102 sailors turned out to race last weekend 25th & 26th April for Round one of the UKWA Inland National Championships at Northampton Sailing Club Pitsford.

Saturday offered Sunshine and a good breeze for all fleets including formula. The race officer ran 5 rounds of extremely exciting course racing for all fleets.

On Saturday night many competitors took advantage of the excellent food at the club. The highlight of the evening was Daves Bingo which was popular with competitors and parents, the bar and background music made an enjoyable evening for all. Thanks to Tushingham, Pryde and Boardwise for the prizes.

Sunday saw lighter and shifty winds, nor suitable for formula but a further 4 rounds of racing took place and in such conditions leaders could never be confident of their positions with constant changes at the front of the fleets.

Thanks to Pitsford for their hospitality and to all the race crews for their help on and off shore.

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RNLI Serious Fun DVD

The RNLI is launching a new campaign in the Spring called Serious Fun. The campaign aims to engage with all watersports participants to encourage them to have maximum fun on the water – but to take their fun seriously. At the heart of the campaign is a new DVD entitled ‘Serious Fun!’ which is available FREE to those who order a copy at the Show.

The DVD is packed full of practical tips and advice, it features 11 short films – each is dedicated to a different watersport and aimed at all levels of skill and experience – one of the films has been created specifically for dinghy sailors and is about small boat sailing. This film includes action footage and is full of practical tips and advice from experts including RYA National Dinghy Coach John Thorn.

Serious Fun includes something for all watersports enthusiasts. In addition to dinghy sailing there are films on yachting, windsurfing, kitesurfing, canoe and kayaking, diving, large and small powerboating, sea angling, waterskiing and wakeboarding and personal watercraft/jet skiing; along with a top tips, lifejacket clinic films and a film about the RNLI and how to support the charity that saves lives at sea.

To find out more about Serious Fun and to order your FREE copy, visit the RNLI’s stand (F32), where a D-class inshore lifeboat will be on display along with the chance to watch highlights from the Serious Fun DVD, to find out more about the charity that saves lives at sea and the chance to become a member of the RNLI.

Commenting on the RNLI’s presence at the Dinghy Show Richard Devereux, RNLI Leisure Marine Marketing Manager, says: ‘We hope to welcome all dinghy show visitors to the RNLI stand and urge them all to sign up for a free copy of our new Serious Fun DVD – it’s a great way connect with your chosen watersport without getting wet!

We hope it may serve as a reminder to watersports enthusiasts who sail on the coast that they might one day need the RNLI, so as a charity we need their support too.’

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JP/Neil Pryde UK Slalom Series

The first round of what is looking like a very exciting slalom series for 2009 is only a few weeks away. Funsport at Rhosneigr will host the opening round of the British Tour and following an enjoyable trip to Ireland the series kicks off on British shores with a real bang.

The event is combined with the wave tour (rozzy being a unique destination where waves and flat water can both be found on the same beach) and the two events will provide a real spectacle with a beach full of sailors and competitors.

It will be held between 15th – 17th May 2009.

A big highlight is saturday night’s entertainment with FREE SNOWBOARDING AND SKIING lessons for all competitors, along with use of the tobogan run, food and live music! worth the entry fee alone. As well as this, there is a coach to and from the event site/camp site to get you there and back safely.

Furthermore, HOT LUNCHES ARE INCLUDED FOR ALL COMPETITORS throughout the weekend, not to mention the Irish Invasion with 30 competitors already confirmed to travel the Irish Sea and compete in the final round of the Irish Sea Challenge!

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