The 2009 i-to-i Race is only 4 weekends away, December 5-6, 2009. The event website www.i-to-i.org has been updated and the NOR is posted. This is the first race of the 2010 US Windsurfing National Race Tour. Hope to see you there!
Another great event in the calendar. This year the MIAMI PRO-AM will be taking place November 21 – 22 at the US SAILING CENTER MIAMI. Classes include: Formula Pro, Formula Sport, Formula EX, Kona, Techno 293 and Open.
For more information, please visit www.windsurfingtour.com
Time to get ready for the Miami Slalom Series, October 16-18 2009. The race will be held at Virginia Key, Miami. Top PWA and FW Pro champion Gonzalo Costa-Hovel ARG-3 has confirmed his attendance, with more pro riders confirmed soon. Visit www.windsurfingtour.com for more information.
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 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
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
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.
Bill Keitel reporting