Izzy Hamilton

Cypriot star Michalis MALEKKIDES and Britain's Izzy HAMILTON were crowned the 2009 RS:X Youth World Champions after an action-packed week of racing in Turkey.

Scheduled to start just one week after the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship finished in Buzios Brazil, the RS:X Youth World Championships - staged by the RS:X Class with the support of Palmalife, the Yalikavak local governement, the Turkish Sailing Federation and Turkish Airlines - was the biggest yet with 109 competitors taking part.

By the end of the competition, there was a perfect symmetry in the two RS:X Youth World Champions, Michalis MALEKKIDES (CYP) and Izzy HAMILTON (GBR) – both had won silver medals at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship just a couple of weeks earlier.

Seventy-eight youth men (including 27 under 17s) and 26 youth women (five under 17s) from 14 countries and three continents enjoyed champagne racing over six days. The TYF put in place a fantastic organization to manage the event with logistics being handled by Meet Travel.

Yalikavak built a mini-'Arc De Triomphe' in the centre of town in honour of the visiting youth athletes. Palmalife were a discreet but valued presence as the title sponsor without whom the major success of this championship would have foundered on the rocks of financial woes.

The event was covered by a four-man video production team and two stills photographers. Twenty-eight videos were loaded onto more than 10 video hosting sites. More than 1,000 images were loaded onto Flikr and received more than 15,000 views.

The Palmalife RS:X Youth Windsurfing Worlds website received more than 9,000 visits and 40,000 page views. Five races were run in under 10 knots of breeze, a further five in under 15 knots and the remaining three in 15 knots plus. These are dry statistics but they help to tell the story of the championships.

Read more ...

British Airways

British Airways will change their baggage policy from October 7th 2009.

When you fly with BA you can take certain types of sporting equipment in addition to your normal checked baggage allowance. If your equipment bags meet the dimensions and weight restrictions, they may be carried free of charge until 7 October 2009.

Baggage restrictions

In addition to your free checked baggage allowance, you are allowed to take one of the stated pieces of sporting equipment with you free of charge, provided it meets the following restrictions:

* Each bag must be no more than 240cm x 75cm x 65cm (94.5ins x 29.5ins x 25.5ins) including the handle, pockets and wheels. Sporting equipment listed below is exempt from the oversized bag charge. * Each bag must not exceed 23kg (51lbs). * Any bag that is more than 23kg (51lbs) and less than 32kg (70lbs) is subject to a charge at check-in. * If you have more bags to check in over your free allowance (including your one piece of equipment), these will be subject to an additional fee per bag.

Read more ...

Finian Maynard

After six rounds of spectacular speed sailing Finian Maynard (BVI) is still leading the 2009 ISWC Speed Windsurfing World Championship. He is now three points ahead of Antoine Albeau (FRA) in second, with Anders Bringdal (SWE) in third, but already clear below. Bjorn Dunkerbeck (SUI, Starboard, Severne) and Hans Kreisel (NED) complete the Top 5.

Valerie Ghibaudo (FRA, Loft Sails) has won all heats of the womens competition and is ahead of  Marion Raisi (FRA) and Marie-Paule Geldhof (BEL).

Tomorrows racing should allow for the second discard, which could mix up the rankings.

The actual results can be found here for download: Results after day 3

The day started with skippersmeeting at 10:00 and competition comenced at 11:00. Although the weather forecast was not promising, a complete round of silver and gold was completed before the lunch break. As the conditions became tricky at the end of the gold fleet heat, the AP was put up and the competitors put on a longer hold.

Read more ...