Caviliga regatta day 2 report

Micah Buzianis

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

Steve
USA4

Caviliga regatta day 1 report.

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.
More @ www.stevebodner.blogspot.com
Steve
USA-4

New 2-day Windsurfing Instructor Training Program!

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.

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