The world's top windsurfers are preparing for the 2009 RS:X World Championships in Weymouth, Great Britain, which are now just around the corner.
Starting on 31 August and running through to 11 Septembe, 60 entries from 25 countries have been made in the RS:X Women's Windsurfing Worlds and 86 from 30 countries in the RS:X Men's Windsurfing Worlds.
In the Women's fleet Jian Yin
(CHN) and Alessandra Sensini
(ITA) are not registered but Bryony Shaw
(GBR) the bronze medal winner at the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition will be taking on all-comers on her home waters.
In the men's fleet and despite rumours to the contrary, Tom Ashley
(NZL), the 2008 gold medallist has not registered. Julien Bontemps
(FRA) and Shahar Zubari
(ISR), silver and bronze medallists respectively, will be there mixing it again after a close fought duel at the recent RS:X Europeans in Israel.
Both fleets are packed with young talent intent on staking their claim on their country's berth at London 2012. Laura Linares
(ITA) and Flavia Tartaglini
(ITA) will be going head to head to establish supremacy.
Hei Man Chan
(HKG), 2009 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Champion
, who has been recovering from an injury sustained just before the Palmalife RS:X Youth Worlds in Yalikavak will want to get on terms with these two and Izzy Hamilton
(GBR) who snatched the RS:X Youth Windsurfing World title in spectacular fashion.
(CYP) will no doubt be looking forward to the breeze in which he won the RS:X Youth World title. September in Great Britain could deliver. Best to keep an eye on Wind Guru.
In the meantime, the class would like to welcome back Kevin Stittle
(CAN) and Alex Guyader
(FRA) who were occupied in Tornado campaigns leading up to Beijing 2008.
For those who won't be able to make it to sunny Weymouth, you will be able to follow developments LIVE. The RS:X class will have their dynamic on-line scoring system there and intend to track the top 10 through each race.