The first race of the Red Sea board sailing championships was held on November 16 with the first two placings going to Israeli riders.
GV shoreline of Eilat from sea
GV PAN Horn sounds to start race and contestants start race
GV Boards racing
SV PULL BACK TO GV No. S188 Nir Zur of Israel, who finishes second
GV Spectators' boat
GV Winner, S72 Gai Spirstein of Israel rounds buoy on inside of S188 Nir Zur
GV ZOOM TO SV G288 -- woman entrant Emma Stehle of West Germany
GV Race in progress
GV Entrant falls overboard, gets back on, and adjusts sail
TRAVELLING SHOT Competitor as seen from boat
TRAVELLING SHOT S72, winner Spirstein finishing race
SPORT: BOARD SAILING
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Background: The first race of the Red Sea board sailing championships was held on November 16 with the first two placings going to Israeli riders. The event was staged off Eilat, which is now being promoted as a growth tourist centre. The championship was organised by the Board Sailing Association of Israel and was conducted over five days with entrants competing in six triangle races, two slalom events and a long distance race. In the first of the triangle heats, Nir Zur on board S188 kept pace with the eventual winner, Gai Spirstein. Here the two Israeli riders round a buoy together in the closing stages of race. The championships attracted competitors from as far afield as Britain and Sweden -- including the West German woman entrant Emma Stehle. Fast tacking in the breezy conditions gave several of the riders a real taste of the salt water they were skimming their boards over, but apart from a loss of time and reputation they were soon back on course under a wet sail. The win by Gai Spirstein on board S72 was a particularly good achievement as the 19-year-old Israeli had been denied practice for two weeks because of military service. He was given special permission by the army to take part in the championships.