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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!

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.

Kona North American Championships

Fleet 8 and Kona Midwest are proud to host the 2012 Kona North American Championships on Lake Waconia.  Lake Waconia is the most popular high-wind lake in the Twin Cities metro area and has been the site for over 60 windsurfing regattas starting with the Windsurfer District 5 Championships in 1978.  Our venue will be the Lake Waconia Regional Park on the southwest shore which offers all the amenities for a great championship regatta.

 Kona USA is developing a web site to enhance the championships with on-line registration and regular updates, as well as daily results and video coverage.  For those eager to register and take advantage of the early registration fee, you can register at www.Fleet8.com by clicking on the Kona Championships and scrolling down to the Paypal button.  

 We will be providing charter equipment, yet limited with the anticipated attendance.  For us to provide charters for as many competitors as possible, you need to reserve as early as possible.  To help reduce the cost for racing families, Kona Midwest has developed a scholarship program to subsidize charter fees for women and youth.  Contact Fleet-8@juno.com for more details.     

Click here for the Notice of Race – konanaNOR

US Olympic Windsurfers Prepare for Weymouth!

photo by Dale Thompson

Bob Willis and Farrah Hall have both qualified to represent the United States in windsurfing at the Olympic Games this summer

.  The 2012 Summer Olympic Games are based in London, but the sailing events will take place at the southern end of the UK in Weymouth.  This is typically a windy venue, so the windsurfing should be fantastic!  You can read all abouth Bob and Farrah’s preparation for the Olympics on their respective web blogs www.bobsails.com and www.farrahhall.com .  Congratulations to both of them!

Florida Racing for Everyone!

photo: Jane Thompson

The 2012 windsurfing racing season kicked off strong in Florida with the Sarasota Island Style Classic and the Calema Midwinters.  The Kona class had a nice turnout at both events, with a number of out of town sailors taking advantage of the ability to fly in, charter gear and race without the hassles of travelling with windsurfing equipment.  The participants in the Kona class ranged in age from early teens to over seventy and included first time racers and windsurfing legends Nevin Sayre and Bruce Matlack! 

The Formula class had its usual mix of local Floridians and out of town superstars.  Brazillian Wilhelm Schurmann came for both events, while Micah Buzianis, Taty Franz, Paulo Dos Reis and Gabriel Brown showing up just for Midwinters.  Racing was tight amongst the top pros with the top five all winning at least one race! 

Sovig Sayre took first place in the women's rs:x class, her dad Nevin took first overall in Kona and her brother Raz finished first in the Techno class at midwinters!

Also in attendance at Midwinters were youth RS:X sailors Margot Samson  and Lucas Gonzales who had previously qualified to represent the United States at the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships (which will be held this summer in Ireland).  The RS:X fleet had more competitors this year with many of the younger windsurfers ramping up for their Olympic campaigns for 2016. 

Results from the Sarasota Island Style Classic can be found at http://www.mswindsurfing.com/results.php and pictures at http://www.flickr.com/photos/54980050@N06/sets/72157629106727954/with/6790967128/

Results and pictures from the Calema Midwinters can be found at http://calema.com/events/calema-midwinters-2012/

US Olympic Windsurfing Team Announced!

Congratulations to Farrah Hall and Bob Willis!

The recent ISAF  World Sailing Championships in Perth, Australia was the final event of the US Olympic trials for windsurfing.  After many days of racing in a variety of conditions, Farrah Hall and Bob Willis were named to the 2012 US Olympic Team for windsurfing.  Bob had a fantastic event and in addition to being the top US finisher, he also finished well enough to qualify the United States for a spot to compete in the Olympics for men’s RS:X.  Farrah was the top US finsher among the women, and just missed qualifying the US for a spot in the women’s RS:X event at the Olympics.  She will have another chance to qualify the country at the 2012 RS:X World Championships in Cadiz, Spain in March. 

You can read more about their adventures on their Olympic quests at www.farrahhall.com and www.bobsails.com.

2011 Elvestrom/Zellerbach regatta, San Francisco, CA

70+ dinghies and boards packed the San Francisco city front course for 2 days of racing at the St. Francis Elvestrom/Zellerbach regatta. The 5 fleets saw a building breeze and foggy conditions both days with racing in 15-25k and a raging ebb tide along the San Francisco city front.
The lasers saw a big turn out in prep for this season’s masters and 4.7 World Championships in San Francisco.

With just 6 board sailors in the formula windsurfing class, our fleet saw the core racers in action but it was Seth Besse who showed the most consistency to walk away with all 6 bullets.

I thought I might get the first one- leading around the course but failed  to cover on the last 2 legs and let Seth and Crad slip into the top positions. CRad and I rounded the bottom leeward mark in a pack of lasers on the outside of the pinwheel. Despite the dirty air, the formula boards are traveling so fast compared to the dinghies that it only takes a few seconds to clear and get through any bad air.   We tacked and were overlapped heading into the finish with CRad edging me out by shooting the line at the just the right moment.

Race 2 started with a true sportsmanship from our fleet. Rather than start with just 3 guys we abandoned the sequence in order to wait for the guys who went to rig down in the building breeze. Im not sure- Ive ever seen this happen but it sure is a lot more fun to win when you’re racing against all the competitors.

Seth and I were close midway through the race. I tacked just below him on the 2nd beat up thinking I would be able to squeeze him out with better angle from below but he had enough speed to roll right over the top of me.

Ouch! Speed kills. No strategy required.

In the high speed racing we do on formula boards, its not often you get more than 1 or 2 chances to make a move on the course. You’ve got to see it coming and when it happens capitalize on it immediately. When racing is tight, you’ve got to be able to utilize your best asset otherwise its waiting for the guys in front of you to make a mistake.

Race 3 saw more of the same in a building 18-22k breeze. All of the fleet was on the 9.5 or 10′s as the ebb increased and racing took it’s toll.   Consistency  paid off for Seth as he scored another bullet with Al and I rounding the top 3.

Day 2 saw 3 more races for all fleets + the chance to sail in the flood tide before the ebb really kicked in strong at 2pm. The usual pecking order established itself quickly as Seth got out to an early lead again with great speed. I had 2nd all but wrapped up again in front of Al coming into the finish line but had to duck below 2-3 lasers and barely eeked out across the line salvaging 2nd in what could have been disaster.

Race 5 saw the tide switch and the committee board swing from straight downwind to straight upwind despite a fresh 18-22k breeze I realized what was happening but failed to take into account the relationship of the starting line. It was now a slalom start and I was over early. Clearing myself I decided to get some separation from the fleet to get any advantage I could. When your behind, you really don’t have too much too loose and your risk can be bigger. I separated form the fleet during the next 4 legs and clawed my back but charged a bit too hard and went swimming on my last gybe to the leeward mark.

Total yard sale!

Race 6 started in 22-25k and a big ebb. All of the fleet was on either 9.o’s, 9.3′s or 9.5′s and 64-67cm fins. Anything else was just too big to handle in the chop and breeze.  Control was the name of the game. Seth jumped out to an early lead while I got buried at the start.  I kept going despite the bad air and made my moves when I could, finally powering over CRad on the final downwind to get another 2nd.

Overall another  great weekend of racing on the San Francisco Bay!

Steve Bodner

USA-4

www.stevebodner.blogspot.com

2011 Junior, Youth & Masters Windsurfing World Championship in San Francisco

The St. Francis Yacht Club, in coordination with US Sailing and US Windsurfing, will be host to the 2011  TECHNO 293 Junior, Youth and open class  World Championship & Masters raceboard class World Championship  from July 17th to July 24th, 2011

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Housing details:
There are fourteen nearby hostels, one within walking distance from the St. Francis Yacht Club (located at Fort Mason with beds from $22 and run by Hostelling International). The Club has been working with the S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien on some special housing arrangements too. There are a number of hotels in the Marina District of San Francisco, which is walking distance from St. Francis Yacht Club (for example, The Coventry Motor Inn).

Coach Boats:
Several companies on San Francisco Bay charter out boats suitable to coach from. You are welcome to contact Bryan McDonald for more information. His email is sailing314 at yahoo.com

More info @ http://2011worldchampionship.blogspot.com/