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.

2013 Nationals in Los Angeles

It’s just over 4 months until the 2013 US Windsurfing Nationals Championships in Los Angeles, CA.  Hosted by the Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club and organized by a dedicated group of Southern California windsurfers, this event is sure to be fantastic!

Tons of information is up on the event website at www.2013windsurfingnationals.com so you can start planning your trip.  Bring the whole family to see the sites in L.A., windsurf at Cabrillo Beach and compete at Nationals – all in one trip!  There will be Formula class racing as well as the possibility of having a variety of one-design classes (Kona, RS:One, Techno, etc) and a raceboard class depending on the number of registrants.  There will also be Slalom racing and a Freestyle competition. 

The organizers and th CBYC have gone above and beyond to make sure that this is a Nationals for everyone.  There are even a number of camping spots and motorhome parking spots available at the yacht club.  If you ever wanted to visit L.A. – this is your chance.  So make your plans now, register for the event and we’ll see you there!

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”

Ronstan Bridge to Bridge race- San Francisco, Ca

I tried to run the course a few days earlier in the week and develop a strategy based on the winds and tides along the city front and in the southern shipping channel. My goal was to stay in the breeze, gybe early if needed to and stay upright at all cost in the voodoo chop. Max ebb was a 4:54 with a 3.65k outgoing tide

I was becoming comfortable with my custom double chicken strap on the starboard 167 formula board through the disorganized chaos of chop and swell on the course.
This years starboard goes especially well off the breeze and Ive learned that it doesn’t need a big fin at all to stay powered.
My cut down 64cm kashy fin made the ride tolerable and even somewhat enjoyable.
The last piece of my quiver was the avanti 10.0 sail.
Despite being a light wind slalom sail- the sail blazes downwind.
Its my go to sail for sailing in most any condition on formula in the SF Bay.

68 other high performance sailing craft joined the fun for a 5:30 start.
Rumor had it 2 Ac 45′s were going to race plus l’hydropture- an amazing experiment in fluid hydrodynamics and all out sailing power. To give you an idea of what the hydropture is capable of- take the record they broke earlier in the week practicing speed runs on the SF Bay.

In winds just above 20 knots, the boat reached 44.5 knots driven by skipper Alain Thébault and with the CEO of America’s Cup team Artemis Racing, Paul Cayard, aboard. That’s more than 20 percent faster than even the bay’s high speed ferries (which run at 36 knots). In heavy wind the boat has a top end potential of 61 knots (more than 70 mph.)

I tried lining up with her earlier in the week and got spat out like a water melon seed in the turbulence of wind and water wake as they passed me like I was standing still.

During the line up during the pre start- it became obvious the boat wasn’t in a safe position with all the other kites and formula boards jetting in every direction. The took the wise move and started 5 min early for the safety of everyone around. No sight of the Ac45′s :/

That however still left the Aussie 18 skiffs and kite boarders to content with as well as a handful of other foiling trimaran powered kites, extreme 40 catamarans, and what not’s on the starting line.

The start was postponed as we waited for in inbound tug and an outbound freight to clear the starting area. The start line was set between the red nun buoy west of the south tower and a start boat set just north of mid span. The line was broken up into 3rds with the kite and formula boards starting in the most northern section of the line.

I knew there would be a mid line sag with the ebb and the fact the 2 mid boat lines were not sighting the line. I had Johnny Heineken just below me as we both squirted out from the pack 5 seconds early  and got a good jump on the pack at the start. I’ve sailed enough against Heineken that I know I can trap him, at least temporarily, by sailing beneath him and limiting his kite but I wasnt looking for any battles. I was just looking to go as fast as I could downwind 7.5 miles to the finish line set beneath the eastern most span of the Bay Bridge. Besides Ive given up on trying to beat the kites downwind while powered. They can go super deep. The only chance is when it lightens up and the formula board is back in the game again.


I continued on starboard tack off the line till around the St.FYC where I gybed back and could tell the top few kites had much deeper angles and I crossed just in front of the first skiff and held a good lead on the rest of the windsurfers. The pressure was starting to drop in the middle of the Bay so I gybed back and had a nice line just above Alcatraz.  There was a lot of disorganized chop and I was going between the chicken and the double chicken strap as the pressure went from 14-22k.
The tug that delayed our start was now bearing directly towards the finish line with the top few kites weaving around it. I choose to stay north where the pressure was as I didn’t want to get trapped on the south side of the tug where the city front winds could be lighter as we turned the corner towards the Bay bridge.

The move paid off as I was still in the hunt in the top 10. Gomes went down hard just in front of me as he dipped his edge of his kite in the water while trying to stay alive on his slalom style kiteboard.
A ton of different strategies on what works best on a strictly downwind course.
Sylvester used his 9.0 and 61cm fin for maximum efficiency.
Heineken, who was using a course board, 13m Ozone edge kite but smaller fins had walked away at this point and was nearing the finish line. I was making some gain on kiter, Adam Koch on his course board in the lighter stuff but one or two puffs carried him 100m deeper and out of reach. Nearing the finish the top skiff just crossed in front of me but I had better speed bearing away for the finish.
It was going to be really close.
We were overlapped at the finish with the skiff finishing at the pin and and myself at the boat end.
I looked around and was happily surprised I was able to get all the other windsurfers and about 90 seconds back from the winner.
With the kites taking the top 7 positions, the first skiff just edging me out, I sat in 9th overall.
Johnny Heineken a new course record with a time of 14 minutes and 14 seconds blazing deeper and faster than anything else on the course.

Steve Sylvester was the 2nd windsurfer about a min back from me with Eric Christianson following close behind.
You can always count on the St.FYC to throw a good party and awards after the final competitors are picked up, boards put away and sails rolled up.

Johnny’s secret- go fast and don’t look back!

Steve
USA-4

 

results

Past winners:
1998- McKee Brothers 49′er 27′-18″
1999- Bill Wier- windsurfer 25′-20″
2000- Vlad Moroz- windsurfer 21′-20″
2001- Rob Hartman- windsurfer 20′-20″
2002-Chip Wasson- kiteboarder 18′-04″
2003- Micah Buzianis -windsurfer 16′-23″
2004- Seth Besse -windsurfer 17′-10″
2005- Anthony Chazez- kitrboarder 17′-54″
2006- Jeff Kafka -kiteboarder 20′-28″
2007- Chip Wasson- kiteboarder 16′-30″
2008- Howard Hamlin- Aussie18 skiff 22′-25″
2009-John Winnning Ausie 18 skiff 19′-46″
2010- Michael C -Aussie 18 skiff 19′-44″
2011- Bernie Lake -kiteboarder (16′-15″)
2012-  Johnny Heineken -kiteboarder 14′-14″

 

Windsurfing in Waves and on Lakes in August

The Pacasmayo Classic wave event (the Peru stop on the AWT) and the Kona North American Championships in Minnesota both took place the last weekend of August.  Two very different disciplines of windsurfing in two very different locations – but the same fun and windsurfing stoke at both!

Kona North Americans in MN

The Kona North American’s were held on Lake Waconia, just outside of Minneapolis, MN.  Kona is a one-design class with everyone racing on the Kona One board and the one-design sail for their weight class (bigger sails for bigger folks).  The one-design concept along with the no pumping rule in the Kona class makes for tight, close racing.  With 50 people on the start line, the mark roundings were crowded and exciting!  Joachim Larsson and his daughter Kajsa from Sweden took first and second place overall, Arden Anderson, Steve Johnson and Adam Anderson rounded out the top five.  For more information on the Kona class check out www.konaone.com  The results broken down by class are as follows:

Women: 1st Kajsa Larsson, 2nd Karen Marriott, 3rd Jamie Keltz
Lightweight (7.4m sail): 1st Joe Marotti, 2nd Bruce Matlack, 3rd Jeff Adamski
Midweight (8.2m sail): 1st Joachim Larsson, 2nd Arden Anderson, 3rd Peter Hill
Heavyweight (9.0m sail): 1st Steve Johnson, Adam Anderson, Rob Evans
Super Heavyweight (9.8m sail): 1st Steve Calloway, 2nd Paul Matousek

Pacasmayo Classic

The Pacasmayo Classic was a departure for the American Windsurfing Tour crew – travelling all the way to Peru!  Camille Juban took first place, Tatiana Howard won the women’s and Fabrice Beaux won the master’s.  More stories, pictures and videos can be found at www.americanwindsurfingtour.com

Techno 293 Nationals & Kona New England Champs

Maximo Nores from Miami racing on the Techno 293

Forty-two windsurfers from as far as Mexico, Canada, California, and Florida attended the Techno 293 National and the Kona One Design New England Championships at Vineyard Haven Yacht Club August 1 & 2.  The Techno 293s were part of US Sailing’s Junior Olympic Festival.

 The Florida sailors proved tough to beat in the light winds, taking the top three places overall in the Technos and first in the U17, U15, and U13 age groups.  Five of the top sailors were traveling on to represent USA and Mexico at the Techno 293 World Championships in Medemblik, Holland where more than 350 kids, age 16 and younger, are racing in August.

 Jonathan Rudich won the hotly contested U17 Class and first overall with Olivia Mew (Canada) taking the U19, Geronimo Nores winning the U15, and younger brother Manu Nores taking the U13 age groups.  Emily King was the cream of the Silver Fleet in Techno 293s and will be moving to Gold Fleet in future events.  Nevin Sayre edged out 2012 ISAF Youth Worlds Representative, Margot Samson, in the twenty-two board Kona One Design Class for adults.

Kona Results

Techno 293 results