The 2010 Nationals are just around the corner – July 20-24 in beautiful, windy San Francisco! The event, which is also the North American Formula Championships, will be run out of (and hosted by) the St. Francis Yacht Club and sailors will launch from world famous Crissy Field just next door. Racing will take place Tuesday through Saturday and the emphasis will be on course racing, though the event organizers may run slalom and/or a long distance race if conditions permit. You can see the complete notice of race at 2010 US Windsurfing National Championship NOR and you can register at http://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=376
video from Marrion
Some valuable lessons were learned at this weekends Elvestrom- Zellerbach regatta hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club on the San Francisco Bay.
With 4 dinghy classes and the Formula windsurfing fleet on the city front course, the RC managed 7 races for each fleet over 2 days in sunny conditions ranging from 15-20k on Saturday to a breezy last race on Sunday with the wind up to 30k and some serious voodoo chop on the course. Watching the dinghies tack up the city front where there was some relief from the 4k flood tide was a great lesson but the boards still choose to maximize their VMG and bang the corners.
After all- speed kills
Xavier Flerlet GBR-451 cleaned up the formula fleet with 6/7 bullets.
The only race left was for 2nd seeing US-44, Eric Christanson and myself, USA-4 tied on points going into the last race
Leading the final race in EPIC conditions, I held out until the last downwind on the double windward leeward course before exploding within spitting distance of the finish line.
The big lesson for me was no matter your lead, it’s not over till you cross the finish line!
At the end, Xavier stole the last bullet with the SF Formula fleet clearly in awe.
Great sailing mate.
San Diego County recently eliminated windsurfing access to Lake Hodges. US Windsurfing needs your help in the fight to regain access to Lake Hodges.
The San Diego Windsurfing Association created a petition to help sway the County government to reopen Lake Hodges to windsurfing.
That petition is available at this link: http://www.sdwa.org/LakeHodgespetition.pdf
It is very important to print out the petition, sign it and then place it in First Class mail. US Windsurfing encourages your help regardless of your location. Even if you are not from the San Diego area, access affects all windsurfers, so please send in the prepared petition or simply write a letter in your own words. Your 42 cent stamp will have a huge impact!
Also, a discussion of this topic exists on the iWindsurf.com forum.
Here is that link: http://www.iWindsurf.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=129086#129086
The Florida racing season continues, with great racing in Miami, Merritt Island and Clearwater!
The Miami Wind & Surfers Challenge was held at US Sailing Center in Miami, FL from April 9-11. Fernando Martiznez sailed to victory just ahead of Ron Kern and Farrah Hall after 10 races on Biscayne Bay. The weather was perfect for Formula racing the entire weekend – you can read all about it at www.windsurfingtour.com and see full results and more pictures!
The Florida Windfest (co-hosted by Calema Windsurfing and Sandy Point Progressive Sports) will be held at Calema Windsurfing on April 17 & 18. It is a low key event for all ages that is a great way to try out racing for the first time or be part of an event that isn’t as big and intimidating as some of the races you read about. You can get all the details at www.calema.com.
Great racing at the Calema Midwinters on Friday. From Calema.com: The Formula fleet had two great races with winds that kept the entire fleet planing.
Gonzalo Costa Hoevel won the first race by a comfortable margin, showing excellent upwind speed.
The second race proved challenging but with a perfect start by Micah Buzianis at the pin end. Gonzalo and the others gave chase downwind. Paulo Dos Reis and Wojtek Brzsowski were flying downwind, when suddenly the realization that the downwind mark decided to sail itself downwind. Luck was with us as it reset itself, making for a gigantic second upwind leg. Gonzalo and Gabriel Browne managed to squeak past Wojtek .
The Techno fleet is full of action , as is the Kona fleet, and longboard & Hybrid. Check out the picture gallery and results
Saturday looks to be another great day.
The Pistol River Wave Bash is back with a huge splash coming to Oregon June 17th-20th. Organized by Trade Wind Events, this contest is guaranteed to be a success. Open to the first 100 registers, the contest will also feature stand up paddling in addition to this exciting wave sailing contest. Find more information about the event and register today at www.wavebash.weebly.com
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!
The Miami Olympic Classes Regatta (which took place last week in Miami, FL) was the final step for 4 windsurfers to qualify for the 2010 United States Sailing Team. This week-long regatta is part of the Sailing World Cup, the annual world-wide racing series for Olympic Sailing. Most of the top RS:X sailors from around the world were in attendance and we are so proud of how all of our US sailors performed.
Ben Barger, Jimi Sobek, Farrah Hall and Solvig Sayre won spots on the US Sailing Team and can now take advantage of funding assistance from US Sailing to help them reach their goal of competing in the 2010 Olympic Games. You can read daily reports about the regatta (written by two of the newest RS:X competitors) at www.windsurfingtour.com, read about Farrah Hall’s regatta experience at www.farrahhall.com and read about the other sailing classes that competed at http://rmocr.ussailing.org.
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James Douglass captured this boom’s eye view of sailing a formula board.
Come along for the ride.