Monthly Archives: August 2014

Dennis’ Tips – Sailing to windward

First of all I would like to congratulate the people involved in the setting up of this web page as I believe it will help to improve communication and correspondence for current and future windsurfer class sailors.  Secondly, thanks for reading this blog!  I hope it’ll help you to be a better sailor, or at least try some new techniques.

I myself have been sailing windsurfer class for 34 years now, and have competed in local, state, national and international events. Over the years there have been slight changes to the equipment in materials and shape of sails and boards.  All in all the way and style of sailing the “wally” hasn’t changed that much (for me anyway).

Here is the start of some helpful tips that may help people who are new to the class, or people having trouble with certain aspects of sailing this board.

Dennis’s Tips are so invaluable that we’ve created and entire Section for them. His first tips can be found here Windward Settings

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Frozen Feet and Hot Pies in Sydney’s Inner West

Dobroyd Aquatic Club Winter Series 2014

The pies were hot, the beers were cold, the race committee were rugged up on the deck of the club, from where they start all the races, regardless of wind direction, which certainly makes it easier to get volunteer race officials.

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The final afternoon of the DAC Winter Sailing was a hypothermia-inducing 10 to 25 knot Sou-Wester and a fitting end to a windy and mostly sunny series. With around 15 sailboard entries plus Tasers, Spirals, Herons and Optimists, there was plenty of action on the water for the four afternoons that made up the series. Windsurfer class stalwarts Martin Stone and Roger Crawford gave the race-boarders a run for their money on the gusty days, while Karen Murden just wished she had got around to buying some booties to keep her feet warm. An excellent way to shake off the winter cobwebs!

Windsurfer One Design results: (1) Martin Stone, (2) Roger Crawford, (3) Karen Murden.