HiHo will be held in the British Virgin Islands

One of the world’s most fabled windsurfing events is the 25-year old Highland Springs HIHO, a eight-day adventure and stage race that visits all seven islands in the Caribbean’s British Virgin Islands.

The 2009 event, set for June 28-July 5, starts and finishes on Tortola. The 25th Anniversary event was formally announced just over a month ago, and already features 52 entrants from over 14 countries.

"The response already has been fantastic," said Andy Morrell, who won the event in 1986 and resurrected in through his company Ocean Promotions in 1993.  "This is one of the most unique events in windsurging for a lot reasons, not the least of which is its growingly international field of entrants."

Starting at Tortola, the “new” HIHO sprints up to the top of the BVIs, and spend the last few days coming back downwind.  Along the way it covers and stops at Anegada, Virgin Gorda, Peter Island, Norman Island, Jost Van Dyke and Little Thatch, and features world class sailing and boarding, parties at every stop including a special lunch on Sir Richard Branson’s Private Island.

A fleet of skippered catamarans serves as mobile homes for the racers and all entrants, kit stores, taxis, lifeboats and race monitors.

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Dave Hackford in the 2009 UKWA National Championships

Last weekend the UKWA was again given a warm welcome by Christchurch Borough Council as the 2009 series moved on to Steamer Point Christchurch. Christchurch must be the most beautiful location on the UKWA tour and local interest brings out many interested spectators.

The Camping field was a mass of motor homes, windsurfers, locals and holiday makers all enjoying the spectacle of the UK’s top course racers in action and enjoying the summer sunshine.

87 sailors turned out to race last weekend 20th & 21st June for Round Three of The UKWA National Championships, Cup 3 at Steamer Point Christchurch.

Saturday greeted competitors with clear sky’s and sunshine. Saturday was predicted by all the various forecasts to be the best day for racing so Race officer Jay Williamson and his crews took to the water early and a course was soon set.

This was always going to be a challenging and difficult weekend for the race officer and his dedicated team. Light offshore breezes with big shifts and a strong tide, made constant course alteration essential. Wisely Jay set a windward, leeward course with a well positioned bottom gate which added interest and provided an element of decision making to the racing.

The race officer ran only 1 round of racing for all fleets in the morning session as the early promises of wind subsided. After lunch as the wind built briefly a further two rounds of course racing for raceboard fleets & one for formula were held.

Unfortunately the wind subsided and shortly after the leaders had finished the wind dropped and the back of the fleets struggled to the finishing line and the races had to be shortened. Despite the efforts of the crews who stayed on the water until 6.30pm it was decided by the event organizer to call racing off for the day.

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2009 Polish Formula Windsurfing Triple Crown

From the 23rd July to 8th August 2009 the baltic shores of Poland play host to 3 events offering a total of 60,000 euro prize money.

These formula windsurfing World Ranking events offer more than just high level competition - beautiful sandy beaches, historic towns and great social scene, provide a welcoming atmosphere and memorable vist.

The Triple Crown Tour - begins in Pobierowo with the Formula Windsurfing Euro Challenger (23rd >26th July); moves on to Leba for the Allegro Cup - Formula Grand Prix (29th July>2nd August); and finishes in Sopot for the Formula Windsurfing European Championships ( 3rd >8th August).