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New Website for the Windsurfer Class Association of Australia ( and Dues R Due)

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Along with the arrival of the production WINDSURFER LT boards the official WCAA website will move to a new home being:

http://www.windsurferclassaus.com

This wordpress site will remain as an archive during this transition.

For those who purchased a Windsurfer LT at the WCAA member’s rate should now renew their WCAA membership for the 2018/19 sailing season.  The WCAA has recently changed the membership and regatta booking site away from TidyHQ (https://windsurferclassaustralia.tidyhq.com/).

WCAA Memberships and compulsory Third Party Liability insurance for any WCAA events may be purchased here:

http://www.windsurferclassaus.com/class–membership.html

NOTE: There is an option to purchase membership without TPL insurance. This is for sailors who have already paid the premium at Clubs which are affiliated with the Australian Windsurfing Association (AWA).

Future WINDSURFER LT and WINDSURFER class regattas will be organised using the Regatta Toolbox.  Follow the link and make a new login and profile for future events

https://www.regattatoolbox.com/join?associationID=6wLO0X2upo

 

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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

Twilight Windsurfer Racing

3eyeTwilight windsurfer racing will again commence on the first Wednesday after the October long weekend on the pristine waters of Iron Cove (Drummoyne/Leichhardt area) and continue up to Christmas. Racing restarts after the Christmas holidays and continues up the end of Daylight savings.

The race is a handicap start and open to all board classes. The racing is more social than serious, but there is a massive trophy for the winner

Registration is typically done on the first night. The typical format is :

  • Rigged by 6pm
  • Briefing (after first week, celebrate previous week’s winners)
  • Start countdown.

The race takes about an hour and there is an after race dinner up the street at Toto’s Pizza (Rodd Point).

Contact Greg McInnes (windsurfer@dobroydsailing.org)

AVOID DOUBLING UP:

The twilight racing registration fee in the past included membership to the Australian Windsurfing Association (AWA). Check when registering this season as AWA membership included third party liability insurance (TPL) and allowed you to apply and reserve a sail number for racing (eg AUS 2017) or maintain an existing number on the AWA database.  This can be used at WCAA events so you do not need to repurchase TPL insurance on the WCAA tidyclub ticketing site for events.

NSW Championships 4th, 5th November 2017

Save the date!

This years NSW Championships will be at South Lake Macquarie Sailing Club (SLMSC) at the town of Sunshine on beautiful Lake Macquarie.

The event is being held in conjunction with the Zhik single handed regatta and a Bic Techno Rippers event, so expect a great turn out and plenty of action on the water.  Plan your accommodation early!

Dates: 4th, 5th November 2017

Venue: SLMSC, Sunshine, NSW

Notice of Race:  http://slmasc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2017-Zhik-NOR-draft.pdf

How to enter:  Entry forms and fees are to be posted to South Lake Macquarie Amateur Sailing Club.  Entries received before 29th October are $40, late entries are $60.  The entry form and postal address can be found in the notice of race.

Windsurfer competitors must be current financial members of Windsurfer Class Association WCAA and have appropriate insurance to be scored and achieve a result in the NSW State Championships.  Membership and insurance information: https://windsurferclassaustralia.tidyhq.com

Accommodation:  A strictly limited number of tent camp sites will be permitted in the designated area adjacent to the clubhouse. A council imposed camping fee of $30 per tent site per night is payable to SLMASC at registration. A camping permit will be issued by the club and must be retained for presentation to LMCC Rangers who may call to check these. Toilet and shower facilities will be available 24hrs at the club. If you plan to camp at the club, it is strongly recommended that you telephone Diana Charlton on 02 4973 6162 to request a camp site in advance and then confirm your booking with your completed regatta entry by 29th October. Due to council restrictions the numbers of camp sites available are strictly limited, so sites will not be held after 27th October without a completed entry.

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.