Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) has come on board as a sponsor for the 2011 Windfest to support young local windsurfers and sailors.
With sailing now introduced as a new sport to the already wide portfolio of water-based and beach sports demonstrated at the annual Sandbanks event, PHC is keen to use Windfest as a route to promote safe kitesurfing, sailing and windsurfing across Poole’s waters.
Now in its 13th year, Windfest (9th-11th September) will feature a new trophy and prize fund sponsored by Poole Harbour Commissioners to be presented to the best ‘up and coming’ local young windsurfer and sailor who will receive a share of a £1000 fund.
The prize cash will help them towards their goal of becoming a professional. The winning contestants, chosen by a panel of professional judges, will put forward their suggestions as to what they need to improve for the year ahead – this could be anything from a new piece of equipment to professional coaching or dietary, heath or training advice.
Jim Stewart, chief executive of Poole Harbour Commissioners says; “We are pleased to be working with Windfest this year and to support this well established diverse showcase of water and beach sports. It is important that we encourage people to enjoy and use the Harbour safely, especially in this critical period as we fast approach the Olympics in 2012.”