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Lake Isabella Speed Week

Eva Hollmann “The Board Lady” just wrapped up the Lake Isabella Speed Week, a great week of gps speed sailing as Lake Isabella in California.  With strong wind and flat water, personal speed records were broken over and over!  The Lake Isabella Speed Quest for the top speed of the summer continues and Speed Week will be back again next year!

First Annual Lake Isabella Speed Week complete results (all speeds are Corrected 2s max knots)

  • Overall Youngest competitor: Loikim Heppell, 8, 3.2kn
  • 0-19 F Maelie Heppell 6.2kn
  • 0-19 M Medrick Heppell 9.5kn
  • 20-39 M first place Denis Savelyev 37.390kn
  • 20-39 M second place Dan Cole 35.112kn
  • 40-49 F Jolene Gauthier 18.50kn
  • 40-59 M first place Boris Vujasinovic 38.780kn
  • 40-59 M second place Jarek Chojnacki 36.350kn
  • 60+ M first place Cliff Hauser 31.607kn
  • 60+ M second place David Goehring 30.754kn
  •  60+ F Eva Hollmann 30.216kn
  • Vintage Class Danny Wood 24.5kn
  • Heavyweight Brian Lynch 28.33kn
  • Novice Matt Higgins 21.442kn

by age class

  • 0-19 F  1. Maelie Heppell 6.2kn
  • 0-19 M  1. Medrick Heppell 9.5kn
  • 20-39 M 1. Denis Savelyev 37.390kn
  • 2. Dan Cole 35.112kn
  • 3. Phillip Jahn 30.539kn
  • 4. Matt Stinemetz 26.513kn
  • 40-49 F  1. Jolene Gauthier 18.50kn
  • 40-59 M 1. Boris Vujasinovic 38.780kn
  • 2. Jareck Chojnacki 36.350kn
  • 3. Olivier Corvez 32.964kn
  • 4. John Spier 32.441kn
  • 5. Bill Steinbeck 31.992kn
  • 6. Dan Eustaquin 31.221kn
  • 7. Martin Heppell 27.70kn
  • 8. Mark Pighini 23.70kn
  • 9. Gary Rugar 21.52kn
  • 10 Fred Scarberry 20.775kn
  • 60+ F  1. Eva Hollmann 30.216kn
  • 60+ M 1. Cliff Hauser 31.607kn
  • 2. David Goehring 30.754kn
  • 3. Larry Caulkett 29.933kn
  • 4. Mike McGroarty 24.987kn

2013 Nationals in Los Angeles

It’s just over 4 months until the 2013 US Windsurfing Nationals Championships in Los Angeles, CA.  Hosted by the Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club and organized by a dedicated group of Southern California windsurfers, this event is sure to be fantastic!

Tons of information is up on the event website at www.2013windsurfingnationals.com so you can start planning your trip.  Bring the whole family to see the sites in L.A., windsurf at Cabrillo Beach and compete at Nationals – all in one trip!  There will be Formula class racing as well as the possibility of having a variety of one-design classes (Kona, RS:One, Techno, etc) and a raceboard class depending on the number of registrants.  There will also be Slalom racing and a Freestyle competition. 

The organizers and th CBYC have gone above and beyond to make sure that this is a Nationals for everyone.  There are even a number of camping spots and motorhome parking spots available at the yacht club.  If you ever wanted to visit L.A. – this is your chance.  So make your plans now, register for the event and we’ll see you there!

Ronstan Bridge to Bridge race- San Francisco, Ca

I tried to run the course a few days earlier in the week and develop a strategy based on the winds and tides along the city front and in the southern shipping channel. My goal was to stay in the breeze, gybe early if needed to and stay upright at all cost in the voodoo chop. Max ebb was a 4:54 with a 3.65k outgoing tide

I was becoming comfortable with my custom double chicken strap on the starboard 167 formula board through the disorganized chaos of chop and swell on the course.
This years starboard goes especially well off the breeze and Ive learned that it doesn’t need a big fin at all to stay powered.
My cut down 64cm kashy fin made the ride tolerable and even somewhat enjoyable.
The last piece of my quiver was the avanti 10.0 sail.
Despite being a light wind slalom sail- the sail blazes downwind.
Its my go to sail for sailing in most any condition on formula in the SF Bay.

68 other high performance sailing craft joined the fun for a 5:30 start.
Rumor had it 2 Ac 45′s were going to race plus l’hydropture- an amazing experiment in fluid hydrodynamics and all out sailing power. To give you an idea of what the hydropture is capable of- take the record they broke earlier in the week practicing speed runs on the SF Bay.

In winds just above 20 knots, the boat reached 44.5 knots driven by skipper Alain Thébault and with the CEO of America’s Cup team Artemis Racing, Paul Cayard, aboard. That’s more than 20 percent faster than even the bay’s high speed ferries (which run at 36 knots). In heavy wind the boat has a top end potential of 61 knots (more than 70 mph.)

I tried lining up with her earlier in the week and got spat out like a water melon seed in the turbulence of wind and water wake as they passed me like I was standing still.

During the line up during the pre start- it became obvious the boat wasn’t in a safe position with all the other kites and formula boards jetting in every direction. The took the wise move and started 5 min early for the safety of everyone around. No sight of the Ac45′s :/

That however still left the Aussie 18 skiffs and kite boarders to content with as well as a handful of other foiling trimaran powered kites, extreme 40 catamarans, and what not’s on the starting line.

The start was postponed as we waited for in inbound tug and an outbound freight to clear the starting area. The start line was set between the red nun buoy west of the south tower and a start boat set just north of mid span. The line was broken up into 3rds with the kite and formula boards starting in the most northern section of the line.

I knew there would be a mid line sag with the ebb and the fact the 2 mid boat lines were not sighting the line. I had Johnny Heineken just below me as we both squirted out from the pack 5 seconds early  and got a good jump on the pack at the start. I’ve sailed enough against Heineken that I know I can trap him, at least temporarily, by sailing beneath him and limiting his kite but I wasnt looking for any battles. I was just looking to go as fast as I could downwind 7.5 miles to the finish line set beneath the eastern most span of the Bay Bridge. Besides Ive given up on trying to beat the kites downwind while powered. They can go super deep. The only chance is when it lightens up and the formula board is back in the game again.


I continued on starboard tack off the line till around the St.FYC where I gybed back and could tell the top few kites had much deeper angles and I crossed just in front of the first skiff and held a good lead on the rest of the windsurfers. The pressure was starting to drop in the middle of the Bay so I gybed back and had a nice line just above Alcatraz.  There was a lot of disorganized chop and I was going between the chicken and the double chicken strap as the pressure went from 14-22k.
The tug that delayed our start was now bearing directly towards the finish line with the top few kites weaving around it. I choose to stay north where the pressure was as I didn’t want to get trapped on the south side of the tug where the city front winds could be lighter as we turned the corner towards the Bay bridge.

The move paid off as I was still in the hunt in the top 10. Gomes went down hard just in front of me as he dipped his edge of his kite in the water while trying to stay alive on his slalom style kiteboard.
A ton of different strategies on what works best on a strictly downwind course.
Sylvester used his 9.0 and 61cm fin for maximum efficiency.
Heineken, who was using a course board, 13m Ozone edge kite but smaller fins had walked away at this point and was nearing the finish line. I was making some gain on kiter, Adam Koch on his course board in the lighter stuff but one or two puffs carried him 100m deeper and out of reach. Nearing the finish the top skiff just crossed in front of me but I had better speed bearing away for the finish.
It was going to be really close.
We were overlapped at the finish with the skiff finishing at the pin and and myself at the boat end.
I looked around and was happily surprised I was able to get all the other windsurfers and about 90 seconds back from the winner.
With the kites taking the top 7 positions, the first skiff just edging me out, I sat in 9th overall.
Johnny Heineken a new course record with a time of 14 minutes and 14 seconds blazing deeper and faster than anything else on the course.

Steve Sylvester was the 2nd windsurfer about a min back from me with Eric Christianson following close behind.
You can always count on the St.FYC to throw a good party and awards after the final competitors are picked up, boards put away and sails rolled up.

Johnny’s secret- go fast and don’t look back!

Steve
USA-4

 

results

Past winners:
1998- McKee Brothers 49′er 27′-18″
1999- Bill Wier- windsurfer 25′-20″
2000- Vlad Moroz- windsurfer 21′-20″
2001- Rob Hartman- windsurfer 20′-20″
2002-Chip Wasson- kiteboarder 18′-04″
2003- Micah Buzianis -windsurfer 16′-23″
2004- Seth Besse -windsurfer 17′-10″
2005- Anthony Chazez- kitrboarder 17′-54″
2006- Jeff Kafka -kiteboarder 20′-28″
2007- Chip Wasson- kiteboarder 16′-30″
2008- Howard Hamlin- Aussie18 skiff 22′-25″
2009-John Winnning Ausie 18 skiff 19′-46″
2010- Michael C -Aussie 18 skiff 19′-44″
2011- Bernie Lake -kiteboarder (16′-15″)
2012-  Johnny Heineken -kiteboarder 14′-14″

 

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.

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