Local golden girl Mel Webb, our recently crowned World Freestyle champion, has developed a great Youth program at Balmoral Sailing Club in Sydney to get more kids and teens into windsurfing.
And with the Club having five LT's and learner rigs to use - its going to be a ripping program focusing on building skills through to racing. Junior windsurfing is from 0900 for 0930 -1200 Saturday mornings - free for BSC junior members.
And on offer for one Junior or Youth from Balmoral - a return airfare to the 2020 Windsurfer Worlds in Perth!
How good's that.
See all the details here and spread the word. Its a top opportunity at a great Club.
Seventeen Aussies traveled to Torbole on Lake Garda, Italy for the 2019 Windsurfer World Championships.
With 163 competitors from 18 countries it was a massive affirmation that the Windsurfer Class is back!
Incredibly tough racing across Course, Marathon and Slalom was held in 4 weight divisions for men plus the Female division. With 18-22 knot breezes it was fast and tight competition in spectacular scenery.
The Australian contingent performed incredibly well in a fleet featuring multiple Olympians, past World Champions and young guns.
Heavyweight Nick Bez from Melbourne sailed a very consistent regatta and won the Men's Overall - being named the World Champion for 2019.
Hamish Swain from Queensland is the World Youth Champion.
Mel Webb from Sydney is the Women's World Freestyle Champion.
Full results available here
A range of pictures and videos showcasing the event can be seen here
Pictures from the Australian team are here
Next Worlds are coming to Perth in Dec 2020 /Jan 2021.
Get excited - the 43rd Windsurfer Class Australian Championships are go.
Location: Brighton & Seacliff Yacht Club, South Australia
Date: January 23 - 26 January, 2020
NOTICE of RACE here
ONLINE ENTRIES here
Join in the biggest one-design windsurfing event in Australia. Back in South Australia for the first time in over 25 years!
Four days of great racing and awesome fun.
Entry fees including racing, 2x dinner/social events and regatta merchandise.
Discounted regatta entry available for first timers, Juniors, Families and returning racers (no Nationals since 2010).
More information here
The new Class membership cycle commenced July 1.
Options for Social and Racing membership which includes insurance.
or see more information on the options here
All 2019/20 members will receive some Class swag to proudly show off their windsurfer spirit.
Featuring a limited edition Windsurfer branded key ring which doubles as a bottle opener (genius) along with some fancy bumper stickers it's all good and it's all part of your membership.
Notice of Annual General Meeting of Windsurfer Class Association Australia
The Annual General Meeting for the Windsurfer Class Association Australia will be held as follows -
Date - Tuesday 18 June 2019
Time - 7.30pm sharp - Eastern Standard Time
Location – online conference – Zoom platform meeting link https://zoom.us/j/271416856
Process for Election of Office Bearers
An election will occur for all committee positions.
All nominees must be current financial members of WCAA.
Members may nominate themselves or other members.
Nominations were collected by a secure online platform until midnight June 5, 2019.
A link to vote for all positions will was sent to members on June 13, 2019.
Voting will be completed online and closes on Sunday June 16, 2019.
Members can vote here
The Notice of Race for the first 'official' Windsurfer Class World Championships since the 1990's have been released.
The event is shaping up to be BIG - with over 200 competitors from over 20 countries expected.
Over 20 Australians have indicated that they will attend.
International competitors can access charter boards but these are limited. If you are going get booking.
The International Windsurfer Class Association (IWCA) has nominated the Windsurfer as the equipment package for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
World Sailing (WS) has opened a review period for equipment supply post 2020 and the IWCA Executive believes that the Class is well placed to meet the criteria. The presentation to WS can be veiwed here
A decision on a short list will be recommended by the WS Technical commitee. These boarsd will then go on for further review including on the water comparison.
Monster fleet crowns Windsurfer Class resurgence on Lake Macquarie
The 42nd Windsurfer Class Australian Championships scored 4 great days of racing with the first hit-out on the new LT boards a major success.
107 registrations, 10 course races, a fun filled freestyle, 32 heats of slalom and an all in mega marathon filled Lake Macquarie with colour and good vibes. Toronto Amateur Sailing Club did a great job hosting.
Breezes were typically 8-12 knots and shifty - giving everyone a shot at the podium.
Big crowds of spectators viewed the action up close.
A big thank you to all racers for attending and bringing the Windsurfer spirit and energy to the event.
Huge shout out to all the volunteers and to the Windsurfer Class admin gurus - Karen Murden, Erin Dunn and Ev Leonard, along with WCAA Secretary Nick Bez for putting in big time and effort to crunch out the results daily.
Congratulations to our first batch of LT Australian champions!. There was great racing all over the fleet.
Women - Overall Men - Overall
1. Lanee Beasel (NSW) 1. Dennis Winstanley (QLD)
2. Mel Webb (NSW) 2. Simon Jones (NSW)
3. Courtney Schoutrop (QLD) 3. Hamish Swain (QLD)
Cruiser - Overall Youth Scholarship (to attend 2019 Worlds in Italy)
1. David Nolan (QLD) Male - Hamish Swain
2. Aly Gearing (NSW) Female - Isabella Grimshaw (VIC)
3. Geoff Andison (VIC)
Full results are available here
There are some awesome shots of the colour and fun of the nationals.
A big thank you to Mitch from SurfSailKite who put in a massive effort to capture, edit and get the photo/video/drone shots for us.
Everything is being posted on the Class Facebook page - if you haven't already - check it out
Less than 2 weeks out and the 2019 Australian Championships at Toronto on Lake Macquarie is shaping up as the biggest Class event in decades.
Over 90 are now registered and ready to test their skills on the new LT.
Awesome - click here for a detailed update
The Windsurfer Class is back as an International Class after the World Sailing Council ratified the acceptance of the class at its conference in Florida in early November.
This means that the Class can again conduct official World Championships and be included in a variety of World Sailing major events.