Excellent wind conditions with 20+ knots saw exciting Slaloms with local and international competitors.
As the sun sets, the boards and sails are washed and stacked away it's time to reflect back on the 13th annual Fun Cup at Jibe's Mui Ne, which was held on the 3rd and 4th of February 2012. Since the beginning Pascal Lefebvre has been organizing the event.
The whole event ran perfectly or should I say ‘sailed’ perfectly. Blue skies and sunshine, a steady 20 plus knots of wind and a good mix of 12 nations, all happy to battle it out for the prestige of getting their name on the cup. All the ingredients for a great two days of windsurfing.
The Fun Cup is a steady fixture on the Mui Ne events calendar and always attracts a great crowd of windsurf enthusiasts, who eagerly cheer on their friends whilst sipping a few cold Saigon Beers in the glorious weather. This year's slalom race was all about speed and skill and required a certain amount of bravery too. After two days of competition the riders were all battered and bruised, the 'Round Robin' format meaning that competitors had to race up to six races over the two days, only the buzz of the race keeping them going.
The Men's event was won by Gilles Tanguy from France, who had looked very fast throughout the competition. Sergei Chaika from Russia, Vladivostok came in second and Alexy Karachevtsev from Russia finished third. Both Russians live while the winter months in warm and windy Vietnam and work at a Russian windsurfing Center. At the award ceremony Gilles was given a beautiful N.O.A watch, Sergei a Starboard and 3rd place claimed a Severne sail.
The Women’s competition was won by Lucy Odillo Maher from Australia, improving on her runners-up spot from last year's cup. She works at the Jibe's center and can train her skills on a daily basis. Second spot was claimed by Kim Chi Tran, who is the first Vietnamese lady to enter the Fun Cup. After four months of coming to the beach every day and spending several hours of training and practising, Chi can look back at a job well done with her 2nd place. 3rd went to Deborah Khoo from Singapore, who spends many a month during wintertime at Mui Ne. The ladies also received prizes courtesy of the event sponsors, this time in the shape of a Starboard Windsurf board, a Severne sail and one year full membership to Jibes.
Local windsurfers Tien Truong Ky and Nguyen Van Rot are also worthy of a mention as they finished a respectable 6 and 7 place, and I'm sure they will look to improve on this next year.
The awards ceremony was a great way to wind down from the events of the previous two days. The awards were handed out by Mr Ba Head of Sport department for Bhinh Thuan province, also a few lucky guests were winners of a prize draw, prizes ranging from bottles of bubbly to all you can eat in ice cream. As the wine and trays of canapes flowed the guests were treated to some traditional Vietnamese dancing preformed by a local dance group, followed by some less traditional dancing by all the competitors and organisers on the Jibes dance floor. It was a very fun night and we look forward to next year's Fun Cup, which will happen for the 14th time.
Jibe's would like to thank Schneider Electrics, N.O.A, Starboard Windsurfing, Le Fruit, Wharehouse, Fanny Ice Cream, SEL and Full Moon Resort who are sponsors of the Fun Cup for their continued support. All proceeds and profits from the Fun Cup will go to the Ham Tam Orphanage as it's been raising money for several years now. Great job, great event everyone!!!
Text: Drew Parsons Jibe's Beach Club