The sport of speedsailing has become an ISAF interntational class in it\’s own right. A really postive move for speed and for windsurfing, this will place a much bigger presence on the class of speed sailing globally. The class now known as the International Speed Windsurfing Class will also be able to make many more positive moves, such as working with countries to gain their National Championships full recognition. ISA the former speed sailing association have been working hard over the past few years with ISAF to put the finer details in place.
Peter Davis, the chairman of the new association said “This recognition from ISAF is great news for the sport of speedsailing and windsurfing in general, underlining the importance and popularity it has achieved in recent years. I would personally like to thank Ceri Williams from the IWA, who has been instrumental in helping us achieve this acknowledgment by ISAF. It will also be beneficial to the stars of our sport such as Finian Maynard, Bjorn Dunkerbeck and David White. One of which, we are confident will break the 50 knot barrier in the very near future”.
The 2007 Speedsailing world tour starts in June on the idyllic island of Karpathos in Greece. A very popular venue on the tour as it is renowned for high wind’s and warm azure blue waters. This is followed in July by Sotavento on the island of Fuerteventura which has a long history of speedsailing dating back to the early 70’s. The final premier event on the tour is Walvis Bay in Namibia which in recent years has proved to be the most consistent venue and holds 4 world and 21 national speed records. The ISWC has also sanctioned national events around the world in 2007 which also count for world ranking points in Great Britain, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Austria. More details on www.speedsurfing.org