As has been our wont these last few days, let\’s kick off in Australia again where the Melbourne World Cup Carnival is heading into the medal races tomorrow. And atop the women\’s RS:X fleet with a 6-point cushion after nine races is GBR\’s Bryony Shaw, Izzy Hamilton has climbed to 5th while Claudia Carney\’s in 8th chasing no less than Allison Shreeve – find out how they finish tomorrow (and check the latest pic galleries) at sailmelbourne.com.au
Headed to the other side of that vast country, UK Wave Champ Ben Proffitt\’s foregone Cape Town this year in favour of a winter in West Oz – and as he makes his pilgrimage he\’s got to be pleased he\’s the face of sponsor Simmer\’s website right now at simmerstyle.com. Meanwhile Women\’s Wave Champ Sarah Bibby\’s been getting some good BBC radio, press and internet coverage herself for clinching the title at sarahk349.blogspot.com … although she\’s off the water for a month now, following laser eye surgery – here\’s to a speedy recovery.
Talking of winning women, Sarah-Quita Offringa\’s unbeatable streak finally ended as she lost out to Anna Tunnicliffe at the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year awards – Sarah-Quuita certainly made a splash for windsurfing amongst the yachties though. Read her report from last Friday\’s award ceremony in Puerto Rico on sponsor site star-board.com
Staying with the fairer sex, here\’s a charger you might not have heard of – British-born Victoria Abbott looking quite at home on her adopted home break of Ponta Preta on Sal, Cape Verde. Respect. Find more about ex-kiter Vickey at flowindsurfing.com … in fact, FLOW are running a Cape Verde clinic with Nayra Alonso and Vickey in March 2012 (more an that here).
This next one works as a trailer to a forthcoming event too – SWA Pondlife VIII, Students in Need hits Rutland / Nottingham Uni this very weekend, so here\’s a timely reminder of the last SWA spectacular at the 10th Aussie Kiss last month. Witness Will Jones\’ 15-minute movie of undergraduate mayhem… More from studentwindsurfing.co.uk
Out on Maui, soulsurfer extraordinaire Levi Siver has launched an impressive new website that should be worth keeping an eye on at levisiver.com
Much closer to home for most of us, it sounds like windsurfing might be under threat from proposed swimming zones that could effect launching at Bracklesham Bay, West Sussex. If you ever sail Bracks or East Wittering – and want to continue doing so – we\’d urge you to fill in Chichester District Council\’s watersports and foreshore management survey at chichester.gov.uk
And finally, here\’s a touching tale as Hot Sails Maui / AHD rider Diony Guadagnino hits Bequia Island in the Grenadines – the place where he grew up, yet hasn\’t returned to in 21 years. It looks like a beautiful place, with surprisingly good wavesailing too: check it out at blog.hotsailsmaui.com
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