Channel Cross 2008

British Champion windsurfer Guy Cribb and the world’s fastest windsurfer and current World Champion Antoine Albeau of France, are about to attempt to windsurf across the English Channel from Cherbourg to Poole; over 70 nautical miles (more than 130 kms) of rough seas, some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world and howling winds, to raise money for the Ellen MacArthur Trust and their French counterpart A Chacun Son Cap.
The Ellen MacArthur Trust aims to support, empower and enliven children suffering from cancer, leukaemia or other serious illnesses by introducing them to the joys of sailing.
By donating to the Ellen MacArthur Trust through supporting Guy and Antoine to windsurf where no other windsurfers have tried before, you will give confidence and happiness back to children who’ve been stuck in hospitals for months or years, by enabling them to mix with other children who’ve recovered or are trying to recover from cancer, and feel the camaraderie and bravery of each other whilst sailing or possibly windsurfing.
Guy and Antoine will windsurf the channel in a storm this September, keep checking for updates in the next few weeks, and wish them luck by making a financial pledge to the Ellen MacArthur Trust at the following link


Bjorn Dunkerbeck

One of windsurfing’s most enduring partnerships has come to an end with the announcement that Bjorn Dunkerbeck has split from his long-time friend and shaper, Peter Thommen.

The move comes after Dunkerbeck sailed to victory on Starboard’s isonic boards at the 2008 PWA Alacati World Cup. Peter Thommen commented:

“I am stunned by his sudden choice to switch gear mid season. I cannot but close a chapter – not only in my professional life, but in windsurfing’s history books as well. Yet there is always a new beginning; change is good. I am not one clinging onto times and memories past…”

At present, the Dunkerbeck camp has not announced a new board sponsor for the upcoming PWA Super Grand Slam in Sylt, from 26 September – 5 October.


St Francis Yacht Club San Francisco

The St Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco have lodged their bid for the 2010 RS:X Youth World Championship which they would like to run as a combined event with the Bic Techno World Championship making a festival of windsurfing.

For strong windsurfing nations like Australia, New Zealand, China and Japan flying to  San Francisco through Los Angeles would be much less expensive than having to make the trip to Europe. For Europeans, it is a 12 hour flight but the route to Los Angeles is well served by airlines so, if bookings are made early enough, costs would be manageable.

St. Francis Yacht Club offers one of the most recognizable and spectacular venues in the world with racing close to the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island and with the San Francisco City skyline as a backdrop. An awesome venue!

Race management is nothing less than the best. The SFYC employ a full time race manager who knows his business!… and the wind? well check out the video at and you’ll see that they have some pretty full-on conditions!

There are fourteen nearby hostels, one within walking distance from the St. Francis Yacht Club (located at Fort Mason with beds from $22 and run by Hostelling International). The Club is working with local colleges for dormitory housing. There are a number of hotels in the Marina District of San Francisco walking distance from St. Francis Yacht Club (with room rates starting at $85 from the Coventry Motor Inn utilizing the club’s discout rate). Depending on demand, the club is happy to look into reserving a block of rooms for the event.

This is a great opportunity and one that the RS:X class should not pass up. The acceptance of this bid should be made a priority. Check out the bid at