IWA News May-14
|The IWA is proud to announce a very exciting development within the Association. We have aligned ourselves with Energia, one of Irelands leading energy providers, as our major sponsor for the 2014 season. It is exciting times for the IWA as we continue to develop growth in our sport, and with this support from Energia we will be able to increase our exposure."
"Energia is delighted to be partnering with the IWA for 2014. We too are experts at harnessing wind energy and 25% of Ireland’s total wind power comes through Energia. We look forward to supporting IWA and their exciting programme of events in the year ahead.
"Energia are also offering an exclusive discount to IWA members on their home electricity and gas bills with savings of up to 16%. Details of how to sign up for this offer and full terms and conditions will be send directly to all current IWA members within the coming weeks.
Registration open for the Kerry Slalom event this weekend.
Notice of Race
Irish Slalom Series 2014
Jamie Knox Watersports
Castlegregory, Co. Kerry
17th – 18th May2014
Ian + Rob Scandrett, Dave + Ewan O’ Keeffe, Bill Kearney and Tony O’ Riordan joined me in providing safety cover with Bob and Christopher Bateman in the photographic boat. The 5 min gun went at 14:20 and the fleet of 22 boards got off to a clear start at 14:25 with Jeff Condell getting into and early lead. A couple of boards returned to the beach and Vince Geary sailing the div 2 Herve Borde retired in Cobh town with leg cramps.
Read full report and results on SailCork.com
GRANDFATHER MING - IRISH SLALOM AT NSC
Your image of your typical grandfather involves a pipe, slippers, watching too much telly and being nice to children - rather like Wookie really.
It doesn't involve charging around a choppy course at high speed and coming in fourth over all in the first round of the Irish Slalom Series. But that's exactly what Ming the Merciless did last weekend. And in case you're wondering why I was so indelicate in my choice of title for this missive - it's because he dictated it to me. And, like everyone else I live in fear of the platinum megalomaniac! And the day after the races he did indeed become a grand-emperor. One can only speculate if the baby had come a day earlier whether he'd have been at the bedside - but one suspects it might have turned into a water birth. At Newtownards. See results here.
There are 3 Kona boards available now on the ISA SailFleet program. Most of you probably know of the SailFleet dinghies, this will run in a similar format and hopefully it is something we can build on if the demand for it is demonstrated. Details are available here:
Having the Konas at an event would make a good light wind alternative and this worked well at the slalom event in Malahide last year (they can even be used for SUPing in no wind). They were put to good use in the Round Cobh race last weekend being loaned out to 3 participants. If you’ve any questions contact the ISA or Cormac.
Lough Ennel and Bantry have now fixed dates see the latest IWA calendar here.
IWA Hoodies & T-Shirts:IWA T-Shirts and Hoodies now avaiable at events for purchase.
Gear forsale on site:
And don't forget, all members can now advertise winsurfing equipment they have for sale on the site. You will need to be logged in and a current member to place an ad.