The Thomas Hardye School

THS salutes Ellie's Windsurfing Success



Photo by Patrik Pollak with permission from IWA

Ellie Wilcox recently competed in the Techno 293 Windsurfing World Championships. Ellie has been Windsurfing in the Techno 293 6.8m class for just over a year and has achieved several Championship titles during 2017 and these include:

1st place girl RYA 2017 Eric Twiname National Championships. (May 2017)

2nd place girl RYA 2017 Techno National Championships. (sept 2017)

Overall 1st place (Under 15 & Under 17), RYA S&SW Regional Zone Championships. (Sept 2017)

Ellie also competed all around the UK throughout 2017 in a series of National Competitions by the UK Windsurfing Association (UKWA) and won the following:

Overall 1st Place 2017 UKWA 6.8m National Inland Series Championships. (Oct 2017)

2nd Place girl 2017 UKWA 6.8m National Cup Series Championships. (Oct 2017)

In October Ellie was selected to be part of the British Youth Sailing Team and represent Great Britain at the Techno 293 World Championships in Salou Spain.During the World Championships, Ellie performed well in the stronger winds, with finish positions in the top 20 and her best performance coming in Race 6 when she finished several places ahead of the current World Champion Ella Benbenisti from Israel.

The Techno293 World Championships are the chance for the most talented youngsters from around the world to test themselves against the best as they go head to head with over 330 athletes in Salou, Spain. There was an incredible 30 nationalities represented from across the globe. From the Ukraine to Argentine via Hong Kong, Singapore and Oman – the Techno293 World Championships show off the next generation of windsurfing stars across boys and girls.

The class is an approved Olympic pathway, which progresses on to the Techno293 Plus – which we will see next October at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires – and then to the Olympic RS:X class.The whole event began in light wind of five to six knots, but then conditions progressed and the winds increased over the final two days – After day three and four of the championships which were disrupted due to lack of wind, the last two days of racing provided excitement and conditions for those who had expertise in strong wind sailing. Day five of racing at the Techno293 World Championships was completely different to anything the competition had seen before and this was the chance for the strong wind specialists to take advantage of the blustery conditions and speeds up to 25 knots.

You can also read about Ellie at the Dorset Echo:

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The UK Windsurfing Association website is at:


February 2018