Kaspar Aasa 

Under the alliance of Baltic Sea countries Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Poland and Russia, the Baltic Cup was staged for the first time in 2008. This year the three events that took place where Liepaja, Sopot and Tallinn.

The classes that participated in the Cup were the Bic Techno 293 (juniors) and the RS:X 8,5m2 (Youth)  and the aim was to give young racers the opportunity to gain more international experience at the lowest possible cost.

98 different competitors from 6 countries competed in the events. Sopot saw as many as 81 windsurfers, whereas Liepaja 39 and Tallinn 44.

Techno293 6.8 class had 29 sailors (16 boys, 13 girls), Techno293 7.8 class – 43 sailors (27 boys, 16 girls) and the RS:X youth class – 26 competitors (14 boys, 12 girls). During the regattas there were senior RS:X races staged both in Sopot and Tallinn.

The first edition of the Baltic Sea Cup has proven to be a great success, the level of competition being very high and young windsurfers competing to the very last race for the overall Baltic Sea Cup victory. Next year the Baltic Sea Cup will be staged in Liepaja (LAT), Warnemuende (GER) and St. Petersburg (RUS). This event has raised the level of competition in all participating countries, next year’s three stages will allow even more windsurfers to compete at international level.

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Danny Bruch 

Maui Fin Company has recently welcomed its latest edition, Spaniard Danny Bruch to their international team. Danny started competing as a teenager, and was crowned Spanish junior Champion in 1997, going on to win the Junior World Wave Championship title in 1998.

In 1999, Danny began competing on the PWA World Tour, finishing up ranked 33rd overall for his first season. Since then, the 27 year old Spaniard has climbed the ranks where he only recently finished 3rd in the waves at Pozo, Gran Canaria, and is currently ranked 8th overall.

MFC have commented, “MFC Hawaii is excited to have Danny on the team and we’re looking forward to designing and developing products with such a talented sailor. Watch out for great things to come from Daniel Bruch and MFC Hawaii!”

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FW Champions

Today was the last day of the 2008 Portimão Formula Windsurfing World Championships event! According to yesterday’s forecast, the wind had a very week presence, which prevented the running of a last farewell race... but not even because of that did the competitor’s team feel discouraged! After all, the day of the prize award and also of the so expected dinner has finally come.

During the afternoon, everything was carefully arranged for the Finishig Ceremony... but most of the competitors and the public couldn’t help enjoying a perfect day at the beach.

The Finishing Ceremony took place at 07:00 p. m., with the prize award. José Guimarães, Chairman of the Overpower Club, said some nice farewell words, appointing all the names that rendered this event possible. Afterwards, the trophies and pay checks were awarded to the athletes.
The winners march had the following sequence:

1º Men Division: Wojtek Brzozowski POL 10
2º Men Division: Gonzalo Costa Hoevel ARG 3
3º Men Division: Michal Polanowski POL 16

1º Men Division /Light Weight: Wilhelm Schurmann BRA 999
2º Men Division /Light Weight: Lukasz Konieczny POL 320
3º Men Division /Light Weight: Miguel Martinho POR 5

1ª Women Division: Marta Hlavaty POL 111
2ª Women Division: Allison Shreeve AUS 991
3ª Women Division: Olga Maslivets UKR 9

1º Júniores: Jules Denel FRA 41
1º Masters: Martin Ervin EST 202

This chance was also taken to call to the stage the organizers of the next 2009 Formula Windsurfing World Championship, which will take place in Spain, in the Beach of Santa Pola.

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