Posted On: 22/11/2019 11:52:29
Namibia wouldn't rank in the recall of most as one of the world's significant sailing venues. But for the past week or so the Luderitz Speed Week has been under way as the sailing speed freaks attempt to set new world marks. The event attempts to set a speed record, recognised by World Speed Sailing Record Council, over a 500 metre distance. ......( more )
Posted On: 16/11/2019 09:43:59
Since 2015 the number of participants has continued to grow and, in each participating country, the Supercup event is bigger than National Championships in the participating windsurfing classes.
From day one the main intention was to unite windsurfers from central Europe - despite the lack of big official sponsors for the series which we had as main attractions in the past - to get together and organise the racing in big fleets in the best windsurfing locations in participating countries. ......( more )
Posted On: 14/11/2019 10:12:13
We are extremely proud and excited to share with all of you the news that the Starboard iFoil has been selected as the 2024 Olympic Equipment, replacing the RS:X equipment after the 2020 Olympic Games. The iFoil concept is the fruit of many years of windsurf foiling equipment development, but developing the equipment to running a successful Olympic Campaign are two very different stories. ......( more )
Posted On: 13/11/2019 09:34:41
We have just been witness to what has been some spectacular strong-wind racing. No wonder the Windsurfing Asian Championships have yet again been held in Penghu, Taiwan.
The venue is special. The 90 islands and islets situated between mainland China and Taiwan on the waters of the Taiwan Strait are a natural playground for windsurfers, that come for fun, practice and competition here. In wintertime it is a paradise, especially if you like the wind to be strong. We have had perfect planing conditions during the week, with only the first day of racing cancelled, due to the wind being too strong … ......( more )
Posted On: 12/11/2019 09:34:53
We were waiting to be tested by the light wind today. The test never happened. Having scheduled the start for 13:00 we were expecting the wind to be around 6 -7 kts at the time we arrive at the venue. As it turned out it was more - planing conditions again. ......( more )
Posted On: 11/11/2019 09:17:44
The Penghu or Pescadores Islands are an archipelago of 90 islands and islets in the Taiwan Strait and winter here is a paradise for windsurfing. With temperatures around 23 - 24*C it is not too cold and not too hot either. What is really the key feature here is the Taiwan Strait a wind making machine compressing the wind between Taiwan and mainland China and rushing it through the small Penghu islands. ......( more )
Posted On: 10/11/2019 09:59:11
After two days of staying ashore, everyone was very excited to get the racing started today. Early breakfast and off to the club to rig up and learn the plan of the day at the skippers' meeting.
And the plan was for three back to back races for each of the divisions. Reaching starts that is, a format well known at the RS:X class, but not so common in T293. Yet. Not counting the slalom races of the Techno293 Plus, the T293 is used to starting upwind, so it is good to get the kids shaken up from time to time. [more
Posted On: 09/11/2019 09:07:50
After the opening ceremony and official opening dinner everyone was looking at the forecast. The big question - would there be any racing? The answer - no racing today, the wind blowing with ferocious force. There wasn't a slightest moment of hope to go out, but that gives us a chance to introduce one of the new classes in the windsurfing circuit. The Glide 2990.
We all know the Techno293 and RS:X well and introducing another board in the dominated non-foiling category is a not common, but the Glide is looking to find a spot in the windsurfing community and with Olympic windsurfing now going foiling it might attract fans of the non-foiling category. ......( more )
Posted On: 05/11/2019 13:29:36
The names are always big at the Azores Windfoil Challenge and with foiling just around the corner at the Olympics, the 2nd edition of this open foil event could not be more exciting.
Four out of the top five PWA men's foil ranking leaders of 2019 arrived on the Terceira Island and in the ladies' fleet we had the likes of Marina Alabau, Olympic Gold Medalist turned foil competitor, now maybe going back to the Olympic cycle? ......( more )
Posted On: 04/11/2019 14:10:46
Brazilian Mateus Isaac and Venezuelan Carenys Salazar won the 2019 ISSO IFCA South American Slalom Championship titles, the largest windsurfing event in the Americas that ended on Sunday in Palhoca Santa Catarina. For two days, more than 30 sailors from four countries competed in eliminations with winds above 20 knots on the Ponta do Papagaio beach.
Posted On: 04/11/2019 08:03:36
World Sailing have given a clear decision that the Olympic equipment for 2024 should be foiling and not the RS:X. Through its deliberations over the past week at its 2019 Annual Conference, a number of committees and the World Sailing Council debated the merits of the trials which were undertaken in Lake Garda 2019. ......( more )
Posted On: 03/11/2019 20:27:59
Posted On: 03/11/2019 09:49:41
It's been one of those weeks here in El Puerto de Santa Maria, Cadiz. One of those weeks where you're never sure that it will all hang together in spite of it all, or whether it's all going to fall apart because of it all.
The location and welcome, at Club Nautico Puerto Sherry and the Andalusian Sailing Federation, couldn't have been better, big thank you to everyone on the team here for making this yet another Techno 293 World Championships to remember. ......( more )
Posted On: 02/11/2019 12:25:56
World Sailing's Council confirmed the list of Events and Equipment for the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition on Friday 1 November at the 2019 Annual Conference in Bermuda.
Council, the main decision making body of World Sailing, considered whether to change Events and Equipment for Paris 2024 but no one seconded the proposal which was therefore deemed rejected under World Sailing's rules. Council moved on to the Equipment Committee's recommendation to select the iFoil as the Men's and Women's Windsurfer Equipment for Paris 2024. ......( more )
Posted On: 02/11/2019 10:16:41
Put the champagne on ice, it'll be needed tomorrow! After three days of difficulty in winds that were at best "marginal", under some grim grey skies, we finally got to understand why Cadiz is such a popular sailing spot, home of the Club Nautico Puerto Sherry and FAV, our hosts for this 2019 Techno 293 World Championships.
The penultimate day of racing was blessed with sunny skies and racing wind, and all four fleets were able to complete three more rounds of racing in more competitive conditions. ......( more )
Posted On: 01/11/2019 09:44:47
The clock is running down at the 2019 Techno 293OD World Championships, just two more days of racing scheduled before we know the names of our new World Champions.
But it's been another difficult day for all concerned. Despite the best efforts of the Race Committee to get yesterday's proceedings underway as early as possible (the crew was onsite at 7.00am setting up the tracking devices) there was one big absentee: the wind. ......( more )
Posted On: 31/10/2019 09:13:44
It's been a frustrating few days for the 369 young sailors assembled here in El Puerto de Santa Maria for the 2019 Techno 293 World Championships, where the local hosts, Club Nautico Puerto Sherry in cooperation with FAV, have laid on a fantastic week that has been lacking only one thing so far: wind!
With the boys fleets having managed a couple of rounds of racing on Tuesday, between the swirling banks of fog that eventually caused racing to be abandoned for the day, hope and expectation were high that yesterday everyone would have a chance to stretch their arms and legs and post some scores to get on in the rankings. ......( more )
Posted On: 30/10/2019 09:36:08
Hello again from Andalusia, Spain, where we are guests of the local Club Nautico Puerto Sherry and FAV, who are hosting the 2019 Techno 293 World Championships, the final big international event of the Techno 293 calendar.
Well, we kind of predicted this in yesterday's report, that the forecast would bear little relation to the reality of things on the day. And so, it came to pass. We woke to find the spot covered with sea fog and not a breath of wind. Time to pack up and go home? ......( more )
Posted On: 29/10/2019 11:09:44
You can bet your house on the fact that anywhere in the world, from Argentina to Ukraine, from Hong Kong to America, in any of the other 35 countries than here in Spain, from where the 369 competitors have come for this 2019 Techno 293 World Championships, there will have been blue skies and 15 knots of steady breeze blowing, rather than the unfeasible 3 knots of wind that have frustrated today's opening day. ......( more )
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