- 24 April 2009 | Windsurfing
The first day of the event started of with the usual registration for all who wants to participate, 85 windsurfer from Bonaire, Curacao, U.S, Holland in total registered from: Rookies, Junior, Sports, Women and Open Men. On that same day we had a quick skippers meeting plus a welcome speech from the organizers and the day ended with free beers and a small party as the wind prediction was good for the next day.. so everyone was truly looking forward for the next day racing and went early to bed.
DAY 2: April 10th Skippers meeting began at 9 O'clock, The race director decided to make an 8 figure slalom as the sea bottom is about 600 meter deep it was too deep and too much work to adjust more jibe marks and it would be easy to just place two jibe marks and start the first possible race at 10 O'clock. Due to problems with the outside mark drifting away the races where started later at 12 O'clock.
With wind gusting from 20-25knots open sea, with swells 1 -2 meter it was a perfect day for rough slalom racing. Just what I like - 3 races were done back to back. I was very much under control on my Isonic 101 and TR5 6.6 and had great board speed with the sail feel pretty much comfortable in the gusts. I won all three races with ease, Ingmar was really comfortable as he also knowing his home turf he was sure putting pressure on the on the other competitors, finished the day in second place, While Kiri was going really fast and with perfect starts he finished the day in 3rd with his Isonic 86. These are the top riders from day one as the other 15 sailors were having problems with their self's including crashing, out of control, falling in jibes etc. Junior race where also done as Amado another Starboard team rider just won all the races in his class and with 10 juniors competing… He's also pretty fast for his age. The day ended with wind dropping to 15 knots very on steady and not so much at the jibe marks.
DAY 3: April 11th 9 o'clock Skipper meeting for all sailor - about 15 mile down wind Long Distance race for all classes
10 o'clock first race started of with the Junior,
10:10am second start of the day for the Women.
10:15 am third start of the day for the Sports
10:20 fourth start for the Men.
Wind 22-26 knots average 20 knots. As it was going to be a fully down wind race a rigged my TR6 7.6 and still on the same Starboard Isonic 101 Kiri, Ingmar and many other sailors had a perfect gust and perfect start getting fully planing downwind going starboard while I had a light wind starting and couldn't bare as much down wind as them, Decided to make an early jibe to get some clean and stronger wind and that was perfect that jibe gain me a lot of board speed and with perfect wind heading fully powered up down wind felt great. I made up 2 minute on that same reach while heading back starboard. I was leading because most all of them went to much on starboard side and had a bad wind bearing down wind to the port so I was just on track. With great board speed I went to the committee boat way outside too for name and sail number confirmation because if you didn't stop to jibe this boat or let them see you, you will be DSQ.
- 22 April 2009 | Windsurfing
The Auckland Windsurfing Association is now ready to be officially formed.
The aim is to incorporate the Association. Incorporation means that the Association’s property (money, rescue boat? website, buoys, trophies etc) will in future be held by the Association instead of by the members for the time being. The Association can also then enter contracts and open a bank account.
The members will only have to pay their subscriptions and can not become liable for any debts or liability the Association may incur.
Tim Wood and Marilyn, Dan Thomas and I have been working on the preliminary paperwork that is needed to incorporate. This has included the preparation of a draft set of rules.
We now need to have an initial meeting with 15 people in attendance to
* resolve to incorporate,
* approve the rules and
* decide who will be the first members of the committee, being:
o Vice President
* choose who will fill the additional committee positions that the rules provide.
This initial meeting is not the AGM. That will be held in July or August to give the Committee some time to meet and discuss initiatives and set up things like the website, registration forms and to T-up other membership benefits. Its likely that membership fees will be around $35 per annum.
The Association will aim to offer great membership benefits and a voice for windsurfers in the wider Auckland area. Lobbying for preservation of our favourite windsurfing spots, membership discounts, parking exemptions at locations such at Takapuna boat ramp, coastguard and gear insurance discounts, education, social events, competitions, demo days and many other are on the cards.
- 19 April 2009 | Windsurfing
Young gun George Bowles claimed a notable scalp as he won the RS:X boys’ windsurfing title ahead of Ali Masters.
With both boys finishing tied on exactly the same points and with exactly the same scores from their five races, the 16-year-old from Brigg landed the top spot on account of beating Masters, 17, in the fifth, and what turned out to be final, race. Masters took silver for the second year running while Connor Bainbridge, 15, finished third.
Holsworthy’s Izzy Hamilton, 16, is now a double RYA Youth National champion after convincingly following up her debut success at Pwllheli last year with RS:X girls’ gold again in Scotland. There was also medal joy for Sophie Bailey from Bude who took silver having missed last year’s event with a shoulder injury while Claudia Carney claimed bronze.
“Although this event has also acted as the selection trial for the ISAF Youth Worlds, the Championships have not been all about the Youth Worlds. There are many talented sailors on the Programme and we plan to work very closely with them in the next few months to develop their medal-winning potential for the various forthcoming class European and World championships.”
The Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships this year take place in Buzios, Brazil and the British team for the Youth Worlds will be announced later today (Friday 17 April). The only exception is the Hobie 16 class which has not competed at Largs and whose primary selection event will be Eurocat in Carnac (1-3 May).