With 500 competitors on the water between the UK Fat Face Night Windsurfing festival and the RYA Youth and Masters, the last weekend was probably one of the most succesful weekends ever for windsurfing.
With gale force winds the RYA struggled to get racing in as the youths got blown off the water by 60 knot squalls, there was one slalom round completed. It was a different story at Hayling though as the strong winds were welcomed by many, those who had a great mornings windsurfing but found the afternoon too difficult were content to sit with a beer in hand and just watch one of the best expression sessions that the UK has seen for a long time, whilst the Master Blasters for all kept on happening. There were too many pros to mention, but if you happened to have the Tricktionary on you, then you would have gone home a very happy spotter. At many times there were 100\'s out on the water, old faces from other era\'s and new juniors and youths. Chris Audsley took honours in the master blaster and Nik Baker in the night windsurf, but at events like these the results don\'t matter, just going for it on the water is what it was all about, and then partying hard with a bit of Van life thrown in for true windsurfing spirit.
Saturday was completed with a night windsurf Super X competition. All the spotlights were able to spot was the shorebreak, past that is was pitch black, all the sailors had glow sticks and it was very much a case of following the lights and trying to find a buoy. Once past the buoy you got wasted by waves that you couldnt see, then you just had to head for the lights, as fast as possible, that was all you could see!
Sunday was even more succesful, the Youth and Masters event got underway with three rounds of Slalom. Dan Simpson did a fine job of dominating the Slalom, but there were fine performances all round as the wind got up to 30knots. Jacob Brubert, in his first year of racing dominated the Techno class with a very talented display. The wind dropped at the end of the day allowing the smaller fleets to get out and onto the waters.
Back at Hayling there was more master blaster action and a freestyle expression session in relatively calmer winds.
A full report next issue...
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