INTRODUCTION: The sport of boardsailing, also known as windsurfing, is growing rapidly in Thailand.
PATTAYA, THAILAND (VISNEWS - GARY BURNS)
GV Sailboard craft assembled in sea off Pattaya, Thailand
SV Three craft in line racing along
SCU Contestants moving along. (3 SHOTS)
GV Numerous craft on water
CU Solitary competitor
GV Boards reaching finish lines and sails lowered
Background: INTRODUCTION: The sport of boardsailing, also known as windsurfing, is growing rapidly in Thailand. In fact, so many competitors -- 250 of them -- turned up for the Siam World Cup Championships at Pattaya on Friday (20 November), the organisers could hold only one of three scheduled races. They also had trouble coping with the large crowds.
SYNOPSIS: The race was held over the Royal Thai Yacht Club's Olympic course at this famous seaside resort. The championships had drawn enthusiasts from many countries, notably those of western Europe. These races were preliminaries to the Mistral World Championships, set down to begin on sunday (22 November).
Last year in Moscow, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) gave the go-ahead for boardsailing to be included in the 1984 Games in Los Angeles. The form of the competition, and choice of board, was left to the International Yacht Racing Union (IYRU). But the prospects of boardsailing taking place in Los Angeles were thought to have been sunk at the Union's annual meeting in London earlier this month (November).
The board class originally chosen for the Games was rejected. This came about, according to reports, from procedural tangles and what was called rearguard action from the Soviet Union. Patent restrictions meant the board chosen last year, the Windglider, can't be obtained in some countries, a liability that could affect the 198??? Games as well. Soviet objections undermined a substituted plan.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The International Yacht Racing Club (IYRC) was presented with the plan to substitute the Windglider with a specially-made board obtainable in the United States, and to be provided solely for the Olympic Games. The plan aborted through Soviet intervention and procedural differences. Hopes for boardsailing to make the 1984 Games were said to be pinned on the Windglider becoming available.
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