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

China has called in thousands of people to clean up an algal bloom at the sailing venue for this summer’s Olympic Games, a state news agency said.

The blue-green algae blossomed around June 1 in the waters around Qingdao on the coast of Shandong province, and some 400 boats and 3,000 people have been mobilized to clean it up, the Xinhua News Agency said.

Chinese news photos showed the bright-green bloom along the shores of downtown Qingdao. Other images showed workers loading the algae onto boats as windsurfers sailed in the background. The photos also showed people wading in the water and scooping up armfuls of the plant-like organism and putting it into white sacks.~

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Entering the final day of competition, Marcilio Browne (Mistral, Gaastra) and Jose Estredo (Fanatic, North Sails) had both battled to win one double elimination each, meaning the final day would prove critical in deciding who would take home the event, and 2008 season lead.

In the women’s fleet, Sarah-Quita Offringa’s (Starboard, NeilPryde) dominance had already guaranteed her the event win, leaving the remaining positions to be challenged for in the final day’s third double elimination.

Down to the wire

Shock came when the seemingly relentless Lanzarote trade winds failed to blow on the morning of the final day. The riders had no option but to endure the agonising wait for wind.

With precious few hours remaining for the double elimination to run its course, the competition area lapsed into a nervous calm while the race committee decided on the fait of the event.

Late into the final nerve racking afternoon, Head Judge Duncan Coombs made his decision, and announced the event officially over. After five days of howling wind, Estredo was dubbed the men’s winner, and Offringa took top honours in the women’s fleet.

The 2008 PWA Costa Teguise World Cup – Event Results

Men’s Fleet

1st Jose Estredo (Fanatic, North Sails, MFC)
2nd Kiri Thode (Starboard, Gaastra)
3rd Ricardo Campello (JP, NeilPryde, MFC)

Women’s Fleet

1st  Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard, NeilPryde)
2nd Laure Treboux (Fanatic, North Sails)
3rd Daida Moreno (North Sails)

Men’s Overall Rankings (after two events)

1st Jose Estredo (Fanatic, North Sails, MFC)
2nd Marcilio Browne (Mistral, Gaastra)
3rd Kiri Thode (Starboard, Gaastra)

This is the first freestyle event in the women’s fleet, so also stands as the overall rankings so far. The next event of the season sees Grand Slam action in Pozo, Gran Canaria.

Source: PWA World Tour

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