Windsurfing Title comes to Yorktown Grand Master

It wasn't the Olympics but it seemed like the next best thing to Dave Kashy of Yorktown. He brought home the Junior Grand Masters title from the U.S. Windsurfing National Championships off Solomon's Island, Md.

It was the Kashy's best showing at the Nationals and came in the 40-49 age group. His previous-best finish was a third in his age group at the Nationals in Corpus Christi, Texas, three years ago.

"I was happy with my results; I beat some people I hadn't beaten before," the 40-year-old Kashy said.

The Jefferson Lab mechanical engineer also placed second in the Masters 35-and-over class and seventh overall in the Open Fleet competition.

In the Open class, Kashy had to go against an international field that included Pro Windsurfing Tour stars Phil McGain of Australia and Jimmy Diaz of the Virgin Islands.

McGain, ranked fifth in the world, won the overall title against a 48-man field. Diaz took second place.

Two other local entries, Sam Franck of Williamsburg and Pete Wells of Newport News, also came through with strong performances. Franck, a law student at William and Mary, finished first overall in the Sport Fleet and first in the Sport Unlimited class.

Wells made a run for the Seniors 55-and-over title in the Open class but had to settle for runner-up honors.