DAY 1 AND 2 AT RACEBOARD EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016
Louis Morris reports – “Racing got underway on Tuesday at the Raceboard European Championship in Brest, France. Much of Tuesday was spent waiting for wind, but by mid-afternoon, there was a nice 10-14 knots for the 75 raceboards and 16 open division II competitors. With the wind in double figures, Mark Kay (GBR) had really incredible speed, and was leading for a time. However, the wind was already patchy and Nicolas Huget (FRA) and Curro Manchon (ESP) stayed in the gusts to take 1st and 2nd respectively with Mark taking 3rd by a narrow margin ahead of Toni Colemar Torres (ESP), and Louis Morris (GBR). Jeanne Mailhos (FRA) started her championship well, winning the first race for the women, with Annette Kent the first placed brit in 4th place.
The wind was a little lighter for the second race, so those that managed to find the gusts and stay in them could make very big gains. The start was very difficult with an extreme port end bias, but Louis was one of the few to get a clean start at the biased end, arriving to the windward mark in 5th amongst a close pack with Mark Kay, Lewis Barnes, and Rob Kent of GBR all in contention for the top places. Once again, Nico flew off into the lead, whilst behind him a close battle continued. Louis had very good downwind speed, and managed to snatch 2nd place ahead of Toni and Christoph Boutet (FRA). However, it will be a race to forget for Louis, who was disqualified in a protest hearing after causing Christoph to alter course whilst on starboard tack, and although Mark started well, he was unlucky with the wind and lost his speed advantage in the lighter breeze to finish a disappointing 22nd. Rob Kent sailed well, but will be looking to improve his results after managing to collect half the seaweed from le Rue de Brest on his fin! 19 year old Lewis Barnes had a fantastic day, he finished 28th at the World Championships last year, but ended Tuesday in an awesome 6th place. It was a frustrating day for the women, as they started last and had to wait for the men before starting their second race, but the wind had already dropped below 5 knots and it was getting late, so they finished the day with only one race.
Day two was a little colder, but with a good 8-12 knot NE’ly breeze, the women were sent out first to complete their second race before the men and D2 launched. The course was close to the shore, and with strong adverse tide in the channel, it really paid to tack close to the shore. Jeanne got it perfect and won the race once again. Great Britains Alysia Gibson and Molly Howell also took advantage of the lighter current inshore to finish 2nd and 4th respectively, with many older and more experienced competitors in their wake. The conditions were similar for the men, and the majority of the fleet hugged the shore. Fernando Consorte (ARG) took a different tactic, and headed way left, into the stronger current, but also much stronger wind, and rounded the windward mark in 5th, with Curro, Louis, Christoph, and Nico close behind. Louis worked hard and followed the gusts downwind to take 2nd place behind an on-form Nico. Unfortunately, a thunderstorm quickly developed, and the race was abandoned before everyone could finish, rendering the result invalid. The women also had to abandon their second race of the day for the same reason. With the thunderstorm risk, the race officer postponed racing until the next day.
With only two races completed for each class, the pressure is on to complete more races to get a good championship. We’ve had no wind all day today, but we can be sure of some good racing on Friday and Saturday.
Follow the event here and here where you can also find full results, photo galleries, and more.”
Ahead of the 2016 Tiree Wave Classic John Isaacson caught up with 2015 youth champion Andrew Brown to hear his thoughts on the progression of wave sailors in the uk and moving up the ranks!
Andrew won a sponsorship deal from O’shea last year and has been touring the UK and Europe on the competitive windsurf scene.
So, how did you get into windsurfing and when did you first hear about Tiree?
I got into windsurfing in 2011 through joining the loch insh monsters Team15 club, and through the encouragement of Jonny freshwater I started competing as part of the ‘monsters’ with the other T15 clubs. In the space of 3 years I went from sailing a ‘sausage’ course on a 3.5 in a Scottish loch to sailing at my first World Championships on the 6.8m bic techno in Poland on the Baltic Sea.
I first heard about Tiree from the chat at T15. Tiree was a legend, a place with great waves, wind and sun. I immediately started to nag my mum. Later that summer I went there with some of the loch Insh monsters team. I had a fantastic time there- sailing in daylight until 11 pm and falling off next to a basking shark! A year later I heard about the Tiree Wave Classic RYA Wave Camp and obviously jumped at the chance to go again! And then again. And here I am now, even more excited to go in once again in October!
How has the Tiree Wave Classic RYA Scotland wave camp helped your progression with competitions?
The Tiree wave camp was great fun and practicing on the far smaller kit than what I was accustomed to and… In waves! really helped improve my board handling and control when I went back onto the comparatively ginormous Techno and the RS:X.
I went from at first being described as ‘Bambi on water’ in 2014 to having a planing tack on the techno within a matter of weeks.
The Tiree Wave classic Junior event last year gave me a taste for wave events and I’m really excited to compete in the main event this year!
Where else have you been competing this year and how have you got on?
Competitions so far this year have been great! I competed in Pwhelli, Wales at the British Youth Nationals in April. which was a good event event for me- staying consistent through a wide range of conditions, from displacement pumping in 4 knots to 20+knots survival sailing, winning with a race to spare and becoming the 2016 British Youth Champion on the RS:X 8.5.
In June I competed at the IFCA slalom World Championships in Bol, Croatia -which was my first ever slalom event! It was a great experience and I improved throughout the week, from the first elimination; where I was placed 42nd to the 2nd where I qualified for the C final and finished 29th!
After this I traveled to Helsinki, Finland to compete in the incredibly shifty and gusty conditions at the RS:X European Championships. I was placed 20th overall in the U19 Youth Class and qualified to represent GB at the ISAF Youth World Sailing Championships this December in Auckland, New Zealand!
In 2 days (Sunday the 14th Aug) I’m traveling to Vienna, Austria to compete at the Eurosaf Youth European Sailing Championships in the on the RS:X!
What moves are you working on? Those jumps are getting bigger!
On the wave kit my main focus is the front loop, I know what I need to do… I just need to commit to it! I want to have this move consistent by Tiree! Yeah sure, I can jump high;)
What do you want to get out of this years Tiree Wave Classic?
I want to get out on some proper waves, improve my wave sailing and land the forwards! As well as compete in the amateur division. All in all I know I’ll have a great time. whatever. Just hoping for wind and waves!!
We are looking forward to the youth camp in October we are now really seeing the benefits of pushing the youth fleet as they grow towards amateurs and pros! – Photos by Richard Whitson.
The best possible conditions are expected in the lead up to the first U23 World Championship in ISAF-class Kona One, which starts at in Malmö, renowned regatta city in south of Sweden. A total of 50 racers will compete in this first U23 Kona Worlds. The competition is wide open, featuring a number of high-profile sailors with multiple international championship wins in junior and senior classes.
Kona Fleet (Magi Foster)
Several names could be considered as favorites. From Great Britain comes Sam Sills, two times ISAF Youth World Champion in BIC-class and currently among Britain’s top RS:X-sailors. Another strong competitor is Angel Granda Roque from Gran Canarias, Spain.
From Sweden the Holm siblings stand out. Adam Holm finished his Olympic campaign earlier this summer. He is both World Champion and European Champion in Kona One. His younger sister Andrea (aged 19) won the silver medal in the 2014 Kona Europeans. She finished fourth in the Kona Worlds 2013 and 2014.
– We welcome every racer to the City of Malmö, where we aim to offer a top class event and a memorable championship for racers and spectators. We are also proud to offer prize money, says Björn Holm, event chairman.
– Malmo offers very good racing conditions at this time of the year. The mildest reports for this time of the year are 8-10 knots. If we get a front moving through, we will have some high wind racing. At the very least, the winds should easily be suitable for fair and tactical racing, he continues.
Adam Holm (Charles Dasher)
Sam Sills (Kite Vision)
The City of Malmö has previously hosted a number of international and national sailing events and boarders to Denmark and the famous Öresund bridge.
The ISAF-recognized Kona One-class is one of the fastest growing windsurfing classes globally, attracting both young talents and experienced racers with long international windsurfing careers. Boys and girls compete together. All racers use identical boards. One sail is used in all weather conditions. Sail size is decided from body weight to give as fair conditions as possible at the start. This puts the focus on windsurfing skills and tactics. Kona One is further a non-pumping class.
The championship will take place between Friday 26th to August 28th. Opening ceremony will be held on Thursday 25th.
Here’s the edit of my summer training on the Canary Islands (Gran Canaria and Tenerife). I scored a few good days, but we had a lot of “calima” that stopped a little bit the good conditions. There are a few clips that were filmed during the PWA events of Pozo and el Médano.
The new Kracken Freewave fin has been designed to increase board speed, wind range and turning abilities of all single fin freewave boards. We combined aspects of our Epic wave fins together with the speed and drive of our freeride fins to develop a new freewave fin. We collated rider feedback from the past 5yrs during …