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

 

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Sydney Series 2017 – 2018

Come and join us for the 2017-2018 Sydney Series – all welcome

Heat #1 November 25, 2017  Balmoral Sailing Club, The Esplanade, Mosman NSW 2088, with ‘Try Windsurfing’ and Bic Techno race series.   Briefing 10am.

Heat #2  Update!  Heat #2 has been postponed by one week for safety reasons.  The new date is Sunday January 21, 2018.  Narrabeen Lakes Sailing Club, The Esplanade, Narrabeen NSW 2101,

Heat #3  March 4, 2018  Woollahra Sailing Club, 2 Vickery Ave, Rose Bay NSW 2029, with Bic Techno.  Breifing 12:30, start 1:30 pm.

We’ll be using sailor’s rankings (1st, 2nd, 3rd..) from all three events (no drops) to crown the ultimate Sydney Champion.

You must be a current financial member of Windsurfer Class and have appropriate insurance to compete.

No separate series registration is required; just turn up and join in the fun.

Notice of Race (download)

Balmoral Beach Windsurfing

Series heat #1 Balmoral also features Try Windsurfing sessions for children and adults

Nov 25 2017 Try Windsurfing 9.30- 10.30 and 10.30-11.30 am, Balmoral Sailing Club.

Try windsurfing at Balmoral

 

NSW State Championship results

Rainy weather did nothing to dampen the spirits of the 15 competitors at last weekend’s NSW State Championships.

Actually those of us who chose to camp at the sailing club might have been feeling slightly “dampened” as we packed up our dripping tents on Sunday morning… But the breeze was good, the courses were fantastic and the hot chips afterwards were AMAZING!

The fleet was very competitive and included a nice mix of experienced sailors, new faces, young and old, male and female sailors from Sydney, the Central Coast and Melbourne.  We raced as part of the Zhik single-handed regatta at South Lake Macquarie Amateur Sailing Club on a trapezoidal course with Bic Technos, Bic Open Dinghies, Optimists and Flying Ants.  Nacras, Moths and Lasers raced nearby.  It was a really well run regatta, with a friendly, inclusive family vibe and super-professional race officers and boat crew.

Birthday boy Rob Jones (blue sail) and Stuart Gilbert on day 1 of the 2017 NSW State Championships.

Paul Ivshenko led the windsurfer fleet by a few points at the end of the first day, although the top 6 or 7 places changed constantly through every race.  A little more wind and steeper chop on the Sunday changed the pecking order slightly and Michael Lancey dominated, with Paul’s son Matt, Sam Treharne and Melanie Webb hot on his heels.   One point separated Paul and Michael before the final race, with Michael coming out on top to win the overall point score and the Medium-weight division.

The 1st Heavy-weight was Stuart Gilbert, 1st light-weight was Paul Ivshenko and 1st woman Melanie Webb.

Mat Hanaut sailed superbly in his first Windsurfer regatta, while his daughter joined the ‘try windsurfing’ session with the Little Rippers Bic team.

A special thanks to Walshy who organised the excellent glass-ware trophies and who had a disappointing regatta, ending Day 2 with the bottom of his semi-transparent board looking like an animated Monet painting because of all the water sloshing around under the skin.

Full results (pdf): 2017-11-nsw-championships-score-sheet

Michael Lancey, point score winner and first medium-weight, 2017 NSW State Championships

Zhik, sponsors of the regatta at SLMASC

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.