Irish Windsurfing Slalom Series 

After one of the most successful competitive years of competition, the Irish Windsurfing Slalom Series is confirmed for 2009. The ISS Team has put together an even better schedule for the upcoming season.

Back on the calendar are the five events from last year. Neilpryde Group UK/ have organized the Irish Sea Challenge. The challenge involves the IWA and UKWA crossing the Irish Sea to battle it out for the Irish Sea Challenge Title.

UKWA competitors will make the journey in April to Malahide to kick off the 2009 action. Round two of the ISS will require Irish competitors to travel to Wales to compete in the Irish Sea Challenge Part 2. The event also coincides with Round 1 of the British Slalom Series.

The event will provide an ideal opportunity for Irish Sailors to experience some international competition. Three events will take place over the summer months. In June Jamie Knox will host round three at Ireland’s most famous windsurfing location.

July brings competitors north to Downings; Ireland’s biggest windsurfing event. To finish off the summer schedule the ISS moves south to Coolmaine, Co. Cork. The final ranking event of the year will take place at Silver Strand, Co. Galway.

Irish competitors have also been invited to take part in the Channel Challenge. Two big events will take place in Brighton, UK and Wimmeraux, France. The ISS crew is hoping to attend both events with the Irish Team and are encouraging all sailors to accompany them.

Event Location Date

ISS/ISC Round 1 Malahide, Co. Dublin April 4th/ 5th
ISS/ISC Round 2 Rhosneiger, Wales May 16th/ 17th
ISS Round 3 Castlegregory, Co. Kerry June 13th/ 14th
ISS Round 4 Downings, Co. Donegal July 18th/ 19th
ISS Round 5 Coolmaine, Co. Cork August 15th/ 16th
ISS Round 6 Silver Strand, Galway September 12th/ 13th
CC Round 1 Brighton, UK  September 19th/ 20th
CC Round 2 Wimmeraux, France Oct/ Nov 2009 (TBC) 

All events in BOLD will count towards the Irish Slalom Series National Championships. There will be 1 event discard allowed for all age categories. Results from the Irish Sea Challenge events will be altered to include only Irish Slalom Series competitors.

ISS – Irish Slalom Series, ISC – Irish Sea Challenge, CC – Channel Challenge

Alex Caviglia Bluewater Classic

The Third annual Alex Caviglia Bluewater Classic is set for January 17 to 19 on Miami’s Biscayne Bay and will add the Formula Class Windsurfing North American Championship to it’s roster. Also sailing in the event are the three Paralympic Classes (SKUD 18, 2.4 mtR, Sonars) and two classes of dinghies (Access and O’Pen BICs). This will be the 2nd O’Pen BIC “Un-regatta”, a new way of racing for youth that promotes pure FUN on the water! Registration is open from now to January 10, 2009.

“We are excited to host this classic regatta again this year,” said Harry Horgan, chief executive officer and co-founder of Shake-A-Leg Miami. “Proceeds from the last two Caviglia Regattas, enabled us to start a windsurfing program and teach more than 200 kids how to sail. Proceeds from the 2009 Caviglia Classic will help us expand our program with adaptive equipment, such as sit down rigs, that will enable people with disabilities to enjoy windsurfing.”

The Formula Class North American Championship will bring the best windsurfers from around the world, including past Formula World Champion Micah Buzianis and many top Olympic Windsurfers and National Champions from South America and the Caribbean. The Alex Caviglia Bluewater Classic is named in honor of Alex Caviglia, a consummate kite boarder, windsurfer, champion multi-class sailor, soccer coach, business and family man.

The Alex Caviglia Bluewater Classic offers top-level competition in a variety of open classes, a perfect venue, terrific parties, and great food. Races will run daily from the mornings through early afternoon. Spectator boats will provide up close views of the on-the-water action. Sailors and non-sailors can meet at the evenings’ party. These gatherings will include many activities and live performances as well as videos of the day’s events.

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RNLI rescue windsurfers 

The volunteer crew of the Rock inshore lifeboat have had a busy start to the year.

On Saturday, they rescued a windsurfer from Daymer Bay who had broken a finger and was being swept out to sea.  Today (Monday 19 January) the volunteer crew were out again to three more windsurfers.

The rescue on Saturday is being credited by the RNLI as a life saved after the windsurfer was rescued in heavy surf conditions. Today the crew faced more action as they were called to assist three windsurfers who had set out from Daymer Bay and were stranded in Hawkers Cove on the other side of the estuary, unable to return owing to exhaustion.

Mike Hewitt, RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager at Rock said:

‘Sea conditions are far from ideal at the moment, and these incidents underline the need for windsurfers to make sure that someone ashore knows where they are going  and when they expect to return.  They should also be suitably attired in a lifejacket and a wetsuit adequate for the current cold weather.’

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