the nod having won the final race.

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Ricardo Campello 

After finishing sixth overall in the 2008 freestyle tour, it comes as a great surprise to find that Ricardo Campello, one of the freestyle discipline’s great innovators, is no longer going to compete on the PWA freestyle tour.

Instead, the Venezuelan has made the decision to focus purely on the wave tour for the 2009 PWA season. Driven by a desire to land the illusive triple forward loop and make the podium on the wave tour, Campello will be sorely missed from the freestyle scene.

In addition to changing his sailing focus, Campello has also announced he’ll be opening the doors of his own windsurf centre in El Yaque. Here’s Ricardo with the word on both revelations:

“Right now I’m in the airport on my way to the first event of the year in Cabo Verde. I’m arriving a bit earlier to train and have some fun surfing.

This year I have decided to not compete in freestyle, my goal is to be top 3 in waves and also complete the triple loop; for that I will need to focus full time on wave sailing.

On the other hand you might not of heard much from me lately because I’ve been working really hard on my new project, which is a windsurf centre in El Yaque. It’s called 'Campello Wind Centre'.

We are still not ready but I would like to invite you all to have a look at the latest pictures of it. If things go well, in about a month we will have our first clients on the water.

It’s going to be stocked with the 2009 JP and NeilPryde rang. Also, for kitesurfers we’ll have Cabrinha kites in addition to other activities like snorkelling, wakeboarding, bikes and more. We will teach from beginners all the way to experts, and on some special occasions I’ll give some freestyle clinics.

Yoli De Brendt will be the manager of the centre and she will be taking care of all the clients and giving some special tips.

Philip Koster 

We have just learned that TeamPryde rider Philip Koster has broken his wrist during the Starboard photoshoot.

Philip arrived in Margaret River last week from Gran Canaria and was due to compete in this month's Fuerte Ventura wave classic.

Philip will be out of the water for a minimum of three weeks. We wish him a prompt recovery and can't wait to see him again in action.

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