Phil McGain

Phil McGain, MauiSails product Manager and former Professional Boardsailors Association (PBA) Racing World Champion will be stepping off his Windsurf Board and into Ironman Germany for his first Ironman race come July 5th. 

Phil, who will be 46 years old on race day, has been a professional windsurfer since 1983 and has been competing on the windsurfing professional tour for over 20 years. 

Phil recently got into running marathons as cross training and this year decided to give Triathlons as shot. He was immediately drawn to the sport because of the extreme physical challenges and the adventure of training for such a long endurance event.

Phil's windsurfing titles include World Champion, multiple US National Champion, multiple US Open Champion and multiple Australian Champion. 

Phil was also Chairman, President of the Professional Windsurfers Association from 1995 to 2004.

Phil has completed seven marathons in the past two years and in 2009 plans to compete in three Olympic distance triathlons and Ironman 70.3 Hawaii, in preparation for Ironman Germany.

Sunrise Sunset 2009

Sunrise Sunset 2009 will be an opportunity for windsurfers, kitesurfers, speedsailors and other sailors throughout the UK, and possibly overseas, to get on the water at their own sailing location and raise money for a common cause being cancer-related education, support and research.

At Hayling Island you can join some of the top windsurfers (Dave White and others) on the water throughout the day but you can also go out on the water and sail with colleagues at your local venue.

The main event will take place at Hayling Island, if you can make it to Hayling Island that will be great but through the "map" below and on the event web site you should be able to see your own local venue and the sailors planning to be at that location.

There will also be a free prize draw and to be eligible you merely need to raise a minimum of £25.00 in sponsorship.

Be part of a major fundraising event to raise monies for the new W4CR charity. Free to enter and open to any sailor to take part in this first major fun event.

Ricardo 'Bimba' Santos

The last day wake up with low winds ranging from many directions. At 11:30 the race committee postponed and only restart procedures at 13:00 with the first Medal Race (Division A) scheduled for 13:30 pm.

Needless to say, the tension between sailors were great, but the climate of friendship and fair play remained intact.

The first Medal Race was completed in 25 minutes and crowned with both titles, South American and Open A Division, the sailor who was the most complete throughout the championship, not even winning a single race throughout the series, but smartly dosed his results.

Ricardo Winnick Santos "Bimba" (BRA 1) with a second place in the Medal Race, won all. Ivan Pastor (ESP 7) won the Medal Race with Lukasz Grodzicki (POL 738) in third and Shahar Zubari (ISR 11) in fourth.

Here lies a speech with a very special recognition to the work of our dear Bimba. He, who in the past, had already been unjustly accused of not having enough emotional control in hard moments, starts 2009 with a title loaded with tactical skill, self control, lots of technique and speed. A victory of the great champion he is.

In the Open championship the final order is (BRA 1), (ESP 7) and (ISR 11).

At the South American A division championship, Albert de Carvalho (BRA 73) was second with the experienced Mariano Reutemann (ARG 8) in third. Please recognize that the boy made in Buzios, Albert, who besides being the best result of Bimba's social project is very dear by all who know him.

Marina Alabau (ESP 5) won the Medal Race of B division with Flavia Tartaglini (ITA 46) in second and Blanca Manchon (ESP 1) in third and in the same order defined the Open championship.

The South American title of division B went to Demita Vega De Lille (MEX 5) followed by Patricia Freitas (BRA 818) in second and Florencia Gutierrez (ARG 1) in third.

Renato Amaral (BRA 179), also belonging to Bimba's social project, won the Youth South American championship, with the good Argentineans Julian Lopez Becker (ARG 15) in second and Agustín De Trápaga (ARG 10) in third.

The 2009 RSX South American Championship is over.
- 45 sailors from 12 countries entered, with 27 men and 18 women.
- 3 Olympic medalists from Beijing and many world champions.

Numbers that reflect the high level of the competition and the success of a fair class to its competitors, and also, where harmony, fair competition, respect and friendship lives together.

Congratulations to all who contributed to the success of the 2009 SAs and especially the RSX international class and the Búzios Vela Clube, that in a last effort reached the agreement that allowed this unique moment of class RSX in South America.