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» Ages 8 - 18
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Wednesday Night Racing

» FREE public races every Wednesday evening
» May through September
» Apres race Beach BBQ every week

Reminder!  The second TWC Saturday Race of 2014 is Saturday June 14!  Free registration at the club.  Skipper's meeting at noon.   First start at 1 pm.  Last start at 5 pm.  The dates for the rest of the 2014 TWC Saturday race series are July 12 and Sept 20.

Boardfest is this Sunday (June 8).  Please come out to mark the start of our summer sailing season!

Here's the approximate schedule:

10 am to 4:30 pm Swap

12 pm – 1:30 pm BBQ Lunch

1:30 pm SUP Fun Race – to be confirmed

2:30 pm Yoga for Windsurfers – Bring a mat, towel or blanket if you want to participate.

3 pm – Music with The One Shot Band

2 pm – 4:30 pm SUP Demos - Silent Sports, Kayaksports

35 people participated in the TWC trip to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina this year, including both returning and new participants. We enjoyed a great variety of wind and weather conditions over the two weeks, with conditions suitable for all skill levels. From sunny, warm days, with light winds from the south in which people were using up to 9.0 sails and 145L boards, wetsuit not required, to cooler days, with very strong northwest winds, in which people were using 4.0’s, sub-100L boards, wetsuits/steamers/dry suits and frequent sessions in the hot tub – there was something for everyone! This was only my second trip down, and I enjoyed it so much last year that I stayed for two weeks this time. The conditions in Hatteras really helped me to learn and practice beach starting, water starting and jibing. The shallow, usually only waist-deep water really makes things easier. With some very helpful how-to clinics provided by Ian Matthews and lots of practice, by the second week I had progressed from beach starting to water starting, and then to jibing with a 5.7 sail….on a 96L board! It felt amazing to be planing with such small, light-weight equipment (I had rented a sweet 96L board from Wind NC).

There was definitely no shortage of weather-induced excitement. A storm packing 75 mph winds hit one night during week 1, waking everyone up… and then we had a tornado warning on the last evening of our stay in week 2! Luckily the tornadoes didn’t quite reach the Cape, and the storm in week 1 caused some equipment damage and some broken window screens, but otherwise everything was fine. The houses have been built to withstand extreme weather and flooding and have likely already seen much worse.

Here’s a link to some photos (thanks Davor!). If you haven’t experienced Hatteras yet, I’d highly recommend it. It’s a windsurfer’s paradise and a real adventure!

TWC Saturday Race #1 - May 24 2014

Toronto Windsurfing Club

 Our first Saturday race of the year was a huge success.  Many thanks to all the volunteers that made it possible.

Overall

Sailed: 4, Discards: 0, To count: 4, Entries: 29, Scoring system: Appendix A
RankFleetDivisionClassSailNoClubHelmNameHelmSex1234Nett
1st Kona 8.2 Kona U 55 Kona 2033 TWC Robert Mew M 2.00 11.00 5.00 3.00 21.00
2nd Kona 9.0 Kona U 55 Kona 1988 TWC Bob Shuttleworth M 1.00 12.00 10.00 4.00 27.00
3rd Kona 7.4 Kona Masters Kona 1899 TWC Andree Gauthier F 3.00 15.00 6.00 7.00 31.00
4th Kona 9.0 Kona U 55 Kona 2007 Ottawa Rick Collins M 4.00 13.00 9.00 8.00 34.00
5th Kona 9.0 Kona U 55 Kona 1338 TWC Jay McKinnell M 5.00 18.00 13.00 5.00 41.00
6th Kona 8.2 Kona Over 65 Kona 1676 TWC John Darling M 6.00 19.00 18.00 13.00 56.00
7th Kona 9.0 Kona U 55 Kona 1490 TWC Jeck Feder M 7.00 21.00 22.00 14.00 64.00
8th Kona 9.0 Kona Masters Kona 1329 TWC Tom Mae M 30.00 DNC 30.00 DNC 14.00 11.00 85.00
9th Kona 7.4 Kona Super Masters Kona 1266 TWC Reet Mae F 30.00 DNS 30.00 DNC 30.00 DNC 19.00 109.00
1st LB 9.5 LB Masters LB 111 TWC Keith Whiston M 8.00 1.00 1.00 1.00 11.00
2nd LB 9.5 LB Masters LB 110 TWC Colin Campbell M 12.00 3.00 3.00 6.00 24.00
3rd LB 9.5 LB Super Masters LB 141 TWC Mike Keltz M 30.00 DNS 2.00 2.00 2.00 36.00
4th LB 9.5 LB Masters LB 44 TWC Jason Mednick M 11.00 8.00 8.00 9.00 36.00
5th LB 8.5 LB Youth LB 14 TWC Artem Lavrynenko M 14.00 5.00 7.00 15.00 41.00
6th LB 9.5 LB Masters LB 104 TWC Jeff Martin M 13.00 4.00 11.00 17.00 45.00
7th LB 9.5 LB Super Masters LB 26 TWC Giancarlo Brotto M 15.50 10.00 16.00 20.00 61.50
8th LB 9.5 LB Super Masters LB 2684 TWC Barry Holtzener M 18.00 22.00 20.00 30.00 DNC 90.00
9th LB 9.5 LB Grandmasters LB 512 TWC George Eastman M 20.00 20.00 30.00 DNC 21.00 91.00
10th LB 9.5 LB Masters LB 140 TWC Gender T. M 9.00 30.00 DNC 30.00 DNC 30.00 DNC 99.00
11th LB 9.5 LB Masters LB 191 TWC Henrick Wiegenbrock M 17.00 30.00 DNC 30.00 DNC 30.00 DNC 107.00
12th LB 9.5 LB Masters LB 441 TWC Tony Rothschild M 30.00 DNF 30.00 DNC 30.00 DNC 23.00 113.00
13th LB 9.5 LB Super Masters LB 1001 TWC Robert Felkai M 30.00 DNF 30.00 DNC 30.00 DNC 30.00 DNC 120.00
1st RSX 8.5 RSX U 21 RSX 24 TWC Olivia Mew F 10.00 7.00 12.00 12.00 41.00
2nd RSX 9.5 RSX U 21 RSX 953 TWC Max Robinson M 30.00 DSQ 6.00 4.00 10.00 50.00
3rd RSX 8.5 RSX U 17 RSX 4 TWC Roy Itzhaki M 15.50 9.00 15.00 16.00 55.50
4th RSX 8.5 RSX U 17 RSX 911 TWC Zane Feder M 19.00 14.00 17.00 18.00 68.00
1st Techno 7.8 Techno U 17 Techno 293 301 TWC Tim Walker M 21.00 16.00 19.00 22.00 78.00
2nd Techno 6.8 Techno U 15 Techno 293 C TWC Emma Swell F 22.00 17.00 21.00 24.00 84.00
3rd Techno 6.8 Techno U 15 Techno 293 CAN TWC Marcus Mealey M 23.00 30.00 DNC 30.00 DNC 30.00 DNC 113.00

 

 

Sailwave Scoring Software 2.9.7 www.sailwave.com

TWC SATURDAY AFTERNOON REGATTAS

#1May 24 2014  #2 June 14 2014 #3 July 12 2014 #4 September 20 2014

COMPETITOR’S MEETING 

12 pm noon competitors meeting at the TWC club house 

RACE STARTING TIMES

The regatta consists of four races.

The first start is at 1.00 pm.

One race is required for the regatta.

LAST START

The last start will be no later than 5:00 pm

REGISTRATION

Please sign in with the no registration fee form at the TWC club house.

SAILING INSTRUCTIONS

The sailing instructions are posted on the official Notice board at the TWC Club House

SAIL NUMBERS

TheRace Committee requests that Competitors register their primary sail number when they register for the regatta. This is to be done on the sign-up sheet.

Windsurfing Canada recommends obtaining a designated sail number by becoming a Windsurfing Canada member at www.windsurfingcanada.com.

In the event that there are 2 or more people with the same sail number, the person who has the number assigned to them through Windsurfing Canada uses that number to race with. All racers must have a unique number.

If you do not have a sail number on your sail that is unique (either because you have a new sail, are new racers, or are on club equipment) then at the finish of each race please approach the race committee and provide your name.

In the event of a protest, we will gather a jury and follow standard protest protocols.

Please mark your calendars as the first TWC Saturday Race of 2014 is Saturday May 24! First start at 1 pm. Last start at 5 pm. More information and Notice of Race will be available soon.

The dates for the rest of the 2014 TWC Saturday race series are: June 14; July 12; and Sept 20.

Please also note that the Wednesday Night Races started May 7th and will continue through to end of September. Races start at 6 pm.

Also keep your calendar open for Boardfest, Sunday June 8.

In other news, we have a lot to update you on, and we will be issuing a full newsletter shortly. In the meantime we want to let you know we plan to keep you informed regarding club activities using a variety of channels, including "TWC News" on our club website, facebook and twitter.

To keep up to date on our website's news stream we suggest you review it periodically at Resources/TWC News or bookmark http://torontowindsurfingclub.com/resources/twc-news

We keep a calendar of club events on the website at Programs and Events/Calendar. It's at:   http://torontowindsurfingclub.com/programs-events/calendar

To be sure and receive the latest from our facebook newsfeed we suggest you "like" our page at https://www.facebook.com/TorontoWindsurfingClub

Our twitter account is: @TWCwindsurfing

Thanks and see you on the water!

This article is courtesy of the Canadian Masters Windsurfing Association - find out more about this group at http://windsurf.ca/

Of the 14 Canadians competing in this year's windy event, 8 Masters enjoyed the light morning winds and heavy afternoon winds all three days of racing, punctuated by a welcome night big snack and beer, delicious lunches and spreads, and the traditional fine hotel banquet on Saturday night.

This year, the Race Committee accelerated the pace of racing, with 12 races for all: 8 Raceboards first, then the 27-racer strong KONA fleet close on their heels -- 22 Masters in the very competitive fleet! -- followed by 7 RS:Xs and 6 Sport racers (total 67, many youth being absent this year racing in Mexico).

Day 1 had 5-8 knots out of the north in the morning for the first two races and 15-20 knots in the afternoon for two more; Day 2 had similar light wind in the morning for two more races, and wind gusting to 23 knots in the afternoon (same course). Day 3 was more of the same -- two final light wind races in the morning and windier in the afternoon (12th race for the KONA masters and the RS:Xs and youth, Raceboards and 8th for the Sport beginners fleet.) A great workout!!

The standout Master was our very own Andrée Gauthier (score 60, and 6th overall and first KONA Canadian!!, Suzanne Roberge the only other woman -- for shame, you KONA women!) Next Canadian was Bob Shuttleworth 7th overall, followed by a close pack: Rob Mew 9th, with TWC president Jeff Martin turning in a very good result in 10th overall and Denis Dagenais in 11th.

"In a class by themselves" were four Grandmasters 65 and older (3 in their 70s) in which the youngest 68-year old Floridian stole the show, followed by John Darling 2nd and Chris Hope 4th (they largely enjoyed the show from shore in the gustier afternoons).

Two Toronto youth sailed KONA as their peers were absent in Mexico this year -- Owen Sewell 1st and Tim Walker 2nd. In the strong RS:X fleet, Jean-Sébastien Fugère was 1st man, Olivia Mew finished 2nd in women's, and in the Youth RS:X, Roy Itznaki won 2nd place with Zane Feder in his first RS:X race showing well in 3rd.

There were also 15 Formulas competing and able to race each afternoon, for 6 races in winds which gave the RS:X fleet full planing conditions every day, as well.

Preceding the Midwinters, an excellent clinic was held by Dominique Vallée at the Banana River Resort, the Canadians' hangout just south of Cocoa Beach and the iconic RonJon Surf Palace. It featured two hard days of board handling skills drills and practice racing, whipping the Canadian Masters suffering from a long winter case of cabin fever, into shape for the stiff competition provided by American veterans like Nevin Sayre, Dave Stanger, Steve Gottlieb, Kevin Gratton, etc., not to mention KONA founder and guru Joachim Larsson (sadly the only Swede).

A very challenging series of races, with amazing good vibes and sportsmanship along with excellent Race Committee -- an event that all Masters can hugely benefit from, again in 2015! Make it a date – carpools are available to transport bodies and gear, fine accommodation and pre-event clinics -- also at Calema -- make it the perfect winter getaway!

Report by John Darling

 

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