Commodore's Notes: Welcome
to 2000!! by
Commodore Chester Hulme
If you are reading this,
then Royís computer must have been Y2K compliant. Now that we apparently
survived the Y2K bug ( I am writing this prior to the new year) I guess
we should plan for the upcoming year. My plan is to enjoy the year.
No pressure. No big plans. Just sail as often as I can.
I would like to see
a few more people at the meetings this year. When I look at the membership
list, two things cross my mind. One is that for such a large community
of windsurfers the number of members seems awful low and two is that there
are many names on the list that I have missed seeing at the events.
I know that I write great articles, but you really should see me live!
Next meeting we should discuss ways to attract those sailors who
havenít joined the club. We all know a few, start recruiting!
We have a full calendar
this year and I hope that the events on the list will attract both new
members and old. The best part of any of these events is the opportunity
to socialize before, during, and after.
Wish I could talk about
all of the sailing Iíve been doing, but I really havenít been out in a
while. The Holidays and work have kept me dry. The sooner my
retirement policy (the lottery) comes through, the sooner I can sail more
Next meeting will be
at our house, and I would like to get together with the old executive committee
and the new executive committee beforehand to finish up old business and
kick off new business. We need to finalize a race director and start
the processes again. Regular pot luck meeting at 7:00 PM and executive
committee at 6:00 PM. Anyone is invited to join in at the early meeting.
Edís Note Y2K compliant- no way Iíd chance that,
this was out of my computer Dec 31st.
See you on the water.
Lost At Sea:
Yellow 2-person Ocean Kayak escaped its mooring 12/30/99 on the Flour Bluff
side of the Laguna Madre. If you found it, or know someone who did,
contact Wally Allen at 880-5196. Reward
Offered for return
Racing Primer Chapter IV:
by Guy R.
--within a few seconds--
2: The starter quickly snaps up a white flag,
and simultaneously starts his/her 3-minute timer. You start yours.
Now is a good time to think about all the information you've gathered in
preparing for this race. Does the water show the wind changing strength
or direction? Where are the competitors massing or lining up.
Can you use this to your advantage? Above all, focus your attention
outward to the environment, your competitors, the next set of swells.
Now is not the time to be looking at your footstraps or the shape of your
This is the single most
exciting time in windsurfing for me. The Race Committee can't possibly
communicate verbally with us after we leave the beach, so the usual convention
is to use three flags which signify a specific time before the start of
the next heat (or, more plainly, race). All successful racers need
some type of timer, but any cheap waterproof watch will do. Race
organizers use various sequences, but I'll define the one you're likely
to see 'round here:
1: The committee honks and waves to get
our attention. You keep your eyes on the committee boat and sail
close enough to hear the prelude to the sequence countdown.
What to do and where
to go next depends a lot on the conditions. It's not a good idea
to stray too far from the start area in light or in puffy conditions.
You may be unable to return in time. On the other hand, "parking"
on the line ensures you will be eaten alive by your competitors who blow
by with speed, feeding you bad air for the first several minutes after
the start. Here's how a lot of good racers handle the sequence.
A: After capturing
the 3-minute signal, keep sailing through the start area and away from
the line for less than a minute. Sail what I like to call "Cruising Speed".
This is 8 tenths of your best effort, but should be planing comfortably,
maybe just a tad sheeted out. Jibe just before 2 minutes to the start.
3: Starter snaps the White flag
down. You note the indicated time on your watch, which will show
2:01 or 2:03. Try to remember to GO! with 0:01 or 0:03
B: Sail back across
the starting area, staying high upwind and parallel to the line, noting
the time remaining as you cross behind the committee boat. Now comes the
tricky Math part.
4: With one minute remaining,
Starter snaps up the blue flag. You note your timer, confirm the
same lag as at 2:00.
--PAUSE FOR LONG DISSERTATION--
Unfortunately, a Windsurfer in
the start sequence of a heat is incapable of making these sophisticated
calculations. He or she is devoting nearly 100 percent of hemodynamic
reserve to what I call the "racing muscles", leaving barely enough blood
supply to scream "STARBOARD" for no apparent reason at anything afloat,
including fellow competitors, the committee boat, buoys, and passing seabirds.
To expect this person to perform Math in his/her head is akin to getting
Al Gore to sing "Feelings". That part of the brain, for all practical
purposes, does not exist. This is the true reason for the many amusing
exploits of many racers we've seen over the years. For example, the race
leader escorts the whole fleet around the Wrong Course. Or we completely
forget how to jibe at a critical rounding.
-- END OF DISSERTATION--
Thankfully, it doesn't matter.
Where you decide to turn and head for the line depends a lot more on where
and when you CAN jibe, which depends on the approaching fleet. Don't turn
into a crowd, they get testy. Don't wait until the whole fleet has
passed, either, or you'll be late to the line. find an open spot
with about 30 seconds to go and (goes without saying) MAKE THIS JIBE!!
C: If there was say
54 seconds when you passed the committee boat, you know you can sail onward
for a bit less than half that time before you jibe again and head for the
start line with 'racing" speed. The tricky math part says jibe
with (54/2) -10 seconds = 27 - 10 =17 seconds, or start your turn at 37
5: With 30 seconds remaining, Committee
snaps the Blue flag down. You never notice.
D: Hopefully, you've turned
around to head for the line in a nice, open area of water, leaving enough
space ahead to accelerate down the line, and you're high enough to
run down the line unimpaired by bad air from earlier sailors or anyone
6: At 0:00, the Committee snaps the Red
flag up, and sounds a horn. If you wait to hear the horn, you lose
a few feet. The sound of the horn takes a fraction of a second
to reach your ears, where you could have rounded up to weather sooner.
The guy behind you may have done so, and is already starting to dirty your
wind. Remember that 0:01 or 0:03 lag time. Here's where lack
of aggressiveness hurts. Next time you'll pay attention.
Unless there's a Recall,
all confusion, stress and fun of the Start is now behind you. Hopefully
you're in a good position to sail without interference from anyone all
the way upwind to the weather mark, which we'll cover in Chapter 5.
Editor's Puffs: by
The Padre Island Moon Newspaper
has initiated a new web site and somehow Iíve managed to get involved in
writing the windsurfing page for it. Yup, thereís another web
site in town dispensing info about our favorite activity. Take a
look at the Moonís page at: http://www.islandmoon.com/
In other Texas
windsurfing news the North Texas Windriders have once again turned to Brian
ĎThe Dogí Cunningham to edit their newsletter. Many of you know Brian
as the master chef of Bird Island; he is the guy who smoked many
of the fine turkeys weíve enjoyed at the Thanksgiving feasts over the past
years out at Bird. He retired as editor a year ago but agreed to
take it back on after a yearís leave. The Gulf Coast Championship
will be held at the Brackenridge Plantation on Lake Texana this year.
Thatís the same location at which the Galveston Bay Windsurfing Association
held their Fall Campout and from what Iíve heard its a perfect place for
the event. Vicki Duncan checked in from Costa Rica with the news
that Tico Winds and Rock River Lodge (both in Costa Rica) are donating
a one week vacation for two to the growing list of prizes to be raffled
off at the Womenís Clinic at Bird in early April. All profits from
the raffle will go towards prize money for the Womenís fleet at the 2000
The new Techno announcement
reminded me of something Iíd like to bring up for responses from you the
readers. The club has seen a reduction in the ranks of members
who enjoy racing our toys. There are many reasons for this and keeping
competitive by purchasing new gear once or twice a season is a major negative
factor. When I bought my first Windsurfer, complete with its all
purpose 65 square foot yellow triangle sail, I was given an entry to a
one design racing fleet and a built in social life--all came with
my new white whale. It was fun and everyone was playing on a somewhat
level table except for a few who were clearly just much better sailors.
BIC seems to be making headway in bringing back the level table concept
with the Techno 283 one design class. Hopefully theyíll get this
idea right and not get into changing that hull for many years. I
re-learned how much fun racing can provide taking part in the CCWAís Fall
Series on the Oso. I also learned even antique gear is competitive
in almost no wind and the converse--how good that expensive high tech racing
gear is whenever the winds get into double digits. Iíd like to see
the CCWA run a one design Techno class in its Whataburger series.
Unless Iím once again being a total oddball (what can I say, it happens
to me--often), I think there are at least enough wannabe racer members
out there to give it a try. The other factor that keeps me a spectator
rather than a racer is the current event site. With other options
already available and at least one perhaps better site nearing construction,
why is it that all the races are held in that chop riddled wash machine
off Oleander? Hanging onto a Techno 283 on the downwind leg
in 30 mph winds on that area of Corpus Christi Bay is not something Iíd
call fun (or even safe for a gonnabe geezer like myself). Okay, now
how about some response--Iíll even keep them anonymous if you request.
Andy Brandt Returns to ABK to Teach
Special Freestyle Instructional Clinics: -from
AWIA's press release
ABK Sports starts the
new year with exciting additions to their current program. One of these
new additions will be incorporating freestyle clinics with Andy Brandt
at select ABK camps. Andy will be returning to his old stomping grounds
at ABK to share his teaching expertise and experience. The
freestyle clinics with Andy allows ABK to fill a niche in their existing
program by expanding the current levels of instruction to include freestyle.
In addition, to answer
a call of the industry and in an effort to help standardize teaching,
Andy will be running Instructor Training courses for Levels 2-4 in Dewey
Beach, DE in the spring, and in Rio Vista, CA in the summer. These
clinics will give current and future instructors the chance to learn the
fundamentals of presenting and teaching higher-level techniques, and will
also train and prime future ABK instructors. The graduates of these clinics
will have their names and contact information listed in Windsurfing Magazine.
Andy has a wealth of
knowledge to share as one of the most talented and experienced instructors
in the U.S. His dedication to the industry can easily be seen in
his contributions during his 10 years plus as an ABK Instructor, Instructional
Editor for Windsurfing Magazine, and a premier instructor at numerous events
throughout the US and Caribbean. You will also be able to find
Andy with Sarah James at the Hi-Ho in 2000 teaching clinics and taking
part in the event.
Sarah James Returns to ABK as Full-Time
ABK Sports is thrilled
to announce Sarah James' return to the ABK Tour as a full-time member,
joining the great ABK Staff returning from last year. Always striving
to improve and fine-tune their current program, ABK realized and met the
need for an on-road coordinator to aid in logistics and communication between
the home office and the host shops and staff. Sarah will fill this
role in addition to being an instructor. This will add another dimension
to the camps and will further enhance the ABK experience by creating a
more complete program.
Sarah has been with
ABK both part- and full-time for the past 3 years. She has always
filled her roles as instructor and coordinator in an exemplary fashion
and will now be taking on more responsibilities in order to continue ABK's
longstanding tradition of customer satisfaction by taking it to yet another
In addition to traveling
with ABK you will find Sarah teaching at several other clinics in 2000,
namely: the Women's Clinic in Corpus Christi, Texas (April 1 & 2),
a Women's Clinic in Puerto Rico (dates TBD) and a clinic prior to the Hi-Ho.
For more information
please contact ABK Sports at (415) 927-8835 or email@example.com
Jimmy Diaz & BIC
Long respected as the hardest working professional
windsurfer on Maui, Jimmy has teamed with Bic Sport, the worlds leading
manufacture of quality windsurfing boards. Over the last several
years, Jimmy has become one of the top names to be reckoned with on the
World Cup. His incredible work ethic combined with his thorough knowledge
of board and sail design will be a valuable asset to the Bic Sport group.
In addition to racing World Cup events, Jimmy will also be on hand to attend
several mainland events like the US Open and the 2000 Techno National Series
Finals to be held in Islamorada, FL. Jimmy will also lend his expertise
to the winner of the Techno Series drawing. The lucky winner of the
drawing will win a round trip ticket to Maui and have the opportunity to
train and tune with Jimmy prior to the Techno Series Finals. According
to Kent Marinkovic of Adventure Sports, "Jimmy is an excellent addition
to the Bic Team. I think that this move is well timed and fits perfectly
with our plans for the Techno 31 fleet and series. With a quality
World Cup racer like Jimmy on the team, helping to support this formula
31 series, maybe the folks with the IYRU will take a serious look at implementing
a similar format into the Olympics sometime soon."
ABK Returns to Bird Island
After skipping the Corpus Christi area for a
year, the ABK crew will be back out at Bird Island for a three day
clinic March 24th through March 26th. The clinic will feature former
CCWA member Derek Rijft as the head instructor and Sarah James will handle
the logistics then hang around for the free Women's Clinic the following
week. For more information or registration, call Amy at ABK (415)
927-8835 or send her e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The annual Holiday Party was once again the most
heavily attended club gathering of the year. The Hulmes home was
ground zero for the evening and there were many familiar faces wolfing
down the diet busting array of good food. There was even a Guy Larue
siting. Elections were eventually conducted and the 2000 Executive
Board was determined. With that business completed, the party continued
on well into the night. If you missed this one, donít let that happen
-from Kathy White Frisco Woods Campground Windfest 2000 Coordinator
This event is brought to you in part by Windsurfing
Magazine, Dare County Tourist Bureau, New England Windsurfing Journal and
WINDFEST - The premiere windsurfing and kite
surfing event on the East Coast. Our 5th annual event with three
full days of fun filled activities. All for the specific purpose
of introducing new people into the sport as well as, to peak the interests
of the intermediate and veteran.
Manufacturers, reps, shops, the individual entrepreneur,
and those promoting windsurfing alike are all invited to attend.
No one company or individual is too big or too small to participate.
Everyone in the industry is welcome and encouraged to attend. A great
opportunity to showcase and demo your product line.
No entrance or set-up fees.
Equal site space provided to each.
Easy access to launch (waterfront on the Pamlico Sound).
Discount camping rates available to participants and their staff.
Other local lodging information available. Call for details.
- Product available for demo. Equipment to arrive and site set up
MUST BE completed prior to 10am, April 27th Staffs available for
full term of event - daily 10am-6pm (events begin at 10am sharp each
Prize pool donations appreciated:
by each individual: (not sponsored by a manufacturer or shop): $25
by each shop: $50 or greater value, per brand of product
by each company: $100 or greater value, per brand of product
Note: we are seeking a grand prize for one of
the events (sail and rig, or board for example. Your suggestions
Tentative Schedule of Events:
Clinics and Workshops (Current sponsors: ABK
Sports- additional sponsors welcome) Equipment demos (sponsors needed)
On the water instruction-all levels(Current sponsors: ABK Sports, US Certified
Instructors-A.& M. Hammond-Tooke, D. Mines) Kite Surfing - Daily
instruction and demos (Current sponsors: Kitty Hawk Kites - additional
sponsors welcome) Speed Check (need volunteers to assist) Relay Race
(need volunteers to assist) Kid Level Event (to be determined) Board
Toss (sponsored by NE Windsurfing Journal) Free Style Challenge (need volunteers
to assist) Other - Good Food, Happy hour and Bonfire nightly (your
suggestions and ideas welcome)
New Techno 293:
The Techno family adds a 293
for very light winds
-from Cliff Tudor (our area BIC Rep)
The Techno family welcomes the 293 for very light
winds. This Techno 293 is dedicated to all those who want to learn
windsurfing and funboard but also go fast in very light winds. More stable
than a big longboard, faster than the best free ride board,
the Techno 293 is very innovative and unbeatable for planing with Great
stability and high performance. The Techno 293 is 80 cm wide and more stable
than all big boards "for beginners". The 205 liters of volume give it a
great stability and buoyancy; but you quickly forget them with speed. And
like all Techno's, the 293 goes very fast.
An innovative concept 100% accessible:
The twin fins, Two high performance 28cm fins, are as fast as a unique
50cm on the downwind. Benefits: increased maneuverability, less pressure
in the legs and a more stable position for a minimum loss in the upwind.
It also permits sailing close to the shore and an easier beach start. For
a higher performance use, you can also replace the twin fins by a single
one in the central Trimbox. W Hull:
This original shape places a V under each fin. It provides a better lateral
and directional stability, higher comfort in choppy conditions and tolerance
in the gybes. The 293ís removable
central fin: This additional, easy
to clip, central drift/fin is especially dedicated to the beginners who
need a drift. It is very efficient and a special plug fills in for high
performance sailing, easy planing and gybes. Its wide rear one foot off
and the central V generates an important lift which improves the planing.
The multiple foot strap positions are an advantage to easily learn funboarding
even in light winds. The round rear, the W hull and the big volume make
gybes easier and helps you progress very fast. Coming
back easily when the wind drops: The Techno
293 has three major advantages in those conditions: Its exceptional volume
(205 liters), very thick and vertical rails at the mast foot which hook
the water in the upwind, and the central removable fin is efficient as
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