- 22 December 2008 | Windsurfing
The prestigious Sail Melbourne regatta, part of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, has concluded with New Zealanders claiming podium finishes in nearly every class entered, as well as a number of top ten successes.
Andrew Brown won the International Moth division, winning three races. He was three points ahead of second placegetter Robert Gough of Australia.
Mike Bullot placed second in the Laser Full Rig class, after two wins in the eleven race series. The division was won by Matias Del Solar of Chile. David Weaver and Max Andrews of New Zealand placed seventh and eigth in the 39-strong fleet.
In the RS:X Men’s boardsailing class, Antonio Cozzolino placed second, two points behind the Frenchman Nicholas Le Gal. Antonio won four of the eleven races during the regatta.
Kate Ellingham placed third behind Blanca Manchon of Spain and Jessica Crisp of Australia in the women’s division, and Benjamin Mackay was fifth in the RS:X Youth class.
Three New Zealanders in the top five in the Laser Radial Men’s – Tim Coltman was third, Josh Porebski Fourth, and Jackson Macfarlane was fifth. Sara Winther placed sixth in the Laser Radial Women’s division. She was set up on points for a third placing but an OCS in the final race cost her the podium finish. Team-mate Rachel Basevi placed ninth.
17 year old New Zealand disabled sailor Joshua McKenzie-Brown was third in the 2.4m class, and David McDiarmid and Andrew Archibald placed third in the 49er class despite missing four races.
“Kiwi sailors have preformed creditably at this event on whole… the performance is on par with our expectation and in some cases has exceeded it,” says Yachting New Zealand’s High Performance & Youth Director Martin Watson.
Laser Coach Clifton Webb says of Mike Bullot’s second placing, “The objectives were simply to get some much needed race practice after a bit of a break late in 2008. So far so good, everything seems to be on track, however there is a long road ahead to the World Championships next year.”
- 18 December 2008 | Windsurfing
Florian Jung is the first man ever to windsurf in the Alaskan cold waters.
The pro athlete was accompanied by a marine biologist and experienced winds and water temperatures below zero degree Celsius.
Jung tested the windsurfing conditions near the Chenega Glacier (located in Prince William Sound, Kenai Peninsula, USA), a very unstable ice rock.
Because of the low temperatures, Florian Jung wore a special neoprene wetsuit.
He is sponsored by HiFly, Fiat, Gun Sails, Dakine and Surf Action.
- 18 December 2008 | Windsurfing
Make travel plans to central Canada in Dryden, Ontario for an unforgettable time in 2010 at the Canadian Masters Windsurfing Championship!
Northwest Ontario Windsurfing, along with Dryden's Centennial Committee, is diligently working towards what will be the city’s biggest week-long party ever, ramping up to, and concluding with the CMWA regatta weekend.
This week long centennial celebration will be for the whole family to enjoy! We are also working closely with the City of Dryden and other local businesses to ensure our event site, program and hospitality will be tops for your stay while in Dryden.
Plans are for 100 competitors to attend the CMWA in 2010. With a very large US contingent already committed, regatta weekend will include a Team Canada vs. Team USA, or a "CAN-AM Challenge".
This challenge will see each country’s top 5 sailors overall (based on total points after the three days of racing), whether it be man, women, youth, master, etc.
The winning team will then be awarded a cash prize of $2,010.00!! So, the top sailors will not only be racing for themselves, but for their country and team as well! This format will make for a lot of extra fun on and off the water. Just one of the many fun things our committee has planned for regatta weekend in 2010.
With the insurgence of longboarding back into the windsurfing industry, we should see a good size sport/beginner fleet as well. A 'new to racing' clinic will be offered on Thursday prior to the regatta by Andrée Gauthier. Andrée, along with Northwest Ontario Windsurfing, will help introduce some new faces to the regatta scene.
Also, with the new raceboard designs from Exocet, Starboard and Mistral currently available, course racing in 2010 should be great. Charter gear will be available for our long distance travelers.