Windsurfing history encyclopedia

P – Peter Chilvers: inventor of the windsurfer

Peter Chilvers is credited as being the godfather and inventor of the modern windsurfer as we know it. Pete created his sailboard in 1958 and used the waters surrounding Hayling Island, south coast, UK, as testing grounds for his invention. During the 1980s a lawsuit was filed against Chilvers/Tabur Marine by Windsurfing International who disputed Pete’s patent. The court eventually ruled in […]

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2017 SailRacer Round Hayling event report

Words: SailRacer Pics: Tim Olin The 2017 SailRacer Round Hayling saw over 100 competitors gather at Hayling Island Sailing Club for the annual long distance race.  With glorious sunshine and balmy temperatures Hayling Island was at its best. Hayling Island is considered the spiritual home of windsurfing, with the iconic Round Hayling Race dating back to 1980.  In recent years […]

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RYA Youth Nationals, Hayling Island Sailing Club, event report

Words and pics: RYA Last week saw a healthy bunch of youth RS:X and Techno class windsurfers descend on Hayling Island Sailing Club (HISC) to do battle at the Youth National Champs. The event spanned five full days and included 12 different fleets. 379 sailors in all were tested to the full across a variety of different conditions. Windsurfing UK […]