Audi NeilPryde Baltic Cup

About 70 windsurfers from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and Russia gathered together to celebrate the final event for 2008 in Estonia and compete in Formula or Raceboard classes. Latvian Janis Preiss was declared the best windsurfer in the Baltics & Finland.

During the season the competitions of the Audi NeilPryde Baltic Cup were organized in Latvia, Lithuania, and Finland, all of them being Level 3 Formula Windsurfing World Ranking events. The final event always takes place in Estonia where exactly ten years ago Mr Neil Pryde himself honoured our competition by visiting Estonia.

This year the most important windsurfing competition series in the Baltics and Finland – Audi NeilPryde Baltic Cup - celebrated its 10th anniversary. 8th-10th of August the last of the four events in the series took place in Roomassaare, Estonia where Latvian Janis Preiss (LAT-23, Neilpryde/Starboard) won all races held. Estonians Martin Ervin (EST-202, Neilpryde/Starboard) and Toomas Mölder (EST-44, Gaastra/Gaastra) took the second and third places. The first three were the same also in the overall results of the Audi NeilPryde Baltic Cup 2008.

At least three races were needed to calculate the results of the event. Very good wind conditions (12-28 knots) enabled to do 9 races for both Formula and Raceboard classes. Adrenaline, crashes, breaking the equipment and smiling happy faces were part of the competition an all three racing days.
In the prize giving ceremony on Sunday cups were handed out to the fastest in the Estonian event and the best in overall as well.


Steve Allen 

European Championships in Formula Windsurfing Cup 2008 are over! Those were the last two races that decided who won. Ross Williams became the European Champion, while Steve Allen won the Cup for the fourth time in a row.

After the heavy rain, the competition was cancelled due to the weak and instable wind, however, it started to blow stronger. When the wind reached the speed of about 16 knots, the judges decided that women and the silver fleet would race for the last time. They also gave the chance to the gold fleet to compete even more fiercely. The best of the best took part in another two races.

The end of the event was full of excitement. During the last two races, the wind was really strong. It exceeded 20 knots! As a result, those races were extremely spectacular. Each of them was commented live by Michał Olszański. This time the course was set closer to the shore so that everyone could observe a fantastic rivalry on water.

Wojtek Brzozowski was unbeatable as he feels best when the wind is strong.

It was him who, after an exciting struggle, won the last two races and in the whole event he took the eighth position.
The victory of the European Championships in Formula Windsurfing Cup 2008 among women was won by a Pole – Marta Hlavaty! Agnieszka Pietrasik (2nd place) and Maarja Niinemets (3rd place) will also appear on the podium.

In the evening winners will be granted medals and cups on the great stage in beach town. The whole ceremony will be honoured by a world-class celebrity – Shaggy. This will be a fantastic end to this year’s European Championships in Formula Windsurfing.

SOURCE: Formula Windsurfing

RS:X Euro Championship 2008 

No racing today due to lack of wind. If anything, the conditions in Mondello have given everyone a glimpse of what the Olympic Regatta may be like. Frustrating waits; Difficult decisions for the Race Committee; and of course, Joy for the medallists

In the Boys fleet, Liran Moshe Machlav (ISR 111) wins comfortably from Alistair Masters (GBR 41) with Ron Asulin (ISR 16) in third. Just off the back of these three Manfredi Misuraca (ITA 1) was denied by his OCS in race 3 and Hadrien Mourichon (FRA 518) by his poor first result.

In the Girls fleet, Laura Linares (ITA 11) adds the RS:X Youth European Championship title to that of 2008 ISAF Youth World Champion. Its honours even for Lior Shimoni (ISR 13) and Sybille Bosch (FRA 1) on equal points in 2nd and third with Leonore Bosch (FRA 11) in 4th and Anastasia Davrou (GRE 13) in 5th.

What we all have to work out is how the Israeli youth team becomes so strong. They are certainly the ones to beat. Hopefully more nations will now see the logic of investing in junior and youth windsurfing as they come to realise that this is a sure way of developing top racing helms at relatively little cost. A big return on investment is almost guarranteed.

See you all in Pattaya, Thailand at the end of November for the RS:X Asian Champs followed  by the RS:X Youth Worlds!