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SLWC December wrap-up: Glenorchy Fun Weekend. 40+ sailors at Glenorchy.. truely amazing! (and more)

Glenorchy Fun Weekend.40+ sailors at Glenorchy.. truely amazing !
Windriders event enormous success.
Howling gales met the Windsurfers and Kiters arriving from around the South Island on Saturday at Glenorchy. The conditions were challenging with some huge gusts coming through forcing many to drop into the water and hang onto their gear for fear of being blown AWOL !
Over 40 windriders and kiters gathered from as far afield as Dunedin and Invercargill, presenting an incredible image of colour, well suited for the photo competition also being held.
Glenorchy is a well known speed sailing spot for its amazing flat water at the head of the lake next to extremely strong winds funnelling through the Dart and Rees valleys. Historically many of NZ and even world speed records were set here in the 80's. On Saturday the speed challenge didn't reach old highs as the conditions were ironically too extreme, but the fastest male recorded went to Gareth Wood, Dunedin at 35.4 knots/hr and female to Lucy Waters, Wanaka at 28.6. The Saturdays freestyle award went to Mike Holland for kite boarding a substantial way 'up the river mouth' providing great entertainment to the crowds watching !
A fierce storm forced play to stop around 5 so all retired to the pub where a scratch band had been formed to entertain the crew of participants and spectators.
The Sunday brought a complete contrast of conditions at opposite sides of the lake. The more sedate stayed at Glenorchy for a warm peaceful day of paddle boarding, training kite flying, windsurf lessons and light wind sailing . While the hardy went off to another favourite sailing spot of jardines to sail in the strong southerly.
Dean Daniels club Sec,
"It was to say the least insane at Jardines today. There were lots of us there and a few of the Dunedin crew. We saw some great sailing, Gav pulled a few forward loops and I think Gareth Wood also gave it a good nudge. Some of us left and went for a more leisurely blast at Frankton. Great sail there too. So a brilliant weekend of sailing all over the lake with a huge turn out. "
All in all a huge success which organisers say will almost certainly become an annual event.

A huge thanks to all the sponsors who supported this event:
Glenorchy Hotel; Kinloch Lodge; Glenorchy Café, Glenorchy T Shirt Company, Glenorchy Trading Post, Small Planet Sports shop; Watercooled Sports; A’ND Distribution. (Windsurf and SUP gear); Vladka Kennett Photography; Glenorchy Community Association; Glenorchy Road Honey; Kiwi Bar Crawl
…and the Judges of our Photo Competition for giving their time and support;
Lawrence Velcher , Paradise Pictures; Sharee Mc Beth Photography; Vladka Kennett Photography

Photo Competition.
This was organised in conjunction with the event & brought some lovely entries. View them on the club Facebook page "QueenstownWindsurfAndKitesurfClubs".... and get involved with the Kinloch Lodge People's Choice category. Go onto the Kinloch Lodge Facebook Page and 'like' your favorite entry.. get your friends involved too. Voting closes next Mon. (Also use the Clubs Facebook site if you want to post gear for sale or wanted.)

Club Gear.
Just a quick reminder of contacts to book the club gear.
*Windsurf beginner; Craig 0272419554 and Erin 0211619748. (at 21 Wakatipu Heights)
*Intermediate Gear. Bookings Chris 0210512905. (at Frankton Beach. Please knock on the door first and say Hi to the occupants before rumaging under the bach !). Unfortunately we broke the 430 mast at Glenorchy. We hope to replace soon, but all 3 sails will rig on the 460 mast which is still there, you just have to let out more extension at the sail head.
*Trainer Kite. (Supervised sessions/ or approved lenders.) Gavin 021994139 or Jim 0210797080. Gavin and Jim will be running training sessions to help club members learn kite flying contact them to book.

Text Wind Alerts.
If you'd like to get regular reports on where others are sailing ask Tim to join the text wind alert list. Otherwise if you just want to go occasionally, text Tim to find out whats happening that day. 021509812

Summer Thermals.
Now we're officially in summer we should start to see a little less of the prevalent NW winds. However the good news for those new to the area is that often when the forecast says 'High pressure, hot temperatures, and no wind' we can get a thermal wind which comes in as a southerly at Jardines. (Remember Club members access only). So start looking out for it over the next few months. Look for a build up of fluffy cumulus clouds over the Remarkables range, and drive somewhere high and look towards Kingston for a wind line down the lake getting nearer ! Usually mid/late afternoon. Possibly one coming up this Sunday by the look of the forecast.
Similar conditions also create a thermal on Lake Aviemore (approx 2.5 hrs away) A great place for camping and sailing. Anyone interested in sailing there contact Sue for more details 027 640 8596. This weekend is looking good for there.

Aviemore Summer Bash
Traditionally a lot of windsurfers and some kiters (not so brill launching but it is possible) head off to Aviemore for Xmas and New Year holidays. Its a good chance to meet sailors from Dunedin, Wanaka and other areas. Over New Year in particular there are some fun races held each day and very good social evenings. (approx 2-4 Jan).,More details George 0272247626.

Wednesday evenings at Frankton. Jan- March.
Sue does windsurf rentals and lessons at Frankton Beach from about 2nd week Jan to end March. We use this as a focus for club beginner/int sailing and generally being social. Often we have the BBQ going. Do come down and join in or just to say Hi and meet others. 4-8ish. ring Sue to check ( 027 640 8596. weather dependent)

At Glenorchy last weekend but may have been there a while. Set of ozone kite lines. Contact Phil 0212325457.

Finally.. I've attached a membership form just in case you haven't paid yet this year. Please contact Debs if you've joined but not yet had your car sticker. 0275 987633

Happy sailing.....

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