114 athletes from 16 nations and three continents are assembling in Limassol, Cyprus for the 2010 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships which starts racing on Monday 25 October.
Temperatures of around 28C with good planing conditions have been the order of the day in the week leading up to the event with teams from POL, DEN, CYP and BRA training in the warm cross shore breeze.
There is of course no guarantee that this will continue but with racing not due to start before 12:00 every day, we have given the thermal breeze every chance to make an appearance.
So lets look at the top of the youth men's seeding list... Michalis Malekkides
(CYP) who won the 2009 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing championships in Yalikavak, Turkey after a tough fight with Manfredi Misuraca
(ITA) heads the list with Manfredi in the 2nd slot with Thomas Goyard
(FRA) who finished fifth last year, taking third place on the seeding list in Cyprus. Fourth is Blazej Blazowski (POL) - eighth last year - and Mateo Sanz
(ESP) is fifth.
These five are here to do business. That is for sure. The question is... Is there a new unknown talent racing here for the first time? The Techno 293 junior class is exploding in size and now feeding new talent into the RS:X Youth Fleet
Over in the Youth Women's fleet, it's Isobel Hamilton
(GBR) who tops the seeding list. Her aim is to win again. That's for sure. She won the 2009 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships after 'smoking' the Medal Race by winning by almost a complete downwind leg. The second seed is Sin Lam Lo
(HKG) who is hoping to go two better this year having finished third in Yalikavak. Kamila Smektala
(POL), the 2010 ISAF Youth Worlds champion, is seeded third and likely to be a threat if the wind goes light with Helene Noesmoen (FRA), fourth seed.
The schedule plans to race 16 races with a maximum of three races per day if planing conditions exist. RRS B8.2 will apply meaning that two discards are allowed.
Registration opens on Sunday... so let's go racing!
Check out the event website here: http://youthworldwindsurfingchampionships2010.rsxclass.com There will be daily text and video news reports together with short video interviews with windsurfers taking part.