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 guaranteed.

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

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