INTRODUCTION: Very strong winds prevailed at the Isle of Man on Tuesday (16 June) to the delight of sailors taking part in the World Cup Boardsailing Championships.
GV PAN Competitors run across beach, sail away, some fall over, five take the lead
GV Crowd watching
GV PAN Sailors round buoy, some fall over
GV No. F60024 travels past at speed
GV No. K258, Ben Oakley of U.K.
GV Near-collision as two sailors round buoy
SV Five winners holding cups
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: INTRODUCTION: Very strong winds prevailed at the Isle of Man on Tuesday (16 June) to the delight of sailors taking part in the World Cup Boardsailing Championships. The open event was sponsored for the first time by Bacardi, the makers of rum, and it attracted the sports's top dozen professionals and an array of first class amateurs.
SYNOPSIS: Boardsailing, growing rapidly in popularity, has been accepted as a competition for the next Olympic in 1984 and it will add novelty and colour to the Games. To control the sailboard in winds like this requires considerable strength and even the most skilled can spend a lot of time in the water. Competitors steer the boat by shifting their weight and altering the angle of mast and sail.
The most experienced of sailors find the sport has its hazards. Sailboards are fitted with centreboards preventing them fro shifting sideways when they sail across the wind. The craft are likely to capsize if they sail through very shallow waters with the centre-board down.
The competition in Erin Bay -- a perfect setting or boardsailing -- was the first open event to be held in the Isle of Man. Design rules for these craft are changing frequently. The sport's governing body, the International Board Sailing Association, has been seeking a formula to keep the sport inexpensive and competitive. Beginners can learn a lot form experts like the overall winner of this championship, French professional Herve Borde.