This year’s National Windsurfing Festival at Hayling Island on 4/5 Sep included a new junior element called Junior Turbo 15. Alexei Murphy represented the Manic Monkeys, racing in the 4.5 m class.
The event was organized by Chris Lewis, of Pryde Group UK and Team 15 South Zone CO, who did a fantastic job as usual. The junior windsurfers had a super 2 days of ‘master blaster’ racing off the beach in demanding conditions. There was a great setting with a big crowd of spectators, a run to the finishing tunnel and post-race interviews – so the young sailors had a real taste of the event! With 5 races on Day 1 and 2 more plus coaching on Day 2 it was a very busy weekend. Alexei did well, competing against larger sails in the over 4m group and received some great prizes for his efforts.
There was a special Team 15 Clinic on Sunday where the tutors were Boujmaa Guilloul and George Shillito – so the juniors were rubbing shoulders with the pros! They were introduced to the starting point for learning loops by being taught how to catapult on demand (!!!)…and were joined on the water by the pros for practical coaching.
It was a super event – huge numbers in the senior races and some great freestyle competition too. A really tremendous experience for the Junior Turbos!
Contributed by: Noel Murphy