T15 inter-club back for the new season
The first of the T15 inter-club events are due to kick-off this weekend with the East Zone and the South East Zone leading the way.
Saturday 15 May sees the East Zone T15 clubs congregate at Alton Water, near Ipswich home water of the Alton Water Wipeouts, the 2003 series winners. Giving them a run for their money are the expected teams: Redbridge Raiders, Team Jonti, Lakeside Loafers, Pitsford Pirates, Whitecap Lakers and the Wentworth Warriors, all of whom took part last season. It is hoped that some of the developing clubs in the zone may be able to get a small team together and participate for the first time; we hope to see the Stanborough Stormers and the Welsh Harp Wanderers making an appearance, if not at this event then perhaps later in the season?
Like the East Zone, the South East Zone event is also being hosted by the 2003 series winners - the Aqua Sports Aquanauts - on Sunday 16 May at Merstham, Surrey. The question is, will they retain their title in 2004? Not if the other teams can help it, many of whom have been participating at their weekly T15 clubs and improving their skills to knock the Aquanauts off their pedestal. Who will win the first round in this four-event series; The Bewl Blasters, Lagoon Piranhas, Hythe Hotshots or the Whitstable Wild Ones? Maybe it will be a newcomer to the inter-club away scene, Danson Park or the Ardingly Avengers? Event reports, photos and results will be on the T15 website next week with the answers, so tune in...
The T15 inter-club events are all about having a go. The standard is not high, although there are certainly some hotshots within some of the teams. Instead the emphasis is on taking part, having fun and representing your T15 club. The events start off with a few icebreakers and increase in difficulty as the day progresses and confidence builds; some participants have only just recently learnt to windsurf so the T15 inter-club events really do cater for everyone.
Bic Sport join the team this year as a new Platinum sponsor, so charcoal grey race vests will be seen on the water in eight zones alongside the white, red, cyan, yellow, orange and green of the other Gold & Platinum T15 sponsors (Neilson, Gul, Tushingham, Windsurf and Gun). The race vests are colour-coded to the teams and their sponsors, so head out to the event locations and see if you can spot which teams are up front of the fleet and whose T15 club sessions are proving the most effective. Not all the T15 club members will be in the team since fun-racing isn't for everyone, but we hope to see other club members present and cheering on their teams.
The RYA windsurfing office wishes the T15 teams the best of luck...