herewith the final bulletin for the European Championships Austria Download HERE
Download HERE the proposed discussion on the Masters category for European racing in 2016 at the next meeting. Please send you views to team captains before the end of October.
British skier Darren Kirkland was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Diamond Race by IWWF region E &A Racing Council
for his unparalleled success, longevity and commitment to our wonderful spot.
Hi Vera, just to say, thank you so much to you and all the members of the E&A council. It is still a great feeling to be recognised by all of you, who without all your efforts behind the scenes there wold be no racing. Thank you all so much for your continued effort and support to my ski racing family and myself. Thank you all once again and hope you will share this message with the rest of the council world wide !! Darren Kirkland xxx
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23 Jan 2014
The 2014 European Water Ski Racing Championships will be hosted by France in Vichy and Eguzon. The programme of events at both venues are shown below and you can download the official programme Eguzon 2014 bulletin
Team Germany Skiers Seniors Russell Cox & F1 Kurt Brooks are looking for a boat to ski the European ski race in Eguzon. Please email email@example.com if you can accommodate either skier.
We have pleasure in sending you herewith the Information Bulletin regarding the European Water Ski Racing Championships 2012
in Belgium – Genk.
If any further information should be required, please do not hesitate to contact the secretary’s office.
On behalf of the organizing committee,
Guido Bollen - Secretary
Vera Van den Bossche - Race Secretary
Skier Lukas foerstel is looking for a boat to tow him in the European Cup 2012. If you are interested in pulling Lukas please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: +43 676 4880729
Thanks to Scott Brooks for keeping skirace.net updated with Twitter at Cardiff Bay for the European Cup.
Vera Van De Bossche has provided the following E & A Racing Rules for 2011 Ski Season
The Ravenol German Grand Prix has been cancelled. The event was due to take place on Geierswalder Lake, Lausitz Ring Berlin. Andre Schurle Team Germany writes
Manel Avella has posted this video from the 2010 European Championships in Arcos de la Frontera, Spain.
August saw the European waterski racing Championships held in Cadiz (Arcos), and Bernico Boats are pleased to announce that 8 out of the 10 titles where won with a Bernico. Bernico would like to congratulate all winners with their titles.
Start of Round 4 of Mens F1 & F2 – video
The quiet lake at Arcos de la Frontera in the Andalucian hills was brought alive with the roar of almost 100 ski racing teams representing various European countries. At the end of four fast rounds of racing, the event produced a new cast of European Water Ski Racing Champions who will reign for the next two years.
Last night in the splendid setting of Arcos Gardens Golf Club, Spain bid farewell to almost 100 teams, officials and many 100′s of supporting fans at the final presentation of trophies for the 2010 European Water Ski Racing Championships.
Courtesy of Pepe Escoda, the results from the 4th and final round of the 2010 European Water Ski Racing Championships in Spain are below.
Courtesy of Pepe Escoda, the results from the 3rd round of the 2010 European Water Ski Racing Championships in Spain are below.
Courtesy of Pepe Escoda, the results from the 2nd round of the 2010 European Water Ski Racing Championships in Spain are below.
Courtesy of Wim Lamot, below is a brief report from the 1st & 2nd rounds of the 2010 European Water Ski Racing Championships in Spain.
Last Saturday the water conditions where bad, it was rough water with white topping. Today was totally different, flat water.
Where are very pleased that Darren and the team got his 2nd 1000 points.
So Stout was first, congratulate for this achievement. Darren was close behind 2nd.
Like last Saturday they put everybody on 2 laps at least. So it was really up tempo and working for boat, drivers, skier Normally Weckx was 3rd but wasn’t 100% sure about it
For the Ladies.
Great skiing by again a ‘Stout’ who got here 2nd win in a row. Lena, in really good shape got here 2nd 1000points on here sleeve, Unconfirmed, Vicky was third. She had a bad start and also took a dive.
Kathrien Ortlieb was not in this race because of mechanical problems.
The weather was 42°C & sunny
The new host of the 2010 European Championships (21-28 Aug) is Arcos de la Frontera in Spain. Perched in the hills of Andalucia, with its tangled labyrinth of cobbled streets that lead up to a sandstone castle, Arcos was declared a national historic-artistic monument in 1962 in recognition of its exceptional architecture and impressive location. Below are two videos which look at Arcos de la Frontera.
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The 2010 European Water Ski Racing Championships have been scheduled for a long time to be hosted at Puerto Sherry, Cadiz, on the Southern tip of Spain by its national and local governing bodies of water skiing.
On 29th July 2010, the Spanish organisers were advised by the owner of Puerto Sherry, Pedro Bores, that he had decided to cancel the event.
Two weeks later on 11th August 2010, (just 10 days before the event) the organisers informed national Federations of this issue with this letter.
On 12th August 2010, local media company LavozDigital.es published the following article (translated by Google Translate from the Spanish original). According to the web site, the article was written by Puerto Sherry.
Statement in relation to the European Water Ski Championships
Given the variety of information disseminated in relation to the cancellation of the European Water Ski Championships, organized by the Andalusian Water Ski Federation chaired by Fernando Vega de Seoane, Puerto Sherry wants to communicate the following:
- The reasons for the cancellation of the event are solely the responsibility of the Andalusian Federation of Water Skiing
- Puerto Sherry has no responsibility for the reasons why the competition has been canceled
- The Andalusian Water Ski Federation did not have sufficient economic resources for the organization of the Championship, or permits required to conclude
- In the absence of sponsors, the Andalusian Water Ski Federation to Puerto Sherry required to bear all expenses for organizing the event, something that had never been referred to the agreements reached between the two entities
- Puerto Sherry has worked and contributed from the beginning all the resources provided to the Andalusian Water Ski Federation to hold Championship
- Puerto Sherry deeply regrets the lack of foresight of the Andalusian Water Ski Federation in organizing the competition and the resulting damage caused to Spain in the context of international water-skiing
In my view, regardless of the reasons, the consequences being suffered by many are suffice to indicate that the organisation of this event has been poorly managed. As a result, competitors and supporters have and will incur a great deal of inconvenience and expense. This is not how international sporting events should be managed.
Many similar views can be read across Facebook and if anyone else wishes to air their view or respond to Puerto Sherry’s article above, in public, they are free to do so in the comments section below (but keep it decent).
Furthermore, Arcos Gardens (the recommended accommodation for the new venue) yesterday advised Karen Brooks “We are fully booked. The accommodation was taken over by a Waterski Group two weeks ago“. You will raise your own questions, most of which I’m sure, will be similar in nature.
I am sure that people have worked hard to organise this event and then recover from the problems that have resulted. But questions need to be raised about the oversight that the IWWF has maintained over this event, the late communication of change in venue by the Spanish authorities, and the fact that the recommended accommodation is said to be full. Everyone means well, but goodwill and enthusiasm alone is not enough to organise international sporting events properly.
I am certain that the Europe and Africa division of the IWWF will investigate this issue and do what is both necessary and deserved by the competitors it represents, to provide a sufficient public report, appropriately address those accountable, and ensure that such an embarrassment to the sport of water skiing on an international stage, never happens again under IWWF jurisdiction.
In the meantime, it’s worth noting that the event has not yet started. For the sake of the sport, its competitors and supporters, and in light of what has already happened, I do hope that all official bodies involved (local, national & IWWF) will do whatever is necessary, to ensure that there are no further blunders during the course of the event.
The letter below from Organizing Team and Spanish and Andalusian Federations of Wakeboarding and Ski Racing has this afternoon been circulated by British Water Ski to its Racing Members who are travelling to Cadiz:
Suddenly the 28 July the Harbour Capitanery informed to us, by telephone, that the owner of Puerto Sherry Mr. Pedro Bores had decided to cancel the event there. Luis Mussach tried to know which the reason was for it but the reply was that they could not say anything.
Immediately, the Spanish Racing Council including the President of the Federation had a meeting to comment the situation arriving to the decision that we could not cancel the event and giving our support and help, when possible, to Fernando Vega to find a place were to have the event.
As when Jules Leysen came to Spain we visited the lake of Arcos de la Frontera, as an alternative, for a situation of bad weather at sea, which was approved as it is detailed in the report of Jules, Fernando has put all the efforts to make the Championships in Arcos de la Frontera. You can see fotos of the Arcos Lake at: http://www.wskreame.org/?q=Calendar.
The FULL letter is shown below - you can also download it from here
Karen Brooks has a contact in Cadiz where you can rent Bikes by the day or week. They will even deliver the bikes to the Port or your accommodation.
If interested email email@example.com or tel 07958 605 335 (+44 7958 605 335)
10 Aug Update: The 2010 European Championships start on 21 August at Spain’s most Southern point – Cadiz. 130km south of Seville, Cadiz is said to be the most ancient city still standing in Western Europe and is packed with historic sights.
The European Championships follow the same format as a World Championships. 4 races for each category over a week or so. Updates will be available via the Twitter feed throughout the event.
Spain’s Aaron Fuentes is looking for an F3 boat to race in the 2010 European Championships in Cadiz.
Updated 23 July: Sue Fleming has provided the final results from the European Championships with penalties and warnings clearly shown.
You can see all of Roger Lincoln’s European Water Ski Racing Championship videos here
He did a superb job of capturing the action throughout the week.
Official photographer Carl Broadis has some fantastic shots of the European Water Ski Racing Championships for sale at www.auto-sport-images.co.uk
After a busy week at the European Water Ski Racing Championships in Great Britain, I want to publicly thank a few people who helped me through my job of race commentary, MC at opening and closing ceremonies, each race-day’s presentation of trophies and reporting on the event.
It was great to see Executive Officer of British Water Ski, Patrick Donovan, supporting the recent European Championships at Ramsgate, not forgetting the fact that he worked hard with many others in the run up to this international event that attracted almost 100 skiers from all over Europe, Australia and the USA. Patrick has just published the following:
The final round of the European Water Ski Racing Championships are underway here at Ramsgate Great Britain. F3 and Seniors hit the waters at 8am this morning and here are the very unofficial results:
Roger Lincoln captured the following video footage of Round 1 of the Men’s F1 & F2 European Water Ski Racing Championships this week, along with interviews with Wayne Mawer and Chris Stout:
The 2nd round of the Juniors and Women’s F1 & F2 did their racing this morning and provided some spectacular excitement as Kim Lumley led the field overall but was then challenged and passed by Brady Hoggins.
America’s Hoggins then suffered mechanical problems and was forced to retire, allowing the Women’s F1 leader to regain the overall race lead and Spain’s Marc Avella to take the number one spot in the Juniors. Avella stepped up the pace and enjoyed a very worthy win in Juniors, as did Kim Lumley in F1 Women’s. Initial reports suggest that Christel Magdeleyns of Belgium won F2 Women’s.
All other positions will be provided in the official results at the end of the day.
Right now the wind is gusting up to 30 knots and is once again threatening the remainder of the day’s racing.
Photo by Kelly Ireland
We have just witnessed a tremendous race from F1 & F2 men in the first round of the European Championships. Chris Stout led the field with Wayne Mawer close behind. In 3rd position we saw Dimitri Bertels and Darren Kirkland just behind him.
Thanks to Kelly Ireland for the photos
Thanks to Sue Fleming for the results
Stout & Mawer battle it out
Mawer pulled ahead of Stout in the 2nd third of the race and went on to win the race overall. Stout’s boat lost power two laps before the end and forced them into retirement. Bertels was on hand to finish 2nd and Tommy Klarenbeek took 3rd. Darren Kirkland’s handles broke and although he got going again, he lost any chance of a finish in the frame.
Wayne Mawer in-charge & in-flight
In F2, we saw Tom Tim Lisens of Belgium lead from start to finish whilst 2nd and 3rd positions changed regularly throughout the race. In the end we saw Lisens win with Steven Van Gaeveran 2nd andRichard Kirk 3rd.
Cameron King in action
F3 was another exciting race with Britain’s James Hutchinson winning. Seniors was won by Patrick Dom who led from start to finish.
EuroKids A & B went ahead and I am awaiting results.
Christan Ortileb winning EuroKids B – photo by Cameron King
Juniors and Women’s did not go ahead due to rough seas.
Racing continues in the morning.
F2 skiers in battle
With almost 100 teams patiently waiting to race, the first round of the European Championships kicked off on Tuesday morning with EuroKids A & B, then Juniors and Women’s F1 & F2.
Roger Lincoln caught up with Britain’s Thomas Smith before race day and publish the following interview of video:
Roger Lincoln captured the following footage (2 videos) of the European Championships opening ceremony on the weekend:
With Britain suffering extremely high winds across the country, a decision was made at 9.30am this morning to cancel today’s racing. Officials have arranged for an alternative venue to be used tomorrow (Herne Bay – 15 miles away) if the conditions remain unsuitable tomorrow.
Barry Frame has been a driving force behind the organisation of the 2007 European Water Ski Racing Championships. I caught up with Barry on the 4th of July and the video of our chat is below:
Roger Lincoln interviewed Kim Lumley before the opening of the 2007 European Water Ski Racing Championships. The video is published here:
Roger Lincoln interviewed Darren Kirkland before the opening of the 2007 European Water Ski Racing Championships. The video is published here:
Roger Lincoln interviewed Wayne Mawer on Friday, just as he arrived to take part in the European Water Ski Racing Championships. The video is published here:
The 2008 European Water Ski Racing Championships were officially opened yesterday as teams from all over Europe, including guests from Australia and the USA paraded through the town of Ramsgate. Local dignatories, senior members of British Water Ski and Lord Colin Moynihan (Chairman of the British Olympic Committee) welcomed participating teams and Team Captains introduced their official teams onto the stage.
The 2008 European Water Ski Racing Championships are about to take place in the same format as in previous years, which is virtually identical to the World Championships. Most people arrive in Ramsgate GB on 4 July in readiness for the opening ceremony on Saturday and the first of four rounds of racing over the course of a week kicking off on Sunday.
Todd Haig, Wayne Mawer, Dimitri Bertels, Kim Lumley, Darren Kirkland, Chris Stout, Brady Hoggins and Ben Gulley are just some of the well known names from the world stage that are competing in Europe this year.
Chairman of the British Olympic Committee, Lord Colin Moynihan, plans to attend the opening ceremony of the 2008 European Water Ski Racing Championships at Ramsgate, Great Britain this year where over 60 international skiers are expected to compete. You can read more about the former Olympic Rowing athlete and former British Minister for Sport here.
Courtesy of the IWSF EAME Racing Council, below is the final 2008 Racing Calendar for the EAME Region (Europe, Africa & Middle East).