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.
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Micah showing off the new JP Formula Board
With a fast approaching storm this morning, the 3 fleets rushed to get a race underway but unfortunatlly the squall caused some huge chaos and the fleets were sent back to shore. Once everything passed, race 3 got underway with the rsx and kona/techno 293 fleets starting and finally another race for the formula fleet. I had the chance to port tack the fleet but didn’t quite pull the trigger in time and ducked the first 3 guys at the pin. Off to the right side I banged the corner and was looking good until I sat parked in a lull as the left side crossed ahead. From there it was catch up trying to gain as much tactical advantage over the next 3 legs picking off 1 board at a time to finish a strong 3 just catching Fernando at the last gybe in front of the finish. Schurman was OCS with Micah and Paulao taking a commanding lead.
By the time race 4 started the breeze was down to 10-12k and I was looking for all the power my 12.3 had and 72xxs kashy would give me. Booms high, outhaul bagged and harness lines long. I even tried my mast track back to 42″ from the front fin screw.
Again a port start with the whole fleet charging the line except for Micah coming down fast on starboard. I gor off the line well and off to the right corner with speed but backing down 2x to clear the weeds on my fin In the light stuff it’s important to remember that your laylines are further than normal. I tacked and came up short having to tack another 4x to round the top mark. At that time the top 3 were gone and I struggled to catch the 4 boards who rounded just in front of me to salvage a 6th, pumping hard all the way to the finish.
So with only 4 races complete I find myself in 3rd as we need 5 races for a throwout. Both Micah and Schurman are sitting deep both carrying an OCS.
Paulao and Fernando have sailed the most consistant and thus are in the top 2 spots.
Mondays forecast looks dismal but anything can happen.
Results and photos @ http://www.cavigliafoundation.org
The first regatta of the year is always the toughest as its been several months since the last serious sailing and the hands are pretty tender come January. Nonetheless, a trip to Miami in the middle if winter is exactly what any sailor needs.
A quick report from day 1 in Miami @ the caviliga regatta.
All the usual characters + some new faces at the first regatta of the season.
The formula fleet got off to a late start but managed 1 race in the breeze with Schurman BRA999 taking the bullet just infront of fellow Brazillian BRA3333 and Buzianis in 3rd. I managed to stay in front if the rest of the rest of the fleet with the winds building up to the mid 20s.
A quick break for lunch on the barrier island was all it took for the breeze to calm down as sailors began to shift gears into light wind mode. Most of the fleet was still on their 10s and 11s struggeling for power. I managed to sail pretty fast but in the wrong direction as I banged the right corner, tacked and game over. Not enough time for a recovery with just a 2 lap race.
Buzianis got the bullet but was osc.
Finally we tried to start a 3rd race in little to no wind and it was abandoned as most of the fleet never got planning.
Tommorows forecast looks decent with 15-20k.
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US Windsurfing and U.S. Sailing proudly announce a new two-day Beginning Windsurfing Instructor training course. The new course makes it easy for those already holding Level 1 Small Boat Certification to earn beginning windsurfing certification in one-half the time and at significantly less cost than the standard four-day course.
The first two-day course will be held on February 7 and 8 as part of U.S. Sailing’s NSPS (National Sailing Programs Symposium) taking place in Houston, Texas.
The course is limited to 12 student-instructors and the registration deadline is fast approaching.
Visit US Sailing to learn more and to register online.
For any questions, please contact Dan Weiss, US Windsurfing’s Northeast Regional Director, via E-mail or phone, both of which can be found by clicking on the Directory link in the “About USW” tab, at the top of this page.
2008 i-to-i Competitors
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