Pattaya Daily News

09 January 2009 :: 18:01:49 pm 6716

Pattaya Holds The Youth Olympic Windsurfing Championships 2008

After being postponed in December, the RS:X Youth Olympic World Windsurfing Championship is due to commence on January 10, 2009, and will be a 10-day event. The Eastern Windsurfing Club will be delighted to host the competition for the RSX Youth Championships in Pattaya, Chonburi. The windsurfers are aged between 10-21 years-old from 30 countries with more than 60 windsurfers from around the world.
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This is about half those originally expected in December, but school schedules and particularly exams have intervened. In additrion, some budgets have been used up; others re-allocated; and yet others are still new for 2009, so the whole application process for funding has not been possible within the time-frame.

Mr. Jenwit Kraprayoon, the president of The Eastern Windsurfing Club, Mr. Napat Sabsakorn, the Business Director of Tipco Food Thailand Co.,Ltd., Mr. Manoon In-tarayotha Vice president of Chonchan Resort Hotel and Mr. Niti Konggrut, the director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Pattaya Office, were very pleased to announce the Windsurfing Championship to the press at Bangkok Palace Hotel on 6 January.

The event will be held from January 10 – 19, 2009 at 09.00-16.00, at Chonchan Pattaya Resort Hotel, Pattaya.

The 60 different windsurfers come from Austria, England, Canada, France, German, Hongkong, China, Singapore, South Korean, Japan, Denmark, Poland, Italy, Spain etc.

The competitions will be divided to three categories;
• Aged less than 15, male and female.
• Aged not over 19, male and female.
• Aged not over 21, male and female.


On 12 January 2009 the pre-competition to test the route to be used will be held. Between 13-18 January 2009, the competitions will be held to make the final selections for 10 winners.

19 January 2009, will be the date when the finals of the Youth World Olympic Championships will be held.

About Olympic Windsurfing
Windsurfers are the fastest monohull sailing crafts in the world today. It is believed that there are more windsurfers worldwide today than all other sailboats combined, and their popularity continues to grow. This is due to the craft’s small size, low cost, portability and the excitement of “flying” over the water as if there were no craft below.

Windsurfers are great athletes, navigators, and sailors. Physically, the best windsurfing sailors are tall, lean and extremely fit. Yet, it is common to see a 105-lb. woman complete a race in the same time as a 160-lb. man, thereby proving that balance and sensitivity to the windsurfer are equally critical.

Windsurfing made its Olympic debut in 1984 (Los Angeles). Races are run on the same “trapezoid” and “Windward-Leeward” courses as all other sailing classes, which incorporate upwind, reaching and downwind legs. A typical day of competition consists of 2-3 races, each lasting around 45 minutes. The Olympic Regatta will consist of 16 races over 9 days (including two rest days).

The Physical Element
Windsurfing is a very physical sport and was made even more so when unlimited “pumping” was allowed after the 1992 Olympics. Pumping the sail creates artificial wind and can greatly increase the sailors speed. Sailors pump as often as they can throughout the race to have the highest speed possible. Pumping is extremely taxing on the body and requires both power and endurance. Studies have shown that Olympic Windsurfers are as fit as elite rowers and cross country skiers. To be competitive sailors must be in top physical condition. However, windsurfing is still a finesse sport and also requires good starts, boatspeed and tactics for success.

PDN wishes all participants good luck.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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