Bexhill to Camber Challenge: congrats, boys

The challenge covered the 22 miles by sea by 10 windsurfers and kayakers. The true sailing distance was on Ian Crafts GPS 37 miles between Bexhill and Camber (landing East of Camber at Jury Gap) taking 3 hours and 7 minutes.

So it started out light and it was long slow sail to Hastings. After Hastings the windsurfers were well and truely whipped by the sea in front of Fairlight cliffs in solid Force 5 cross offshore conditions. Where as the Kayakers had the cliffs to shelter them making it a flat water paddle to the other side.

The last section sailing from the cliffs out to sea towards Camber was amazing! Flying in the middle of nowhere 2 miles out! All team got spilt up and the last leg was done by almost everyone alone and in an increasingly big sea.

The Kayakers had some heavy shorebreaks to contend with, some ditching their gear and doing a bit of swimming in the shorebreak. With the pushing tide and wind behind them the Kayakers were to the amazement of the windsurfers ahead for most of the way!

At Camber everyone was glad to be back onshore and safe! Food was supplied my pigs-do-fly (my folks) and enough stories were told!!

Its was great challenge and I think we all also got to enjoyed the sailing/ paddling along the way also. Maybe not so much the cliffs part! We even had Stewart Soffe turn up and paddle the first leg to Hastings on a surfboard!

Great effort! Miles turned up and despite being on antibiotics! Great effort by Geoff and Eleanor for their challenge walking all the way from Winchelsea to meet us!

Thanks to all who turned up and making it a great day, thanks for all for looking out for each and staying in one piece! Phew it got a bit hairy.

Time on kayak: 3.5hours! - 5 hours (fast)
Time on windsurfer: 3 - 4 hours (not bad)

Thanks to W4CR charity for taking to time to support us what a great cause. We will raise money for you next year!

Tiree Wave Classic: water patrol sighted

The Tiree Wave Classic is now in its 24th year and remains the most impressive Wave event in the UK Calendar. Competitors from all over the UK will be battling against each other in the harshest conditions the UK has to offer, to win the 'Tiree Wave Classic' title. Furthermore, all sailors will be fighting hard to improve their chances of winning the coveted BWA UK Wave Championship.

With only TWO rounds remaining the field remains tight and open for any rider to snatch crucial points. Current tour leader is Ben Proffitt. We asked him how he was feeling with so many sailors snapping at his feet for the tour leader's 'yellow rashie'...

"I'm feeling really good. My sailing is pretty solid. I had my best result for a while in the first PWA wave event of the year in Pozo during the summer so I'm raring to go. It's going to be a tight event as usual as all the top British pros will be there and maybe a few international ones. I just hope I can get it together and take home the win..."

In addition to the ferocious fight between the British pros, the BWA will also be running Ladies, Amateur, Junior and Masters fleets. So if you are a competent wave sailor then the BWA team in Tiree will welcome you and get you involved in this super friendly event. As always there will be plenty of other entertainments going on throughout the week including the legendary Island parties!

Tiree dates: 9th - 15th October 2010 (Closing party Friday 15th)

UK Freestyle Windsurfing: the weather is as good as the trick

The coming weekend sees the UK Freestyle Tour's final and premier event at the Animal Poole Windfest on Sandbanks Seafront.

On the Tour this year we have been watching the development of some fine up-and-coming Freestyle talent such as Adam Simms, Will Rogers, Al Bentley and the impressive 14 year old, Oscar Carmichael.

Now comes their long awaited chance to take on the established names like Andy “Bubble” Chambers, Max Rowe, Colin “Whippy Dixon” and Ollie Scott who have just returned from their summer training in Vass.

With the wind forecast looking pretty good for both Saturday and Sunday, the action on the water should be fast and furious and the stars will no doubt also be out on Friday tuning their kit and practicing their moves ready for the weekend contest.

Competitors' Registration for all fleets will be at the Windfest Event Site with Hugo Lewis from 9.00 am until 10.00 am on Saturday.

Our Head Judge is the legendary PWA Head Judge, Duncan Coombes, and depending on wind direction and conditions the competition will be held off Sandbanks Beach or in the harbour.

Animal are as always the major sponsor of the event and will be generously providing cash prizes for the Pro’s and product prizes for all other Fleets.