Mark Kay won the Raceboard event in Bridlington

Last weekend the UKWA was again given a warm Northern Welcome by East Riding Council as the 2009 series moved on to Bridlington. Bridlington must be the friendliest venue on the UKWA tour and local interest brings out the spectators literally by the thousand.

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

66 sailors turned out to race last bank holiday weekend 23rd, 24th & 25th May for Round Two of The Saturday greeted competitors with overcast skies and a light chilly breeze. Scanning the Internet for forecasts gave us little optimism, but the coast guard visited the race office with a promising forecast for the day and this indeed proved to be the most accurate version.

Race officer Tessa Ingram and Principal race officer Mike Dempsey took to the water early and a course was soon set. The race officer ran 2 rounds of racing for all raceboard fleets in the morning session.

After lunch as the wind built a further three rounds of extremely exciting course racing for raceboard fleets & three back to back races for formula were held. The race officer then announced another two rounds for formula but as they rebelled, shattered and vocal it was agreed that one more round would be held.

In fact this was the right decision as soon after the leaders had finished the wind dropped and the back of the fleet struggled to the finishing line.

On Saturday night there was a Pool Party in the local leisure centre hosted by the council with wave pool and slides, which was enjoyed by all. The leisure centre also provided showers all weekend for competitors and relatives for which we are most grateful.

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Radek “Gutek” Kurczewski

19 year old Wojtek Mroczynski, POL 48 is training hard for the IFCA Slalom Tour 2009.

Preparing for the event in Cadiz, Wojtek will then fly to Bonaire to attend the 12-18 July event.

No stranger to competition Wojtek placed 5th in Youth Worlds FWC, 2nd in FWC Polish Juniors Championships, and 3rd youth Slalom Polish Championships . He hopes to win the Bonaire event.

Bonaire welcomes Wojtek to Bonaire in July.

Radek “Gutek” Kurczewski , 16 years will also attend IFCA Slalom in Bonaire representing Poland.

His sail number is POL-75. Gutek dreams to be a slalom champion someday. His previous results so far are quite impressive.

He placed 1st as Polish Junior U17 Slalom 2008, 1st Polish Junior U17 FW 2008, 5th Polish Youth U19 Slalom 2008, and 10th Youth U19 FW 2008 ( 1st Junior U17 ).

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Italian windsurfing star Davide Beverino dies in diving accident

Today it's time of sorrow for all Italian and international windsurfers. Yesterday late afternoon, during a breath-held diving for fishing in Poetto Gulf, Cagliari Sardinia, our great friend Davide Beverino died.

Davide, aged 28, played a leading role in the history of Italian windsurf in the last ten years. He distinguished himself since late 90's in young people regattas and he won four times in succession Formula Windsurfing Italian Cup from 2005 to 2008.

He stepped on to the podiums several times from 2000 and he was really one of the best Formula Windsurfing and Slalom competitors, well-known at international level.

But Davide was especially a nice friend for all people involved in windsurfing world too and we like to remember him smiling when he celebrated his last success.

Due to this tragic event, the managing board of Italian Windsurfing Class Association, according to the local organizer Windsurfing Club Cagliari, decided to stop the Italian Open Formula Windsurfing National Championships scheduled in Cagliari from May 30th to June 2nd.