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

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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

2018 National Championships Summary

Day 1

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Port Phillip Bay was at its best and ready to accommodate the 49 eager Wally racers from Qld, NSW, Vic and SA, with an age range of 12 to 70. The wind speed was at 10 to 12 knots and building so course racing was scheduled for the day.

The competition was tight in the ideal conditions. Several races of windward return were held in the morning. After a quick lunch all headed back out for more course racing in a southerly breeze that peaked at about 18 kts with challenging waves to negotiate.

A great start to the regatta which was run impeccably by Nick Bez and the Parkdale Yacht Club crew.. The day finished with a welcome dinner at the Club House that was much appreciated by everyone.

Day 2

A clear blue sky with light SW winds in the morning. The free style competition area was conveniently located in front of the clubhouse. Making the clubhouse deck an ideal viewing platform. A PA system on the deck pumped out music continuously throughout the day and commentary during the free style event would have made Roy & HG proud. There was some excellent talent on display and Mark Lloyd finished off the session with a strip tease.

After lunch the SW wind had picked up and the slalom course was set up close to the shore in front of the club house. The format consisted of a double elimination (2nd chance) series. Without a doubt the highlight of the series was Mel’s kick-arse performance against the boys. The grand final race comprised of a few races to decide the Slalom winner.

The entertainment at club that night was charcoal bbq souvlaki dinner followed by a live band.

Day 3

Windsurfer Nationals 2018

Windsurfer Nationals 2018

The Marathon Race day. The race started in a medium strength SW breeze. The course consisted of a work, run (in line with the club house) and then a long reach along the length of the beach north towards Beaumaris, another work, run and then a return reach along the beach back to the club house.

The wind dropped off significantly after the first work. Which made the following run leg difficult in bumpy conditions with waves outrunning our boards. The remainder of the race was in light winds so it was a pumping race.

In the afternoon Greg John’s presented the new WINDSURFER LT board which will eventually be the base board for the windsurfer class. More details on the announcement are here.

Day 4

Saw a return to course racing but this time competitors were faced with 40 degrees of heat and a northerly wind that gusted from 5 to 15kts+  with massive direction shifts.  This made for  interesting races with many lead changes.

Standout performers were  Mark Lloyd and Will Grimshaw (actually a Junior too) in lightweights, Nic Bez and Tim Elliot in medium weight, Simon Jones and Scott Buckingham in heavyweights,  Paul Grimshaw and Gerald Nailon in Super heavyweights. The Women’s category was dominated by Mel Webb.

By early afternoon all racing was completed. No protests or unsavoury incidents so yet again this fleet is like a big happy family. Drinks and food at the clubhouse for the presentation that followed.

There were many tired but exhilarated sailors at the finish of a wonderful 4 day regatta. Bring on the next one.

The full competition results are available here: PDF

 

Future WINDSURFER BOARD revealed

The future WINDSURFER class board was revealed at the 41st Australian Windsurfer Class Championships. Two prototype boards were available for sailors to test. Note that the these are not the production boards.

The most important points in the announcement were :

  • Production of the original (plastic) windsurfer ceased last year
  • The new WINDSURFER is constructed like a Stand Up Paddle (SUP) board, ie styrofoam type core with epoxy deck
  • The board is wider. It can be used as a SUP board and there is a proposed insert to cover the centreboard cavity when used in SUP mode
  • The board is SIGNIFICANTLY lighter
  • The centre board is fully retractable
  • The deck has soft foam grip (like surfboard Gorilla Grip)
  • The forward half of the board is double concave and it flattens out on the aft half.
  • The design spec was to create a board that handles like the Windsurfer and can be used as an SUP.  Another interesting intention is that the board will become a common “white” board to be branded differently in other countries, ie  decked out with different graphics and rigs.
  • The idea for a new board was conceived a year ago and top sailors have tested several concept boards which iterated towards the prototype boards
  • The proposed name for the board is “WINDSURFER LT” , LT for light
  • The centre board pivot point construction is not finalised and may differ from the prototypes
  • The current Windsurfer rig will remain. A two piece mast will also be available
  • The target price for early adopters/association members will be in the order of $700

 

Video Q & A about new board with Greg Johns