Day 5 – Going Out with a Bang!

With standings so tight at the beginning of the day, all eyes were on the medal races today at the 2014 RS:X Youth World Championships in Clearwater, Florida!

Saturday on Clearwater Beach is always a busy day, and the combination of bright sunshine, strong breeze and world-class windsurfing action brought upwards of 20,000 people to the beach for the conclusion of the event (…)

Read the full report on the US Windsurfing website

Event Schedule at Baystar Race Village this week!

The BAYSTAR RACE VILLAGE is the main venue for the 2014 RS:X Youth World Championships. It’s located in the heart of Clearwater Beach just south of Pier 60 (GPS: 27.975240, -82.829468). You won’t be able to miss it! It’s set directly on the beach, and with international competitors arriving early to test the local conditions, it’s been buzzing with non-stop action all week already.

Here’s the schedule of events for the competition (please check noticeboard on site for any updates):

FRI OCT 17
–> 9AM – 6PM: Free Practice

SAT OCT 18
–> 10AM – 5PM: Registration and Equipment Check; Free Practice

SUN OCT 19
–> 9AM – 12PM: Registration and Equipment Check
–> 1PM: Official Practice Race
–> 4PM: Meet and Greet with the Athletes; Coaches Meeting
–> 5PM: Opening Ceremony

MON OCT 20
–> 11AM: Races

TUE OCT 21
–> 11AM: Races

WED OCT 22
–> Reserve Day (no scheduled racing)

THU OCT 23
–> 11AM: Races

FRI OCT 24
–> 11AM: Races

SAT OCT 25
–> 11AM: Races
–> 4PM: Last possible warning signal
–> 6PM: Prize giving and closing ceremony

Pre-Race Week Schedule for Early Arrivals

One week to go before Opening Ceremonies at the 2014 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships in Clearwater!

For competitors arriving early (Oct 14-16), launching and gear storage will take place at the following address:

Clearwater Community Sailing Center
1001 Gulf Blvd Clearwater, FL 33767
(727) 517-7776
GPS: 27.955080, -82.826233

The Baystar Race Village will be set up on Wednesday Oct 15 directly on the beach in Clearwater Beach, South of Pier 60 (GPS: 27.975240, -82.829468).

Charter Service from Neil Pryde will begin on Wednesday Oct 15 at 10AM at the Baystar Race Village.

Competitors may continue to use the Clearwater Community Sailing Center for launching and storage until Friday Oct 17, at which point we’ll ask everyone to transfer over to the Baystar Race Village.

The Race Office will open at the Baystar Race Village on Saturday Oct 18.

Safe travels and see you all in a few days!

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RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships Happening off Clearwater Beach Oct 18-25!

RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships Happening off Clearwater Beach Oct 18-25!

First Time Ever Held in the United States

Clearwater, FL Oct 6, 2014 – The start of the 2014 RS:X Youth 2014 World Windsurfing Championships is October 18.  Preparations are in full swing and more than 85 competitors from 20 nations and 4 continents have already registered!

“Windsurfing has been an Olympic sport for thirty years.” said Jerome Samson, President of United States Windsurfing, “The worldwide youth pipeline has never been this strong. We’re absolutely delighted to welcome the best young windsurfers in the world to the US. This is the birthplace of our sport, after all. We are all looking forward to a spectacular event!”

These championships are limited to Olympic Class athletes 18 years old and younger. Last year’s competition took place in Civitavecchia, Italy, and the World Champions from last year are back to defend their titles: Marta Maggetti in the girls’ division and Mattia Camboni in the boys’ division. Both are already competing against adults and are coming to Clearwater fresh off high-flying performances at the ISAF World Championships in Santander, Spain – but, that’s no guarantee of victory in Florida! In fact, the full girls’ podium from last year is back with Hadar Heller from Israel and Maelle Guilbaud from France, eager to top their previous performance even with many other high ranking competitors ready to challenge them.

The countries that are on the entry list thus far include: Aruba, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Estonia, Spain, France, Great Britain, Greece, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Mexico, Norway, the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, and the US, with more expected to sign up in the days to come.

The City of Clearwater with its partners Tampa Bay Charities, Clearwater Community Sailing Center, St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission and the Clearwater Yacht Club are pleased to host such a spectacular event at Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach, which is well-known for its sugar-white sand, sunsets and being the “Best Beach Town in Florida”. The Gulf of Mexico makes for ideal sailing conditions and great hospitality by the city’s residents and beach community. “I’m proud to be a part of this international youth sporting event. Hosting it in Clearwater is sure to be a fabulous experience for the participants and spectators,” said race co-organizer Frank Chivas.

The event’s Principal Race Officer will be R. Fairlie Brinkley, Dunedin, FL, US Sailing Association Regional Race Officer. The International RS:X Class will be represented by Executive Secretary Andrus Poksi (Estonia), Course Representative Eva Jodlowska (Poland) and Class Measurer Raul Pasqualin (Brazil). The event will also benefit from the experience of a world-class International Jury, chaired by Chris Watts (Great Britain) and including Ann Newton (US), Henry Moore (US), Walter Mielke (Germany) and Luca Babini (Italy).

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Contact:Randi Mott
Tampa Bay Charities
randimott@tampabay.rr.com
727-391-4052

Start the Championships Week in Style at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday!

The Clearwater Jazz Holiday is one of the best jazz festivals in the world. After a long and warm summer, it’s the opportunity for tens of thousands of music lovers to put on an extra layer, take out the lawn blankets, and enjoy great music in one of the most beautiful natural settings this side of Montreux!

This year is extra special because the festival celebrates its 35th anniversary, and the lineup is nothing short of spectacular: headliners include Earth, Wind & Fire, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Spyro Gyra, Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros!

We’re excited to announce that on the opening weekend of the 2014 RS:X Youth Worlds, all registered competitors and coaches will have access to the festival free of charge! We’ll even provide shuttle service to and from the festival grounds in downtown Clearwater, barely three miles away from the event site.

Everyone will have plenty to do on the opening weekend at the event site: finalizing registration, doing equipment measurement, running final practices, and of course attending the opening ceremonies on the beach! But a little jazz in the evening will surely help soothe the nerves and charge your batteries for the week ahead!

A big thank you to our friends at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday. More details about the festival here: clearwaterjazz.com

Trombone Shorty & Orleans AvenueEdward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

 

Youth Scholarship Available to Help Defray Cost of Charter Equipment!

Great initiative from the RS:X Class! At its meeting in Santander on Sep 11 2014, the Executive Committee launched a Youth Scholarship program to help support countries that are new to RS:X racing.

The Scholarship is open to sailors from countries that haven’t been represented at the RS:X Youth Worlds since 2012. It covers 50% of the cost of charter equipment at the 2014 RS:X Youth Worlds in Clearwater! Get in on it fast, because it’s limited to one set per country, and a total of five sets in all. Applications shall be sent to the RS:X Class (andrus@rsxclass.com) by September 25, 2014 and will be dealt with on a first come, first served basis. The final decision will be made by the Executive Committee on September 30, 2014.