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Newsletter - November 2000

THE OLYMPICS:Congratulations to Barbara and Aaron on a very successful Olympics!! I know they were aiming for gold (and why wouldn’t you), but to finish anywhere in the top 10 at that level is superb, to both win a medal is outstanding. In the women’s event, the first 3 were extremely close right throughout, and around 30 points clear of the rest! Barbara sailed the event with a nasty dose of flu which makes her performance even more impressive. In the men’s event, all races were closely fought, with a number of other sailors threatening to do well. If not for a stupid disqualification (the coach boat in contact with the sailor after the 5 minute gun) coupled with a couple of early starts, the Chinese sailor would have been right up there with the leaders. A few sailors cracked under pressure - Aussie Lars Kleppich was expected to win a medal but faltered under the intense competition. It was great seeing the last few races live on TV. A number of my friends commented on how exciting it was to watch, and said “I can see why you have to be fit!” A great advert for the sport.2000 AUCKLAND WINDSURFING WINTER SERIES:The Winter Series is now complete, finishing with a very successful day at Conifer Grove. A relatively small turnout, as the weekend clashed with the Youth Trials (it would be great if Yachting NZ would actually promulgate the dates of these events!). A shifty northerly wind of 5 to 10 knots gave 3 very tactical races, with Arthur Gatland and Graeme Phillips fighting for front spot. Brohn Torckler and Marcus Naismith got round on shortboards but the flukey conditions meant they weren’t among the leaders.Overall the Winter Series was a great success, despite a couple of days with no wind. A total of 41 sailors took part in the Series. Full results enclosed - Paul Page sailed very consistently to win the Series, despite missing the last day due illness.NORTH ISLAND CUP RACE SERIES:Don’t forget about this new series - the first weekend was at Wellington, second at the Mount on Nov 4/5, and third will be:Nov 18/19: Mission BayNote that this event IS OPEN TO ALL SAILORS. The classes are designed to attract almost any level of experience.Class 1: Open (any gear)Class 2: Formula Freeride - up to 2 production freeride boards, one less than 600mm max width, ie no specialist production course-slalom boards. This is aimed at F2 Xantos, Mistral Vision, Bic Techno etc.COMING EVENTS: The summer calendar is filling up rapidly! I’m pleased to announce another City of Sails Series over the summer, followed by Round Rangi Race, and NZ Raceboard Nationals. Coming events are as follows:AIR NEW ZEALAND OPEN DAY - Sun 26 November, Conifer Grove:I have arranged an Open Day for Air NZ crew, to encourage more people into windsurfing. We are expecting a number of beginners, but we will also run clinics for intermediate and advanced sailors who have their own gear. We will have some Neil Pryde demo gear available, courtesy of Windsurfing South Pacific. All Club members and other sailors are welcome as well, and if you can help with teaching beginners, I would greatly appreciate some help!! Please phone me if you can help. Additionally, we will run one or two races at the end of the open day, for your benefit as well as giving the Air NZ staff a chance to race.RED BULL KITESURFING EVENT:Luke Wigglesworth with the help of a major sponsorship from Red Bull is organising a huge international kitesurfing event at Maungawhai Heads, over the 5th to 9th December. Expect to see some bigs name sailors come to NZ for this. Should be great to watch.As an aside, over recent months Luke has been training hard for the Coastal Classic (Auckland to Russell) race, sailed recently. He’s completed the race a few times and hoped to better his 11:45 time(that’s a long time on a board!!) Given the right conditions he could win this race - he’s led it for most of the race on a couple of occasions. Luke was joined by Aaron McIntosh this time - unfortunately the wind died to nothing just after the start, and they were forced to give it up after 5 hours. Next year....?2000/1 CITY OF SAILS SERIES: It’s back on again this year, with 4 racedays a 4 great venues, as follows:Dec 10 CS1 TakapunaJan 21 CS2 Gulf HarbourFeb 18 CS3 KohimaramaMar 11 CS4 ManukauThere will be 3 races at each event, with the usual Classes catering for everybody. Sausages will be on offer after racing. At this stage, I am not planning any sponsorship or spot prizes, and no T-shirts, and aiming to keep the cost down to just $10 per day. My impression is that most people come for the racing, and spot prizes etc are a minor bonus but not important. However, if you really like getting a T-shirt, let me know ASAP.....VOLCANIC CLASSIC:Another regular and popular event being run again this season is the annual Round Rangitoto Race from Takapuna, scheduled for 25 February (reserve day 4 March.) A great event - when there’s enough wind! Briefing time to be announced later (but you can expect it to be around 10:00.)NZ RACEBOARD NATIONALS: I am planning to run the Raceboard Nationals over the weekend of March 31/April 1st, at Kohimarama. Details will be promulgated later.NOTE that the intention is to run the Raceboard Nationals according to International Raceboard Rules, ie recognised Raceboard plus 7.5m sail. There will be an open class catering for 8.5s etc, but this will not be recognised for the title of NZ Raceboard Champion (this won’t bother a lot of people anyway - there will still be great racing!)WINDSURFING SOUTH PACIFIC MARATHON:On hold at present, hopefully this can be fitted in later in the summer season.MANUKAU CLUB AGM: I hope to fit this in to the schedule at some stage, particularly to discuss the Club’s future plans. (I have had a recent change to my Training management job in Air NZ, as a result of the Air NZ/Ansett Australia integration, resulting in a heap of extra work. As you may have guessed, I have had zero offers to help run the Club (or to help with City of Sails etc). I have gone ahead and arranged the City of Sails Series anyway, and will run the Raceboard Nationals - basically I enjoy sailing in these events, so if I want it to happen it was obvious I would have to organise it myself. But I definitely will have less spare time to put into running events - I can’t believe there is nobody in Auckland who could offer a few hours to help run windsurfing.....?) So far, we haven’t sold the Stabicraft - we’re still undecided as to the best course of action. The 15HP outboard on the rubber-ducky will need replacing shortly, we got it as an old reconditioned motor and it’s rapidly coming to the end of its life. We’ve asked Sth Auckland Marine to keep their eyes out for another secon-hand 15HP outboard. ANYWAY, this season looks like being another cracker, with plenty of events coming up, and hopefully plenty of wind. Hope to see you all at some or all of these events.....

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