Diva Camp 2003
The Neil Pryde/Starboard Women's International Formula Windsurfing Camp Following last years success, we are happy to invite all women who whish to improve their Formula Windsurfing skills to join the Diva camp at Lake Garda, Italy. Anyone can join - no previous racing experience is needed!

Last year 14 women from 8 different countries joined the camp to improve their skills, tune their equipment and share experiences. All levels were present - from first-timers on Formula boards to the best girls in the world. There was also plenty of time for everybody to get to know each other better, both during the camp and afterwards during the Euro-cup, in which most of the girls decided to participate.

The sailing club in Malcesine provided the perfect setting for the camp with their helpful and friendly staff, and they are now looking forward to host this year's camp.

The 4-day long camp will be coached by Brian Rogild (Starboard) and Nikolaj Kruppa (Neil Pryde). At the camp you can improve your technique, board speed, tactics, starts and much more. Participation fee is 100 euro, which covers training, storage of equipment and accommodation.

The camp takes place just before this years first Women's FW Euro-cup at Lake Garda, Malcesine (26/4-30/4). Lake Garda is the number one European Formula Windsurfing test center. Blessed with stabile wind conditions and surrounded by mountains it is also one of the most beautiful places to train and surely worth a visit.

The number of entries is limited to 25 women maximum.

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[] 26.04. - 30.04. EC Malcesine/Lake Garda, Italy
[] 03.05 - 08.05 Europeans, Douarnenez, Brittany, France
[] June, EC Sardinia, Italy TBC
[] 09.07. - 13.07. EC Miedzyzdroje, Poland
[] 24.07-27.07 Canadian Championships TBC
[] 12.08.-15.08 EC Silvaplana, Switzerland
[] October, World Championships, Sardinia, Italy

Last year's introduction of seven scheduled events, as well as the "silver fleet" concept in the women's fleet proved to be a step in the right direction, bringing in more female competitors to the sport. The 2002 Women Cup ranking counted a total of 31 women participating at various events, and the level of competition constantly improved throughout the season, often making the silver fleet concept only a back-up option. Most importantly, last year's racing changed the spirit and attitude of most female competitors and gained much more interest of media worldwide.

Again, this year's edition covers seven events, but this time we will include a non-European based event. We are going to Canada in July aiming at stimulating Women's windsurfing growth on the other side of the Atlantic. It will be exciting to see new faces and see different perspective on formula racing. The goal for the coming years is to establish one American and one Asian women's event - and this way add to the global presence of women's formula racing.

Last year's edition was a very good experience and the outcome of the 2003 schedule is the result of many weeks of constructive discussions between the female sailors themselves, reflecting their opinions on organizations, weather conditions, etc. It all shaped the general view of the desires and requests of women's racing. Based on that, we hope this year's calendar will be well received and suitable to everyone interested in joining the Women Cup circuit.

Dorota Staszewska
IFWC Women's Representative

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