Tushy have been doing well in racing. Check out their report below.
The UKWA has had a terrific year. A year when very few sailors dared moan about the lack of wind. The UKWA Inland Cup series incorporates the main racing classes which includes the TECHNO and RSX fleets. One class in particular has fared well with numbers – the RACEBOARD CLASS.
This year, 52 competitors participated on the circuit. The series championship covered 5 events. Outside the TECHNO fleet, it’s now the second largest fleet under the UKWA racing umbrella. If the RSX is never re-instated as the Olympic board then Raceboarding will ultimately take over as the key course racing discipline for all competitors above the Techno Camp age. Starboard and Exocet have helped the class by delivering brand new boards. The new Starboard Phantom 377 – has certainly been dominating the head of fleets on the UKWA tour.
These high performance racing boards deliver the fairest racing for the widest range of venues, and the broadest spectrum of ages and abilities in windsurfing. The new kit is comfortable, the boards plane easily, they carve gybe and the sails now have such a wide wind band that there is no need to shop for two or three rigs to win regattas. One is enough. In fact, Rob Kent who clocked in 4 first positions on the Inland series (winning on minimum points) with just one sail – The Tushingham XR Race 9.5.
‘Ken Black introduced a few changes to last years 9.5m XR sail as a result of a sail measurement rule change. The luff is longer and with a higher aspect ratio it is getting the board planing quicker downwind and pointing slightly higher upwind. The new shaped Phantom Raceboard is a dream to sail and without question faster downwind than the previous years model. The only problem is that pretty much everyone at the front of the fleet is now on the new board – so there is no kit advantage against my nearest rivals’ says Rob.
Annette Kent won the Inland Cup Series using the 8.5m XR race sail.
UKWA INLAND CUP SERIES
- 1. Rob Kent ( Starboard Phantom / Tushingham XR sail)
- 2. Mark Kay ( Starboard Phantom/ Demon)
- 3. Chris Gibson ( Starboard Phantom / Tushingham and Demon)
- 1. Annette Kent ( Starboard Phantom/Tushingham XR)
- 2. Harriet Elles ( Starboard Phantom/Demon)
- 3. Emily Kent ( U20 class board)
For more info on Raceboard Competition check out the UKWA website:
On Tushingham’s Racing sails. Check out www.tushingham,com
On the latest BATWING Phantom check out www.star-board.com