Success for National Watersports Festival

Sat Day 12

The National Watersports Festival is celebrating another hugely successful weekend with wind, plenty of sun, big names and masses of spectators who came out in their droves to enjoy all the event had to offer.

A host of the world’s biggest names in the sports lent their support to the festival, with many taking part in the tribute race to windsurfing legend Howard Plumb, who sadly passed away.

Nick Dempsey, who brought a silver home in the 2012 Olympics in Weymouth, won the race and in a touching tribute to his friend and former windsurfing alley commented: “Howie would have loved this race, it was great that everyone took part especially as many haven’t been on the water for a while.”

Snapping at his heels in second was Lewis Barnes and in third place was another Olympic medallist, Stephane Van den Berg, who took the first ever gold in the sport of windsurfing in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

With the growth of SUP in the UK over the past few years the water was chocker with every type of board, along with kayaks and kitesurfers who took full advantage of a breezier Sunday.

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