British Olympic windsurfing took another historic step with Nick Dempsey and Natasha

Sturges posting GBR's best ever results on the Olympic Mistral Board at the

grade 1 Kiel Regatta.

20 year old Nick Dempsey who was Britains youngest sailing team member (19)at

the 2000 Sydney Olympics, took overall honours at the Kiel Olympic classes Regatta

in Germany with a gap of 23 points. This follows on from a run of excellent

results that has seen him in the top few at all the European majors this season.

Nick commented "This result is my best ever and I am really happy with

the way I sailed. This is the best preparation I could have had for the Europeans

and Worlds in August".

Natasha's hard fought for 2nd place in Germany follows on from her recent 3rd

place at the Dutch Eurolymp event which is especially pleasing as these results

come after 18 months away from the circuit and included beating the current

Olympic and World champion Italian Alessandra Sensini.

Team Coach, Barrie Edgington put the performances in perspective "The

Kiel regatta is a stern test of any sailor with gusty and variable conditions

so the consistent performances of the Brits was all the more impressive. After

nearly a decade struggling to achieve international results it's great to be

considered a leading nation again and with Dom Tidey posting a personal best

8th place the team approach is really paying off".

"It is difficult to articulate just what an important step forward this

year's results represent. Suffice to say this time last Olympic cycle we were

staring at results in the high 20's and the same time the cycle before we were

lucky even to make the gold fleet in the mens. And now we're winning the event!

It is hard for somone outside of the 'game' to understand the level of

profesionalism, dedication and skill that is required to succeed at this level.

This truly is a fantastic result..."

The Lottery funded WCP Windsurfing team will now put the final preparations

to there European and World's build up with training camps in Weymouth and then

Marsailles, sight of the European Championships, before moving on to the worlds

Championships in Athens at the end of August.

As the last opportunity to race with the best before these two championships

in August, Kiel certainly showed the signs are very good Team GBR.