- 12 November 2008 | Windsurfing
The i-to-i, (Inlet to Inlet Distance Race), is a windsurfing long distance ocean race that runs from Fort Lauderdale's South Beach Park, around channel markers at Port Everglades Inlet and Hillsboro Inlet, and returns to South Beach Park.
This will be the 6th year running of this exciting event. There is no entry fee for the event to view or participate.
The I-to-I will never be a cakewalk! It's a long way on anything. I have run most of the course on a slalom board myself to test things out and it's not easy on that gear either. The I-to-I is loosely modeled after the San Francisco Classic where in a good year 50% of the fleet can finish.
The I-to-I race is easier with generally lighter winds, always warmer water, an easier course to find, and not quite as far. The I-to-I isn't just about beating your competitors, it's about challenging yourself to go the distance in whatever nature throws at us the day of the race. Gnarly, is when there is no wind and the race can take 4+ hours to finish.
Last year it was won in only 1 hour and 12 minutes with just 30 seconds separating 1st and 2nd place. We had a record number of entrants and a record 13 finishers out of 18 starters, who did the whole course. Everyone that went the distance will feel like they earned it. Those that didn't can try again this year.
The I-to-I is not a slalom race, course race, or wave event, it is an exciting long distance race that is run to challenge the entrants and to have a different venue than any other race in the USA. It's one of the few races held in the ocean anywhere in the world. Negotiating the waves while on the course, launching, landing, is part of sailing in the ocean.
It is also an NRT ranking event and the classes supported are those US Windsurfing ranks; Formula, Formula FE, Hybrid, and Open. If you want to race on a slalom board, someone could enter the race in Open class, but the course will remain the same with marks at Port Everglades Inlet and Hillsboro Inlet being primary to the race.
- 11 November 2008 | Windsurfing
Stay up to date with all the antics of one of the PWA's most talented all round sailors, Peter Volwater.
Now that the 2008 PWA World Tour season has drawn to a close, Peter Volwater (F2 / North) has vowed to keep everyone up to date with his travels, and where's firing in the world, via his newly updated website: www.petervolwater.com .
Whether it's killing some time in the office, or waiting for the wind to arrive, Pete's got you covered. His site comes littered with photos, videos, a bio, and of course his blog, which will be frequently updated with tales of his travels over the winter. And for those wanting to grab some new gear, you'll also find a section where Mr. Volwater is selling a selection of boards and sails.
- 10 November 2008 | Windsurfing
The ISAF Windsurfing Committee decided this morning by a vote of 7 votes to 2 to support the selection of the RS:X as the equipment for the 2012 Olympic Regatta.
Although this is a positive step forward, the final decision will be made by the ISAF Council at the end of this week. The vote against Formula is exactly the same as the vote made by the windsurfing committee at the 2000 ISAF Conference in Edinburgh.
The windsurfing committee also decided that prize money in cash or in kind is permitted but may not be a requirement as per the ISAF contract in its Olympic contract.