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Red Bull Storm Chase not chasing Hurricane Sandy

With the formation of a late season tropical storm turned hurrican Sandy in the Carribean, it seemed like a sure thing that the first event of the 2012 Red Bull Storm Chase would be in Cape Hatteras this weekend.  The convergence of high winds and big waves from a hurricane just off shore 0n a weekend seemed too perfect to be true.  With the potential track of Sandy coming very close to Cape Hatteras, the Storm Chase organizers are concerned that the competitors, judges and cameras would arrive in North Carolina just in time to be stuck on the in-land side of closed roads and no one wants to spend the weekend in a motel 6 a hundred miles from the coast, listening to it rain.  The official word from the Storm Chase facebook page is:

Update for Hatteras: Impossible to give a “Go”. :(

Here’s the story: Earlier this week the meteo team noticed Sandy, a storm system off the coast from Florida. Until yesterday night the projections looked like it would stay away from coast…

al areas. This forecast has changed over the night. Window of opportunity for the competition would be Friday and Saturday – less than three days from now. Here’s the biggest problem with such a short notice: Roads and bridges to Hatteras will be closed quite some time before the ETA of the storm.

Guys, speaking from the bottom of our hearts: We’re really sorry we don’t have better news.

We just don’t want to risk messing the first mission up. The worst thing that could happen is to issue a “Go” when there’s a lot of risk that part of the competitors and crew might not be able to arrive at the destination.

The storm season in Hatteras is just getting started. Let’s keep chasing to find the right one!

More information on the Red Bull Storm Chase can be found at www.redbullstormchase.com and more information about hurrican Sandy can be found at www.weather.com
 

In Memory of Norman Preibatsch

 

The Boston windsurfing community lost an avid, enthusiastic windsurfer, outdoorsman and businessman this spring when Norman Preibatsch died in a tragic hiking accident in Tuckerman’s Ravine, NH. His obituary can be found at http://normanpriebatsch.com/

 Community Boating is honored to announce that the Friends and Family of Norman Priebatsch have established an endowment in his memory to support the Community Boating Windsurfing Program. If you previously made a Donation to CBI in Norman’s honor and would like it designated for this fund, please e-mail marcin@Community-boating.org.
 
If you’d like to join with us and donate to this fund in memory of Norman you can do so as follows:
 Donation’s can be made via credit by calling the boathouse at 617-523-1038, or with the following paypal link:
 
Donation’s via check can be made with this Form: Donation Form (Checks)
Documentation about the fund can be found here: Fund Document
And the name of the fund for “Other Fund” is “NORMAN PRIEBATSCH WINDSURFING FUND”

Windsurfing in Waves and on Lakes in August

The Pacasmayo Classic wave event (the Peru stop on the AWT) and the Kona North American Championships in Minnesota both took place the last weekend of August.  Two very different disciplines of windsurfing in two very different locations – but the same fun and windsurfing stoke at both!

Kona North Americans in MN

The Kona North American’s were held on Lake Waconia, just outside of Minneapolis, MN.  Kona is a one-design class with everyone racing on the Kona One board and the one-design sail for their weight class (bigger sails for bigger folks).  The one-design concept along with the no pumping rule in the Kona class makes for tight, close racing.  With 50 people on the start line, the mark roundings were crowded and exciting!  Joachim Larsson and his daughter Kajsa from Sweden took first and second place overall, Arden Anderson, Steve Johnson and Adam Anderson rounded out the top five.  For more information on the Kona class check out www.konaone.com  The results broken down by class are as follows:

Women: 1st Kajsa Larsson, 2nd Karen Marriott, 3rd Jamie Keltz
Lightweight (7.4m sail): 1st Joe Marotti, 2nd Bruce Matlack, 3rd Jeff Adamski
Midweight (8.2m sail): 1st Joachim Larsson, 2nd Arden Anderson, 3rd Peter Hill
Heavyweight (9.0m sail): 1st Steve Johnson, Adam Anderson, Rob Evans
Super Heavyweight (9.8m sail): 1st Steve Calloway, 2nd Paul Matousek

Pacasmayo Classic

The Pacasmayo Classic was a departure for the American Windsurfing Tour crew – travelling all the way to Peru!  Camille Juban took first place, Tatiana Howard won the women’s and Fabrice Beaux won the master’s.  More stories, pictures and videos can be found at www.americanwindsurfingtour.com

Techno 293 Nationals & Kona New England Champs

Maximo Nores from Miami racing on the Techno 293

Forty-two windsurfers from as far as Mexico, Canada, California, and Florida attended the Techno 293 National and the Kona One Design New England Championships at Vineyard Haven Yacht Club August 1 & 2.  The Techno 293s were part of US Sailing’s Junior Olympic Festival.

 The Florida sailors proved tough to beat in the light winds, taking the top three places overall in the Technos and first in the U17, U15, and U13 age groups.  Five of the top sailors were traveling on to represent USA and Mexico at the Techno 293 World Championships in Medemblik, Holland where more than 350 kids, age 16 and younger, are racing in August.

 Jonathan Rudich won the hotly contested U17 Class and first overall with Olivia Mew (Canada) taking the U19, Geronimo Nores winning the U15, and younger brother Manu Nores taking the U13 age groups.  Emily King was the cream of the Silver Fleet in Techno 293s and will be moving to Gold Fleet in future events.  Nevin Sayre edged out 2012 ISAF Youth Worlds Representative, Margot Samson, in the twenty-two board Kona One Design Class for adults.

Kona Results

Techno 293 results

Olympic Windsurfing

The windsurfing competition of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games is drawing to a close, with the medal race to be run on Tueday, August 7.  In the men’s fleet, Dorian Van Rijsselberge has locked up the gold medal even before the medal race!  His commanding lead makes it mathematically impossilbe to lose his first place position.  In the women’s fleet, Marina Alabau is currently in first, but the medals are still undecided.  If you are a subscriber to almost any cable or sattelite tv service here in the US, you can watch the medal race live!  Check out http://www.nbcolympics.com/sailing/index.html to watch the race live, or to watch any of the races of the event that have already taken place.  The men’s medal race is scheduled for 1:00pm and the women’s for 2pm (London time – which is 8am and 9am US East Coast Time) on Tuesday, August 7.  Current results can be found at http://www.sailing.org/olympics/london2012/results_centre.php 

Our US competitors, Bob Willis and Farrah Hall, did not qualify for the medal race.  We are thrilled with their performances however and they both performed beyond expectations for their first Olympic regatta.  You can read about their experiences at the Olympics at www.bobsails.com and www.farrahhall.com

Lots of great articles and videos have been written and created about this year’s Olympic Windsurfing event, here are links to just a few:

http://www.redeyechicago.com/sports/ct-red-0727-bobwillis-20120726,0,2721315.story

http://www.redeyechicago.com/sports/ct-red-0727-bob-willis-blog-20120726,0,3342282.story

http://www.wbal.com/article/92550/3/template-story/Annapolis-Farrah-Hall-Moves-Up-In-Olympic-Windsurfing-Standings

http://www.wbal.com/article/92237/3/template-story/Farrah-Hall-Windsurfing-In-The-Olympics-With-A-Maryland-Flare

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGzcKt9dlIU&feature=youtu.be

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-08-02/london-windsurfers-sail-to-impress-in-effort-to-stay-in-olympics

http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/sport/other-sport/olympic-photo-finish-boost-for-dempsey-1-4117407

http://wwos.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8508115

2012 US Windsurfing Nationals Rocked!

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formula results (click on image to enlarge)

The 2012 US Windsurfing Nationals, presented by the American Windsurfing Tour wrapped up last Thursday.  The event was fantastic, with freestyle, formula and slalom racing all taking place in four action packed days.  The weather in Hood River was perfect; sunny, warm and windy.  Phil McGain took an early lead on the Formula course and easily held onto first place.  Xavier Ferlet and Steve Bodner (both of California) finished second and third and were often so close on the course you could hardly see space between them.  Marion Lepert, also of California sailed an impressive event, easily winning the women’s class and finishing in 8th place over all.  What a way to spend the summer before her senior year in high school!

slalom results (click on image to enlarge)

The closest racing of the event took place in slalom.  Phil McGain and Tyson Poor finished the event tied, with Phil just edging Tyson out in the tie-breaker.  Bruce Peterson and Casey Hauser rounded out the top four places with each of them winning a few heats.  15 year old Fiona Wylde had the crowd on their feet every heat she competed in, almost always finishing in the top 10 (of men, women and juniors) and finishing the last heat in 4th place!  She was the first junior in slalom, the first woman (though she was scored as a junior) and place 14th overall!  Marion Lepert, Ingrid Larouch and Tammy Bockius took first, second and third in the women’s fleet.  Overall results:

12 nationals overall results

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More pictures and stories can be found at http://americanwindsurfingtour.com/2012/07/final-day-at-the-us-windsurfing-nationals-presented-by-the-awt/ and videos at  www.windsport.com

Racing Begins at Nationals in Hood River

Day two at the 2012 US Windsurfing Nationals presented by the American Windsurfing Tour started slowly with a perfectly calm morning. The restful conditions allowed all the racers to settle into the Hood River Event Site and get all their gear rigged up and ready. By early afternoon the wind started to kick up above 12-knots and the call for the Formula racing to begin was made by race director Darren Rogers… a great call! And the wind just kept gradually building through three course races until it reached enough to make the switch to Slalom. A full round of three Slalom races completed another perfect day at the 2012 US Windsurfing Nationals. Let’s look at what happened in a little more detail..

Read the rest of the story and see results at http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=d1a4e4eef8cd7953c762687fc&id=7391dd4d7d on the American Windsurfing Tour Website!

Countdown to the Olympics

photo coutesy of US Sailing

The Olympic windsurfing competiton begins in just a few days, on July 31 in Weymouth, UK.  Bob Willis and Farrah Hall are our representatives for the United States and we are so excited to be cheering them on!  They (and windsurfing in the US) are getting lots of great press – here is a story that was published in Hartford Magazine recently (at http://hartfordmag.com/article-448-bob-willis.html

WINDSURFING

Bob Willis started out sailing at age 7, and sailed at Connecticut College. But his passion is windsurfing, and that’s where Willis, a Chicago native who graduated from Conn College in 2009 with a degree in economics, will compete in the London Olympics, in what’s known as the RS:X sailboard class. Willis took time off from studying at Conn College to try and qualify for the 2008 Olympics. He finished third in the trials (competitors must win to qualify) at age 19 and was encouraged, so set 2012 as his goal. Willis is the top-ranked American in the sport and is the first U.S. Olympic windsurfer who doesn’t hail from California or Florida. It’s a good thing he made the team, because in a recent controversial decision, the International Sailing Federation announced that windsurfing, which has been an Olympic sport since 1984, will be discontinued after these Olympics and kiteboarding will be added for the 2016 Olympics.

Formula North American’s end in San Fran. Nationals Begin in Hood River

The Formula Windsurfing North American Championships wrapped up in San Francisco this past weekend.  Racers had classic fantastic San Francisco conditions!  Winner Wilhelm Schurmann beat out the stiff competition to take first place.  Full results and pictures are available at http://www.stfyc.com/Default.aspx?p=DynamicModule&pageid=358162&ssid=266030&vnf=1

The US Windsurfing Nationals Championships started in Hood River, Oregon with freestyle.  Conditions were perfect for a spectator friendly event at the Hood River Event Site.  Wyatt Miller and Jordan Reid took first and second place respectively with big, clean moves that wowed the crowd.  Photos and videos will be available soon.  The event continues this week with Formula and Slalom racing.

Wave Contest and Slalom Races

pistol river wave contest

Big air in Pistol River, OR

The American Windsurfing Tour just wrapped up another hugely successful event in Pistol River, OR with the Naish Pistol River Wave Bash.  Great wind, great waves and fantastic wave sailing talent made for a spectacular event.  Levi Siver took first place, followed by Bernd Roediger, Morgan Noireaux and Kai Katchadourian.  Ingrid Larouche again took top honors in the women’s fleet, followed by junior sailing (and all around athlete) superstar Fiona Wylde, event organizer Sam Bittner took third. Brian Caserio finished first in Masters and Attila Tivadar took first in the Amateur fleet.  The next stop on the AWT will be the Quatro San Carlos Desert Showdown from July 28-Aug 4.   Full results, pictures and videos can be found at www.americanwindsurfingtour.com

The second event of the Maui Slalom Series, the DaKine Classic also took place last weekend.  Tamara Bockius continues to dominate the women’s division, having won both of the events so far.  Phil McGain took first place in the Men’s pro division.  You can see full results, broken down by age group at www.mauiraceseries.com