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Carbon Art Challenge – Maui Race Series Event #2

photo by Jimmie Hepp

Laurence Carey (NZL 252) brings us this report from the second event of the Maui Slalom Series, the Carbon Art Challenge.

Over the past three years I have been coming to Maui to compete in the ‘Maui Race Series’ so I can train and race against some of the best sailors in the world. The ‘Carbon Art Challenge’ (15th June) was a great event with over 30 sailors competing. The conditions were very challenging with breaking waves on the start line and gusts between 25-30knots in the afternoon.

The races started at 11.30 and the ability groups were first, I was competing in the Pro division. This was a very competitive fleet with 13 people racing in each heat from 6 different countries. This made starts crucial as if you didn’t get it right you would be last to the first mark. Over the day the waves got bigger with some big crashes in all divisions. In heat one of the Pro division, Peter Slate and I nailed the start and we were the first to the mark however, I slipped at the mark and wiped out but managed to still get 6th. Over the morning the wind picked up from 15knots to around 18-20knots making the racing much more interesting and the North Team dominated the Pro division. Peter Slate got the first two bullets and Dan Ellis got the next two bullets. Peter Slate won the pro division, with Dan Ellis 2nd, and Phil McGain 3rd. I came 6th overall.

photo by Jimmie Hepp

After the ability groups we had the age divisions where the races became more civilised as there was only 7-10 people in each heat. I was racing in the Open Mens (19-39) where I would be racing against Dan Ellis, Peter John and Neil Turpin from the Pro division. This was some great racing and I started off very well. I led the first race around most of the course however, on the second mark I hit the back of a wave and Dan Ellis overtook me on the inside. The remaining races were very close but Dan managed to win each heat in the age group. Peter John and I battled for 2nd as we both had the same points by the end of the day however, as I had a lower discard I got 2nd and Peter got 3rd.

This was my last event unfortunately for the summer as I am going to the 2013 IFCA worlds in Turkey – Alacati. The training I have had is invaluable and has provided me with the best preparation possible for the Worlds on July 1st – 6th. Although I wish I could do the rest of the races in Maui I will be carrying on with my university studies after the Worlds. I plan on doing a few PWA events in the near future and hopefully I will be able to come back and race next year in the race series. The next race day is on the 29th of June and is sponsored by ‘Meanline Fins’. This will be a very interesting event as the race format will be slightly different with the race legs being slightly longer and the final leg into the beach will run through the death triangle/weird wave.

Results can be found at https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://www.mauiraceseries.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Carbon-Art-2013.xlsx&hl&chrome=true

 

 

Maui Race Series: Da Kine Slalom Classic

submitted by Deniz Biacakci – winner of junior and expert divisions at the first event of the Maui Slalom Series

photo by Harry Wiewel

Saturday, June 1 kicked off the 29th annual Maui Race Series. The sun was shining, the water was warm, and the wind was a nice steady 20-25 mph. The day started at 11:30am with the age divisions racing in the morning . I raced in the Juniors along with my younger brother Connor McKenney and first-timer Sailor Bockius.

The first heat ran with only Connor and me which was nice so that I could wait for him after each buoy and make sure he wasn’t messing anything up. Sailor showed up for the second heat and blew only one jibe! Connor was able to beat her with his faster slalom board so she took 3rd. The third heat ran with only my brother and me. He made most of his jibes, but he still ended up in second.

Connor took first in the final heat! I was having him practice cutting me off on the final stretch between the last outside buoy and the finish line. When I cut upwind to pass him in the last 30 yards, I hit some chop and slid out. I recovered, but didn’t have enough time to finish passing him. Connor hugged the finish buoy, cutting off my chance to finish in first.

After lunch, it was time for the skill divisions to race. I raced in the Expert Division against my brother, Osamu Kubota, and Diane Takemoto. The wind had picked up a little bit more like it usually does in the afternoon here on Maui. I had raced against Osamu before and I knew that I’d have to do my best to beat him. I let Connor know that he’d be on his own for the rest of the heats.

The starts were a bit trickier than they usually are because of the way the heats were structured. Expert would run a heat first. Then Semi-Pro. Then Pro. After the last Pro racer crossed the finish line, there were 4 minutes until the start of the next race. That left enough time for everyone to get back up to the start boat. The postponement flag was up during those 4 minutes. It took a couple tries for me to get the hang of the new timing and it looked like everyone else was having trouble adapting too. As a result, all of the Expert division starts were off by a little.

Osamu and I made most of our jibes and were close through all of the heats. I managed to win all of the heats, which I accredit to my morning races being less tiring. Osamu almost had the final heat when I ate it on the last outside jibe. He came blazing around the buoy and I thought for sure he would win. Luckily for me, he caught an edge and sunk his sail which gave me enough time to get my sail up.

Diane and Connor both did well. I don’t think Diane blew any jibes, but she just wasn’t able to keep up with Osamu and me because we had bigger sails. Connor was obviously pretty tired from the morning heats and the increasing wind didn’t help. Diane finished in 3rd ahead of Connor. All in all, it was a really fun and exciting race and I’m looking forward to the next race on June 15th!

Results can be found at https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://www.mauiraceseries.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Da-Kine-2013.xlsx&hl&chrome=true

 

 

Report from the trenches- SF Classic & Ultra Nectar Challenge

They say- if you’ve got a secret to keep from sailors- put it in the sailing instructions as no one reads them anyway!
That was certainly the case for Sunday’s long distance race of the San Francisco Classic hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club where the top 4 leading kite boards rounded mark 3 of 14 in the wrong direction despite charging down the slalom course to Berkeley in just over 1 hour.

36 kite and formula windsurfing boards started the race but only 19 finished!

Its the details that count and veteran waterman, Chip Wasson, the only sailor to win the race on both a windsurfer and a kite board made sure he crossed his t’s, dotted his i’s and rounded the marks in the right direction and finished the race in 108:41

Saturday’s long distance race is actually 2 races rolled into 1 and one of my favorite races of the year. Ive done it about a dozen times, abandoned once after breaking down and even won the 2 races back in 2009. Its a 40 mile + grueling long distance race open to kites and boards that takes every ounce to finish.

The first part of the race is the San Francisco Classic which takes sailors on a full tour of the Bay with 2 triangles around the red nun outside the golden gate bridge from Crissy field, then a slalom course across the Bay on beam/broad reaches from Anita Rock to Harding Rock to Blossom Rock to Blunt to R4 buoy to R2 buoy to the top of the Berkeley pier, to Olympic circle X buoy and back to the bottom of the Berkeley pier. Crossing the finish line starts the 2nd half of the race – the Ultra Nectar Challenge- which brings sailors back upwind on any course they choose to a finish in front of the St. Francis Yacht Club.

Johnny Heineken took the line honors on the return trip winning the Ultra Nectar Challenge in a time of 43:26

Full story & photos @ www.stevebodner.blogspot.com

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

Remembering David Weekes

by Dick Tillman

David Weekes passed away this past January due to a quick onslaught of cancer. He was 69 and for a few years prior was pretty much confined to a wheelchair as a result of  a stroke.  David, affectionately known by his windsurfing friends as B’wanna Dave, served the US Windsurfing Association as Treasurer from 1998-2001, the same term as my Presidency.  It was his vision to promote and grow windsurfing by bringing new people into the sport and developing a viable youth training program. He got the windsurfing board of directors to support this goal and achieved it by garnering contributions from corporations, individuals and USWA itself by transferring all uncommitted year end funds to the Junior Development Program. At that time, this totaled $12,000. His idea was an inspiration for other US Sailing classes to emulate. He brought many other talents to the table being the founder of Weekes Construction, Inc., in Greenville, SC.

From a personal standpoint, B’wanna David was a fun loving guy with a great sense of wit, an adventurous spirit and infectious smile. He was a great supporter of the Senior Windsurfing group. He sailed his windsurfer from the Bahamas to Ft Lauderdale at one time  with only a support boat, completed the country’s longest river race up the St. Johns River from Palatka to Jacksonville, climbed Mt Rainier, and made several bicycle trips with his wife, Pam, in various parts of the world.  And of course, he competed in all the major windsurfing events going on at that time.

B’wanna Dave was an inspiration to many, was a prime mover in the development of US Windsurfing, and will be missed. By remembering his life and his achievements, we can keep his spirit alive.

And from the Greenville, SC newspaper:

David Leon Weekes, 69, husband of Pam Connell Weekes, died Thursday, January 24, 2013.
He was a son of the late David Brown Sanders and Betsy Harris Greene. Born in Louisville, KY, David grew up in Delray Beach, FL, and graduated from the University of Florida. David was the retired founder of Weekes Construction, Inc. He was a huge proponent of Downtown Greenville’s West End and the Caine Halter Family YMCA.
David was known for his unyielding positive attitude, zest for life and new experiences. He never missed an opportunity to recite poetry or tell a crummy joke. David had a great wit and was a pleasure to be with. He traveled the world many times, and was known for his adventurous spirit and infectious smile.
Surviving in addition to his wife of 47 years are children, Chandler and Giselle Weekes, Hunter and Marcia Weekes, and Kendall Weekes-Kellett, all of Greenville; sister, Mary and Mike Letcher of Tuscaloosa, AL; brother, Charles and Priscilla Weekes of San Jose, CA; and five grandchildren, Max Weekes, Adam Weekes, Parker Weekes, Isabel Kellett, and Charles Kellett.

Lord of the Winds- Los Barriles, Baja

Eventually we all end up chasing the wind.
How far- depends on our level of addiction and our sense of adventure.

This year again, I made the migration south on highway 1.
1500 miles later I reached the end of the road- Baja California Sur where
the pacific ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. Its a wind lovers paradise with
gringos from across the US & Canada making the annual winter pilgrimage
in search of wind and swell.

The el norte breeze blows down the Sea of Cortez producing rolling swell
and a solid, wrap yourself up in a winter jacket kind of breeze even when
the sun is at its mid day peak.

After a few days of kiteboarding lessons in La Ventana, (see painful learning experience) We packed up and headed down to Los Barriles where I met the rest of our crew who were flying in from SF for the Lord of the Winds event in a few days time.

What started off as a 10 buoy slalom course on day 1 of the event ended up as a 4 buoy fiascle by the end of day 3.
6 marks drifted away and there wasn’t much the RC or the 58 registered competitors could do about it. We just kind of went with the flow- but that meant only two – 15 min course races; two 3 min slalom races & one 25 min long distance race over the course of 3 days.
The free-stylers got their chance to show off their skills in the shore break and the kiters battled it out for the hang time competition over the course of the next 2 days.

Day 1 began with course races.
I immediately went out with the only board and rig I had- my ml 70cm wide slalom board & 7.7 avanti slalom sail. I was a bit off the pace upwind riding the 48cm fin but made some big gains off the wind in the 10 board windsurfing fleet. With the wind 15-22k, and the whole fleet on slalom boards, you just had to make do with what you had. Tyson Poor was killing it with great board speed around the course taking the only 2 bullets while Casey Hauser and I fought t it out for 2nd and 3rd.

Race 2- I switched down to the 44cm fin and had better speed. Tyson went down on a gybe and I jumped into the lead but over stood the top mark on the 2nd upwind while Tyson and Casey called the perfect layline and jumped back into the lead.
With the gybe mark adrift, the RC called the racing for the day and we packed it up mid day after the last kite race.

Slalom was on the agenda for day 2 of Lord of the Winds.
The forecast called for a building breeze and the shore break was building into a pounding 4-8′ whitewater pounding at the 2nd & 4th inside buoys.

The windsurfers were killing it- displaying great form as the mark roundings were several sailors deep and the passing opportunities plentiful around the 6 buoy slalom course. Tyson, again was displaying great form leading almost every mark with Bryan Metcaf Perez in the hunt as well.
Wyatt had some unbelievable luck breaking his 2nd mast over the the 1st 2 days of the competition and not being able to complete 1 race. I had some good starts and was in the hunt for the most of the game but wasnt able to grab any bullets despite being in the lead a few times.
On the 3rd race, Tyson and I went into the 4th gybe mark overlapped but there was no next mark. The buoy had drifted away and the racing was again called for the day just as things were heating up.

The RC switched to freestyle and the windsurfers again put on the best show with 5-6 boards showing an array of new and old school tricks from back loops in the 4-6′ shore break, to sliding goiters, spocks and wylee skippers.
The crew from Pro Windsurfing Ventana really took it up a notch this year turning the heads of most of the kiters on the beach.

We woke up to day 3 with just 4 bouys left on the course so the RC decided to run the long distance lord of the winds showdown. It wasnt much of a match between the course kite boards and the slalom windsurfing boards over the windward leeward race track. The windward mark was near Punta Pescadero a few miles upwind and by the time we got there it was blowing 25-30k.
The kites dominated but I held my own just behind the top pack of kites while the rest of the windsurfers took a long flier and ove rstood the top mark, I had a huge lead going downwind and baring any disaster, had the race wrapped up in the windsurfing division.

But Ive learned never to count yourself out or take anything for granted. with the wind at 20-25k and the shore break pounding, I fell at the gybe mark and had a slow water start out and Bryan Metcaf- Perez was there to jump into the lead. With just another 500m left to the downwind finish line. Bryan and I went went into the last gybe 5 secs apart. Bryan slipped on his gybe as I went below him to try to gain some additional speed and better angle to the finish but he recovered and sailed right over me as we went across the finish line.
That’s racing- as close as it gets with every little factor counting for something!
Bryan Lake won the long distance race in the closing seconds just in front of Johnny Heineken and was crowned Lord of the Winds- a fitting title if there ever was one.

Overall- an awesome event with tons of volunteers helping on the beach & great camaraderie between competitors.
For a full report with photos check out www.stevebodner.blogspot.com

Miami Racing This Weekend!

It’s only one week away from the Miami Pro Am event held at the Rickenbacker Causeway.  It’s a great location for the event with easy launching and access.   US Windsurfing hopes everybody is in and will help make it the biggest Pro Am yet.  Race organizer Alex reported that 3 Brazilian windsurfers are registered along with many of the local sailors so the competition will be tough.

 CLASSES :

  • FORMULA CLASS ( international class rules )
  • OPEN FORMULA ( open formula class , all custom boards are welcome )
  • RSX
  • KONA
  • TECHNO 293
  • LONG BOARD ( OPEN )

For questions email info@windsurfingtour.com

Registration is now open at : http://www.miamiproam.com/online-entry/  

More information at:  http://www.miamiproam.com

 Windsurfing Event Calendar so far in FL:

 Miami Pro-Am –  Miami, FL  January 19-20, 2013

 Island Style Classic – Sarasota, FL – Feb. 23- 24

Calema Midwinters – Merritt Island, FL – March 1-3 – Online registration is open.

Florida Events Coming Up

It may be snowing and cold in much of the US – but it is warm and windy in Florida! 

Kona racers can head to the Clearwater Community Sailing Center on November 17 & 18 for the Carlisle Classic.  You don’t want to miss 2 days of racing at this great location on the west coast of Florida.  There will also be racing for Opti, 420, Laser, O’pen Bic, Windmill and Hobie Wave classes.  More information and a notice of race can be found at http://clearwatercommunitysailing.org/2012/carlisle-classic-2012

Challenge yourself at the I-to-I in Ft. Lauderdale!   The 10th annual running of the Inlet to Inlet Long Distance Race is scheduled December 1-2, 2012.  The i-to-i helps wrap up the US Windsurfing National Race Tour for 2012.  More information, notice of race, (NOR), etc. can be found on the official race website:

 www.i-to-i.org

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”