WD-40 Downwind Classic Results!

WD-40 Downwind Classic Results!

Post by US-77 » Wed, 17 May 2000 04:00:00


Aloha Windsurfers and Kitesurfers!

This year's WD-40 Downwind Classic had plenty of everything...
windsurfing, sailors(42), kite surfing, fun, food, great prizes, awesome
sponsors
and WIND, Lots of WIND!!! Yup, for the 3rd year in a row we had wind
and this year it was 20+ solid knots of SE wind!

It seems simple enough right? We have an easy beach start, only one
buoy to go around, and no complex rules or protests. Just sail down
wind and enjoy the ride right? Wrong! The Downwind "Classic" can turn
into a Downwind "Challenge" faster than you can un-stick a 2 piece
Surfiac aluminum mast with liter bottle of WD-40. First off, selecting
the right gear can be difficult. Many started out on big sails and
large course boards and learned quickly that they can be nearly
impossible to manage when sailing off the wind in overpowering breeze
for 8 miles in deep swells. Many returned to the beach to grab smaller
boards and smaller fins. Also, sailing a long distance on one tack can
put some unusual stress on different parts of your body which can
quickly cause fatigue. Bottom line, the WD-40 is a challenging event
and the gear selection process is completely different than for course
racing. Without an upwind leg competitors don't necessarily need huge
fins and expensive course boards. They need to balance a smaller
faster board with as much sail as that board will handle.

Kites: This year we had a fleet of 5 kites surfers with us. Although
only one "officially" crossed the finish line, all made it 8 miles
down wind to the finish beach. We were happy to have kiters involved
with the WD40 and hope they will continue to attend our event.

Here are the results. Note, one thing that these results don't show is
that the fastest non-pro sailor ripped this event up on a Bic Techno
in only 22 minutes 40 seconds! Congrats Peter Bogucki! For those of
you considering a board that is competitive in a wide range of
conditions, the Techno would definitely be worth putting on your list.

Full results with elapsed times will soon be available on the CCWA web
site at www.capecodwindsurfing.com/wd40/

Place  Name  Class
1,  Seth Besse, Pro Men
2, Mike Tucker, Pro Men
3, Marc Lefebvre, Pro Men

1, Nevin Sayre, Pro Masters
2, Steven Besse, Pro Masters
3, Fred Vetterlein, Pro Masters

1, Mike Casso, Cruising Men
2, Jason Hyatt, Cruising Men
3, Ian Warren, Cruising Men

1, Peter Kimbal, Cruising Masters
2, Gerry Sollener, Cruising Masters
3, Rod Vaca, Cruising Masters

1, Peter Bogucki, Techno

1, Santiago Carvajal, Kite

Special thanks go to:
-Steve Morse, came in at the last minute with a support boat and was
put to the test all ... day ... long. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!

-Chris Decerbo, for organizing the finish, preparing the results and
supporting our event with a Neilpryde/AHD/Bic demo at the finish
beach.

-Annie Phelan, organized the Fiberspar Fiesta at Sundancers. Great
job!

-Stacy Dennis, organized registration and Seagull Beach Crash point.
Thank you very much!

-Marc Lefebvre, organizing our luxury Budget cube truck and driving
everyone back to the start beach

-Nevin Sayre, for his continued support of our event and hosting the
Fiberspar Fiesta!

-Steve Saunders, for helping with registration, being our finish
official and serving as race central for the regatta.

This year we had over $3,000 in raffle prizes! These prizes are
donated from our sponsors and without them, events like the WD-40
Downwind Classic would NOT be possible. We ask that you PLEASE support
the companies who support us:
WD-40 - www.wd40.com
Neilpryde - www.neilpryde.com
Fiberspar - www.fiberspar.com
Dakine - www.dakine.com
Bic - www.bicsport.com
New England Windsurfing Journal - www.worldwindsurf.com/newj/
Boston Windsurfing - www.sailworld.com
WindsurfingClassifieds.com - www.windsurfingclassifieds.com

Upcoming Events:
May 21, 22 - Black Dog Pro Am, Martha's Vineyard
May 28 - Narragansett Bay Crossing, Wickford town beach, RI
June 17 & 18 - Petra Kanz Short Board Clinic (CCWA Sponsored), Cape
Cod
Jun 23-25 King of the Cape (CCWA Sponsored), West Dennis Beach
July 8 - Nevin Sayre Kids Camp (CCWA Sponsored), Falmouth
July 8 - Newport Regatta, Newport RI

 
 
 

WD-40 Downwind Classic Results!

Post by sandri.. » Thu, 18 May 2000 04:00:00

Sounds like a blast.  What were some other winning equipment
combinations.  How big was the chop?

Steve



Quote:
> Aloha Windsurfers and Kitesurfers!

> This year's WD-40 Downwind Classic had plenty of everything...
> windsurfing, sailors(42), kite surfing, fun, food, great prizes,
awesome
> sponsors
> and WIND, Lots of WIND!!! Yup, for the 3rd year in a row we had wind
> and this year it was 20+ solid knots of SE wind

> Place  Name  Class
> 1,  Seth Besse, Pro Men
> 2, Mike Tucker, Pro Men
> 3, Marc Lefebvre, Pro Men

> 1, Nevin Sayre, Pro Masters
> 2, Steven Besse, Pro Masters
> 3, Fred Vetterlein, Pro Masters

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WD-40 Downwind Classic Results!

Post by US-77 » Thu, 18 May 2000 04:00:00

Quote:

> Sounds like a blast.  What were some other winning equipment
> combinations.  How big was the chop?

The chop was not that bad.  I would say that the swells were about hip high.
Some were larger but not bad at all.

As far as sail sizes most people were on 8.0m and 70cm wide boards.  Nevin
was on a 9.4m and 65cm wide board.  I was on a 8.4m and 69cm wide board.
The people who did the Pro course had larger sails, fins, and boards because
we had to do an upwind, where as the cruising class just had to rip downwind
so they had sail sizes in the 7.0m sizes, and the boards were pretty classic
in proportions (not wide, standard 280cm boards).  The largest sails rigged
(10.6m) did not make it because it was pretty darn windy out there.  On the
other side of the coin, people who rigged small (under 7.0) did not make it
either because sailing off the wind so deep is 1) HARD 2) you need a bigger
sail than normal.

The race was a definite challenge because the wind was soooo east.  This
caused the race to be STRAIGHT downwind.  Sailing this deep downwind for 8
miles on the same tack was exhausting. It certainly pushed me to my limits.
Good experience though...

Well, I hope to see you guys at the Black Dog Windsurfing Pro-Am, and then
onto the US Open.  You guys should check out the WD-40 for next year.  It is
pretty uncanny how we ALWAYS seem to get wind.  I guess we picked the right
weekend...

L8rrr....

--
Marc A. Lefebvre (US-775)
Cape Cod Windsurfing Association President
US Windsurfing North East Regional Director
Gear: AHD/Neil Pryde/Fiberspar/Fiberfoils

Phone: (508)771-8678
WWW: http://www.ultranet.com/~lefebvre/