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Calema Midwinters (regatta, Techno 293 NA’s & race camp!)

The world renowned Calema Midwinters is just around the corner, March 4-7, 2010.  In addition to great Formula class racing for both pros and weekend-warriors, the Midwinters will also be the Kona class North American Championships, the Techno 293 class North American Championships and the qualifying event for the Youth Olympic Games for North American competitors! 

In the Formula class Gonzalo Costa Hoevel and Jesper Vesterstrom will be showing up to battle it out for top honors and other pros are signing up daily.  In the Techno 293 class, competitors are confirmed from the US, Cananda, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guatamala and Brazil who will be competing for the right to represent their respective countries in the Youth Olympic Games.

Preceding the event, on March 1 & 2 will be a Techno 293, international junior race clinic hosted by Tinho Dornellas.  For more information check out www.calema.com and click on the link for Midwinters.  For all the details on the junior race clinic go to http://calema.com/events/event-details/?event_id=32.

With airfare to Orlando from anywhere in ths US being so cheap and a great rate at the host hotel (the Radisson Resort at the Port) there is no reason to stay home – register now!

Caviliga Regatta Day 3

Things didn’t look too promising on day 3 with the forecast for getting another race in and drop for the series but somehow a few sailors managed to make it around the course with out an abandonment flag by the RC.
Conditions were sketch at best with an offshore shifty and variable breeze. Just like Saturday we were overlapped with several other fleets running a course in the same waters on the Biscayne Bay. With the windward mark set close to shore, it was anybody’s guess on how to best get there. The top boards planned off the line leaving the rest of the fleet parked.
Both left and right corners failed miserably and patience was the name of the game to get upwind with such wide upwind reaching angles. BRA3333 set the pace on his custom north 12.0 and new PD formula board with some blazing speed and angle keeping a commanding lead the entire race with local Fernando Martinez on north and PD board keeping pace just behind.

By the time I rounded the top mark I was deep and took off in the opposite corner as the fleet ahead and by the bottom mark was rounding comfortably in 3rd as the right side sat parked.
The lesson is never give up.
Soon enough on the 2nd upwind Micah was back and tacked in front of me at what was the port layline.
As another puff approached we split tacks and I headed even deep to the left corner, overstanding the top mark by miles and coming back to round planing as the USA34, BRA999 and K all sat parked on the right side.
I held on to 3rd but with Fernando finishing in 2nd he got the last laugh to get me by 1 point in the overall. Schurman and Micah both got their drops with the fifth and final race and closed out the top 3.
Best performance goes toBRA3333 Paulo Des Reis with 3 bullets never out of the top 2.
Impressive. The new Norths looks like they’ve got lots of power again.
Also it was great to see a Micah back in the fleet with the new JP board and some innovative sail changes from NP.
As always, a huge thanks to the Shake A Leg Sailing Center in Miami and the Alex Caviliga Blue Water Foundation for a great regatta. It was great to see the other classes actively represented as well with a strong junior 293 , kona and rsx fleets.
More @ www.stevebodner.blogspot.com

Steve
USA-4

Banana River Resort Race

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Banana River Resort Race – October 31 & November 1st

Banana River Resort Race will take place the weekend of the cancelled Fall Showdown regatta October 31 & November 1st.  It was exciting to see the outcry of people that wanted to get together for racing on that weekend and an alternate site was quickly found and offered up by Beth & Greg Winkler of the Banana River Resort in Cocoa Beach, FL.  Britt Viehman, US Windsurfing Youth Representative, has a large group of young sailors who are anxious to race that weekend and was pleased to hear that a new event had sprung up.  Ron Kern who’s been a number of times to Banana River Resort said, “It’s a great location and lives up to the name of windsurfing resort.  I’m excited that we’re back racing there.  We’ll have a good turnout!” NOTICE OF RACE >>

The Quest for Speed

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The high winds finally returned to Worthington Minnesota on Sept 27 and 28; blowing 25 to 35 knots each day. We had a number of sailors participating.

Andrew Anderson flew in from Oakland California, logged a 32.19 knot run, and took the lead for the 2009 Midwest Speed Quest on Sunday.  Andrew also claimed the $200 Economic Stimulus CASH, by recording the first 30 knot session of the day. Chris Lock  was also on the water, and recorded a new best speed for 2009 of 31.63 knots. Both racers were sailing the KA Koncept Sail, and Vector Fins.
On Monday, Arden Anderson had a blazing session. He turned in a Best 10 Second Run of 33.55 knots, and a Max  2 Second Speed of 35.44 knots. These are the highest speeds ever recorded on Lake Okabena. Adam Anderson recorded a 29.63 knot run, and David Knight recorded his best run of the year at 32.00 knots using a Koncept Sail.  Both racers were using Vector Fins. David Knight won the winner of the 2008 Midwest Speed Quest with a 32.52 knot run;  and sails the Carbon Art SL60 Slalom Board. Sessions were also entered by Delbert Carpenter and Wayne Anderson.
The Midwest Speed Quest closes on October 15th. We look forward to a couple more days of great Speed Sailing. October has brought us winds well over 40 mph. The most intense racing of the year is seen in these final days.
We continue to offer a $500 CASH to any racer that records a 35 knot run before October 15th!!! This money is in addition to the $2500 in Cash Prizes awarded each year.
Stay tuned for a Year End Report, and visit our web site for the latest rankings and Wind Forecasts: http://www.midwestspeedquest.com
Craig Bergh reporting

USW Nationals

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Four days of epic racing on the Columbia River Gorge was enough for local Bruce “I own this river” Peterson to claim both the course and slalom disciplines for the 2009 US Windsurfing National Championship in Hood River, Oregon. With 83 competitors registered, it was an event to be remembered as the Gorge delivered nuclear winds on the first day of slalom racing to 10-12k on the final day to test competitors ability in all conditions.

In what seemed like a huge junior contingent from around the country, the 22 strong junior fleet held a 2 day clinic before the event, tuning in the racing skills with the help of local Sailworks guru Bruce Peterson. The juniors were sailing the Bic Techno 293 board (with some of the older fleet already on the formula boards) which provided an excellent platform for racing. Im sure in a few years, we’ll see their results of hard training and will be nipping on the heals of the formula fleet.

Equally impressive, was the huge turn out from the San Francisco fleet with almost 20 sailors making the trip up and pushing at the top of the fleet in both disciplines. Up and coming SF junior racer, Marion Lepert took both the slalom and course title for junior girls while David Wells, Eric Christanson, Jean Rathle, Chris Radkowski, Mike Percy, Al Mirel and myself, Steve Bodner, all made the podium on Sunday!

Days 1 and 2 saw the fleet running 11 slalom heats in conditions that can only be described as challenging! On the opening Day, the Gorge went off with gust pushing into the 40′s and sailors overpowered on their traditional slalom rigs and switching down to smaller wave gear just to survive! Bruce Peterson dominated the slalom racing with bullets in 9 out the 11 heats. Carbon Art maestro James Dinnis from New Zealand was in the heat most of the races sticking some sick laydown gybes at the marks making it look easy. The rest of the fleet struggled to get around the unique ‘Gorge Box slalom course’ and found their crash tacks to be the best solution getting around the top mark in the course.

On day 2 the fleets were broken up into gold and silver fleets with the top dogs fighting it out around the course. Of course, the event site proved an excellent venue to watch the races as well as well as hear all the comments from the peanut gallery. Everyone on shore can always gybe better than the guy on the water! Doc Watson provided the commentary to give the event a positive vibe and onlookers a clue to what was happening on the water.

On day 3, the winds lightened to a gusty15-20k and gave the fleet a chance to jump into course racing. Again, a unique course was set up to take advantage of the Columbia River’s long and narrow site. 4 races were run for the 3 fleets with most sailors setting themselves up on port tack to start and get out to the favorable wind and current along the Washington shore.

Finally on the last day on competition, 2 more formula course races were run in 10-15k under the black flag as the fleet was anxious to gain any last opportunities. Eric Christanson slipped into 2nd behind Bruce Peterson while I held onto the 3rd place podium finish overall. The competition at this event couldn’t have been closer but local knowledge and experience always seems to pay off with Peterson cleaning up in both disciplines. Next year’s nationals will be back in San Francisco and the bragging rights start all over again!
Regatta report and photos @ www.stevebodner.blogspot.com
Steve Bodner
USA341

Worthington Windsurfers 10th Anniversary

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On June 12-14 Worthington Windsurfers celebrated their 10th anniversary and another USW National Race Tour Event. Aprox. 40 sailors registered, inspite of the rain and light wind forcast. Light winds were almost a relief after last years 30 to 35 mph winds.. (along with a tornado). The community showed up in force and gate tabulators registered crowds in the thousands.

Races were held both Sat and Sunday under the competent direction of Jeff Hegwer along with Jason Swanson, Andy Gratton, Craig Bergh and others. Complete race results can be found at www.mowind.org or www.worthingtonwindsurfing.com.

The windsurfers and public enjoyed the Unvarnished Music Festival, an event of Uncommon Merit. Photo credits to festival photographer Dan Norman. He captured the essence of the event at www.danorm.com along with the Daily Globe providing the public with invaluable daily updates on their website www.dglobe.com.
Saturday evening crowd

Noah Hoehn playing the Louisiana saxophone

Bill Keitel reporting