- 04 August 2008 | Windsurfing
No racing today due to lack of wind. If anything, the conditions in Mondello have given everyone a glimpse of what the Olympic Regatta may be like. Frustrating waits; Difficult decisions for the Race Committee; and of course, Joy for the medallists
In the Boys fleet, Liran Moshe Machlav (ISR 111) wins comfortably from Alistair Masters (GBR 41) with Ron Asulin (ISR 16) in third. Just off the back of these three Manfredi Misuraca (ITA 1) was denied by his OCS in race 3 and Hadrien Mourichon (FRA 518) by his poor first result.
In the Girls fleet, Laura Linares (ITA 11) adds the RS:X Youth European Championship title to that of 2008 ISAF Youth World Champion. Its honours even for Lior Shimoni (ISR 13) and Sybille Bosch (FRA 1) on equal points in 2nd and third with Leonore Bosch (FRA 11) in 4th and Anastasia Davrou (GRE 13) in 5th.
What we all have to work out is how the Israeli youth team becomes so strong. They are certainly the ones to beat. Hopefully more nations will now see the logic of investing in junior and youth windsurfing as they come to realise that this is a sure way of developing top racing helms at relatively little cost. A big return on investment is almost guarranteed.
See you all in Pattaya, Thailand at the end of November for the RS:X Asian Champs followed by the RS:X Youth Worlds!
SOURCE: RS:X Class
- 04 August 2008 | Windsurfing
Antoine Albeau (FRA, Starboard) and Karin Jaggi (SUI, F2, North) are the speed windsurfing world champions 2008. After 7 rounds of speedsailing in challenging conditions, Albeau took the victory with a perfect score of 3.5 points.
Vice world champion became Patrik Diethelm (ITA, F2, North). Bjorn Dunkerbeck (SUI, T1/Proof, North) took the last days race as a discard, as he was already well ahead of Finian Maynard (BVI) in fourth.
In the womens fleet, it was very close racing in the beginning of the event between Valerie Ghibaudo (FRA, Loft Sails), taking two bullets in the first rounds, and Karin Jaggi, winning the next four races. The final day brought no changes to the ranking anymore. Marion Raisi (FRA) taking third place then.
The event started with challenging conditions as the wind was pretty light in correlation to the deep angle of the course. The top speeds came close to 40 knots, with a close battle between Albeau and Diethelm. With improving wind speeds Dunkerbeck came closer, but was never able to really challenge the top duo. The places behind were hardly fought for between Maynard and the Moussilmani brothers, Slalom specialists Dan Ellis (GBR, Fanatic) and Peter Volwater (F2, North) as well as living legend Anders Bringdal (SWE) completing the top 10.
With higher wind speeds and the high tide in the afternoon the top speeds improved over the curse of the week, with Antoine Albeau again setting the top speed of the event with 40.54 knots average over the 500m speedcourse.
- 01 August 2008 | Windsurfing
Neil Pryde have issued 50 sets of equipment to competitors participating in the Olympic Regatta. The balance will be issued when those athletes arrive on site.
After two years of concentrated effort and attention to detail, we are pleased to report that no major issues have been encountered. The RS:X equipment has been subjected to the most intense scrutiny by the athletes who report that speed differences have been reduced to a minimum.
The sails look amazing with national flags taking up a full panel promising a strong visual impact during the OG.
Athletes have been out training on their supplied equipment and confirm that they are satisfied. In fact, one has been seen looping his RS:X as it has been unusually windy with no ill effects!
Neil Pryde have taken the utmost care to ensure that the hulls remained in a temperature controlled environment since leaving the factory. They were shipped and stored in an air-conditioned container to ensure that they were not subject to excessive temperatures.