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

 

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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

 

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