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.
Full report at www.stevebodner.blogspot.com
Photo credit: Erik Simonson: www.pressure-drop.us
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!
Ron Kern blasting on Biscayne Bay
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.
Lisa Kremer of Worthington, MN racing in Miami
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James Douglass captured this boom’s eye view of sailing a formula board.
Come along for the ride.
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.
More @ www.stevebodner.blogspot.com
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