Sebastian Kornum

Sebastian Kornum of Denmark became the youngest winner ever in the 25 times the race has been contested in the waters off the British Virgin Islands today. The 17-year old U17 World Champion won both the morning race and the afternoon race of Sandy Cay to finish the event with four straight stage victories in one of the more impressive HIHO victories in recent years.

“I didn’t make any mistakes today,” said Kornum, who noted that he checked the course in the early morning before the race to set his strategy. His father Torben, also a contender this week, said “ sailing in 14 knots of wind around this tricky island made for interesting racing, very technical and exciting. Sebastian just tacks and jibes faster than the rest of us, and is very sure of how he wants to attack the course. I can guaranty I did everything I could to catch him, but I’m also very proud of him.”

The pro tour veteran came in second twice today, and finished second in all four of the races Sebastian won, and finished third overall in the Open Division.

Ricardy Maricel of St. Martin had won the first two legs and hung on to his overall lead until today, but had to beat Sebastian at least once to have a shot to hang on. Maricel was competing in his ninth Highland Spring HIHO and, despite also showing strong form in previous events, has yet to win the event.

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2009 Irish Slalom Series

For the past 25 years the Event Team in Downings have been putting on some of the best run Windsurfing Events in Ireland.

The event this year will be one to remember! In addition to racing the Event Team have arranged a function for the Saturday night.

It will be held in the Downings Bay Hotel - less than 1 min from the beach. There will be Dinner at 8pm - buffet meal main course with 3 options for €10 and a Kids Menu for €5. 

After Dinner - the legendary RNLI disco will kick off. Tickets €10. (Bring your flowery shirt - Irish Slalom Series Prize for Best Dogdy Dancer).

Kids will be allowed to attend the function until the doors are opened to the public at midnight.

Please mark Kids beside those availing of the kids menu. We appreciate if you would help the Event Team by letting them know if you are attending the Event Function.

Two local hotels are listed below with special deals for the event.

Downings bay B+B is 50€  if sharing  € 60 for single. .074 9155586
Beach hotel  B+B .Price per person sharing 50€  - 074 9155303

Please please help out the voluntary work - by letting us know if you are attending the function!

2009 UKWA Inland National Championships, at Derwent Reservoir

Last weekend the UKWA was again given a warm welcome by Derwent Sailing Club as the 2009 series moved on to Derwent Reservoir. If there was a vote for the warmest welcome then this event would certainly be very close to the top of the list.

Derwent Reservoir must also be one of the most beautiful location on the UKWA tour set in a valley surrounded by rolling hills and forests which ironically seem to have a positive effect on the wind, which generally builds as it funnels down the valley.

The Camping field  & car park was a mass of motor homes, caravans and tents as the UK’s top course racers looked forward to continuing the action in the UKWA Inland Series whilst enjoying the summer sunshine.

69 sailors turned out to race last weekend 4th & 5th July for Round Three of UKWA Inland National Championships, at Derwent Reservoir. 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 Tessa Ingram and her 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 her dedicated team. Light breezes with big shifts, made conditions difficult. Wisely Tessa set a windward, leeward course with a well-positioned bottom gate, which added interest and provided an element of decision making to the racing.

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