Cercle de Voile de Martigues (CVM), France, last week hosted the largest windsurfing championships in recent memory. The entry, 435 competitors, exceeded the previous record established at last years Junior, Youth & Masters Windsurfing World Championships in Weymouth, UK.
It was particularly satisfying to see an increase in both age divisions, boys and girls, in the Techno 293 Championship - the class supported by all windsurfing classes for the junior (under 17) development pathway. Over 360 young windsurfers from 25 countries, representing 4 continents, assembled in Martigues, Provence, in the South of France.
Many of those selected to represent their countries in the forthcoming Singapore Youth Olympics were present to hone their skills for the fortnight ahead.
The championship entry was made up from competitors in two further age divisions of the International Raceboard Class - Youth (under 20) and Masters (over 35). Masters windsurfing, as in many other sports, is growing in popularity and strength.
The venue for this event next year, San Francisco, USA, is sure to attract a large number of competitors in both classes. Bic Sport have extended their already generous support of the T293 class by committing to supply 150 charter boards and rigs to the USA event
Meanwhile - Martigues produced challenging conditions for all - competitors, coaches and race committee! The unexpected weather pattern produced a very wide range of winds - very light to very strong 'mistral'!
To read the daily reports on the racing, and to find the full results, visit the following websites:
Techno 293 Class - http://www.techno293.org/
Raceboard Class - http://www.raceboard.org/
International Windsurfing Association - http://www.internationalwindsurfing.com/
Techno 293 Under 15 Girls: Marta Maggetti (ITA)
Techno 293 Under 15 Boys: Andrey Zagaynov (RUS)
Techno 293 Under 17 Girls: Neomi Cohen (ISR)
Techno 293 Under 17 Boys: Gael Cousin (FRA)
Raceboard Youth: Louis Giard (FRA)
Raceboard Masters: Patrik Pollak (SVK)