- 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.
- 16 December 2008 | Windsurfing
Following mounting suspicion, Antoine Albeau has now confirmed that he’ll be sailing JP boards for the 2009 season. Both Albeau’s current sponsor, Starboard, and JP seemed keen to have the multiple world champion on their teams, however Albeau chose to pursue a new direction at JP.
“This was a rather big decision for me. I am glad that I went for it and I am very happy that I will be part of JP next year. I really look forward to work with Werner Gnigler and the whole JP team. I will be very involved in the development of the performance oriented boards within the JP line and I can’t wait to get started.”
Albeau will officially join the JP team on the 1st of February 2009, where he’ll be under a three year contract with the brand.
There’s on going speculation that JP may have to cut their team down to make way for the new signing of Albeau, though as yet no official statement has been made by JP.
- 11 December 2008 | Windsurfing
Windsurfing has always been about speed. Racing is always about speed, although far more than speed is involved. We all drag race our friends for beer and bragging rights.
Over the past decade many people have been tinkering around trying to calculate the speed of sailors and their windsurfing feats of daring do!
Recent development of global position system (GPS) devices have made accurate tracking of speed possible, and speed contest efforts took a major step forward this year through the efforts of Craig Bergh of Worthington, Minnesota.
Over the past four years Craig has endeavored to build the sport of speed sailing and make it accessible to all sailors. U.S. Windsurfing thinks he has done precisely that! Each summer for the past 4 years Craig has offered his time and expertise, inviting sailors from far and wide.
To increase the attractiveness of this effort, all sailors receive free use of state of the art GPS systems and state of the art speed sailing gear.
High Wind alerts are usually sent out 24-48 hours in advance and sailors arrive to try their hand in the gusty winds of Worthington. Craig has created an event that accommodates all categories-- Youth, Women, Formula, Hybrid, and Longboard.
The event is open to sailors from April 15th to Oct. 15th, and was a major attraction at this year’s Nationals in Worthington.
In true Worthington fashion, local citizens, businesses and many windsurfing manufacturers have contributed to this event to allow prizes to be awarded, and the Mid-West Speed Quest has the largest cash prize in the U.S.