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12 December 2005, 11:55 am
Worlds Start Tomorrow
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Formula Windsurfing World Championship 2005
Melbourne, Australia

Over 100 board sailors will take to the water off Elwood Sailing Club, Melbourne, Australia tomorrow for the opening races of Sail Melbourne's Formula Windsurfing World Championship.
Top heavy with current and former World Champions, 2003 World Champion Steve ALLEN and Allison SHREEVE, the reigning Women's PWA Racing World Champion will head the Australian line up.

SHREEVE, a 23 year old from New South Wales, will experience strong challenges from the Women's current and four time World Champion, Dorota STASZEWSKA from Poland and 2005 European champion Lucy HORWOOD (GBR).

However, the determined Aussie yesterday finished an extraordinary fifth overall from the 51 entries in the Open Australian Formula Windsurfing Championship and won every race for the Women's title with ease. Sean O'BRIEN won the Open title.

ALLEN will have his work cut out also, with competition from 2004 World Champion Micah BUZIANIS (USA) and champion windsurfer across a range of disciplines and current Formula Windsurfing European Champion Antoine ALBEAU (FRA), not to mention Wojtek BRZOZOWSKI (POL) winner of the 1999 and 2000 titles and crowned the Oceanic Continental Champion at Sail Melbourne in January 2005.

Port Phillip is where all the action will take place, with competitors vying for Open, Women's, Youth and Masters Trophies. The oldest competitor is Tibor FERENCZY who will turn 64 in late December and the youngest is Mitch STEPHENSON, who turned 16 today.

These fast and colourful boards will provide great spectator viewing from shore side and visitors are encouraged to come and watch these exciting boardsailors in action as they reach speeds in the 20 knot range, or in layman's terms, close to 50 kilometres per hour.

25 nations will be represented at this World Championship: Australia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Finland, Italy, USA, Netherlands, Thailand, US Virgin Islands, Brazil, Argentina, New Zealand, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Denmark, Finland, Turkey, Norway, Portugal, Japan, Czech Republic, Belgium and Malaysia.

Di Pearson. Image, Allison SHREEVE will be leading the Aussie charge in the Women's Worlds:© Sail Melbourne
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