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IFCA Worlds on Curacao comes to a close

The wind conditions were far from great, which is unusual on Curacao this time of year. Still, the race directors and competitors managed to sail one elimination round so official World Champions could be crowned. During the week, thousands of spectators came to the Surf Town and even more followed the event online.

Laurence in Curcao - reports from the IFCA World Championships

Curacao:WindGuru+Forecast+Live Video+Time (16 hours behind NZ)
25 April 2011:On the final day the expected 20knots didn't arrive unfortunately, so there was no more racing! I ended up coming 7th which I'm rather happy with. The masters unfortunately couldn't do there final due to a lack of wind so there was six winners! Epic experience, and thankyou all so much for the support, and helping me get here! Next year in turkey I think more kiwis need to go and iv got great news for the worlds in 2 years... But you'll have to wait till I get back. Once again thankyou so much. Holla

Curacao Challenge - IFCA Prokids Junior, Youth and Masters Slalom World Championships 2011

From 19th until the 24th of April 2011 Laurence Carey from New Zealand will be competing on the island of Curacao in the Carribean. Laurence, who is 17, recently won the New Zealand National Youth Slalom title will be representing NZ at the 2011 IFCA Youth Slalom World Championships. Windsurfing is probably New Zealand's most successful sailing sport and he is following in the footsteps of some big names. Laurence is receiving great support and we will be following his adventure with great interest. More

Auckland Windsurfing Assn. Slalom Series - Final Result

Final results after 4 rounds and with 1 discard ... click to view

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 ...

Severne NZ Windsurfing Slalom nationals and Oceanic Slalom Championships day 2 results - stronger winds test competitors

Day 2 saw stronger winds averaging probably around 20-25 knots and gusting 30 or more. In the morning round the winds were lighter and steadier making ideal conditions for 6-7m sailing and gybes were smooth. Later in the day the wind built (and built) until most were sailing 6m or less and some were down to the low 4m sails. The results changed accordingly as those sailors more used to the higher winds and difficult conditions started to move up the placings as completed gybes became more important than passing on the runs. Course map and results are attached below.

NZ Windsurfing Slalom nationals and Oceanic Slalom Championships day 1 results

Day1 got away well with 8 races completed in fresh conditions with most sailors on 6-7.5 m sails. The 50 competitors spent the day battling it out on Otago Harbour in a downwind slalom course just off shore opposite the Dunedin Windsurfing Club rooms (great spectator viewing). Winds built slightly during the day with many changing down a size later in the afternoon. Results are interim and unconfirmed so placings may change. Fortunes changed frequently as some of the favoured sailors posted good results initially and then dropped the ball on subsequent heats to keep the top sailors in each class close. Leaders after day 1 include Men - Gareth Wood, Masters - Terry Beentjes, Grand Masters - Tim Wood, Silver Fleet - George Cooper, Women - Annie Crombie and Youth - Laurence Carey. More wind and more racing expected today. Complete day 1 results are in the attached pdf.

NZ Windsurfing Slalom nationals and Oceanic Slalom Championships update

Hi everyone, not long now until the NZ Windsurfing Slalom nationals and Oceanic Slalom Championships, brought to you by Severene, Lunds Construction and Rodgers Dental. We have an excellent number of entries and the forecast is looking great - in fact it currently looks perfect!!
A couple of important notes...

2011 NEW ZEALAND FORMULA / FREERIDE / FUNBOARD NATIONAL WINDSURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Fri 11 Mar 2011 - Sun 13 Mar 2011
Auckland

Organised by: Auckland Windsurfing Association
In co-operation with the International Formula Windsurfing Class Association And Windsurfing New Zealand
An International Windsurfing Association sanctioned event including
2011 NEW ZEALAND FORMULA, FREERIDE and FUNBOARD WINDSURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Formula Class – 1 Board, 3 Sails and 3 fins. Freeride – 1 Freeride Board (Maximum 80 wide), Maximum sail size 8m. Funboard – 1 Slalom Board (Maximum 85 wide), Maximum sail size 9m.
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