With winter on its way in many parts of the United States…..it’s time to start thinking about ice sailing! And in February of 2012 (just 4 months from now) the World Ice & Snow Sailing Championships will be held in the Upper Penninsula of Michigan in the town of St Ignace. There will be classes for windsurfing rig powered, kite powered and hand held wing powered ice craft. For more information check out http://www.wissa2012.com/ Get your friends together and make your plans – let’s have a big turn out from folks from the US!
The North American slalom title is up for grabs in Miami in October! See all the details at http://www.windsurfingtour.com/?p=4153
College windsurfing is back in the United States! The University of South Florida, St Petersburg is hosting the 2011 ICSA Windsurfing Fall Invitiations on November 5 & 6. College students attending a school that is a member of the ICSA are invited to attend and racing will take place on the Kona One-Design board and rig. Put your college on the windsurfing map!
2011 ICSA WINDSURFING FALL INVITATIONAL – KONA DIVISION – PROMOTIONAL REGATTA
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA, ST. PETERSBURG, FL, NOVEMBER 5-6, 2011
NOTICE OF RACE
This is an open event with a limited number of entries therefore registering early is utmost important. The regatta will be governed by the ICSA Rules, the ISAF rules and the Kona Class Rules.
DATE: November 5-6, 2011
RSVP: Please RSVP as soon as possible, but no later than 5:00pm Friday, October 21, 2011 to Gonzalo Crivello at firstname.lastname@example.org
HOST: University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, FL
REPORT TIME: 9:00 am
SKIPPERS MEETING: 9:15 am
BOATS: Kona Windsurfer
ROTATION: Rotations will be distributed at the skippers’ meeting.
FORMAT: Will be distributed at the skipper’s meeting.
LUNCH: All teams should come prepared with ample food for the day.
Teams should be prepared to be on the water all day and away from shore for the duration of the day.
NOTES: All competitors must be registered with the ICSA individual Directory.
ICSA Eligibility Requirements are in affect
Bring a Nalgene bottle. We will have water coolers on the water for you to refill.
Do not bring plastic water bottles from the supermarket.
If you bring Gatorade, bring 1-gallon jugs that you can use to refill a Nalgene.
DIRECTIONS AND PARKING: Directions can be found on the college website.
There is ample parking available at the College of Marine Science, east of the Waterfront.
CONTACT: Gonzalo Crivello 727-415-0038 cell, email@example.com
The 2011 Maui Slalom Series had great racing and great wind! You can see the full results from the 2011 Maui Slalom Series at http://www.mauiraceseries.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Results20110730.pdf and read the full report from Maui Sails team riders at http://www.mauisails.com/news.php?id=291 .
The American Windsurfing Tour Cactus Cup kicked off a couple days ago in Baja. It looks like the competitors are getting great conditions and having a blast! You can see pictures and results at http://americanwindsurfingtour.com and check out competitor Tanya Saleh’s blog for a first hand look at the event at http://tanyak297.blogspot.com/2011/08/awt-cactus-cup-punta-san-carlos-baja.html
Its not often you can get the best of both worlds but this past week I think it just happened.
With 150 Techno-293 charter boards, BIC Sports set up camp at crissy field for the biggest windsurfing competition the US has seen in over 20 years.180 junior windsurfers form 29 different countries took part in the Youth and Junior Windsurfing World Championships, hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club.
I think the average age of the St.FYC was lowered by 40 years as the under 17 and under 15 year old kids took over the starting line room and main courtyard the entire week. One foreign junior windsurfer even remarked. “not only did they let me in the club but an old guy in a blue blazer even asked me how my racing went!”
The Techno 293 class is doing something right- charter boards, social activities after racing and even an unofficial ‘round the rock race‘ after the official course racing was done on Sunday for the complete Alcatraz and San Francisco Bay experience. They also made sure to have a professional videographer to document the whole thing. The result- a professional looking media package that went out to thousands of viewers every day.
The opening ceremony saw a special appearance from the visiting prime minister of New Zealand who greeted his fellow country men and wished them luck at the competition. After a full flag procession of 29 countries through the yacht club, the regatta was open and the big breeze followed. For 3 days on 2 different courses, the fleets battled a big flood tide and winds up to 25k. Local San Francisco Bay 15 year old windsurfing prodigy Marion Lepard (US-143) led the charge with a string a bullets in the U-17 girls fleet. Her biggest foe was about to come as the the last 2 days of the regatta saw a lighter and more flukey breeze.
At the end, it was the British team of windsurfers who swept almost every class from the U15 to U-17 placing at least 2 sailors in the top 3 in most of the 5 classes. Twin sisters- Imogen Sills (GBR 561) and Saskia Sills,(GBR 956) managed to get between Marion on the last day and the US star had to settle for 2nd. In the boys U-17 fleet, it was 1-2 for the UK Team placing Kieran Martin (GBR 926) and Adam Purcell (GBR 62) juat ahead of Bell BAZ (ISR 619.) In the U-15 girl class Emma Wilson (GBR 961) overtook Shai Blank (ISR 951) and Emily Hall (GBR714) to take home yet more hardware for the UK team. The U15 boys saw Mattia Onali (ITA134) above Artiom Javadav (BLGR 766) and Mikita Tsirkun (BLG 714) on the podium. The French team led the open class with sailors over 17 sailing the same BIC Techno 293 one design board and rig. Julien Bouyer (FRA 192) and Marc Lavaud (FRA 434) took the line honors above Alejandro Monllor (PUR1.) Despite the raceboard class having a small fleet, it was Vincent Uegenin (SUI9) on top above Fernando Consorte (ARG 155) and Jean Asia (FRA 171)
Win, lose or draw, Im betting you’ll see most of these windsurfers competing for years to come. The grin on their faces was ear to ear and thats something that hard to wipe off an impressionable 16 year kid in a wetsuit surrounded by 179 of his new closest friends.
Kudos to the 110 volunteers and professional race crew at the St.FYC for pulling off one of the best regattas Ive seen in a long time. Hopefully a sign of things to come!
Photo credit: Shawn Davis & David Wells
Over 150 kids from all over the world are competing in San Francisco this week for the Techno 293 World Championships! You can read what Margot Samson (Windsport Magazine’s 16 year old correspondent) has to say at www.windsport.com and you can see results at the event website at www.techno293worldchampionship.org. And don’t miss the daily videos, posted at http://www.techno293worldchampionship.org/media/video-gallery.html
The 2011 US National Championships are coming up quick – July 11-16! You can get a sneak peak of who is registered at http://www.waterhound.com/windsurfing/us-nationals/3919-who-is-racing-this-year.html.
It looks like it’s going to be a killer event, with plans for Formula and Slalom racing and a Freestyle event! We just got word that Darren Rogers will be running the racing on the water – so quit postponing and sign up now at https://regattalog.com/byc/natsurf2011
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The series of events that makes us all wish we were in Maui is happening now! There are three events left in the 27th annual Maiu Race Series this summer - the Maui Fin Co Open July 2 at Kanaha Beach Park, the Quiksilver Cup July 16 at Kanaha Beach Park and the Neil Pryde Hawaii State Championship, July 30 at Kanaha Beach Park. You can see all the results, pictures and more details at www.mauiraceseries.com . Get out and race!
The inaugural US SAILING Roadshow will be making stops at sailing organizations from Maine to Virginia to participate in a variety of events including regattas, junior clinics, and community outreach programs, adult learn to sail seminars, and other sailing events. Check out the Roadshow blog at http://ussroadshow.blogspot.com/ . If you are in the area when they come through – go check out the styling trailer and Bic Techno 293s in person!
The 2011 Double Tree by Hilton at Berkeley Marina US Windsurfing National Championships are quickly approaching! With less than two months to go until the event now is the time to sign up!
The 2011 DoubleTree by Hilton at Berkeley Marina US Windsurfing National Championships has opened for registration!
It’s time to save some money and register early for what promises to be a spectacular regatta of Freestyle, Slalom, Techno, and Formula Windsurfing action in the infamous waters of San Francisco Bay this July 11 through the 16th. By registering early you can save some significant dollars as registering closer to the event start date will incur you some additional costs and with Slalom, Freestyle, and Course racing filling up the agenda you’ll want to save those dollars for exploring the incredible cities of Berkeley and nearby San Francisco.
Did we say save money? Yes! In fact this year’s title sponsor, The DoubleTree by Hilton at the Berkeley Marina, is located just steps away from the official event site and is offering competitors, and their families, discounted rates for staying at the Hotel. Act quickly however as rooms at these rates won’t last long!Calling all Techno sailors! The Nationals organizers have worked closely with the upcoming Techno Windsurfing Worlds Organizers to provide and incredible opportunity for sailors to prepare for the World Championships (July 19-24) by getting in some training time on San Francisco Bay prior to the Worlds. That’s right the 2011DoubleTree By Hilton at Berkeley Marina US Windsurfing National Championships has Techno Divisions just for you! The Techno Worlds start 3 days after the Nationals wrap up so there is no better way to be ready than joining in! So get a leg up on your competition and put the 2011DoubleTree By Hilton at Berkeley Marina US Windsurfing National Championships on your calendar today.
Note to Techno Sailors – The DoubleTree By Hilton at Berkeley Marina is about a 30-35 minute drive to the Event site (Crissy Field) for the Techno World Championsh