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2010 Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth, England - NZ Olympic windsurfers are competing

It was all about the weather on day one. In last night’s team briefing Hamish Willcox stated that today would be a day to look out for anything and everything and he couldn’t have been more accurate. All classes reported unstable, shifty conditions on the water leading to a mixed set of results for most competitors on the water. With a frontal system approaching from the west overnight tomorrow may bring more of what this young team have been training in over the last fortnight.

Windsurfing - Maui Race Series - Carbon Art gets 4 titles

This past weekend the Maui Race series was completed with the annual Hawaii State Slalom Championships sponsored by Neil Pryde. Carbon Art was well represented at the event, with three sailors on Carbon Art and Maui Sails charging to the top spots! Tamara Bockius completed her perfect season winning the Women’s Open division, Mike Yasak shining once again winning in the Men’s 50-59 age group, and current US National Champion Phil McGain winning both the Men’s Pro division and Men’s 40-49 age group.

New Zealand’s Olympic class windsurfers converge on Weymouth, England in preparation for 2010 Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta.

Among New Zealand’s hottest medal prospects is reigning Olympic Champion in men’s board sailing, Tom Ashley who won silver earlier this year at Princess Sofia Regatta in Mallorca, Spain. Jon-Paul Tobin, Stephanie Williams, Alice Monk and Natalia Kosinskawill also be competing in the RS:X windsurfing class

The Malta-Sicily Windsurf Race - 21 years on

"Of all races I've ever done, including the Olympic Games, this one was physically the most difficult. It took me three days to recover." Race winner Bruce Kendall vividly remembers that race...

UK windsurfers will map marine conservation zones - scope for a similar project in New Zealand?

Windsurfers are being asked to help in a project that uses an interactive map to record how British waters are used, in an effort to identify potential sites for Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs).

The Marine Conservation Zone Project is a partnership project working with people who use the sea for their livelihood or leisure to identify Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs).

The archive - stories and other things from the past ...

These are stories and other materials from the past which are worth preserving and retelling. I will add to this section as material comes to hand, but feel free to send us anything that you think is of value or interest.

Want a challenge? Try 22 watersports in one day!

A UK WINDSURFING champion set a new record yesterday for completing the most watersports in one day. Guy Cribb took advantage of the longest day of the year to cram in 21 sports along the ten miles from Bournemouth to Poole. His record includes sailing, sea kayaking, kite surfing, stand-up paddle-boarding, body-boarding, windsurfing, water-skiing, jet-skiing and skimboarding. http://news.scotsman.com/uk/Windsurfer-sets-water-sports-record.6375195.jp

Antons account of Le Defi Wind - Gruissan 2010

James Dinnis arrived in Marseille after a bruising trip from New Plymouth, New Zealand – Auckland – LA (via Venice beach??) – Munich then on to Marseille. Like any good travel story this one had its dramas from the start. The Premium Air New Zealand check-in was the site of the last minute repacking of 217kg of gear all destined for a one way trip to France. As always the Air NZ guys were rockstars. 36 hours later Team Carbon Art arrived in France to be met by team rider Vincent only to find none of the gear had arrived...

Le Defiwind - James Dinnis (Carbon Art) brief report on this massive windsurfing race event

Yep boards arrived, all 17 of them just in time, some guys had to drive from Paris. The Defi is an amazing experience, being on the water with close to 1000 other people, the start gets you pretty excited then for 40k's you have sailors heading straight at you, had 1 crash as the guy just did not seem to the starboard rule then seemed to be pissed off at me ?? Oh the other thing i the French guys are fricken fast!! Had to pull out of 2 races as 5.9 was just too big in 50 knots. (We look forward to a full report on James' return)

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