- 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.
- 01 August 2008 | Windsurfing
Another two rounds of speed sailing have been completed today in epic conditions. Antoine Albeau (FRA, Starboard) and Karin Jaggi (SUI, F2, North) are now leading the overall ranking after six rounds and one discard.
The day started already windy, and all sailors were aware of what would follow. The first start was scheduled for 11:00 then, and the 63 competitors were off on the water.
This time it was Patrick Diethelms (ITA, F2, North) turn, winning the first leg ahead of Dunkerbeck (T1/Proof, North) and Antoine Albeau. Chris Lockwood (AUS, Carbon Art, KA Sails) in fourth, finally his equipment was tuned for the conditions. With quite a big swell speedsailing in Fuerteventura is different to the flat water of Sandy Point, where Chris is regulary setting world class speeds. Another surprise in fifth, Dan Ellis from Great Britain scored his best result so far.
In the second leg then, the revenge of Antoine, with 40.54 the top speed of the competition. Diethelm in second this time, and Finian Maynard (BVI) finding his way back to the top with a third place. Dunkerbeck in fourth, and all three Moussilmani brothers in fifth to seventh place.
- 31 July 2008 | Windsurfing
Entering the final day of competition, the top positions in both the men’s and women’s fleets had already been decided upon, after Marcilio Browne (Mistral, Gaastra) and Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard, NeilPryde) dominated the first two eliminations, making them effectively untouchable.
However, in both fleets the remaining positions on the podium were wide open, with the subsequent third double elimination proving crucial for all involved.
In the men’s elimination, Kiri Thode (Starboard, Gaastra) had given himself the most work to do if he wanted to bag a place on the podium. He started his assault six heats back from the final, by beating Anthony Ruenes (Tabou, Gaastra).
Gaining momentum and looking evermore dangerous, Normen Gunzlein (JP, NeilPryde) and Antxon Otaegui (JP, NeilPryde, MFC) were Thode’s next victims, before he sat on a collision course with Ricardo Campello, who had his sights firmly set on second position in the event.
When crunch time came, it was Thode who was packing the biggest blows. A barrage of air funnels and super slick triple spocks had Campello on the back foot, and some costly falls form Campello eventually awarded Thode the victory. Campello had still done enough to claim a podium position in third overall.