Xavier Ferlet: beated windsurfers and kitesurfers

UKWA Racer Xavier Ferlet won the CalCup this weekend in Berkeley near San Francisco. In second place was veteran racer Steve Silvester.

Xavier also won the overall competition between Kitesurfers and Windsurfers. San Francisco is one of the Formula hotbeds in America, the conditions there are usually rough and windy.

The first regatta of the series in May didn’t go well for Xavier who finished 10th. The following two events proved more successfull with two first places. The last two events of the season were dominated by the Veteran Racer Steve Silvester. Steve showed everyone how to do it in strong winds including racers who were about half of his age!

The Kiters have been going fast this year specially in light air but the boards were faster in stronger winds. The competition occasionally attracted top racers like current World Champion in kite course racing. No doubt that this trophy will be fiercely contested next year.

This concludes a successful season for Xavier’s first year in America. Other results include first place in Elvstrom Zellerbach Regatta, third place at the Bay Classic and first Master at the US Nationals / North American Championship.

California is a great place for Formula with great sailing conditions in San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Next Championship is the Formula Masters Worlds in Rio, Araruama, Brasil starting on the 11th of October. Hopefully more British racers will turn up to represent the UKWA.

Lancelin Ocean Classic: 25 kilometres of pleasure

The 2011 Lancelin Ocean Classic will be held between 6th and 9th January.

The entries for the event are open. The 2011 event will be the biggest in its 26 year history so if you have not entered this race why not make 2011 your year?

The marathon is a down wind course of approximately 25 kilometers and over the years has seen from 200 to 400 starters, many entering just to try to complete the grueling course.

Wave sailing is the more spectacular discipline with over 70 competitors sailing in four man heats trying to out manoeuvre each over with the highest aerials or radical wave riding. Slalom is high speed racing, with speed, jibing and accuracy being the winning qualifications.

If you have entered before, you know how good the beer tastes when you finish.

Anders Bringdal: Swedish speed master

Swedish windsurfer Anders Bringdal has set a new Swedish national windsurfing record after only 90 minutes into the first day of the event.

The existing record was 41.96 and his official recorded speed today was 43 knots. Today was meant to be a day of training and warming up in anticipation for the big winds forecast for next week.

As predicted by the event organisers, Sebastian Cattelan and Sophie Routaboul, this event promises to be the most exciting speed sailing event in the history of the sport.