Speedsailing originated in France 20 years ago and is a cross between windsurfing and skateboarding. Born as a light wind and Winter alternative
to windsurfing, speedsailing uses much of the equipment used by windsurfing - the sail and the principles behind harnessing the wind to propel it are exactly the same for a speedsailor as they are for a windsurfer, the only difference being the use of a land based board, similar to a skateboard.
Speedsailing championships are held at World, European and National levels.
Gwithian, Cornwall, hosts the UK round of the Triple Crown Event with France and Belgium providing the other venues.
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Music Copyright Marco Poleggi
Fourteen competitors including one Belgian and six of the French team took part in the 2003 Gwithian event.
The results were as follows:
1st Emmanuel Blin (Fr)
2nd Thierry Gallet (Fr)
3rd Etienne Accou (Fr)
1st Emmanuel Blin (Fr)
2nd Howard Smith (GB)
1st Tom Allbut (GB)
2nd Sam Smith (GB)
3rd Luke Barnard (GB)
Although many of the sport's current practitioners are also windsurfers, the sport is easier to learn than windsurfing but many of the techniques are directly transferable from one sport to the other so speedsailing provides an ideal option for all those of you wishing to get to grips with the principles of windsurfing without getting your feet wet!
Training/fun days are held by the BLSA throughout the year where you can try out speedsailing.
For more information:
British Land Speedsailing Association
British National Coach Chris Moore +44 (0) 1934 511780
BLSA Chairman Graham Bobin +44 (0) 1736 332648
For information about forthcoming Speedsailing events please see 'This
Month in Cornwall' and 'What's On'.
Map of Speedsailing locations in Cornwall
Use the + scale on the left of the map to zoom in on an area. Click on a marker to see the name of the location and click the box to go to the information about that place. To zoom out click - on the scale.
(Map integration by www.choughmountain.eu)
Speedsailing locations in Cornwall
Things to do
Maps of Cornwall :
The Ordnance Survey publishes the Explorer series of maps which are
ideal for walkers.
Those covering Cornwall:
Map of Isles of Scilly:101 Isles of Scilly
For more information: www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk
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