Commodore's Notes: Gone
by Chester Hulme
Well, with the Whataburger
race and our Detroit friends, Ted and Angela, in town, I did my part to
get the wind blowing this last weekend. Pam and I went on fishing
trip to the land cut. Sure enough the wind howled all day and night.
Still caught some fish though, just missed the sailing.
Oh the sacrifices a Commodore must make to get the wind to blow!
Next weekend we are
headed down to South Padre for the Blowout. Hope a bunch of you can
join us. We’ve got three Whataburger races completed and I
want to be sure and get a plug in for Craig and all the effort he has spent
hauling the buoys and stuff as well as Roy for his assistance in the banner
setup and race monitoring. The last couple of races seem to have
been in conflict with other activities for me (and I MADE THE SCHEDULE)
and it’s good to know things go on.
Pam requested that I
ask for people to bring hors d’ouvres/dessert dishes for the US Open party
the club is hosting on Sunday night of the event. The plan is we will be
cooking brisket/sausage/potato for club members and event participants/sponsors.
Plan on attending and let us know. Just a small back yard BBQ?
Lots of fun last year, so cross your fingers for good weather.
This month’s meeting
will be the best opportunity to ask questions about volunteer tasks for
the US Open. I’ve had several people tell me they would be available,
but we need you to sign up for specific times and jobs.
The US Open is our best
opportunity to get our sport presented in a positive manner, and with the
recent closure of one of our prime ‘secret spots’ the importance of a good
image should be highlighted. I plan on using the momentum generated
by this event to approach our local govt. entities with the idea of establishing
one/some sailing sites with some amenities. Anyone have any suggestions
of where/what? Does anyone have an interest in the project?
See you on the water.
Gulf Coast Windsurfing ChampionshipLake
Texana by Cliff
The 2000 Gulf Coast
Championships was the first of three Techno Race Series for Texas.
Brackenridge Plantation and Campground on Lake Texana is nestled on Hwy
111 near Edna between Houston and Corpus Christi on Highway 59. The
shoreline is situated so the predominate southerly wind or north fronts
blow up or down the lake without a noticeable wind line. The
camping facilities are the best around and the locals rolled out the red
carpet for all. There's nothing like a good hot shower after a day of great
windsurfing. The campground has a great family atmosphere, with lots
of kids to play with during the day but quiet nights. It was truly
an epic weekend; the wind blew 15+ for 5 days straight, which started with
the ABK Camp on Thursday.
On Saturday, it blew
20-30+ from the north; racing was intense as sailors were using up to 8-meter
sails to speed around the course. This made for some explosive slams
by ferocious gusts. Over half of the finishers were riding 150 liter
BIC Techno 283 boards. Had we given an overall award, Andy Brandt would
have taken home the Gold on a Techno. There were five races held
on Saturday before moving on to an awesome freestyle display by Andy Brandt,
Jason Voss, Christian Rodriguez and Ben Kurman from ABK Sports. Christian
impressed his viewers with flat-water loops and his ever-improving attempts
at Vulcans. Free sailing after the races was fun for those who had any
strength left. Lake Texana gets some really nice swell action going so
the jumping was good too. The local TV station filmed the ABK Camp, races,
and interviewed windsurfers. The evening news showed 5 minutes of windsurfing
action, which is more than big city networks, give you. Saturday night
was the big party with fajitas, fish, venison, and home made sides.
Afterwards the party dispersed to smaller campfires.
Sunday the wind clocked
around to the southeast and increased to over 20+. There were some
holes earlier during the racing but it just kept filling in and nuked until
late. There was a nice line up of ABK equipment, which was Bic boards with
Neil Pryde rigs, to demo with plenty of free technical and rigging tips.
ABK did a freebie mini clinic on short board tacks in the afternoon.
We would like to thank BIC, DaKine, Epic Gear, Fin Works, Hawaiian Proline,
Murrays, Neil Pryde, North Sails, O'Neill, Power Composites, and Sailworks
for the many goodies we were able to give out during the event.
I want to thank the
many sailors and spectators who made the trip to Lake Texana to attend
our event. I hope you bring more of your friends and family to our
next event. I want to thank ABK Sports for hosting the instructional
camp for our fellow windsurfers and WINDSURFING SPORTS of Seabrook for
hosting the 5-day event. The Galveston Bay Windsurfing Association
is planning an event at Lake Texana for next October.
1st Andy Brandt
2nd Craig Greenslit
3rd Guy Racette
4th Jason Voss
1st Sara James
2nd Maradee Robinson
1st Andy Brandt
2nd Jason Voss
3rd Jon J Ernst
4th Skip Johnson
1st Cliff Tudor
2nd Nick Antrobus
3rd Ken Merten
4th Jim Bobo
1st Craig Greenslit
2nd Guy Racette
3rd Mike (Zing) Sainz
4th Kyle Krebs
1st Gary Caylor
2nd Jennifer Racette
3rd Terry Engle
4th Ken Gunter
1st Mark Frary
2nd Eric Christianson
3rd Marcus Mueller
4th Gus Bandemer
Editor's Puffs: by
Roy Tansill Writers
Change is not something
a part of me accepts well and during the past month I pretty well threw
the whole deck up in the air. My part time job at WorldWinds changed
into a full time job with a large corporation and my retirement is history
for... oh the next five or so years. That major change for me is
rapidly trickling down to others..... ultimately it’ll get to you too.
How you ask? Well for starters you read this newsletter which is
about to get a few pages skinnier if more of you readers don’t help
out by writing articles.
Ordinarily I would have
followed up a few stories I got wind of this month. Aprime launch
has been closed by the folks who’s property was crossed in order to get
from the road to the site. How many club members sail there ? (NONE
now!) No one even offered to write about this loss of the best
flat water launch in Corpus. Two weeks ago a windsurfer and a power
boat collided out at Bird Island; again no one took the time to write about
the incident and I was way too busy to collect enough facts for an article.
I did find out that the sideswiped sailor was not injured but with the
increased boat traffic its only a matter of time before another sailor
gets badly injured out there because boats are allowed to operate at full
throttle right through the area full of windsurfers. A little common
sense on the part of boaters (as well as those ‘in charge’ of the area)
could prevent this otherwise inevitable occurrence. Last weekend
the Park Rangers, somewhat arbitrarily, decided to prevent admission
to folks carrying sailing gear because they felt it was too crowded- it
wasn’t. Come on folks, if something is happening at your favorite
sailing site let all of the club know about it- write an article or letter
to the editor and get the word out.
I’ve been the
editor for over two years and I still have more fingers than the number
of members who’ve written articles throughout my time in this position.
Until my recent return to the world of full time work, this was a minor
problem since I had the time to dig up enough ‘news’ to fill the issue-
now its going to be different and your input is needed.
This goes beyond club members
too. The Park Superintendents have contributed a total of one article
in three years and despite that article’s slap at me, I was very happy
to print it. I’d be even happier to print another but none have been
sent. Every month we send the National Seashore’s staff copies....
I wonder if they read it? Just in case they do, and are now getting
a bit annoyed by my singling them out, I’ll take this opportunity
to thank all of their staff involved in the construction of the shade structures
recently erected along the beach at Bird Island Basin. The shade
structures are really well made, placed where most of the sailors congregate,
and are getting a lot of use- nice job Jock & company!
Now I’ll get around
to the Bay sailors. Other than the regular racing crew, I’ve
seen only one article from you folks who like your playground full of wrinkles.
This year I’ve already spent more time along the Bay’s shore than in all
the other years I’ve lived in Corpus Christi. The one thing that
stands out besides the ability of the folks sailing there is what a mess
it is. At the end of this month we’ll be hosting the Open along a
shoreline that closely resembles a landfill- its disgusting! The
national media will be there, lots of racers and even more wannabe sailors,
many of whom will be making their first visit to our sparkling trash heap
by the sea. I know that’s not the windsurfers’ trash; its the
end result of some genius’ idea of running the storm drains into the Bay
right at Cole Park. Its the entire city’s trash and the city
ought to clean it up before the National Media shows up.
And now for something
totally different... Chester would like to borrow an electric smoker to
use for the US Cellular US Open Party’s briskets preparations. If
you have one, give Chester a call at 985-8385.
II & III
Saturday, April 15 and
the winds at Oleander, unlike the IRS, were working hard all day.
Race director for the day, Craig Greenslit, set up a downwind slalom course
then climbed into the committee boat for a long day of rocking and rolling
in chop. Eight races were held and everyone got wet. With the
finish line set up between a near shore buoy and the big palm tree up on
the bluff above the launch area, the troika of scorers (Marcie Greenslit,
Barbara Antrobus, and Roy Tansill) had it easy comfortably sitting on shore.
Some problems with local sailors were encountered as a few of the non-paying
B&F (back & forth) crowd decided it would be fun to get into the
races. Everyone is welcome but you do have to register and pay your
entry fees before joining the fleet. There were 17 registered racers
running the downwind slalom course initially but by the days end the fleet
was down to 14 as the conditions took their toll on both sailors and equipment.
The season’s third Whataburger
race was held on April 29 with Guy Racette serving as the race director.
Despite a forecast calling for 25-30 mph breezes Guy set out a triangle
course with the start/finish line about a third of the way along the upwind
leg. There were three variations run on the same course. The
first two heats were simple one lap around the three marks, the third
heat required two laps around the triangle, and the final two heats added
an extra lap around the upwind and downwind marks after one lap around
the full course. Once again Roy and Barbara kept the official scores
while perched comfortably up on the bluff recording the finish order via
the walkie talkies with Guy out in the committee boat. The predicted
winds never arrived and the course racing was the correct call.
The results of Whataburger
race II & III are in the April newsletter.
WHATABURGER RACE SERIES RESULTS
|Race #5, May 27
John J Ernst
Philip Von Keyserlingk
| Heat 3
1) Did Not Finish scored 16
2) Did Not Start scored 17
1 Craig Greenslit
2 J Jay Ernst
3 Olivier Jallais
1 Guy Miller
2 Guy Racette
| GRAND MASTERS
1 Nick Antrobus
2 Charles Allen
1 Jennifer Racette
Industry News extracted from AWIA
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of high-performance composite products for the windsurfing, hockey and
marine markets. Exel Oyj (based in Finland) will acquire the Fiberspar
sporting goods business effective May 1, 2000. The acquisition is a part
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