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40th Anniversary Nationals a huge success- Results now available

Balmoral Beach, one of Australian windsurfing’s spiritual homes, was the venue for the 40th Anniversary Windsurfer National championships held 26-29 January. The event, sponsored by Mobium and Namotu Island Fiji was a huge success and saw over 80 competitors come out of the woodwork to dust off their windsurfing skills, some from as far as Italy, Finland, Norway, USA and all states of Australia.

A full range of conditions, light, medium and heavy air provided a great test for bodies and board handling. Ages ranged from 14 to 70 with the fleet divided into weight divisions for men, juniors and a strong ladies division that included former Olympic representatives.

Tim Gourlay from WA was crowned overall men’s champion, with Dennis Winstanley from Hamilton Island in second and ex pat Canadian Josh Green from the Sunshine coast in 3rd. All of the top 3 demonstrating world class sailing and board skills.

Lanee Beashel, ex US Olympic sailboard representative, now from Lake Macquarie, dominated the women’s competition with a perfect score win across all disciplines. Local girl Melanie Webb, who hadn’t sailed since the 90s had a great regatta to come in second and Annalise Gilbert who has been busy sailing other classes came in third overall.

The Junior competition was won by Will Grimshaw from Melbourne with Max Paul, son of Mark Paul of Bombora fame, in second and Anthony Charlton from Lake Macquarie in third. What was great to see was the support the Juniors were getting and that four of the Juniors also had parents sailing in the same regatta.

For overall results including Course Racing, Slalom Freestyle Marathon and Pentathlon for men and women click here.

For Course Racing results  for individual divisions, click the division: Mens Lightweight; Mens Mediumweight; Mens Heavyweight; Women

Windsurfer Class is undergoing a revival and club racing is now possible in small fleets dotted around Australia.  “Yes Windsurfers are still doing it standing up and It’s great to see such a strong turnout for the 40th Nationals” said David West, Windsurfer Class Association President. “Especially those that have returned to the sport after many years, our young juniors, and those that have come from across the world. Young and old can join in the fun of a windsurfing regatta which includes round the buoys course racing, Slalom, Marathon, Freestyle and naturally some great comraderie and partying.”  

Greg Johns has been a driving force in the class since the original Australian Championship in 1977.  During the regatta’s 40th Reunion Party held at Cala Luna in Middle Harbour Yacht Club, he was presented with a well-deserved “Lifetime Legend” award recognising his unwaivering support and commitment to Windsurfer Class. Johns said “Windsurfer Class has, and continues to be a great training class for some of Australia’s most successful sailors.” 

The competition had a bit of everything with trophies not only awarded for excellence in windsurfing but also “Windsurfer Classic” awards which promote the unique spirit of windsurfing, the colourful characters and antics during the regatta. Steve “The Pirate” Martland from Magnetic Island was awarded 1st place Windsurfer Classic with his commitment to the pirate lifestyle and dress throughout the regatta.

Following the 40th Nationals success, local windsurfing clubs are expecting more interest and more sailors on their start lines. Balmoral Sailing Club, the host club of this year’s event, is now planning to run regular weekend Windsurfer racing.

The 2018 Nationals will be set in Victoria and another strong fleet is expected. For those wishing to get in some early training, the Windsurfer friendly Parkdale Yacht club in Melbourne is consistently having around 15 windsurfers in their weekly club racing on Sundays and welcomes new sailors.

 

 

80 competitors get set for the 40th Anniversary National Champs – Sailing Instructions available

We said the 40th Anniversary Nationals were going to be BIG!

We now have almost 80 competitors getting set for all the fun!… and after much anticipation, the Sailing Instructions have now been published, and along with the Notice of Race these documents are available from the links below.

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Final Notice of Race

WCAA NSW Championships Results-Excellent 2 Days of Racing

Eight tight races were completed in the NSW Championship, where lake sailors were unceremoniously introduced to chop and wind shadows of million dollar launches from Middle Harbour.

Fun was had by all ages with sailors ranging in age from their twenties to seventy.

An excellent hit out for those participating in the 40th Nationals at Balmoral Jan 26-29 2017.

Special thanks to Peter Tinworth, Phil West and all the Race Management Team.

Click the link for results by Division 20161204-nsw-windsurfer-championships-score-sheet-final-results-by-division

Click the link for results – overall fleet 20161204-nsw-windsurfer-championships-score-sheet-final-results-overall-fleet

Shopping or windsurfing? 2016 NSW State Championships December 3 and 4

What sounds better? Battling the hordes doing Christmas shopping or jumping on a wally in a moderate sea breeze on a summer’s day with water temp of 21°C!

The 2016 NSW State Championsips will be held December 3 and 4, hosted by the friendly and fun Middle Harbour 16′ Skiff Club. Races will be on the same waters as the 40th Nationals. What better way to practice!

This year, the event will be a 2 day course racing regatta with up to 8 races and  a demonstration freestyle event thrown in.

Following racing, enjoy a drink from the balcony bar as you and your fellow competitors bust out some freestyle moves and fails to give some extra christmas cheer.

You’ll need to be a member of the Association to enter.

Click here for the Notice of Race

Click here to enter now

Click here for Sailing Instructions

Reunion Party; save the date

A reunion party has been organised for Friday the 27th of January 2017 at Cala Luna at Middle Harbour Yacht club, Sydney.
Tickets will be approximately $60 per head and include a welcome drink and substantial finger food.
For more details or to buy tickets, email Amelia and Niki <ivshenko@bigpond.com>

Windsurfer Nationals 2014 gate mark