For the first time, the town of Dungarvan on the southern coast of Ireland is preparing to play host for the fastest men and women in the speed windsurfing scene.

From November 29th till December 6th all the big names of the sport will compete for points counting towards the 2008 Speed World Cup and the one-off Production World Cup Title.

Registration will open in early September with participants yet to be confirmed. It is expected however that most of the top sailors from the tour will enter the event. In the men’s fleet, all eyes are set to the reigning world champion and 500m world record holder Antoine Albeau from France, who clearly dominated the season so far.

His strongest opponent is expected to be again Bjorn Dunkerbeck, living windsurfing legend. But also F2-Shaper Patrik Diethelm from Italy and current tour leader Cyril Moussilmani are expected to dispute the places on the podium.

Many top Irish windsurfers are due to take part in the event, like Irish record holder John Kenny, the top ranking Irish GPS windsurfer Martin Waldron and of course multiple overall Irish windsurfing champion Oisin van Gelderen and current wavesailing champion Finn Mullen.

A very strong international women’s fleet is expected to participate and it is hoped that some Irish female windsurfers will take part and for the first time set an official Irish record.

The venue is recently discovered and new to the tour, once footage was viewed by the international windsurfing community it was very quickly acknowledged as a potential World Cup venue.

The 2008 Speed:World:Cup is sanctioned by ISWC (International Speed Windsurfing Class) on behalf of ISAF (International Sailing Federation). The organization will be done by the Irish Speedsailing Association.

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