- 01 April 2009 | Windsurfing
As the sport grows and expands it makes sense to bring slalom windsurf racing back to Bonaire. Bonaire is proud to welcome the IFCA slalom Pro Kids Junior Worlds and Youth and Masters World Championships. The event will be held on Sorobon Beach, Bonaire from 12th to 18th July 2009.
The island is proud to add slalom racing to its annual event.
Bonaire offers perfect race conditions with water temperatures in the low 80’s.
Lac Bay is a protected area affording all racers safe and challenging courses. Bonaire has great pride for the unofficial national sport, windsurfing. The entire island warmly welcomes freestyle and slalom competitors in July.
Bonaire has a long seafaring history.
This Dutch Caribbean island is situated 70 miles from Aruba, 30 miles from Curacao and about 50 miles from Venezuela.
The island enjoys year round trade winds and is out of the hurricane belt making it a lovely year round sailing and watersports destination.
Locals have fished the waters for hundreds of years sustaining their lives living off of the sea. Boat builders still live on island preserving their lifestyle and culture crafting and maintaining their traditional Bonairean boats.
About 20 years ago a few locals took to the water on different sea vessels. The first windsurf board may have been brought to the island thanks to a Dutch sailor. He lent the board to an Antillean fisherman, Erwin Muller.
The rage caught on and others became windsurfers. These sailors included Elvis Martinus, Ernst Van Vliet, Bob Meldebom and Constantine Saragoza to name a few. They sailed offshore at the former Sunset Beach Hotel.
There were races to Curacao and even a few hardy souls windsurfed to Venezuela. Since the advent of windsurfing on this island of 14,000 people windsurfing is now big. The island is proud of their pro windsurfers who travel the world to compete and represent Bonaire.
- 31 March 2009 | Windsurfing
Last Thursday night, sailing history was made when Macquarie Innovation powered down the 500 meter course at Sandy Point, Australia at an average speed of 50.43 knots.
Macquarie Innovation reached a maximum speed of 54.23 knots (100km/hr) in winds of only 24 knots and became the first sailing boat in the world to complete an official 500 meter run in excess of 50 knots.
Macquarie Speed Sailing Team is now preparing the record claim for ratification by the sport's governing body - the World Sailing Speed Record Council.
- 30 March 2009 | Windsurfing
About 38 windsurfers and six kitesurfers took full advantage of yesterday's blustery Wellington morning for their annual "Harbour Blast" race around Matiu/Somes Island.
It was the first time in the history of the decades-old race that kitesurfers had taken part - though they had to start later than their water-bound colleagues for safety reasons.
Race officer Bob Zuur, of Wellington Windsurfing Association, said racers took off from Hikoikoi reserve in Petone about 11am and finished at Eastbourne some 25 minutes later.
Contestants James Court and Jimmie Fourie, both of Wellington, took out the board and kite sections respectively - though it was not clear by last night which of the two had completed the course faster, Mr Zuur said.
Conditions had been "close to ideal" and the match-up between the two wind codes would hopefully lead to more joint events, he said. "There's quite a bit of competition between the two . . . They're kind of like Aussies and Kiwis."
Wellington had once been too dangerous for a lot of kitesurfing but rapid advances in technology had made the sport much safer on the gusty harbour, he said.