DoubleTree by Hilton At Berkeley Marina Signs As 2011 Title Sponsor of US Nationals

It’s been a while since Windsurfing has signed up a large out of industry sponsor to support its premiere US racing event, the US Windsurfing National championships but times are a changin’.

As companies have come to realize however there is almost no more effective advertising spend than one that truly compliments and supports its patrons. We all know windsurfers are a nomadic bunch crisscrossing the globe in search of the best winds and the folks over at the DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina know this too. So it was no surprise when National Championships lead organizer, Jane Morson, announced the signing of the DoubleTree by Hilton at the Berkeley Marina as this year’s title sponsor.

“Organizing, and also being behind the scenes help at Windsurfing events for a number of years, I have tried to listen and learn from what attendees have had to say. ” says Morson. “There always seemed to have been accommodation problems, and this year we have solved this for everyone”.

The 2011 Windsurfing National Championships are set to fire off in Berkeley July 11th through the 16th of this year and with DoubleTree by Hilton having one of its own hotels sharing the land just down the road it made perfect sense that the hotel would want to be in on the action. The hotels picturesque resort-like setting is accentuated by the stunningly appointed facility and the hotel is ideally situated at right at the Berkeley Marina (pictured at right). These racers can look forward to a plethora of discounts in the form of discounted room rates, discounted food and beverage, and even free parking. When combined with the hotels panoramic views of the San Francisco cityscape and astonishing Golden Gate Bridge views it’s going to be an event to remember for those taking up the DoubleTree on these generous offers. (pictured belo left an example of the rooms racers can look forward to.

The US Windsurfing National Championships, now known as the DoubleTree by Hilton at the Berkeley Marina 2011 US Windsurfing National Championships, will be celebrating the 35th anniversary this year of its return to Berkeley, and it could be the start of a rebirth that launches windsurfing back in to the limelight.

Morson continues “It has been an absolute pleasure working with the DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina’s, Director of Sales & Marketing, Brooke Meyer, and it was my complete honor when they signed on to support the event. I look forward to seeing everyone at this year’s Nationals.”

Interested in attending the event? Click Here to reserve your room at the DoubleTree by Hilton at Berkeley Marina.

This year’s event promises to once again bring big winds and wild water the San Francisco bay is famous for but the highlight just may be the complimentary warm chocolate chip cookies waiting for you when you get there!

The notice of race is posted at http://www.formulawindsurfing.org/nor.php?id=129

About the Berkeley Yacht Club

Berkeley Yacht Club is in the Berkeley Marina, on the south side of the harbor entrance channel. The club was founded in 1939, and the clubhouse was built by members between 1940 and 1974. The clubhouse includes a bar, lounge, and dining facilities, and the bar and lounge areas feature a spectacular “three-bridge view” of San Francisco Bay.There is a guest dock, but the club does not provide permanent berthing. Berkeley Marina is a municipal marina, operated by the City of Berkeley.

There are approximately 250 active members. BYC was among the first yacht clubs in the Bay Area to become entirely non-smoking in 1992.

BYC runs a very active racing program, as well as club cruises once a month, formal and informal parties, dinner meetings, lectures and race clinics. The Commodore’s Ball, Halloween Party, Amateur Performance Nights, and various other special social events span the full range of party styles and tastes.

Berkeley Yacht Club prides itself on being an active participant in supporting the community in which we live. For many years we have had a junior program in conjunction with the Berkeley Boosters focused on introducing at-risk or disadvantaged youth to boating.

Berkeley Yacht Club uses minimal professional staff. Bartenders are usually members, and when there is no bartender on duty the members are free to serve from the bar themselves. Members have keys to the club, and in contrast to many other yacht clubs that are closed during most of the week, BYC can be opened any time by members who wish to use the lounge, bar, or kitchen facilities.

Interested in attending the event? Click Here to reserve your room at the DoubleTree by Hilton at Berkeley Marina.

Florida Kicks off Race Season

This coming weekend marks the first windsurfing regatta of the new year!  The Alex Caviglia Bluewater Classic will be held in Miami from January 15-17.  You can see information about the event and photos and results will be posted at www.cavigliafoundation.org

February 25-27 is a race in Sarasota, FL (you can find more info at (www.mswindsurfing.com), followed by the Banana River Windsurfing regatta and clinic and the Kona North Americans from Feb. 28 to March 6 (more info at http://www.progressivesports.com/banana_river_race.php). 

All of these events are part of the National Race Tour, so get a few events under your belt and on your way to a top of the fleet finish for the season!

RS:X, Formula and Kona racing in Florida

US Windsurfing Announces Greenlayer Sports as Official Apparel Partner

 US Windsurfing is proud to announce an apparel partnership with Greenlayer Sports. Based in Portland, OR, just an hour from the Gorge, Greenlayer Sports is a leader in eco-friendly technical apparel, from recycled polyester performance tees to lightweight jackets, hoodies, beanies, and fleece. Their high- performance line blends function and comfort, and is equally suited for cross-training or relaxing post-session. All US Windsurfing members will receive 30% off all items in the Greenlayer Sports online store, as well as opportunities to purchase exclusive US Windsurfing branded apparel (coming soon). US Windsurfing-affiliated teams, clubs, and events will be eligible for preferred pricing for team/event merchandise; please email sales@green-layer.com to find out more.

Start enjoying your discount today: visit http://store.green-layer.com/ and start shopping! You have to be a member of US Windsurfing to get the discount- so e-mail info@uswindsurfing.org to check your membership status and get the discount code!

November stoke

I knew it was going to be a good day when the fog horn woke me up Wednesday morning.

Like an old familiar friend, I recognized its voice cutting through the cold damp San Francisco morning.

The chill hit me when I walked to my van and packed up my board for the day.

Work came and went but my mind was on the water.

By 3:30 I was rigging up at crissy field as the sun peaked in beneath the layers of fog.

The ride up was as smooth as butter. Flat water and 12-16 knots straight from the west.

Perfect conditions for formula windsurfing.

Soheil and I disappeared into the white, dodging incoming freighters, outgoing ferries and this season’s first crab boats masking their way in the San Francisco Bay.

Wells and Rathle were already on call paddling their SUP boards in the outer line up- just beyond Fort Point.

In sets of 3s and 4′s, the incoming swells would punch through allowing for a decent run up and surf down their faces. At the last critical moment you could gybe off, accelerating as you carved down and shoot off to the left as the wave peels right and enters a windless zone just west of the fort point.

Its a fine line of either or…

If you gybe too late you get sucked into a windless vacuum with the next set looming and the surfers taunting.

Soheil wasn’t so lucky and had to swim his gear out twice.

I played it cautious but scored on my first run catching of huge wake of a crab boat and surfing it it for almost a minute into the Bay.

David and Jean were catching wave after wave on their SUP boards and caught a few runs on camera as Soheil and I gybed around them.

Good Times!

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We got great runs for at least another 30 min in 12-16k gybing between the south tower and Ft. Point catching the incoming swell. Every so often, a set would come in a surprise me as I looked back to see wall of breaking waters and Wells and I sharing the same wave on an SUP and Formula windsurfer.

Time to gybe…

Kona Worlds Wrap-Up

The racing was terrific, the people great, the wind strong and everyone is now exhaustedly on their home. 

Check out Margot Samson’s report at www.windsurfingtour.com

Swedes… I met Adam Holm and Erik Bertilsson in Martigues this past summer at the Bic Techno World Championships. We were waiting for the Mistral winds to die down a bit and came to chat about the Kona Worlds in November. I told my friends that in contrast to the difficult conditions we were experiencing there, the regatta in Miami would be a leisurely one and that their most important piece of equipment would be their suntan lotion. I think they were slightly disappointed.

Final results are at http://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_regatta_results.php?regatta_id=3408

And don’t miss the video from day 4! 

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Kona Cold Front

The frist cold front to bring strong winds to Florida came rushing through on day three of the Kona World Championships in Miami!  With the gusty, shifty 20-25 knots and dropping temps another three races were run.  Julian Scalabrin and Dominique Vallee are battling for first place overall with Britt Viehman currently the first American.  You can see full results at http://www.mycyouthsailing.org/calendar.php.  Check out the great videos from day two and three below!

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Hard Core Kona!

Two days of racing into the 2010 Kona World Championships in Miami – and there are lots of sore muscles, tired bodies and big smiles! 

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Day one saw big winds and bigger swell on the race course.  The folks who came from flatwater sailing spots found the shore break and on-shore wind intimidating and the 4-5 foot swells that rolled down the course made the starting line a bit chaotic at times.  Three races were completed and it was extreme Kona racing – even for the race committe who overcame technical difficulties with the committee boat by running the races from a small inflatable coach boat.  They were as wet and tired at the end of the day as the racers!

For our second day, the lighter off shore breeze and flatter water was a welcome change for most.  Four races were completed for everyone, including the younger kids who stayed on the beach on day one.  The women’s fleet proved that it is fast to sail like a girl with three or four women in the top ten finishers in every race!

You can read more reports at http://www.waterhound.com/kona-windsurfing-world-championships-miami.html, check out results at http://www.mycyouthsailing.org/calendar.php and enjoy the video from the first day (courtesy of Patrik Pollak).

Kona Windsurfing World’s come to South Beach!

Kona World Championships 2010
Miami Beach, Florida November 1st. to 7th.

It is all set for a highly competitive and historical World Championships, with 80 competitors from 3 continents. The class is divided into four weight groups plus the ladies and cadet divisions -and with different sail sizes carefully tuned to match the (weight) divisions, ensuring even probabilities for all.

 
It makes the Kona One class the first in the history of windsurfing to eliminate a “sweet spot” or weight advantage of any particular group. This is significantly adding to the excitement – as it allows all weight groups to compete at equal terms in one big fleet, rather than having separate starts for each division. Likewise, it simplifies the organization and boost the recognition of the overall and true champion.

In contrast to all other windsurfing classes, propulsion (pumping) is strictly prohibited and due to its unique versatility and superb light wind performance – no minimum wind limit is required – which always guarantee successful events for sponsors and organizers.. Easy accessible, the class is attracting windsurfers of all ages and sizes, and this years Worlds will again see competitors from 10 years of age to veterans in the mid 60′s. Sailors from 40 kilos to super heavy weights – from ex Olympic and world champions to fresh youngsters, all in one class.

It is difficult to pick any favorites among the many seasoned sailors from Europe, USA, Canada, and Australia, but we believe this years Swedish Champion and young talent Adam Holm (15) will be a difficult customer to keep up with. In the ladies division the hot names at the moment are Kajsa Larsson (SWE), Manuela Buch (GER) Dominique Vallee (CAN) and Fanny Baumann (SWE).

The excitement is steadily growing as we get closer to this years main event at sunny South Miami Beach. It is in the experienced hands of the prestigious Miami Yacht Club. Not only will it be a spectacular event in tropical surroundings but also a historical one, in co-operation with the one and only Original Windsurfer Class. It is all set for the happening of the year, battling it out for the Kona World title and the Classical Windsurfer Freestyle and Slalom Cup’s for those who can handle it all.

See you there.

You can find the notice of race at http://www.mycyouthsailing.org/calendar.php

 

the fog chronicles…

Wednesday’s midweek after work session on the SF Bay @ crissy field was about as San Francisco as you can get. A chilling reminder that 4 days of summer heat was more than enough and the curmudgeon – aka the marine layer – was back in town.
The fog was deeply embedded through the golden gate- leaving only the San Francisco city front and Marin headlands to the north exposed to the brilliant sunshine trying penetrate through thick chilly pacific fog. As I drove into the city from Sausalito, the mid span was a fully engulfed with wind and fog. My van shifted in its lane with the each gust.
The iwindsurf app on the dash was reading 20+.
Peering down to Ft Point before I got the the toll booths, I saw nothing but white.

As I pulled into Crissy field, Tom & Soheil were already rigged their 10.0′s.
I followed suite with my 9.5.
3 identical mikes lab formula boards sit aligned ready to take on the Bay.
No chatter. Suit up and hit the water.
Its September- don’t forget the winter hat!

A few pumps and we were off blazing downwind at 20k+ in the flat water flood near shore towards the imminent fog bank lurking a few hundred feet away. Once at X- the tide line was amiss with square voodoo chop and random breaking swell.
The sheep were out of the paddock !
I flew over the backsides of the chop and waves with my back foot deeply planted in the double chicken strap for control. A quick scan of the chop in front of me let pick a decent face to carve back on.
Effortless is the only word that comes to mind when gybing a MLab in these conditions. Soheil and Tom are engaged in a gybing duel down the city front as I come fully lit in from the fog bank. Crossing ahead, I gybe in the butter smooth flood and sunshine washing the waters just in front of the GGYC.
The gods are smiling with 15-20k.
We work our way down past the harbor, past marina green and past Fort Mason in the time it takes to down a shot.
Painful but pleasant!
We arrive at the aquatic park which is bathed in a illuminating pink and orange glow as the setting sun peeks in below the fog.
30 seconds later overlapped and grinding upwind on port tack we are back in the fog.
So thick- you cant see the guy next to you 25′ away but rather listen to hear if the chatter from his board is getting closer or further away.
I look over my shoulder to see Soheil clearing a set of chop with his 70 cm fin fully out of the water. Tom is pulling to weather with his BB (aka big boy fin) from F4.
I hike harder and rail the board to get an edge and the kashy 70 I am riding finds a 5th gear- matching the angle and pulling ahead with speed.
The fog horns penetrate the marine layer from somewhere to windward.
Time to tack.
We line up again on starboard tack heading back towards the city front and out of the fog.
The voodoo chop is tamer the further we go until we reach the seawall where the flat flood tide is smooth as silk.
It quickly becomes apparent that shifting gears and standing the rig up in the lighter winds becomes advantageous. Soheil and I gain as we switch to our front hands on the uphaul vs the traditional 2 handed boom grip.
10 seconds later it’s time to tack.
The last 2 minutes of hard work and extra 2 board lengths of ground that you gained can be wiped clean if you blow your tack.
I’m a bit slow to make the transition and Tom flawlessly flops over to take advantage of the leeward position and is putting the pressure on again.
I dont have the room it takes to wind the fin up so I duck below Tom and begin with clear air.
Its not until we reach the fog bank again that I catch up with speed and angle.
Time to tack!
Our practice continues until we loose one another in the fog.
Tom bails and Soheil and I do another lap down to the aquatic park trading gybes and tacks along the city front while ducking in and out of the fog and tide line.
It doesn’t get much better for a wednesday.

Steve

USA-4

www.stevebodner.blogspot.com

Midwest Speed Quest 2010

3rd fastest so far - Arden Anderson

2010 has been a great year for the Midwest Speed Quest on Lake Okabena, Worthington Minnesota. This Windsurfing GPS Speed Sailing Event runs through October 15th. The Racing Schedule is open during this time, and the racer may choose the day he wishes to Speed Sail.

 Each year we pay over $3000 in CASH PRIZES, yet there are no fees of any kind The racer may enter as many times as they wish. This has been a popular format.   The racer with the Best Ten Second Speed will win $1000 CASH, 2nd is $500, 3rd is $250, 4th is $125, and 5th is $75.

 The Best Alpha 500 Meter Speed (the average speed through a 500 meter jibe) will win $500 CASH. Second wins $250, 3rd is $125, 4th is 75, and 5th is $50. Alpha Racing is new in the USA, but is popular in other Countries. This is great way to recognize those Windsurfers with superior jibing ability.

 Thank to the generosity of our Sponsors, we have also been able to provide demo gear to all visiting Racers. This includes KA Sails (WIndsurf Deal, California), two Carbon Art Boards (Carbon Art International, New Zealand), Vector Fins (Vector Fins Maui, Hawaii), and Gath Helmets (Murrays Sports, California), and DAKINE

 On May 1, the lead was taken early by David Knight  of Fridley Minnesota. He used the KA Koncept  6.6 Sail and Carbon Art SL62 Slalom Board and Vector 28 EX fin. He recorded a personal record with a Ten Second Run of 32.8 knots, and a Max 2 Second Speed of 33.52 knots.  On the same day, Ed Melechson of Papillion Nebraska sailed into Second Place, entering a personal best of 30.8 knots sailing the KA Koncept 5.8 Sail.  David won a Gath Helmet. Ed won a Gath Helmet and $100 CASH!

15 year old Magnus flying

On August 29, Andrew Anderson of Oakland California took the lead, with new personal best 10 Second Speed of 35.4 knots, with a Max Speed of 37.64 knots. Andrew was sailing the Neil Pryde RS Sail, the Carbon Art SL75 Slalom Board, and Vector Rockit Fin.  Arden Anderson of Fon du Lac Wisconsin is in 3rd place with a speed of 32.73 knots, and a Max Speed of 33.64. Arden used a Vector EX Fin.  Adam Anderson is now in 4th Place with new personal best 10 Second Speed of 31.2 knots, and a Max Speed of 33.12 Knots, also using a Vector EX Fin.   5th Place is now held by Ed Melechson.  Sixth Place is held by 15 year old Magnus Zaunmueller of Beaver Dam Wisconsin.  He was sailing the KA Koncept 4.4 Sail, the Carbon Art SP53 Speed Board, and Vector EX 32 Fin. This was his first attempt at Speed Sailing, and using the Koncept Sail. The conditions were challenging with the gusty winds and heavy chop. He also set a new personal best 10 Second Speed was 27.12 knots; and a Max Speed was 29.33 knots! Magnus won $100 CASH and a Gath Helmet!  Ken Gacke of Brandon SD hold 7th with a personal best of 26.88, and a Max Speed of 27.85.  Jeff Hegwer of Mason City Iowa has 8th place, Jason Swanson is in 9th.

New personal best speeds were also recorded by Wayne Anderson, Piotr Waszczuk, Jim Magnuson, Arnie Cleveland, and Niels Zaunmueller. Congratulations!!!

 Thank you US Windsurfing for supporting the Midwest Speed Quest year after year!

 See our Web Site for complete information, more photos,  and up to date Race Results.

http://www.midwestspeedquest.com