Date for the diary for watersports enthusiasts at the ‘people’s festival’

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PLANS are well under way for this year’s National Watersports Festival (NWF) on Hayling Island.

The date has been set for one of the most important events in the calendar for windsurfers, kayakers and kitesurfers.

All eyes will be on Hayling over the weekend of September 4 to 6 when 500 competitors and up to 10,000 spectators descend on the island.

Event director Allan Cross said: ‘The NWF has become a firm favourite in the watersports calendar and the different disciplines mean that whatever the weather there’s always something going on, something to watch and things to take part in.

‘The NWF is regarded as the “people’s festival” as it’s a place where you can rub shoulders and even compete next to some of the greatest names in the sports. It’s unpretentious and fun with the onus on giving everything your best shot from racing to trying a new sport.

‘The event is not sponsored but is a collaboration of the different sports who come together to create this unique community event, giving it a very exciting yet relaxed vibe.’

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