On Saturday 22nd November 2014, SeaYou held its very first Windsurfing challenge in Palm Jumeirah from the magnificent venue of Sofitel, The Palm Resort & Spa.
With the support of Dubai Sport Council, Nakheel, Sofitel The Palm Resort & Spa and Starboard, 12 participants (from 8 nationalities, 2 females) were happy to be part of the SeaYou Watersport Challenge organized by SeaYou. For this first event, participants had the privilege to use brand new Starboard Phantom 295 windsurf equipment.
The Starboard Phantom 295 is a race board, one-design class promoted by Starboard which means that all the participants were sailing on the same board with a different sail fitting to their body type (6.5/7.5 or 8.5). This board is equipped with a daggerboard which is perfect for light wind like in the UAE.
The race was launched at 2.30pm from Sofitel the Palm Resort & Spa' s beach in a light wind (8 knots). The racing area inside Palm Jumeirah was an amazing spot for windsurfing. There were 3 laps of about 20 min in a rectangular course. During each lap, the competitors were sailing upwind, down-wind and crosswind.
After the race, competitors were invited to the prizegiving followed by a buffet on the beach at sunset. The first female prize was won by Marie Lalanne (a trophy, one hour of massage in Sofitel Spa and a Starboard T-shirt.)
Pierre Gaubert won the first overall Prize and was rewarded with a trophy, one hour of massage in Sofitel Spa, a Starboard T-shirt and 1,000 aed of purchase voucher on SeaYou watersport equipment.
All competitors were glad to participate at this Windsurfing Phantom 295 Race and hope to come again to the next windsurfing challenge at the end of January. SeaYou is expected to organize at least 4 Windsurfing Challenges per year.