The second leg of a short european tour to promote the formula bid for 2012 begins with a visit to UK by Allison Shreeve (AUS911). The three times (and current) formula world champion will be competing in the Inlands 2, before moving onto Christchurch for the British Open; and finally the Sopot (POL) Formula Grand Prix.

Allison has been training over the past few days with Rich Jones on Carsington Water, and is looking forward to meeting UKWA sailors at Whitwell. Allison was selected to launch the 2012 bid and provide feedback to the FWOD Steering Committee on the performance of equipment submitted in the formula bid to ISAF.

Allison is very knowledgeable, and approachable …ready, willing, and able to discus with ,answer questions from, anyone wanting to learn more about the project.

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Expectations were running high as competition entered its final day in Korea, and all hopes of securing a result from the first leg of the slalom tour boiled down to the day that lay ahead.
 
Temperatures soared in the calm morning conditions, building hopes of a thermal sea breeze bringing the required wind to JinHa beach. By early afternoon, conditions had started to develop, raising hopes of getting the 7-knot minimum to allow racing to go ahead.
 
At 3.45pm, with the wind still too light for official competition, the race committee settled upon organizing a fun race for both the men’s and women’s fleets. The ensuing race, grouping both men and women together, started with a mass beach start before the entire fleet hit the water for a lap of the slalom course. The beach swelled with ecstatic local fans, as they cheered their hero’s around the course. 

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For the first time in 11 years João RODRIGUES (POR) has stepped onto the top step of the podium at an Olympic windsurfing class European Championship. He did so in 1996 and 1997 following up his World Championship gold medal in Port Elizabeth in 1995.

By winning in Brest, he has clearly laid his marker down as a serious contender for the forthcoming Olympic Sailing Competition in China. Julien BONTEMPS (FRA) finished second overall with world #1 Przemyslaw MIARCZYNSKI (POL) in third.

Overall the championship was very well organized by Les Crocodiles de L’Elorn - the only club in France with two Olympic gold medallists among its alumni. With an entirely carpeted competitors’ village, a giant screen showing streamed video from the water and an army of ever smiling and helpful volunteers, Franch JAOUEN, the president of the club, has set a standard that other organizers will have a hard time topping.

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