2009 Irish Slalom Series 

For the past 25 years the Event Team in Downings have been putting on some of the best run Windsurfing Events in Ireland.

The event this year will be one to remember! In addition to racing the Event Team have arranged a function for the Saturday night.

It will be held in the Downings Bay Hotel - less than 1 min from the beach. There will be Dinner at 8pm - buffet meal main course with 3 options for €10 and a Kids Menu for €5. 

After Dinner - the legendary RNLI disco will kick off. Tickets €10. (Bring your flowery shirt - Irish Slalom Series Prize for Best Dogdy Dancer)
Kids will be allowed to attend the function until the doors are opened to the public at midnight.

Please mark Kids beside those availing of the kids menu. We appreciate if you would help the Event Team by letting them know if you are attending the Event Function.
Two local hotels are listed below with special deals for the event.
Downings bay B+B is 50€  if sharing  € 60 for single. .074 9155586
Beach hotel  B+B .Price per person sharing 50€  - 074 9155303

Please please help out the voluntary work - by letting us know if you are attending the function!

2009 UKWA Inland National Championships, at Derwent Reservoir

Last weekend the UKWA was again given a warm welcome by Derwent Sailing Club as the 2009 series moved on to Derwent Reservoir. If there was a vote for the warmest welcome then this event would certainly be very close to the top of the list.

Derwent Reservoir must also be one of the most beautiful location on the UKWA tour set in a valley surrounded by rolling hills and forests which ironically seem to have a positive effect on the wind, which generally builds as it funnels down the valley. The Camping field  & car park was a mass of motor homes, caravans and tents as the UK’s top course racers looked forward to continuing the action in the UKWA Inland Series whilst enjoying the summer sunshine.

69 sailors turned out to race last weekend 4th & 5th July for Round Three of UKWA Inland National Championships, at Derwent Reservoir. Saturday greeted competitors with clear sky’s and sunshine. Saturday was predicted by all the various forecasts to be the best day for racing so Race officer Tessa Ingram and her crews took to the water early and a course was soon set.

This was always going to be a challenging and difficult weekend for the race officer and her dedicated team. Light breezes with big shifts, made conditions difficult. Wisely Tessa set a windward, leeward course with a well-positioned bottom gate, which added interest and provided an element of decision making to the racing.

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2009 PWA Costa Teguise 

Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic/North Sails) will walk away with the overall Lanzarote title, despite an unflinching performance by Kiri Thode (Starboard/Gaastra) who won today’s elimination.

Meanwhile, the dazzling Sarah Quita Offringa (Starboard/NeilPryde) continues to dominate the women’s crown after a late surge by Junko Nagoshi (Tabou/Simmer Style/Dakine).

The men’s final went down to the wire in Lanzarote today, as Kiri Thode proved himself as the most dangerous challenger in Estredo’s freestyle kingdom. Thode was epic in his displays as he sailed two flawless heats against the defending Champion, finally clinching a victory and securing second place overall in the ultimate heat of the day.

Injury plagued the early rounds of the men’s double, with Levi Lenz (Naish/Naish), Tomasz Wieczorek (Starboard/North Sails) and Mattia Pedrani (Starboard/Simmer Style/Dakine) all cruising through the early stages against fallen comrades, casualties of yesterday’s treacherous conditions. The easing winds gave the lighter-wind specialists a chance to grapple their way back, a chance that Andraz Zan (RRD/Loft), Philip Soltysiak (Starboard/Dakine) and Steven Van Broeckhoven (F2/MauiSails) pounced upon with immediate effect.

Van Broeckhoven, in particular, was outstanding today, tactfully carving his way through the rounds with clinical displays of brilliance. Disposing of Taty Frans (Starboard/MauiSails) and Phillip Soltysiak, the new freestyle sensation looked incredible, nailing a repertoire of the most complex moves ever seen. Ultimately, Estredo was the thorn in the Belgian’s side, in a heat that saw Van Broeckhoven depart earlier than he deserved.

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