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28 September 2005, 03:56 pm
World's Best Windsurfers Set For RS:X Showdown In Cadiz
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RS:X Cadiz Race 2005
Cadiz, Spain

Around 100 of the World's best windsurfers are heading to Cadiz, Spain for the largest Neil Pryde RS:X event to date. A line up filled with stars includes Olympic, World and ISAF Youth World Champions, top sailors from the Mistral ISAF World Sailing Rankings and one of the nominees for the 2005 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award, with the majority of them competing on the new Olympic board for the first time.
Windsurfers from across the sailing world will be in Cadiz, with 97 competitors from 23 nations already on the entry list. With the majority of the fleet making their competitive debut on the RS:X, the racing in Cadiz looks set to provide a fascinating glance at the future stars of the class. With the Raceboard World Championship following the racing in Cadiz, many of the competitors will have further opportunity to test themselves on the RS:X board.

One of the most intriguing aspects of the racing in Cadiz will be the opportunity the young windsurfers have to prove their worth against the well known Olympic campaigners, who previously had the advantage of years' of experience racing the Mistral One Design board. The newness of the board in competition could well see a new pecking order established.

Amongst the big guns in the men's fleet are Mistral World Champion Nicolas HUGUET (FRA) and World's runner up Ricardo SANTOS (BRA), number one in the Mistral ISAF World Sailing Rankings Maxim OBEREMKO (UKR) and 2003 ISAF World Sailing Champion Przemek MIARCZYNSKI (POL). In an international fleet, Puerto Ricans, Jorge and Jaime TORRES will be looking to challenge as will the US Virgin Islands' Mike COMPTON, whilst New Zealand's Jon Paul TOBIN will feel he has a head start on many of his rivals after already compting in Rizhao at the Neil Pryde RS:X China International Invitation Tournament.

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won the ISAF Worlds in
Cadiz two years ago
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Amongst the young stars in the women's fleet, current Mistral and Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Champion and nominee for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award Blanca MANCHON (ESP) will face four-time ISAF Youth Worlds Champion and current Mistral Youth World Champion Zofia KLEPACKA (POL). Olympic Champion Faustine MERRET (FRA) will be keen to prove that she is still leading the pack, with these three stars going head-to-head for the first time since Athens. 2003 ISAF World Sailing Champion Lee KORZITS (ISR) will also be looking to make her mark, as will two-time ISAF Youth Worlds silver medallist Anne-Sophie LE PAGE (FRA).

The RS:X will be part of the ISAF Graded event tour and will be included in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings from the 1 January 2006.

ISAF will be bringing you daily updates from Cadiz.

ISAF. Image, Olympic Champion Faustine MERRET will be one of the stars competing in Cadiz:© MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images
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