Annapolis Olympic Windsurfing Hopeful Farrah Hall Racing in RS-X World Championship in England

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Farrah Hall, ranked Number One in the RS-X windsurfing class in the USA is racing in the RS-X world championship in Portsmouth, England.

Olympic Windsurfing Hopeful Farrah Hall

There have been long days of sailing, then reviewing and analysing Christoph's videos ashore, interspersed with calisthenics, training runs and gear preparation. Now we're ready to race.

Farrah Hall, ranked Number One in the RS-X windsurfing class in the USA, is racing in the RS-X world championship in Portsmouth, England.

"This is a major milestone in my three-year campaign to represent the USA and win gold at the 2012 Olympic Games," Hall said this week. "I've spent a long spring and summer training and racing in Poland, Germany, Holland, California and Oregon and I'm looking forward to putting all my new knowledge and technique into practice against the world's best."

Compass Marketing, Inc., is the founding sponsor for Hall who narrowly missed selection as the US women's windsurfer at the 2008 Olympic Games in Qingdao, China. Compass Marketing is a leading marketing and sales company for consumer products in the USA and this winter renewed it's sponsorship of Hall for a second year. The company also hosts Hall's web site at http://www.farrahhall.com and her blog at http://farrahhall.blogspot.com.

John White, Chairman & CEO of Compass Marketing, Inc., said "Farrah represents the real nature of our company. She is wired up to be action-oriented and epitomizes our culture. Farrah is goal-oriented and never misses an opportunity to race. Farrah is a champion in our eyes."

Hall, from Annapolis, the-top ranked women's windsurfer on US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, is competing on the Portland Olympic course in England with men's teammate Ben Barger (St. Petersburg, Fla.). The world championship will be followed by the World Cup regatta Sail for Gold.

"We've just wrapped up five days of training in Portland with our coach Christoph Sieber who was the RS:X gold medalist representing Austria at the 2000 summer games in Sydney, Australia," Hall said. "There have been long days of sailing, then reviewing and analysing Christoph's videos ashore, interspersed with calisthenics, training runs and gear preparation. Now we're ready to race."

Hall, who is quick to acknowledge that the US currently trails the rest of the world in Olympic women's windsurfing, reports she has jumped up the results table at events this year. For the first time in her career she was one of the ten top finishers to qualify for a medal race, while racing at the ISAF Grade 1 Kieler Woche Regatta in Germany. In July at the Gorge on the Hood River in Oregon she won the US Formula Women's Championship.

"OK, there were only three women competitors at the Gorge, but overall I sailed extremely well," she said. "More importantly, we raced with the men and I finished 18th out of 40 mostly big dudes in classic Gorge conditions. The Formula boards are completely different from the RS:X. It was a wonderful opportunity for cross-training and I couldn't have done it without the support of my sponsors Compass Marketing and KA Sails. It was an awesome event."

"The UK's £15m Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy has already been completed as the first purpose-built sporting venue for the 2012 games and, while it's not as grand as the big boat marina in Qingdao, the area has long had a reputation as the best small boat racing venue in northern Europe. The RS:X boards sail inside a giant breakwater on a sheltered body of water that the sailors have dubbed 'the kiddie pool' because of its flat-water conditions. I'll be racing against 60 women from 25 countries for the next 11 days and I can't wait to get started."

Hall's reports from Portland will be featured on her blog at http://farrahhall.blogspot.com. For more about Hall, go to http://www.farrahhall.com. For more about Compass Marketing and its community support programs go to http://www.compassmarketinginc.com/compass_cares.html

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