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- 16 May 2008 | Windsurfing
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.
The race proved to be a tactical battle of wits, taking place in challenging 4-7 knot winds. Ultimately, Julien Quentel (Starboard, NeilPryde) and Lee Korzitz were rewarded for their efforts, claiming first place in the men’s and women’s fleets respectively.
The race committee’s continued attempts to get racing underway were hampered by gusty winds which, although strong enough at times, eventually proved too inconsistent and at 6.00pm competition was finally called off for the day and the event.
The 2008 Ulsan PWA World Cup concluded without any successfully completed heats, despite numerous attempted efforts, and without official results in both the men’s and women’s fleets.
Despite the week’s contest being plagued by teasing, marginal conditions, this event will be remembered for the warm and vibrant atmosphere created by the hosts, and the exceptional organization witnessed throughout the event. This stop of the slalom tour very obviously remains hugely popular with competitors from all over the world.
There was a mammoth amount of effort put in by the local hosts, from the lavish opening ceremony in the Lotte Hotel, to the energetic closing ceremony on the sands of beautiful Jinha Beach, where the winners of the final day’s fun race were awarded their silverware under a technicolor backdrop of fireworks and rock ‘n’ roll.
This event will live long in the memory of all who have taken part, and experienced the beautiful and diverse Korean culture.
The PWA would like to express enormous thanks to the Ulsan Broadcasting Corporation and all the sponsors of this event. We look forward to returning in 2009 and for many seasons to come.
Source: PWA World Tour
- 12 May 2008 | Windsurfing
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.
- 08 May 2008 | Windsurfing
The first event of the Formula Windsurfing World Tour has begun today in Sines, Portugal. With the Northern wind blowing cross-shore, between the 10 and 12 knots, the beach of São Torpes, Sines, became the perfect arena for this competition.
The 2008 Portugal-Sines Windsurfing Grand Prix, which is taking place from the 6th to 10th of May, has brought to this Town the most important sailors from around the globe (9 of the top ten ranked formula racers in the world ) - not only for the prize money, that has reached € 30,000, but for the excellent organisation to which the competitors of these great international events have been used to from the Overpower Club.
Following the skippers meeting run by Race Director, Claudio Alessandrello, every sailor, who felt relaxed while waiting for the wind to show up, was informed of the schedule to develop during the first day of racing. Around 2:00 p.m., Alessandrello, sent all of the Formula Windsurfing sailors to the water, and thanks to the big and sophisticated sails of up to 12 m2, managed to complete the first race of the day, with winds between the 7 and 10 knots.