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Windsurfing Event safety check-out / check-in board

At the recent Eastbourne Windsurfing Fun Slalom event we trialled a check-out / check-in board system for managing safety. I first encountered this at the National Slalom event in Dunedin and it worked well, so I decided to try it here. It worked well so here's the details on how to make and use your own (total cost $6)

Severne NZ Windsurfing Slalom Nationals and Oceanic Slalom Championships final results

Dunedin's Gareth Wood held a clear six-point advantage over James Dinnis (Taranaki) and Rowan Law (Perth), to claim the national title, but as Wood was not racing the Formula 42 board, he did not qualify for the Oceania title. That title went to Law, from Paul Vliestra (Dunedin), second, and Terry Beentjes (Christchurch), third.

Severne NZ Windsurfing Slalom nationals and Oceanic Slalom Championships day 3 results

The results for day 3 are unremarkedly similar to day 2 as the wind failed to kick in sufficiently consistently enough to run any races. A fickle NE teased the sailors with everyone rigging big (7m - 8.5m) and their biggest boards. Although a number managed to make it onto the course and climb up to the start line the wind never consistently reached the bottom marks so after several delays and a southerly change which also failed to kick in strongly enough the plug was pulled on the days racing. A competition was held involving heaving the weights that the previous day were used to anchor rigs against the winds, followed by a BBQ. Saturday is the final day for racing, although Sunday is tagged as a backup day if the race committee decide another day is required to get a result. For those interested attached below is a plot of speed and heart-rate for a typical race ...

New Zealand Slalom Nationals & Formula 42 Slalom Oceanics

Wed 16 Feb 2011 - Sun 20 Feb 2011
Dunedin

Repeat of the well organised and popular event with the added bonus of including the Oceanic Formula 42 class as well.

Slalom Racing videos

Fuerteventura Worldcup - 25 years


Slalom racing - Columbia Gorge

Windsurfing options - there are more than you think!

  • Techno 293 - the 'junior' Olympic class, the ideal entry for young sailors. The skills learned here will set kids up for any kind of windsurfing, and of course there's always the possibility of yet another Olympic medal
  • RS:X Olympic - the current Olympic class board on which Tom Ashley won the Beijing Olympic Gold in 2008
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