Burrum Windfest 2013 End of event THANKYOU,
This year's Burrum Windfest was one of the closest Windfest's to date on the water. With 36 competitors joining in the fun and managing to sail on 7 out of 7 days we were able to complete the speed sailing component of Windfest in only 4 days in winds varying from 20-30 knots thanks to cyclone Sandra.
As it turned out, both day 1 and day 4 of competition had the strongest winds of 25-30 knots and the final results contained a mix of speeds from both those days with days 2 & 3 seeing 15-22 knots.
Each day, we held briefing at 11am in preparation for the afternoon low tides. the good winds and white caps tended to come in early each day allowing pre briefing high tide sessions for the keen and provided a familiar windy back drop for those just wanting to watch while rigging or tuning for the speed sailing to come.
By 12-12.30 we were ready to run. The safety boat would head out to the course for a live wind update while the barge was loaded with spare gear and spectators. Each year a barge assists with the event and again this year, we had the MV Burrum River Quest out on the course providing competitors access to facilities and spare gear and providing a vehicle to help move spectators out to the action each day.
By late afternoon each day, and with the rising tide, the course was closed and competitors headed back to have their results updated at Speed HQ , Burrum Sands Holiday Units, where Dylan and his KA72 software were maintaining our shore based control centre and check point.
Day 5 with 4 solid days up our sleeves and speeds in excess of 39 knots on the board, day 5 was called as a rest day. 15-20 knots had come in across the course so most competitors headed out to work on their team challenge results and have some fun.
Day 6 was a light wind day. A longboard race was held with the barge as the gybe mark. it proved a difficult race for those involved with light offshore winds at the start and a late 90 degree wind direction change leaving the end of the race with a broad reach back to the beach after the front runners had no choice but to tack back to the beach finishing their race prior to the change coming through. Post race had us enjoying a beer and using the barge as a fishing platform.
Day 7, everyone was getting tired from so much sailing. We had a lazy morning planned and decided to start the presentation at lunchtime, we fired up the BBQ and began preparations, that is until one final sailing session occurred when 15 knots of wind came in so the decision was taken to have lunch, go for a sail, then hold back the presentation ceremony till early evening with a second BBQ, presentation and drinks.
All up at Windfest this year we had 80+ family and friends in and around Burrum during the event and even with the great winds there was plenty of action off the water during the event. Family and friends all enjoyed trips to Hervey Bay, fishing, Windfest dinners at the local hotel, ongoing parties and the end of event on the final day.
The Neil Pryde JP trailer was also present and thanks go to Geoff and the Surf FX guys as well as Dieter at sunshine coast sailboards for making the trailer available. it was in continuous use allowing us access to gear during the week and also providing the opportunity to run longboard races at high tide or to go for a quiet sup.
the open division was tight. early leader and previous winner Glynn was king of the course on day one posting a 39.052 knot 2 sec peak and 36.543 knot 5x10 speed which until day 4 looked to be this years winning speeds. luckily for Vando, day 4 produced enough winds to allow him to move into first place and take the title for 2013.
the NM open category was owned by phillip Nott taking pole position on 3 of the 4 days.
top 5 results for open division were.
2 sec peak
1. Michel Van Der Pligt - 39.868 (beer prize)
2. Glynn Merritt - 39.052 (beer prize)
3. Phillip Nott - 39.032
4. Jason Rzoska - 37.623
5. Geoff Ringe (legends) - 36.535
1. Michel Van Der Pligt - 37.132 (trophy + burrum sands holiday units accomodation prize)
2. Glynn Merritt - 36.543 (fin quiver bag from jordan's boat hire)
3. Phillip Nott - 36.225
4. Christopher Remington- 33.912
5. Geoff Ringe (legends) - 33.846
1. Phillip Nott - 36.049 (trophy + 25cm select casper fin from sunshine coast sailboards)
2. Michel Van Der Pligt - 36.015 (harness lines from surf fx)
3. Glynn Merritt - 31.916
4. Geoff Ringe (legends) - 31.210
5. Brian Hooper - 30.530
Legends Division (over 60) is a highly prized windfest category. this year ongoing champion Geoff Ringe, who also mixes it in open division, stamped his authority once more.
top 4 results for legends division were.
1. Geoff Ringe - 33.846 (trophy + mast bag from windsurfing sales)
2. Greg Banks - 29.595 ( uphaul and boom bra from sunshine coast sailboards)
3. Ray Wilson - 27.748
4. Peter Nitchke - 26.793
1. Geoff Ringe - 31.210 (trophy + gear bag from windsurfing sales)
2. Greg Banks - 27.490 (fin quiver bag from jordan's boat hire)
3. Ray Wilson - 25.034
4. Peter Nitchke - 23.157
top 2 in womens division were
1. kellie Tusler - 31.137 (trophy)
2. Anne Lewis - 27.352 (mast bag from windsurfingsales)
1. Kellie Tusler - 31.137 (trophy)
2. Anne Lewis - 27.352 (harness lines from sunshine coast sailboards)
Last year Windfest was won by local youth Bradley Jones. During that event local Scott Hansen wanted to enter but was asked to wait 1 year to allow enough time for his sailing to improve enough to meet the event requirements. well 1 year later and scott was back and ready to show what he could do. both bradley and scott exchanged speeds right through the event and up until the last day by which time Scott had gained the upper hand and taken out the comp for 2013.
1. Scott hansen - 25.809 (trophy + 29cm select casper fin from sunshine coast sailboards)
2. Bradley Jones - 25.652 (gear bag from windsurfing sales)
the longboard race was held on day 6 and had some serious tactics happening along the course. race winner was Peter Nitchke on his series 2 one design.
1. Peter Nitchke
2. Kellie Tusler.
Full results can be found here