Posted On: 18/04/2019 10:25:59
It hasn't all been plain sailing for Greece over the last few years: economy in crisis, political chaos, bearing the burden of mass immigration from the war-torn middle east….
But it's been a very different story for one young Greek windsurfer, who has sailed his way to an incredibly successful year and a very promising future. ......( more )
Building a Youth Windsurfing Programme
Posted On: 11/04/2019 12:09:07
Windsurfing is making a resurgence in areas around the USA. In Miami, city of perpetual sunshine, foilers are taking to the water and youth windsurfing has found new life at Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, one of the unlikeliest of places.
Posted On: 09/04/2019 11:49:48
Bic Sport will be offering a fantastic 25% discount on the regular sale price for the Techno 293 Board and 8.5 Rig package at the end of the T293 Plus World Championships at Praia da Rocha, Portimao later this month. Boards and rigs may be sold separately with a 20% discount on each. View Poster
Interested? Contact Paulo Silva
for further information.
2019 Techno and Techno 293 Plus Calendars Now Available to Download
Posted On: 21/12/2018 12:56:34
Merry Christmas and fair winds in 2019 !!!
As always, stunning photos courtesy of Patrik Pollak. Many thanks, Patrick!
Posted On: 28/10/2018 09:23:26
Greece is a beautiful country with an incredible variety of landscapes, from the mountainous north to the scattered islands of the Aegean in the south. It's a country of ancient legends and gods, fantastic monuments, welcoming people, great food, hot sun and deep blue seas. ......( more )
Posted On: 28/10/2018 09:19:39
Marc Cardon, Class Chairman, hosted an informal meeting during the Varkiza European Championships, without any decision nor vote but only to get the "feeling" from the coaches, parents, clubs … about the class. Read the minutes here
Posted On: 27/10/2018 09:26:36
After yesterday's blast with winds gusting up to 40 knots everywhere, it was a complete reversal today here in Varkiza, flat calm everywhere except, as luck would have it, in the bay just out front, which is where the Juniors have been racing all week, while the Youths have been further off shore on a different course. ......( more )
Posted On: 26/10/2018 10:01:10
What a day. Everyone arrived at the spot to find wind gusting 40 knots blasting across the site, hard enough standing up straight, never mind sailing. A one hour delay was called to give the wind time to calm down a little.
At 2.00pm the Race Committee sent out the Youth and Junior Boys, for some full-on racing in extreme planing conditions, fast and exciting, ......( more )
Posted On: 25/10/2018 09:47:50
So Alexandros Kalpoginnakis was not right about today - "Big sun and strong wind," he said - nor was anybody else.
The wind anticipated for the morning did not show up as we'd like it to. Well, we got the sun here in Varkiza, on the Greek coast south of Athens, but this was a tough day for everyone ......( more )
Posted On: 24/10/2018 09:16:56
Yesterday we told you that local hero, Youth Olympic medal winner Alexandros Kalpoginnakis, was predicting some pretty heavy conditions for the week ahead.
Today in Varkiza we had more of a wet weekend in Blackpool ......( more )
Posted On: 23/10/2018 08:58:45
An (un)believably great day's competition here in Varkiza on day one of the final major event of the season. The competitors were rewarded for their hard work in getting here with planing conditions all day long, and the Race Committee did a great job, running three races for each of the four fleets. ......( more )
Posted On: 22/10/2018 08:37:45
Aaahhh! It's still Summer, end of October, time to relax after a long season of riding, racing and having fun, time to head off to Greece for some serious r'n'r . . .
Greece, yes. r'n'r, no. The European Techno fleet has de-camped to Varkiza, Greece, for the final "big-one" of the season, the Dole Techno293 European Championships. ......( more )
Posted On: 13/10/2018 09:26:08
Alexandros Kalpogiannakis (GRE) and Giorgia Speciale (ITA) became the first sailors to take the title of 2018 Youth Olympic Champions at the Youth Olympic Sailing Competition, held out of Club Nautico San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina. ......( more )
Posted On: 12/10/2018 10:08:48
Ahead of Friday's Medal Race, the battle to claim a spot on the podium amplified in the Windsurfing class at the Youth Olympic Sailing Competition at Club Nautico San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina.......( more )
Posted On: 11/10/2018 13:32:40
With lighter windspeeds than the previous day, all three classes were able to race. Windsurfing reverted back to fleet racing.
In Girl's and Boy's Windsurfing, the overall leaders remained unchanged ......( more )
Posted On: 10/10/2018 09:46:19
Argentinean athletes are coming to the forefront on their home waters as the breeze came to town on the third day of competition at the Youth Olympic Sailing Competition. ......( more )
Posted On: 08/10/2018 11:31:13
In light winds, Italian and Greek windsurfers took an early advantage on the first day of racing at the Youth Olympic Sailing Competition being held out of Club Nautico San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina. ......( more )
Posted On: 08/10/2018 11:29:26
The third Youth Olympic Games, to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, between 6-18 October 2018, will welcome 100 sailors from 44 different nations. ......( more )
Minutes of the 2018 Techno 293 AGM Published
Posted On: 21/08/2018 14:09:54
Posted On: 20/08/2018 12:42:09
In a historic landmark decision, Oman Sail revealed the name of the young sailor who will represent the Sultanate at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG), in Argentina. ......( more )
Posted On: 12/08/2018 09:03:33
Following yesterday's storms, today, the final day of the regatta, dawned flat calm, and stayed that way until past the point when it was possible to launch any racing.
But given the effort all the young sailors have put in over 5 days in very mixed and at times testing conditions, they deserved a day off, even if they would have preferred to sail. ......( more )
Posted On: 10/08/2018 18:00:01
This was the last full day of racing in Liepaja, as the Race Committee wanted to run enough races today for all fleets to leave just 1 more race tomorrow to close the proceedings. Nerves were jangling, for the competitors because that meant an intense session that could decide everything, and for the Committee because the forecast was for thunder storms!......( more )
Posted On: 10/08/2018 08:49:16
An incredibly enjoyable day for everyone today, with perfect side-shore conditions, peaking at about 20 knots during the morning session, then calming down to a steady 11 knots as the day's full-on racing came to a conclusion.......( more )
Posted On: 09/08/2018 10:44:41
Over 300 young competitors from all over the world have made the journey to Liepaja, Latvia, with entrants from as far afield as Japan, Peru, Oman, Hong Kong, Australia, Brazil, Singapore, Argentina, America and China, as well as a large number of European countries.......( more )
Posted On: 07/08/2018 08:38:53
The Championship got underway today in good winds of 15-18 knots. After yesterday's test session and given the forecast the organisers decided to hold all the racing in one area, rather than two.......( more )
Posted On: 06/08/2018 11:48:05
Following on from the previous evening's fun-filled parade and opening ceremony, 314 competitors faced challenging conditions for Sunday's practice race. A thunderstorm delayed proceedings before the race committees could leave the harbour and set their courses. ......( more )
Posted On: 26/07/2018 23:03:10
The Agenda for the Annual General Meeting of the Techno 293 Class Association to be held on Wednesday 8th August 2018 in Liepaja, Latvia has now been published.
Posted On: 10/07/2018 14:37:08
The 2018 AGM of the Techno Class Association, including both T293 Class and T293Plus Class, will take place during the forthcoming Worlds in Liepaja, Latvia - and is scheduled for Wednesday 8th August.
The exact time and location will be published on the championship Official Notice Board; with a start time depending upon the end of racing for that day. ......( more )
Posted On: 28/05/2018 09:40:56
57 competitors from 8 countries came to Cancun in Mexico with one goal - to qualify their country to the Youth Olympic and Pan-American Games. This was a chance that would not repeat itself, as the North American Windsurfing Championships were the last opportunity to get that precious spot.......( more )
Posted On: 08/04/2018 08:36:45
130 competitors from 27 countries. 15 races for 3 fleets. Sun, wind and smiling faces. Paul Leone, International Windsurfing Association vice-president, said it best after the event was over. "I would like to thank the club President Giorgio Matracia, the council and all the members of the Club Roggero di Lauria for a magnificent event. In just three words: beyond all expectations."......( more )
Posted On: 07/04/2018 09:45:29
That is the plan for tomorrow, as we've reached the final day of the Techno293Plus European Championships. If all goes well we can have three races for the Youth Men Silver, two for the Youth Women and one for the Youth Men Gold fleets. That is the plan, but as always in sailing, we depend on the conditions.......( more )
Posted On: 06/04/2018 09:56:35
Turquoise waters, brilliant sunshine, wind and gusts welcomed the sailors for a full day of racing. Despite gusty conditions sailing went according to plan and we were able to conduct 4 races for the Gold Men and Women fleets. ......( more )
Posted On: 05/04/2018 08:34:48
Six races in three days in a beautiful, but also challenging, Mondello wraps up the qualification series of the Youth Olympic Games Qualifier for Europe. ......( more )
Posted On: 04/04/2018 09:31:08
Mondello is a beautiful place for sailing, but very challenging for race management. Plans often has to be adjusted according to ever changing wind conditions here. Today was one of those days ... And one race in. Well one and a half. ......( more )
Posted On: 03/04/2018 09:34:13
130 windsurfers from 27 countries have gathered in Mondello, Sicily for the Techno293Plus European Championships. The event being a Youth Olympic Qualifier for Europe has attracted some top talent, not only from Europe but also Asia, South and North America wanting to test their skills against the best. ......( more )
Posted On: 02/04/2018 10:15:03
Strong winds above 20 knots and huge waves forced the Race Committee to abandon the practice race so the Opening Ceremony for the Techno 293 Plus European Championships was the focal point of the day.......( more )
T293 Plus European Championships 2018 - Charter Sale!
Posted On: 15/03/2018 14:52:14
Bic Sport Italy will be offering 25% discount on the regular sale price for the Techno 293 Board and 8.5 Rig package at the end of the T293 Plus European Championships at Club Canottieri Roggero di Lauria, Mondello, Sicily - 1-7 April 2018. Boards and Rigs may be sold separately with a 20% discount on each. View Poster
Posted On: 01/03/2018 11:05:44
Paracas, Peru has been the perfect venue for the South American Youth Olympic Games Qualifier and although numbers don't tell the story they are for sure part of it:
23 sailors from 7 countries
15 thrilling races in 4 days
15-23kts and 25oC ......( more )
Posted On: 28/02/2018 09:09:07
The format of racing today changed to slalom, and with the strong wind here it was a perfect choice.
Representing the home nation, Raul Claux commented on the format just after finishing for the day.......( more )
Posted On: 27/02/2018 11:22:51
"Even the locals said it was windy," said a young sailor from Chile after the first set of races today. And it was.
Over 20 kts in gusts were registered by the Race Committee today, which meant racing was both exciting and tiring for the sailors. All in all, 4 races were conducted for the Youth Men and 3 for Youth Women bringing them to a total of 8 and 6 sailed. ......( more )
Posted On: 26/02/2018 09:58:38
The South American qualification tournament for the Youth Olympic Games has kicked off in style. The 23 windsurfers from 7 countries, who have come to Paracas, Peru for the regatta have not been let down. The sun, the wind, the atmosphere - an unbeatable combination for a perfect week of racing. ......( more )
Posted On: 19/02/2018 12:16:28
Once again the small lake near historic town of Kalisz will host a big windsurfing event. More than 100 competitors in different classes from kids to Olympians, more than 5,000 euro in awards, more then 10,000 spectators at the lake during the weekend. ......( more )
Posted On: 14/02/2018 09:17:40
12 races completed over 4 competition days, in an unusually windy Singapore. There were 3 qualification places in both men's and women's Youth Olympic Games windsurfer event being contested by 11 Asian nations - with the 12th country, Hong Kong, already qualified at the World Championships held in Quiberon, France last year. ......( more )
Posted On: 08/02/2018 13:28:40
The 2018 Techno Plus Asian Championships is also part of the annual Singapore Windsurfing Open - now in its 37th year! 61 competitors from 14 countries have registered - including one boy from Italy and one girl from Norway enjoying the opportunity to gain experience at international competition level. ......( more )
Posted On: 16/01/2018 10:25:34
The 2018 Youth Olympic Games Techno293 Plus Qualifier for Oceania has just concluded at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron. A fascinating battle between Max van der Zalm from New Zealand and Alex Halank......( more )
Posted On: 14/01/2018 12:40:28
Day 2 in Brisbane became a spectacular day with wind building up from 12 to 25 knots during racing. After the first race of the Techno fleet, some went ashore to downsize sails. It made no difference as the wind was just too strong and only 2 in the fleet finished. Race 3 was abandoned. ......( more )
Posted On: 12/01/2018 09:28:08
The 2018 Australian Youth National Championships have just commenced at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron on lovely Moreton Bay. These championships include the Bic Techno293 Oceania Championships and we have 26 under 19 year olds from 3 nations, NZ, Indonesia and Australia. For sailors competing on the T283 Plus this is the Youth Olympic Games Qualifier for Oceania.......( more )
Techno Plus Now Officially Recognised World-Wide by World Sailing
Posted On: 22/12/2017 10:24:28
2017 draws to its close in a very positive way for Techno 293 OD, and its new sister class, Techno PLUS, which had an unbelievably high entry at its inaugural stand-alone World Championships and was officially recognized internationally by World Sailing. Two key elements that give Techno 293 OD a highly promising future . . . [more]
Free 2017 Calendars to Download
Posted On: 15/12/2017 09:58:00
Patrik Pollak has produced not one but two calendars for 2018! Stunning shots adorn the Bic Techno 293 Class calendar and - new this year - the Bic Techno 293 Plus Class calendar. Yours to download for free!
Posted On: 04/12/2017 09:47:31
The first Techno293+ continental qualification tournament has come to a close at the Moonbeach Resort in Egypt. ......( more )
Posted On: 02/12/2017 10:47:34
Friday brought a lot of wind enabling 3 races for the girls and 2 for the boys at the African Championships at Moonbeach Resort. ......( more )
Posted On: 01/12/2017 09:27:33
For the Techno 293 women, nine races so far sees Algerian Ait Ali Slimane in the lead, but her Egyptian rival El Ashwany is on fire, just two points behind. Three races to go and it will be a tough battle to the end. Watch this space! ......( more )
Posted On: 29/11/2017 16:31:16
The African Championships for RS:X and Techno 2983 Plus, hosted by the Egyptian Sailing and Water Ski Federation at the beautiful Moonbeach Resort on the Red Sea, Egypt, has begun and runs until 2nd December.......( more )
Posted On: 22/11/2017 09:56:36
The 2017 techno Asian Championships concluded with Youth title wins for Thailand (boys) and Hong Kong (girls).......( more )
Posted On: 20/11/2017 10:18:38
From 13th to 17th of November San Isidro Sailing Club in Buenos Aires hosted the 2017 South American Windsurfing Championships. The event was a great chance for the Techno293 Plus sailors to test the venue of the Youth Olympic Games in 2018. ......( more )
Posted On: 19/11/2017 10:57:15
Day 5, the last day of competition at Club Nautico San Isidro, brought a good breeze enabling completion of the twelve race series for all Classes.......( more )
Posted On: 17/11/2017 11:18:55
Day 4, the penultimate racing day of the 2017 South American Championships at the San Isidro Sailing Club in Buenos Aires. The sun has returned, competitors are eager to get going, working their sails hard, and wondering what today will bring.......( more )
Posted On: 16/11/2017 13:21:39
It had been suggested that the during the first 2 days the competitors had seen everything that Buenos Aires had to offer but on the third day the wind was different yet again - lesson 3! ......( more )
Posted On: 15/11/2017 15:25:07
Day 2 of the 2017 South American windsurfing championships and Buenos Aires river delta is revealing more of its secrets. It was a beautiful but very tricky day with light wind and strong current. ......( more )
Posted On: 15/11/2017 15:11:10
Club Nautico San Isidro, venue of 2017 South American Windsurfing Championship, and the 2018 Youth Olympic Games Regatta, welcomed all with testing conditions. Light winds in the morning turned into a breezy afternoon that challenged all. ......( more )
Posted On: 07/11/2017 11:43:53
Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Techno 293 Class Association held on Thursday 26 October 2017 at Club Nautic Salou have now been published.
AGM Agenda Published
Posted On: 15/10/2017 17:10:37
The agenda for the 2017 Annual General Meeting to be held on Thursday 26th October at Club Nautic Salou, Tarragona, ESP, has now been published.
Posted On: 19/08/2017 10:17:19
The 2017 AGM will take place during the forthcoming Worlds in Salou, Spain - and is scheduled for Thursday 26th October.......( more )
Posted On: 21/07/2017 08:22:21
167 sailors from 31 countries participated in the Techno293Plus World Championships in Quiberon France - the first of the qualification events for the Youth Olympic Games.......( more )
Posted On: 20/07/2017 09:16:14
A title that sums up the Techno293Plus Open fleet. A fleet dominated by Japanese sailors, who turned up in numbers here in Quiberon. ......( more )
Posted On: 19/07/2017 09:31:10
It was not an easy day for the Race Committee and the sailors, but the trouble ahead could not have been foreseen.......( more )
Posted On: 18/07/2017 09:43:37
Today all fleets managed to get two races in although the wind lasted only until noon and then never came back.
Giorgia Speciale, the multi-time Techno293 medallist, is here in Quiberon back on the T293Plus for the World Championships. Although she knows the equipment well the format is a novelty. Here is how she commented on racing on the M course:......( more )
Posted On: 17/07/2017 09:03:15
It's a World championship and it's never easy. The first day started with a fight, but unfortunately it was a fight of frontal wind against the usual sea breeze that appears here normally. That caused some delay and the scheduled starts had to be postponed until the late afternoon........( more )
Posted On: 16/07/2017 11:03:25
If you want to win gold medal at Olympic Games like Faustine Merret, who officially opened this championship, did in Athens, the best place to start is here in Quiberon. ......( more )
Free 2017 Calendar Download
Posted On: 06/01/2017 13:27:10
Patrik Pollak has produced a stunning 2017 calendar for the Bic Techno 293 Class. Have you downloaded yours yet?
Make sure that after printing the pair pages you twist the papers 180 degrees because the calendar binds according to the picture
Posted On: 30/10/2016 08:47:46
The past six days have seen some red hot windsurfing competition on the waters of Lake Garda, as the T293 and T293 Plus World Championships touched down in Torbole, Italy. Known the world over as an ideal venue for top class windsurfing, Torbole certainly presented some challenges for the competitors but in the end more than lived up to its reputation.......( more )
Posted On: 28/10/2016 14:32:11
A busy fourth day of races in Garda Trentino today, with a shining sun and beautiful 14 knots south wind, the well-known Ora of the northern Garda Lake. Finals started with very intensive but funny races for competitors.......( more )
Posted On: 27/10/2016 10:38:51
"I think the windsurfing movement is growing everywhere in all the world." That's the opinion of windsurfing legend and four time Olympic medallist Allesandra Sensini who was at the opening of the T293 and T293 Plus World Championships in Torbole, Italy. ......( more )
Posted On: 25/10/2016 13:38:40
Low cloud and mizzle has greeted day two and there is little wind for racing at the 11th World Championship for the biggest windsurfing class, Bic Techno 293, at Circolo Surf Torbole, Garda Trentino ......( more )
Posted On: 20/10/2016 12:58:34
Posted On: 15/10/2016 08:17:07
The agenda for the 2016 Annual General Meeting to be held on Thursday 27th October at Circolo Surf Torbole, Italy, has now been published
Posted On: 11/10/2016 14:19:03
The world's very best young windsurfers are set to descend upon the Northern shore of Lake Garda between the 22nd and 29th of October, as the tenth annual Techno 293 World Championships touch down in Torbole, Italy, along with the Techno 293 Plus World Championships.......( more )
Posted On: 25/09/2016 16:12:45
The road to the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) will be a global adventure for the best young speedsters with a continental qualification system deciding which nations will send sailors to Argentina in October 2018.......( more )
Posted On: 05/09/2016 12:23:26
The 2016 AGM will take place during the forthcoming Worlds in Torbole Sul Garda, Tentino, Italy - and is scheduled for Thursday 27th October.......( more )
Posted On: 23/07/2016 10:09:37
This year Sopot hosted the very first European Championship of the new Youth Olympic windsurfing class, the Techno293 Plus. 46 competitors from 13 countries competed in the regatta. During the five days of racing the race committee managed to conduct all 15 planned races including a marathon race and slalom. Proving that the class is versatile and suitable for different race formats. ......( more )
Posted On: 21/07/2016 09:39:37
Two races were held in the Ergo Hestia Techno293 Plus European Championships in Sopot today.
Not many changes in the podium places, but sailors preferring light wind conditions were on top today.......( more )
Marathon Time in Sopot
Posted On: 20/07/2016 11:20:41
Posted On: 18/07/2016 11:20:24
Racing has started today for the 46 competitors from 13 countries, including three non-European countries, at the Techno 293 Plus European Championships hosted by Sopot Sailing Club, Poland. ......( more )
Posted On: 17/04/2016 14:13:59
Sailing is in for thrills and spills at the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games with sailors to compete across five of the fastest classes around.
The Men's and Women's Windsurfer, Techno 293+, remains on the YOG programme with the introduction of Men's and Women's Kiteboarding, IKA Twin Tip Racing, and the Nacra 15 Mixed Multihull.......( more )
Posted On: 08/04/2016 13:24:10
President of the Circolo Surf Torbole, Armando Bronzetti, is looking forward to welcoming competitors to the Techno 293 World Championships to be held in Torbole in October with the support of Ingarda, Trentino Marketing and the Municipality of Nago-Torbole. ......( more )
Posted On: 28/02/2016 18:29:31
Sopocki Klub Zeglarski (SKZ) in Sopot, Poland, will host "back-to-back" European Championships this July for the Techno 293 (T293) Association. ......( more )
Green Light for Techno 293 Plus
Posted On: 08/11/2015 14:28:30
The Annual General Meeting of the Techno 293 Class held in Cagliari on Thursday 29 October 2015 unanimously approved the Class Rules and Championship Rules for T293+. An application to become an ISAF Class will be made in November 2016.
Meanwhile a full calendar of events is planned for the new class in 2016.
The inaugural European Championships will take place in Sopot, Poland, from 17th to 22nd July 2016.
Posted On: 18/10/2015 10:16:49
The agenda for the Annual General Meeting of the International Techno 293 Class Association to be held on Thursday 29 October at the Windsurfing Club Cagliari has now been published.