Short Cuts To Success

Windsurfing Racing – short cuts to success.

The UK Raceboard Class Steering group has organised a series of regional race training days for anyone interested in longboard racing.  Whether you are already an aspiring Olympian in T-15 or Techno, or even just thinking about starting competition racing these sessions will truly improve your windsurfing.

The current leading four National Raceboard sailors are each giving up one afternoon to give away some of their secrets : Rob Kent, Marc Carney, Mark Kay and Dave Hackford have between them a string of National,World titles, and Olympic competition. Each of them has training skills that will address many aspects of improving competition sailing.

Newcomers are welcome to each of the venues, and each host centre already sustains a healthy longboard scene.  Each of the racing stars will have a their own presentation, but the main areas that will be covered are:


  1. Tuning your equipment.  Don’t underestimate what minor adjustments can make to performance. For example:  Mast track position, downhaul, footstrap positioning, fin size, daggerboard rake, the list goes on..
  2. Sailing Technique:  Stance plays a key role in the trim of your board and rig.  Get this right and you could be pointing 5 degrees higher, or sailing 5 knots faster.
  3. Tactics:  Quite simply – a sailor at beginner or intermediate standard will rise up the fleet quicker by improving their tactics.  Start line tactics, mark rounding, and watching the wind will be some of the key points covered.


Each event coincides with the evening race series – so after the training you can enter the regional race competition.

The clinics are being run free of charge, but at certain locations you may have launch fees to consider. 

So if you want to improve your sailing in just two hours and join a growing scene of racing in ALL conditions – please come and join in




South West:

Wednesday 5th August – Exmouth, Devon   START 5.15pm   Race at 7.30pm

Dave Hackford (Olympic sailor and ex World Champion)

Contact:  Peter Mansfield.  Waterfront Sports: 01395 276599




Thursday 6th August –  Pugneys, Yorkshire   START 5.15pm   Race at 7.30pm

Mark Kay ( Ex National Raceboard and World Unlimited Raceboard Champion)

Contact: Graham Turner. Juice Watersports: 01484 422146




Tuesday 11th August – Farmoor, Oxford    START 5.15pm   Race at 7.30pm

Rob Kent  (Current National series Champion and 2009 circuit leader)

Contact: Russ Canning. Farmoor Windsurfing. 01993 881027



South East

Tuesday 18th August – Hythe Sailing Club, Kent    START 5.15pm   Race at 7.30pm

Marc Carney (Ex National Championship and World competitor)

Contact: Marc Carney:



Wednesday 12th August – Notts County Sailing Club, Hoveringham, Notts 

START 5.15pm   Race at 7.30pm

Mark Kay or Dave Hackford TBC

Contact: Gerry Ball.  0774 0469473. 



NEW ‘Raceboard’  EQUIPMENT from brands like:  Demon, Tushingham, Fanatic, Starboard will be at each event for you to try.  But please remember that all longboards from ANY generation are suitable. The raceboard from Mistral, Fanatic, F2, Tiga are still highly competitive boards.


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