WINDSURFING – The 2013 RS:X European Windsurfing Championships, the RS:X Open Youth European Windsurfing Championships and the RS:One European Championships will be organized in Brest, France by Les Crocodiles de L’Elorn in co-operation with the French Sailing Federation (Federation Française de Voile, FFV) and NeilPryde Bikes from the 30th June to 7th July.
Brest, homeport to many sailing record events will host the three European Championships bringing together the future and present champions of both the RS:X and RS:One windsurfing classes. 270 athletes from 38 different countries will gather in the Port du Moulin, with 240 competing in the RS:X Olympic Class (half of which are participating in the Youth European Championships) and 30 in the RS:One Class.
Ladies first and the Womens RS:X competition that will see an impressive line-up. Bryony Shaw from the UK, who finished 2nd in this year’s World Championships and won Bronze medal in Qingdao in 2008, will make sure to give rival Maayan Davidovich from Israel, 3rdin this year’s Worlds and 2nd in last year’s Europeans, a run for her money. 2012 French Champion Charline Picon knows the Brest waters very well as she won her French title here as well as her European Vice-Champion title in 2008. She will be one to watch as are Blanca Manchon from Spain, Flavia Tartaglini from Italy, winner of the last Eurosaf Cup and the winner of last year’s Youth European Championships, Italy’s Veronica Fanciulli.
In the Mens RS:X competition, Przemysław Miarczyński from Poland, bronze medal in the last Olympics will defend his 2012 title but competition will be fierce as British World Champion Nick Dempsey, also second in the 2012 Olympics will be in Brest with a firm intention to add the 2013 European title to his list of achievements. The level of the fleet is high with last year’s podium reunited; both Byron Kokkalanis from Greece and Piotr Myszka from Poland aiming to improve their performances. Last year’s winner of the U21 European Championship, Thomas Guyard from France will tackle the big guys this year as will Pawel Tarnowski from Poland who won the Youth European Championship last year.