Opening its doors from the 3rd to the 12th of July, Pozo’s famed windsurfing arena will be called upon to serve up its characteristic mix of nuclear wind, and pounding waves for a Grand Slam bout of monumental proportions.

Since competition embarked on Gran Canaria’s shores, the biggest names in windsurfing have used this brutal proving ground to settle scores. This year will be no exception, as the 2008 Grand Slam hosts men’s slalom, women’s freestyle, and both men’s and women’s competition in waves.

Men’s Slalom

Rested and ready for action after the trials and tribulations of the Costa Brava World Cup, slalom’s biggest names have confirmed their presence for this high wind, surf-slalom spectacle.

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Two countries in opposing hemispheres are currently trying to be the first to break the current world speed sailing record, and crack the holy grail of 50 knots, regarded as the equivalent to the aeronautical sound barrier.

“No one remembers the second man to walk on the moon,” says Sean Langman, the creator and pilot of the radical purpose-built Australian 9m sail boat/sail plane called Wot Rocket who is acutely aware of the “race against the French to the 50”, and the possibility they could snatch his boyhood dream clean away.

Wot Rocket’s 500m world speed sailing record attempt was forced to shift gears following the launch of the French flying trimaran l’Hydroptere on 22 May.

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The first RS:X Youth European Championship will be staged in one month by the Albaria Club on the beautiful bay of Mondello in Sicily.

Albaria has a very long and distinguished record of organising windsurfing events including their annual ‘World Festival on the Beach’ which started life as the ‘World Windsurfing Festival’ 23 years ago and an Olympic Class European Championship for IMCO.

The class is keen to promote youth racing.  For evidence of this desire, you only have to look at the Baltic Cup where you will find RS:X Youth Fleets racing alsongside Techno 293 Fleets. Regional series such as this ensure that racers can get international experience as near to home as possible. It also ensures that the costs are kept down too.

The next step is to take part in the RS:X Youth European Championship which, this year, is supported by the Italian Sailing Federation (FIV). Entries have already been received from Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Poland and the Ukraine.

To ensure that the RS:X Youth programme is driven well and that communications with Youth Fleet racers is good, the RS:X constitution provides for a Youth Fleet Representative to be a member of the Executive Committee.

Anyone wishing to become actively involved in the development of youth racing as the RS:X Youth Representative should initially contact the RS:X office.

Source: RS:X Class