Record Entry for Resolution Downwind Dash
Over 300 entries were recorded for the 2009 Resolution Downwind Dash.
The worldâ€™s biggest kite and windsurf race kicked off on Saturday 17th January from main beach, Langebaan, nr Capetown, South Africa. The favorably strong wind, as forecast, ensured a close battle between the kiters and windsurfers.
Included in the entrants were fastest lady and man outright sailors, and defenders of the 2008 â€śDashâ€ť trophies, Alex Caizerguerus and Sjoukje Bredenkamp. This year, the Resolution Downwind Dash had been sanctioned by both the IKA and IWA and provided a unique adventure where youngsters and families race alongside top international competitors.
Representing the windsurfing fraternity were some top european racers who had recently attended the IFCA Slalom Worlds in Capetown- including newly crowned champion Ben Van Der Steen and vice champion Ross Williams.
A new amendment to the course made the total distance 20km and race director, Malcolm Mc Gregor, cautioned competitors that â€śthere was likely to be a big swell and a lot of chop with a 25 knot wind. This is not a race for the faint hearted”
Click on the following link for a copy of the new course.
It turned out to be even tougher than expected – but at the finish it was to be a victory for windsurfer over kiters !
Ross Williams (GBR83) took first place ahead of Benoit Moussilmani (FRA72); with 2 kiters separating fifth placed Klaas Voget (GER4) from the top 2. Ben Van Der Steen finished 16th after a bad foot cramp forced him to stop; but unluckiest of all was Alberto Menegatti (ITA456) forced to retire after breaking his boom.
Full results go to : http://www.gustmagazine.com/