Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Elements Spring Racing 2014.

Friday, September 5, 2014

We are pleased to announce that BOP Windsurfers are now affiliated to Windsurfing NZ.

This has been made possible with the generous support of Peter Head from Elements Watersports. The benefits of affiliation to the national body are many. Representation in this region increases the ability of WNZ to continue proactively promoting the sport nationwide, while protecting the interests of all those involved.

We wish to continue promoting the sport locally, with the aim of generating greater interest in windsurfing across the region. The Bay of Plenty Windsurfers facebook page will be the 'hub' of the community, so please feel free to ‘like’ and follow. Post your sessions and pics, list your equipment for sale, review and rate equipment you use, and let members know when you’re heading out for a sail.

Peter will manage subscriptions, please make contact so he can formally add your details to the BOP Windsurfers membership.
Members will qualify for an inclusive NZL sail #, via Laurence @ WNZ.

While Pete and I are happy to administer the group in the interim, we welcome any feedback and assistance you are able to provide, to further windsurfing in The Bay.
Please spread the word, we look forward to, not only running 1 event per year, but adding additional windsurfing activities into the annual WNZ calendar. 

“Windsurfing New Zealand (WNZ) is dedicated to building strong local windsurfing clubs. The schools and then clubs provide the opportunity for windsurfers to meet, socialise, learn and develop. Without the support of other windsurfers many beginners fall by the wayside, and club networks and events create the opportunity to meet up, find others at your level who share experiences and advice. Club members sail together and keep an eye out for each other.

Windsurfing NZ provides resources for clubs, including Public Liability Insurance and  templates which make it easier for locals to run safe, fun events. WNZ also represents the windsurfing community at a national level, advocating for access and safety, coordinating and sponsoring the national calendar of events and national titles.

WNZ also provides training for windsurfing instructors and guidelines for schools to make sure that newcomers get the best and safest start possible.

Many of our affiliated clubs also include kitesurfers, and SUP is also a strong alternative on those windless days, we are not exclusive - any day on the water is better than a day off it!

WNZ is made up of people who believe that windsurfing is a sport for all and a sport for life and want to give everyone the best possible introduction to the sport.”

Saturday, February 15, 2014

2014 NZ Slalom Nats - Laurence Carey's report.

Hi all,
The 2014 Season has kicked off very well this year with over 40 windsurfers meeting in Dunedin for the 2014 Slalom Nationals. It was a great event with lots of laughs and racing. The winds ranged form 15-35knots on the two days of racing, allowing for sails from 7.0-4.2 to be used in one day. The season has a lot planned so contact your local clubs or myself for more information.

 The Slalom Nationals had a huge change in dynamic this year with 8 youth competing which was great to see. Two of these were females representing the Bowater residence. They both raced very well and Xanthe won the Youth females and came second in the open women’s. Lucy Waters was very dominate and won the women’s. The youth men’s had 5 top gun racers which put a lot of pressure on. Taylor Boyd is a clear stand out of which he almost made the top 10 coming 11th (better luck next time grom). He had some great training in Christchurch the week before the event and also up at Clearwater two days before the Nationals started. The regular Clearwater dwellers were there living the dream with daily windsurfs. Even Raymond Lund was there telling us all about his ‘Love’ly trips over the last year where he has been to Perth ripping the waves in Foreign territories.

Then came the Silver fleet which was loaded with lots of fun. There was 10 racing or should I say laughing at each other around the course. The silver fleet only did half as many races which they were all very happy about. Joe McGregor was a huge standout in the fleet where he beat his dad (Mark) in multiple races and also beat the whole fleet in one race. Joe is an up and coming All Black representing Canterbury regularly so it’s great to see he is getting some alternative training. Bruce Spedding (WNZ President) won the Silver fleet. He was a true machine around the race course. Darren Nicholas came down from the sunny side of the North Island (tauranga) and was also very dominant. In true Silver fleet style however he did choose to sail his own course in one race which lead to a minor disqualification… This reminds me of last years nationals when Simon Hall raced the women and won the race.

Nice job NZL500. Darren's report @ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bay-of-Plenty-Windsurfers

The Gold fleet was very competitive with all the top sailors from each region competing. The battle for the top 10 was very close which made any mistake lead to a huge difference. Gareth Wood and I would have some great battles which made watching from the beach very exciting. In one race we were both nearly over early as we both fought for the pin end of the start line. Dan Meehan was yet again very consistent, however I don’t think anyone can be more consistent then Terry B. He frequently would overtake people at the last mark and gain that extra position. However the sailor which caught everyone by surprise was Gavin Jackson who won multiple races throughout the Nationals. Although he is now a kiter, he managed to maintain his dignity on the race course. Nice work Gav. Team10 was back in force again with Harry Reed coming 10th and myself in 1st. Jimbo however didn't make it down and was sorely missed. Nothing beats hearing that irish giggle in the shadows.
Looking forward to the up and coming season, and don't hesitate to let me know of any exciting news to share with the NZ windsurfers.

Kind Regards,

Laurence Carey (NZL252)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Weekend Racing Roundup

Cheers to all of the competitors who managed to survive a great weekend's racing, especially those who traveled from well outside the region.
Conditions on Saturday were awesome. Gusting up to 40knots over the short figure 8 course provided some spectacular racing,........and smashed 'ems!
Completing races was the aim, but missing marks and getting 'flattened' appeared to be a tough consequence of trying to keep the power on in the wild chop
Sunday eased enough to give everyone a good number of races. The day was finished with an 'all in' run to Rangiwaea.
Overall results;
Congratulations to Laurence and Chris for winning their respective divisions.

And a special congratulations to Coral, the 1st recipient of the Barry Anderson Memorial Trophy. Coral was the highest finishing local sailor across both Gold and Silver divisions. An outstanding effort in navigating a course through many older, and highly competitive windsurfers.
Many thanks to our event partners for their valued support. It was a fantastic weekend, with weather at both ends of the scale providing plenty of fun for all participants;
Peter and Jules @ http://elementswatersports.co.nz/ for running another excellent weekend's racing, tailored for sailors of all ability.

Alexander @ www.and-distribution.co.nz
Brian and crew from www.nzboardstore.co.nz
Tony and the team @ www.watercooled.co.nz
Bruce and Anton from www.windsurfingnz.org

Also; special thanks to Marilyn and Tim, for the race admin assistance and tech support.

Brent Devcich for the wicked event vid. 

And Candace, for her hot caffeine and lovely eats.

Look forward to contributing more of the same to the NZ Windsurfing calendar soon.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Barry's Cup

With the kind permission of Alice Anderson, Barry's Cup will be presented to the top performing local* at Elements Spring Racing comp, 28-29th Sept.

*Please feel free to contact me to qualify your eligibility.