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30 September 2005, 06:40 pm
RS:X Cadiz Race 2005 Draft 1
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RS:X Cadiz Race 2005

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Windsurfing World Prepares In Cadiz

Over 100 windsurfers are gathering in Spain for the start of the RS:X Cadiz Race this weekend. Amongst the stars present Olympic gold medallist Nikos (GRE) is coaching a young Greek team, whilst

Many of the windsurfers arrived in Cadiz earlier in the week, giving them the opportunity to give the new board a run out. Although the virtually windless conditions today have slowed proceedings, Wednesday and Thursday both proved to be excellent day's out on the water. 15-20 knot winds and bright sunshine providing the early arrivers with near perfect conditions.

Olympic silver medallist last year in Athens and gold medallist back in 19??, KALI has given up competition at the top level for the time being to concentrate on the future of Greek windsurfing. He is acting as coach for three young team members in Cadiz as he explains,

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The event in Cadiz will be by far the largest so far with many top Olympic windsurfers turning out on the water. RS:X Class President Rich JEFFRIES is delighted with the attendance of so many top quality athletes,

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Olympic medallist Mike GEBHART (USA) is part of the Neil Pryde team in Cadiz. Along with Jean BOULDOIRES, he will be hosting a clinic before the racing gets underway on Saturday morning. Thanks to his involvement with the development of the board, GEBHART knows the RS:X inside-out. Obviously more knowledge with come with the experience of competition, but currently he predicts a few key issues will be vital to success on the board.

The RS:X Committee is set to meet tomorrow before practice begins and in the evening, with the second meeting followed by a general meeting of the class which will include the sailors themselves, allowing them to give their input into the new Olympic equipment.

Racing then begins on Saturday afternoon, with three races planned. Three more races on Sunday will conclude the regatta before a Neil Pryde Party on Sunday evening brings the weekend to a close.

Look out for further reports from Cadiz on www.sailing.org tomorrow and during the racing over the weekend.

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