Thieves steal Olympic windsurfers in Weymouth

July 29, 2011 | Windsurfing
JP Tobin: happy before being stolen

Dorian van Rijsselberghe, Jon-Paul Tobin and Zac Plavsic have seen their windsurfing gear stolen a few days before an Olympic training event, in Weymouth, UK.

The windsurfers had their equipment taken from a lock-up on Castle Cove Beach. The RS:X windsurfing kits were fine-tuned by the athletes and will not be available for the upcoming contest at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta.

"All the stuff was locked up on a platform and the thieves must've used quite a bit of effort to get it out. They either took it away by sea or climbed up the little steps carrying it and the board alone weighs seven kilos", says Van Rijsselberghe.

"It’s really unfortunate because it was one of our best race boards. It’s worth about £2,700 but to us it’s priceless because a lot of time and effort went into finding the right board", he added.

Zac Plavsic was also deeply sad. "We’ve spent a combined total of six months in Weymouth and so far it’s been one of our favorite European venues to hang out at. The board that got stolen was going to be raced at the pre-Olympics by JP. It’s got a sail number and sponsorship logos on it and is only valuable to Olympic windsurfers".

The Dorset Police Marine Section is trying to recover the windsurfing gear from the thieves.