Under Finned and Under Attack by 40' Yachts in Miami, FL : Alex Cavigila Regatta Report

Under Finned and Under Attack by 40' Yachts in Miami, FL : Alex Cavigila Regatta Report

Post by bodne.. » Thu, 18 Jan 2007 05:20:41


Under Finned and Under Attack by 40' Yachts in Miami, Fl.
Alex Cavigila Regatta Report
By Steve Bodner, USA 4

The 2007 Windsurfing season started off with a perfect start at this
years' inaugural Alex Cavigila Regatta in Miami, Fl.  From January
12-14, over 100 windsurfers gathered at the Shake Leg Sailing Center in
Key Biscayne in Miami Florida to pay tribute to one of windsurfing
finest watermen, who passed away a few years ago. No tears where shed
but rather statements like "The best run windsurfing regatta in a
very long time" from Formula class winner Micah Buzianis.
Conditions could not have been better with a steady 15-20k breeze for
all 3 days of the event.  4 windsurfing classes were represented giving
the dedicated amateur racer; the serious Olympic campaigners; and the
w-end warrior all a chance to compete. Several PWA racers and legend
Robert Teritehau also showed to race up making it known that
windsurfing is not dead or dying in the US. This was the North American
RSX Champs as well as the 2nd stop on the F2 Florida Formula
windsurfing series- a strong show for the middle of winter!
The biggest compliment doesn't go to any particular racer but the
Shake a Leg organization who threw their first windsurfing regatta but
also set the new standard for what we should expect for a w-end of fun
and racing. The Shake a Leg Foundation is a non-profit sailing center
that helps disabled sailors enjoy sailing on the Biscayne Bay. They
have a fleet of tradition Sonars- that allows disabled sailors to race
comfortably and safe in the sometimes challenging Biscayne Bay.  More
importantly, they have an army of volunteers who made the event run
seamlessly.  From helpers at the launch making sure the flow of 100+
sailors got off, to boats on the course- giving out water and lunch! -
this event was one to be remembered- not to mention to great parties
they threw in the converted Coast Guard Airplane Hanger just 100'
from the waters edge.

Friday- Day 1: 2 pm first start with a 15-20k breeze from the east and
flat water. The RS-X class was up first with a full mix of
international sailors and several US sailors.  I was e***d to watch
these guys as I had spend a lot of last year campaigning in this class
and know a lot of the fleet. It's a true mix of athleticism and
sailing tactics as these full time young sailors are trying to gain the
experience to represent their country at the 2008 Olympics. This was a
warm up event for next week's Miami Olympic Class Regatta-which will
draw close to 1000 sailors in all 11 Olympic classes, as well as the
north american  qualifier for the 2007 ISAF Combined World Championship
in Portugal later this year. That event will qualify you for the '08
Games.  With 1 minute to go, most of the fleet is one the line, holding
their positions; 30- seconds- the jockeying continues; 10 seconds- the
mad pumping frenzy begins and doesn't let up to the finish of the
race.  Half the fleet gets off strong to the left side, with the other
half left in their wake and bad air on the 2nd row, trying to tack off
for clear air.  The women's' RSX fleet starts next with just as
impressive start. The formula and new Kona fleet are left waiting as
the RC is learning its first lesson of race management but will soon
learn from their mistakes and get the courses and fleets in order to
have everybody racing at once.
Finally the Formula fleet starts and I get off the line in the middle
with a decent lane. Immediately I find out my upwind isn't up to par
as I have trouble holding angle despite hiking my 6'-4" frame out
to windward.  This years new formula boards all have wider tales and
demand a bigger and more powerful fin than last years boards to get the
most angle upwind. Most of the fleet is on the new F2 board as well as
a few L6's and L7's in the fleet. It almost looks like a north
sails one design event with most of the fleet on the 2006 and some
lucky ones on the 2007 north warps. One thing's for sure- everybody who
wants to be competitive has a Kashy fin. I soon find out that a 65 cm
Kashy isn't quite enough and need at least a 67 or preferably a 70 to
stay in the top 3 or 4 positions. Otherwise it was damage control for
as I wasn't able to optimize my strongest asset- leverage to
windward. Jimmy Diaz leads the fleet around to take the first bullet
with a noticeable absent Buzianis - missing the first start.  I round
the top mark 5th and watch BRA- 5 go down *** the first downwind as
he catches some of the notorious Biscayne Bay weed on his fin.  I hold
onto 4th Behind Steve Sylvester with 15 year old Brazilian prodigy
Gabriel Browne, BRA 50- finishing 2nd.
Race 2- Breeze is still up with some hints of right shifts coming down
the course.  Micah leads off the line with amazing speed and dominates
around the course. Jimmy is in safe 2nd with BRA 50 pushing hard in
3rd.  A bit further back finds Sylvester, BRA-5 and myself battling it
out around the leeward mark and close on the 2nd upwind.  Sylvester was
able to climb on us using his dialed in 2006 set up- consisting of a
ML6, 67 cm Kashy fin and 9.9 slalom sail. I find myself with plenty of
power with a north warp 11.0 but am under-finned with a 65 and L7
board. Upwind BRA-5 and I go back and forth dodging the weeds but he
shuts the door on me on the last reach to the finish. Sylvester
over-stands the bottom mark- following the RSX fleet to the outside
leeward mark.  I'm still searching for the sweet spot on my set up
but realize I need a bit more wind to fully take advantage of my setup.

Saturday  Day 2: 11 am first start with 4 races today and lunch served
on ' a barrier island located a few feet above the tide line ? mile
off shore from the sailing center.  Winds are steady 15-20k but die
later in the afternoon to 12-14k- still perfect for formula sailing.
The left side is still favored and it is a parade to the port lay line.
I try starting at the pin as to not have anyone to leeward so I can go
for speed and not get crushed on angle upwind. It works as I round in
the top 5 but need to wait for someone to make a mistake to gain. The
L7 feels great off the breeze- going deep in the puffs while remaining
in full control with use of the new double chicken strap. Micah still
is able to walk away from the fleet with some amazing speed with an
11.9. Jimmy is bit closer today as he switches to Kashy blade from his
Deb. Unfortunately the Kashy fin is a lethal weapon and sends Jimmy to
the hospital with a cut foot. Note to self- don't clear weeds on fin
with foot! I manage 2 decent races with a 4, 5 finish and 2 throw-
outs- 7, 9 as I struggle off the line and fins some major weeds on the
course. The fleet is getting more aggressive on the starting line going
for the favored pin end start.
Saturday evening finds most competitors tired from 2 days of racing but
the Shake Leg Foundation throws another great party with a live reggae
band, great food and plenty of beer to forget about the days mistakes.
Sunday- Day 3: Forecast looks lighter but breeze is still holding in
the mid ***s. In addition to more chop there are holiday w-end
cigarette boats (think Miami Vice re-runs) and more recreation
power-boaters running around the Biscayne Bay. In race 1, an obnoxious
40' yacht plows directly over our beat to windward- surprising us
from windward and behind. Sylvester just barley escapes footing across
the bow and nearly getting himself killed. I throw the brakes on just
20' away and stop. Fernando isn't so lucky as the boat slows for
Steve but accelerates again just in front of him and causes him to
crash in an 8' wake. I settle for a 5th again and watch a close
battle on the last leg between Steve Sylvester and BRA-5.  With Jimmy,
TKO, BRA 50-Gabriel Browne pushed Micah but experience won with
Buzianis claiming his 8th bullet. In the last race, I switch boards to
with another racer so I can try the new F2 but more importantly I
wanted to confirm it was the lack of fin holding me back and not
anything else. Sure enough with a 70 cm Kashy fin, I am able to hold my
lane off the starting line with Fernando just below me and Steve to
windward of me. I hike and climb to windward- good show and I round in
3rd just behind Steve. The Brazilians struggle off the line but BRA 50
catches me off the wind as the board I'm using has no chicken strap
and I'm fighting the 70 cm fin in the gust and chop. Back upwind, I
hold my own but manage to wrap myself around the windward mark hoping
to pinch around it with no luck.
Overall- a really good impression of the F2 board, as it's more in
control from last year's board and has some great speed with the
wider nose. I was more impressed with the bigger Kashy fin but
couldn't quite optimize without a chicken strap in the building
breeze and chop.
What's really impressive is the results in the formula class- Micah
comes out in first with 8 bullets but behind him was 15 year old
Gabriel Brown from Brazil and almost 4x his age- Steve Sylvester in 3rd
place. The Miami formula fleet has really improved with a bigger and
more talented fleet as well their own race series.  Check out their
site at  http://SportToday.org/;for full results
In the RSX class it was the Polish team taking the honors in the
men's and women's class. US Sailors Ben Barger finshed strong
behind Canadian Zak Plavsic just outside the top 10.
In the new recreational Kona class- long-boarding and simplicity ruled
with a dedicated group of older sailors having a lot of fun.

Steve Bodner
USA 4

--
www.stevebodner.com

 
 
 

Under Finned and Under Attack by 40' Yachts in Miami, FL : Alex Cavigila Regatta Report

Post by Matt » Thu, 18 Jan 2007 13:13:00

Steve,

An enjoyable read.  Thanks for the report.

Best,
Matt


Under Finned and Under Attack by 40' Yachts in Miami, Fl.
Alex Cavigila Regatta Report
By Steve Bodner, USA 4

The 2007 Windsurfing season started off with a perfect start at this
years' inaugural Alex Cavigila Regatta in Miami, Fl.  From January
12-14, over 100 windsurfers gathered at the Shake Leg Sailing Center in
Key Biscayne in Miami Florida to pay tribute to one of windsurfing
finest watermen, who passed away a few years ago. No tears where shed
but rather statements like "The best run windsurfing regatta in a
very long time" from Formula class winner Micah Buzianis.
Conditions could not have been better with a steady 15-20k breeze for
all 3 days of the event.  4 windsurfing classes were represented giving
the dedicated amateur racer; the serious Olympic campaigners; and the
w-end warrior all a chance to compete. Several PWA racers and legend
Robert Teritehau also showed to race up making it known that
windsurfing is not dead or dying in the US. This was the North American
RSX Champs as well as the 2nd stop on the F2 Florida Formula
windsurfing series- a strong show for the middle of winter!
The biggest compliment doesn't go to any particular racer but the
Shake a Leg organization who threw their first windsurfing regatta but
also set the new standard for what we should expect for a w-end of fun
and racing. The Shake a Leg Foundation is a non-profit sailing center
that helps disabled sailors enjoy sailing on the Biscayne Bay. They
have a fleet of tradition Sonars- that allows disabled sailors to race
comfortably and safe in the sometimes challenging Biscayne Bay.  More
importantly, they have an army of volunteers who made the event run
seamlessly.  From helpers at the launch making sure the flow of 100+
sailors got off, to boats on the course- giving out water and lunch! -
this event was one to be remembered- not to mention to great parties
they threw in the converted Coast Guard Airplane Hanger just 100'
from the waters edge.

Friday- Day 1: 2 pm first start with a 15-20k breeze from the east and
flat water. The RS-X class was up first with a full mix of
international sailors and several US sailors.  I was e***d to watch
these guys as I had spend a lot of last year campaigning in this class
and know a lot of the fleet. It's a true mix of athleticism and
sailing tactics as these full time young sailors are trying to gain the
experience to represent their country at the 2008 Olympics. This was a
warm up event for next week's Miami Olympic Class Regatta-which will
draw close to 1000 sailors in all 11 Olympic classes, as well as the
north american  qualifier for the 2007 ISAF Combined World Championship
in Portugal later this year. That event will qualify you for the '08
Games.  With 1 minute to go, most of the fleet is one the line, holding
their positions; 30- seconds- the jockeying continues; 10 seconds- the
mad pumping frenzy begins and doesn't let up to the finish of the
race.  Half the fleet gets off strong to the left side, with the other
half left in their wake and bad air on the 2nd row, trying to tack off
for clear air.  The women's' RSX fleet starts next with just as
impressive start. The formula and new Kona fleet are left waiting as
the RC is learning its first lesson of race management but will soon
learn from their mistakes and get the courses and fleets in order to
have everybody racing at once.
Finally the Formula fleet starts and I get off the line in the middle
with a decent lane. Immediately I find out my upwind isn't up to par
as I have trouble holding angle despite hiking my 6'-4" frame out
to windward.  This years new formula boards all have wider tales and
demand a bigger and more powerful fin than last years boards to get the
most angle upwind. Most of the fleet is on the new F2 board as well as
a few L6's and L7's in the fleet. It almost looks like a north
sails one design event with most of the fleet on the 2006 and some
lucky ones on the 2007 north warps. One thing's for sure- everybody who
wants to be competitive has a Kashy fin. I soon find out that a 65 cm
Kashy isn't quite enough and need at least a 67 or preferably a 70 to
stay in the top 3 or 4 positions. Otherwise it was damage control for
as I wasn't able to optimize my strongest asset- leverage to
windward. Jimmy Diaz leads the fleet around to take the first bullet
with a noticeable absent Buzianis - missing the first start.  I round
the top mark 5th and watch BRA- 5 go down *** the first downwind as
he catches some of the notorious Biscayne Bay weed on his fin.  I hold
onto 4th Behind Steve Sylvester with 15 year old Brazilian prodigy
Gabriel Browne, BRA 50- finishing 2nd.
Race 2- Breeze is still up with some hints of right shifts coming down
the course.  Micah leads off the line with amazing speed and dominates
around the course. Jimmy is in safe 2nd with BRA 50 pushing hard in
3rd.  A bit further back finds Sylvester, BRA-5 and myself battling it
out around the leeward mark and close on the 2nd upwind.  Sylvester was
able to climb on us using his dialed in 2006 set up- consisting of a
ML6, 67 cm Kashy fin and 9.9 slalom sail. I find myself with plenty of
power with a north warp 11.0 but am under-finned with a 65 and L7
board. Upwind BRA-5 and I go back and forth dodging the weeds but he
shuts the door on me on the last reach to the finish. Sylvester
over-stands the bottom mark- following the RSX fleet to the outside
leeward mark.  I'm still searching for the sweet spot on my set up
but realize I need a bit more wind to fully take advantage of my setup.

Saturday  Day 2: 11 am first start with 4 races today and lunch served
on ' a barrier island located a few feet above the tide line ? mile
off shore from the sailing center.  Winds are steady 15-20k but die
later in the afternoon to 12-14k- still perfect for formula sailing.
The left side is still favored and it is a parade to the port lay line.
I try starting at the pin as to not have anyone to leeward so I can go
for speed and not get crushed on angle upwind. It works as I round in
the top 5 but need to wait for someone to make a mistake to gain. The
L7 feels great off the breeze- going deep in the puffs while remaining
in full control with use of the new double chicken strap. Micah still
is able to walk away from the fleet with some amazing speed with an
11.9. Jimmy is bit closer today as he switches to Kashy blade from his
Deb. Unfortunately the Kashy fin is a lethal weapon and sends Jimmy to
the hospital with a cut foot. Note to self- don't clear weeds on fin
with foot! I manage 2 decent races with a 4, 5 finish and 2 throw-
outs- 7, 9 as I struggle off the line and fins some major weeds on the
course. The fleet is getting more aggressive on the starting line going
for the favored pin end start.
Saturday evening finds most competitors tired from 2 days of racing but
the Shake Leg Foundation throws another great party with a live reggae
band, great food and plenty of beer to forget about the days mistakes.
Sunday- Day 3: Forecast looks lighter but breeze is still holding in
the mid ***s. In addition to more chop there are holiday w-end
cigarette boats (think Miami Vice re-runs) and more recreation
power-boaters running around the Biscayne Bay. In race 1, an obnoxious
40' yacht plows directly over our beat to windward- surprising us
from windward and behind. Sylvester just barley escapes footing across
the bow and nearly getting himself killed. I throw the brakes on just
20' away and stop. Fernando isn't so lucky as the boat slows for
Steve but accelerates again just in front of him and causes him to
crash in an 8' wake. I settle for a 5th again and watch a close
battle on the last leg between Steve Sylvester and BRA-5.  With Jimmy,
TKO, BRA 50-Gabriel Browne pushed Micah but experience won with
Buzianis claiming his 8th bullet. In the last race, I switch boards to
with another racer so I can try the new F2 but more importantly I
wanted to confirm it was the lack of fin holding me back and not
anything else. Sure enough with a 70 cm Kashy fin, I am able to hold my
lane off the starting line with Fernando just below me and Steve to
windward of me. I hike and climb to windward- good show and I round in
3rd just behind Steve. The Brazilians struggle off the line but BRA 50
catches me off the wind as the board I'm using has no chicken strap
and I'm fighting the 70 cm fin in the gust and chop. Back upwind, I
hold my own but manage to wrap myself around the windward mark hoping
to pinch around it with no luck.
Overall- a really good impression of the F2 board, as it's more in
control from last year's board and has some great speed with the
wider nose. I was more impressed with the bigger Kashy fin but
couldn't quite optimize without a chicken strap in the building
breeze and chop.
What's really impressive is the results in the formula class- Micah
comes out in first with 8 bullets but behind him was 15 year old
Gabriel Brown from Brazil and almost 4x his age- Steve Sylvester in 3rd
place. The Miami formula fleet has really improved with a bigger and
more talented fleet as well their own race series.  Check out their
site at  http://SportToday.org/;for full results
In the RSX class it was the Polish team taking the honors in the
men's and women's class. US Sailors Ben Barger finshed strong
behind Canadian Zak Plavsic just outside the top 10.
In the new recreational Kona class- long-boarding and simplicity ruled
with a dedicated group of older sailors having a lot of fun.

Steve Bodner
USA 4

--
www.stevebodner.com

 
 
 

Under Finned and Under Attack by 40' Yachts in Miami, FL : Alex Cavigila Regatta Report

Post by JSNT » Fri, 19 Jan 2007 03:05:39

Steve you always do such a great job of taking us there. Mucho mahalo!

South Florida has had good wind this year. My bro in the Keys relates he's
seen 4-5 seshable (15 mph+)  days a week since early November.

Hugh


Under Finned and Under Attack by 40' Yachts in Miami, Fl.
Alex Cavigila Regatta Report
By Steve Bodner, USA 4

The 2007 Windsurfing season started off with a perfect start at this
years' inaugural Alex Cavigila Regatta in Miami, Fl.  From January
12-14, over 100 windsurfers gathered at the Shake Leg Sailing Center in
Key Biscayne in Miami Florida to pay tribute to one of windsurfing
finest watermen, who passed away a few years ago. No tears where shed
but rather statements like "The best run windsurfing regatta in a
very long time" from Formula class winner Micah Buzianis.
Conditions could not have been better with a steady 15-20k breeze for
all 3 days of the event.  4 windsurfing classes were represented giving
the dedicated amateur racer; the serious Olympic campaigners; and the
w-end warrior all a chance to compete. Several PWA racers and legend
Robert Teritehau also showed to race up making it known that
windsurfing is not dead or dying in the US. This was the North American
RSX Champs as well as the 2nd stop on the F2 Florida Formula
windsurfing series- a strong show for the middle of winter!
The biggest compliment doesn't go to any particular racer but the
Shake a Leg organization who threw their first windsurfing regatta but
also set the new standard for what we should expect for a w-end of fun
and racing. The Shake a Leg Foundation is a non-profit sailing center
that helps disabled sailors enjoy sailing on the Biscayne Bay. They
have a fleet of tradition Sonars- that allows disabled sailors to race
comfortably and safe in the sometimes challenging Biscayne Bay.  More
importantly, they have an army of volunteers who made the event run
seamlessly.  From helpers at the launch making sure the flow of 100+
sailors got off, to boats on the course- giving out water and lunch! -
this event was one to be remembered- not to mention to great parties
they threw in the converted Coast Guard Airplane Hanger just 100'
from the waters edge.

Friday- Day 1: 2 pm first start with a 15-20k breeze from the east and
flat water. The RS-X class was up first with a full mix of
international sailors and several US sailors.  I was e***d to watch
these guys as I had spend a lot of last year campaigning in this class
and know a lot of the fleet. It's a true mix of athleticism and
sailing tactics as these full time young sailors are trying to gain the
experience to represent their country at the 2008 Olympics. This was a
warm up event for next week's Miami Olympic Class Regatta-which will
draw close to 1000 sailors in all 11 Olympic classes, as well as the
north american  qualifier for the 2007 ISAF Combined World Championship
in Portugal later this year. That event will qualify you for the '08
Games.  With 1 minute to go, most of the fleet is one the line, holding
their positions; 30- seconds- the jockeying continues; 10 seconds- the
mad pumping frenzy begins and doesn't let up to the finish of the
race.  Half the fleet gets off strong to the left side, with the other
half left in their wake and bad air on the 2nd row, trying to tack off
for clear air.  The women's' RSX fleet starts next with just as
impressive start. The formula and new Kona fleet are left waiting as
the RC is learning its first lesson of race management but will soon
learn from their mistakes and get the courses and fleets in order to
have everybody racing at once.
Finally the Formula fleet starts and I get off the line in the middle
with a decent lane. Immediately I find out my upwind isn't up to par
as I have trouble holding angle despite hiking my 6'-4" frame out
to windward.  This years new formula boards all have wider tales and
demand a bigger and more powerful fin than last years boards to get the
most angle upwind. Most of the fleet is on the new F2 board as well as
a few L6's and L7's in the fleet. It almost looks like a north
sails one design event with most of the fleet on the 2006 and some
lucky ones on the 2007 north warps. One thing's for sure- everybody who
wants to be competitive has a Kashy fin. I soon find out that a 65 cm
Kashy isn't quite enough and need at least a 67 or preferably a 70 to
stay in the top 3 or 4 positions. Otherwise it was damage control for
as I wasn't able to optimize my strongest asset- leverage to
windward. Jimmy Diaz leads the fleet around to take the first bullet
with a noticeable absent Buzianis - missing the first start.  I round
the top mark 5th and watch BRA- 5 go down *** the first downwind as
he catches some of the notorious Biscayne Bay weed on his fin.  I hold
onto 4th Behind Steve Sylvester with 15 year old Brazilian prodigy
Gabriel Browne, BRA 50- finishing 2nd.
Race 2- Breeze is still up with some hints of right shifts coming down
the course.  Micah leads off the line with amazing speed and dominates
around the course. Jimmy is in safe 2nd with BRA 50 pushing hard in
3rd.  A bit further back finds Sylvester, BRA-5 and myself battling it
out around the leeward mark and close on the 2nd upwind.  Sylvester was
able to climb on us using his dialed in 2006 set up- consisting of a
ML6, 67 cm Kashy fin and 9.9 slalom sail. I find myself with plenty of
power with a north warp 11.0 but am under-finned with a 65 and L7
board. Upwind BRA-5 and I go back and forth dodging the weeds but he
shuts the door on me on the last reach to the finish. Sylvester
over-stands the bottom mark- following the RSX fleet to the outside
leeward mark.  I'm still searching for the sweet spot on my set up
but realize I need a bit more wind to fully take advantage of my setup.

Saturday  Day 2: 11 am first start with 4 races today and lunch served
on ' a barrier island located a few feet above the tide line ? mile
off shore from the sailing center.  Winds are steady 15-20k but die
later in the afternoon to 12-14k- still perfect for formula sailing.
The left side is still favored and it is a parade to the port lay line.
I try starting at the pin as to not have anyone to leeward so I can go
for speed and not get crushed on angle upwind. It works as I round in
the top 5 but need to wait for someone to make a mistake to gain. The
L7 feels great off the breeze- going deep in the puffs while remaining
in full control with use of the new double chicken strap. Micah still
is able to walk away from the fleet with some amazing speed with an
11.9. Jimmy is bit closer today as he switches to Kashy blade from his
Deb. Unfortunately the Kashy fin is a lethal weapon and sends Jimmy to
the hospital with a cut foot. Note to self- don't clear weeds on fin
with foot! I manage 2 decent races with a 4, 5 finish and 2 throw-
outs- 7, 9 as I struggle off the line and fins some major weeds on the
course. The fleet is getting more aggressive on the starting line going
for the favored pin end start.
Saturday evening finds most competitors tired from 2 days of racing but
the Shake Leg Foundation throws another great party with a live reggae
band, great food and plenty of beer to forget about the days mistakes.
Sunday- Day 3: Forecast looks lighter but breeze is still holding in
the mid ***s. In addition to more chop there are holiday w-end
cigarette boats (think Miami Vice re-runs) and more recreation
power-boaters running around the Biscayne Bay. In race 1, an obnoxious
40' yacht plows directly over our beat to windward- surprising us
from windward and behind. Sylvester just barley escapes footing across
the bow and nearly getting himself killed. I throw the brakes on just
20' away and stop. Fernando isn't so lucky as the boat slows for
Steve but accelerates again just in front of him and causes him to
crash in an 8' wake. I settle for a 5th again and watch a close
battle on the last leg between Steve Sylvester and BRA-5.  With Jimmy,
TKO, BRA 50-Gabriel Browne pushed Micah but experience won with
Buzianis claiming his 8th bullet. In the last race, I switch boards to
with another racer so I can try the new F2 but more importantly I
wanted to confirm it was the lack of fin holding me back and not
anything else. Sure enough with a 70 cm Kashy fin, I am able to hold my
lane off the starting line with Fernando just below me and Steve to
windward of me. I hike and climb to windward- good show and I round in
3rd just behind Steve. The Brazilians struggle off the line but BRA 50
catches me off the wind as the board I'm using has no chicken strap
and I'm fighting the 70 cm fin in the gust and chop. Back upwind, I
hold my own but manage to wrap myself around the windward mark hoping
to pinch around it with no luck.
Overall- a really good impression of the F2 board, as it's more in
control from last year's board and has some great speed with the
wider nose. I was more impressed with the bigger Kashy fin but
couldn't quite optimize without a chicken strap in the building
breeze and chop.
What's really impressive is the results in the formula class- Micah
comes out in first with 8 bullets but behind him was 15 year old
Gabriel Brown from Brazil and almost 4x his age- Steve Sylvester in 3rd
place. The Miami formula fleet has really improved with a bigger and
more talented fleet as well their own race series.  Check out their
site at  http://SportToday.org/;for full results
In the RSX class it was the Polish team taking the honors in the
men's and women's class. US Sailors Ben Barger finshed strong
behind Canadian Zak Plavsic just outside the top 10.
In the new recreational Kona class- long-boarding and simplicity ruled
with a dedicated group of older sailors having a lot of fun.

Steve Bodner
USA 4

--
www.stevebodner.com