Windsurfer LT Update (May)

Progress

Australian commitments are now up to 142 with another 10 currently in discussion.

Availability

Cobra has built a third mold to keep up with international demand and so by delaying the shipment by 2 weeks we were able to completely fill the container and bring forward some of the delivery dates.

The first container with 123 boards will arrive in our warehouse on June 28th (unless there are delays in shipping/customs)

Board only

Anyone with an invoice number up to WL124 can have the board from this shipment.

Rigs

Because the boards have been brought forward by a few months we do not have enough rig parts as follows.

Sails

We have enough to go down to invoice WL87.

The sails for these orders are the green #1 or orange #5 that we offered you when we sent out the original information (see Update 2).

You can keep with that colour or specify now if you did not before.

Everyone now has the option if they wait until the end of August to choose from the second batch of sails (pictured below) Full Blue, Full Red, Naish, German Sunset, Orange Power or Angel White.

Windsurfer LT sails 2018

Windsurfer LT sails 2018

Booms

We have enough to go down to invoice WL87, the remainder will be here early August.

Mast Bases

We have none and they will not be here until early August, if you have a standard SDM mast base from a non Windsurfer board it will work

Masts

We have none and they will not be here until early August..

Payment

For the balance of the invoice for board only, to avoid delays, can you please make the payment by June 12th, as I will be away until July 2nd and the staff will not let any board be delivered without the balance being paid.

Shipping

In the first week of June I will contact everyone directly about their shipping costs and / or pick up at the warehouse.

Ordering

Anyone who has not yet ordered an LT but would like to, please email me at wwindgen@bigpond.net.au

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Windsurfer LT Update 4

Events:

I have just spoken to Bruce Wylie today about the progress of the project.

Cobra is about to produce a third mould to try to keep up with the growing demand. Edoardo in Italy has just ordered 250 boards.

Below is information about events in Italy, I am sure the Italians will help out with charter boards.

Windsurfer Class International Events

Windsurfer Class Italian Events

In September Windsurfing Japan will be running a regatta, I will chase up details.

In December there will be a regatta at Pattaya, in Thailand, I will chase up details.

In January the Australian Nationals will most probably be held in Sydney around the Australia Day weekend.

Availability:

We have now orders for 92 boards.

The June shipment is sold out, in fact over ordered.

I have ordered 50 more for September so if I don’t order more by the morning of April 16th there are only 8 available.

We will have to order for September 1st delivery by April 16th.

So we are asking for orders along with a $50.00 deposit by April 16th to secure your special offer board and to help us to determine the demand for the September shipment.

Email to me at wwindgen@bigpond.net.au for more details.

After that we will be ordering on June 14th for a late October delivery.

 

Clarifications:

Unlike the prototypes which some of you got to sail, there will be no raised rail pad, this is because it was about 50/50 like /dislike and it complicated production and the costs.

Some of you have never owned a modern board. The screw in front of the mast track is a breather hole – most modern styrenne foam core boards have it. It is there for to equalise pressure if the board heats up or is taken on a plane. Screw it down tight and don’t touch it unless you decide to leave it in a car on a hot day or fly with it. Never, have it open, when the board is wet or in a wet board bag as the water will be sucked into the board.

The Centre Board (CB) insert has a hole in it, if you want to have the CB non removable reverse the plate and put the pivot point in the hole, some schools will take this option for security.

Below are some pictures – there will be available a smaller plastic CB which does not project above the deck and a cover for schools. There is also a cover plate with a hand hold for Stand Up Surfing.

Windsurfer LT centre board, INSERTS: Centre board case , SUP carry handle

Windsurfer LT centre board, INSERTS: Centre board case , SUP carry handle

 

Best regards,

Greg Johns

Windsurfer LT News

Windsurfer LT Update 3

Distribution:

Just an update as to the growing interest in the Windsurfer Class.

In Australia we have about 74 orders already and 20 new people ( some are old members coming back).

There looks like we will be getting new fleets in Tassie, Adelaide and Perth.

Edoardo is going gang busters in Europe, in addition to the already fleets all over Italy he has enquiries from Spain, France, Germany, Holland and England, running out of enough boards may become the issue.

Bruce Wylie is near to appointing an American distributor where I have been fielding many enquiries.

There are even enquiries from South Africa where there was a large fleet.

Availability:

We are getting 2-3 orders every day , some have opted for September,  and now only have 4 boards available in June.

We will have to order for September 1st delivery by April 16th.

So we are asking for orders along with a $50.00 deposit by April 13th to secure your special offer board and to help us to determine the demand.

You can opt for a June or September delivery. Email to me at  wwindgen@bigpond.net.au for more details.

Best regards
Greg Johns

Windsurfer LT on the Web

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WINDSURFER LT Update 2

Correction:

It has come to my attention that unknown to me a few months before my meeting with Bruce and Vincenzo that Edoardo Thermes and Riccardo Giordano had already initiated the concept of the Windsurfer LT to Cobra and that is what started the ball rolling, so well done to the two of them and apologies from me.

Clarification:

“To assist a swift and smooth changeover for those who choose to do so, Windgenuity Sailboards will have until the 2019 Nationals the chance for class members to buy the new hull, CB and skeg for $750 including GST ex factory in Sydney.”

This is a one off special so that they can use their rigs on the new board at our cost price.

We have had many enquiries from people who have not been active in the class and don’t have rigs and others who have other styles of rigs and will not be taking part in the class.

For these people the complete price with rig, delivered to a capital city is $1999. So we will pay for the freight, or it can be picked up at the factory (Cromer in Sydney) for $1899.

For those that have a different rig to use on the Windsurfer the price is $1100 delivered to a capital city or it can be picked up at the factory for $1000.

New 2 Piece Mast

We are currently having two manufacturers tender to supply a 2-P mast for the Windsurfer LT, hopefully it will be available in June.

We don’t expect it to have any performance advantage over the current 1-P mast, only a convenience.

Board Bag

We will have in June a purpose built board bag for the Windsurfer LT it will be $150.

Small Sails

The Class is going to adopt a 4.0m and 4.5m dacron sail (1 head batten) which fit on the masts with an adjustable head and on the same boom by taking it to the shortest adjustment length. We have a few in stock.

Pricing

A retail price list for the LT parts / One Design parts is here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/d5itri2l04ersm5/Windsurfer%20LT_OD%20PRICELIST%202018.xls?dl=0

Availability

In the past few days we have had 47 enquiries, some have opted for September, and now only have 10 boards available in June.

We will have to order for September 1st delivery by April 16th.

So we are asking for orders along with a $50.00 deposit by April 13th to secure your special offer board and to help us to determine the demand.

You can opt for a June or September delivery. Email to me at wwindgen@bigpond.net.au for more details.

Best regards
Greg Johns

WINDSURFER LT Update

Further details have been revealed since our previous post  on the future WINDSURFER LT

Background

At the 2017 Nationals at Balmoral three of us got together to address the demise of light wind windsurfing on easily driven boards so that in many areas windsurfing has completely disappeared.

The high wind orientated wide boards with massive rigs has proven to not be the way to go with the majority of the market.

The Windsurfer LT has been designed to use the original rig.

The 3 initiators of this project have over 100 years combined in the sport, they are:

Bruce Wylie

1985 Windsurfer World Overall Champion

Professional Boardsailor

Cobra production manager

Vincenzo Baglione

Owner of Albaria Windsurfing Club which runs the Windsurfing World Festival for decades.

Greg Johns

Formed the Windsurfer Class Association of Australia in 1977

Authored the Yachting Australia TL7 National Windsurfing training scheme in 1979

Australian National Windsurfing Coach 1983 to 1996.

Owner of Windgenuity Sailboards since 1986.

We have also had the assistance of Italian Olympic windsurfer Riccardo Giordano and Edoardo Thermes in the design of the project.

An addition to the concept, is the opening up to all brands the opportunity to distribute the boards and rigs with their own branding. Thus bringing the industry together and giving it a world wide momentum.

Windsurfer LT

WINDSURFER LT DESIGN DRAWINGS AND DECK ARTWORK

Windsurfer LT

Length: 3.659 m (12 foot – same as Original Windsurfer)
Width: 73.9cm (65cm Original)
Volume: 229 litres (~200 litres Original)
Weight: 15 kg (~21.5 kg Original)

Australian Program

In Australia, at the 2018 Nationals the members were presented with the concept and the use of two prototypes, the meeting enthusiastically endorsed the new hull, centerboard and skeg.

It is expected that at the AGM in the next months it will be adopted for competition, with the older boards grandfathered and still to be able to compete.

To assist a swift and smooth changeover for those who choose to do so, Windgenuity Sailboards will have until the 2019 Nationals the chance for class members to buy the new hull, CB and skeg for $750 including GST ex factory in Sydney.

A custom board bag to suit the LT will also be available as part of the introductory offer for $150.

The first 5 boards arrive just before Easter and are sold, the next shipment will arrive in June.

Already without any direct promotion we have expressions of interest for about a third of the June delivery.

We will have to order for September delivery by April 16th.

So we are asking for orders along with a $50.00 deposit by April 13th to secure your special offer board and to help us to determine the demand.

You can opt for a June or September delivery. Email to me at wwindgen@bigpond.net.au for more details or to express your interest.

Regards,

Greg Johns