Midwinters Windsurfing Festival
Flórida/USA - Março/2004
07/Março (Domingo) /
DIA 03 (Final
Race 1, About 8-12 knots, I went for a
port tack start but played it a little too
safe and Wojtek got a perfect port tack
start and was gone. I managed to round in
2nd and we then pulled out a good lead
until we went to the wrong upwind mark on
the second lap giving us 400m extra
sailing so we were then out of the top
ten. But then many guys sailed through the
starting line on the second upwind which
was not allowed so they were disqualified.
So all I know is that Gonzalo ARG-3 ended
up winning this race. I didn’t get to
see the results after guys were
disqualified as I could have moved up a
little at least one as Wojtek sailed
through the start line in front of me.
Race 2, About 8-10 knots and shifty, the
line was really port favored so many guys
came to start on port tack making it
really difficult to get a good start in
this light wind. I could not get off the
line clean leaving me in around 20th on
the top mark. I had an excellent down wind
catching up to top ten, then on the second
up wind I also took another few guys to
get into 4th position while in the lead
Ross Williams GBR-83 had excellent last
down wind leg taking Wojtek POL-10 to wind
the race with Kevin USA-3 in 3rd.
Race 3, 15 knots odd, Today I really left
my brain on the beach, after having a
clean start and leading the first lap with
Wojtek in 2nd I forgot again about the
shorter upwind mark for the second lap as
it was just so short for a second upwind.
This time I didn’t go all the way to the
other mark and managed to reach back down
wind to round in 2nd behind Wojtek and
with the last short down wind and giving
so much of a lead from my mistake there
was no chance to catch him before the
finish, leaving me in 2nd with Phil AUS-7
Race 4, 15-20 knots I was determined not
to make any more mistakes, I had another
clean start although when I tacked Gonzalo
tacked on top of me and was going fast but
not enough upwind so I had to let him past
then get out of his dirty water to start
pointing much higher and good again so I
lost a little there but still managed to
round the top mark in 4th position close
behind Micah USA-34 in 1st Andrea ITA-1 in
2nd Phil 3rd with Wojtek 5th behind me. I
then managed to pass Phil on the first
reach, then Andrea on the first down wind
jibe and on the 2nd up wind I managed to
point higher than Micah to tack at the
same time for the top mark putting me into
the lead that I extended to the finished
after Micah fell on his jibe on the down
wind letting Wojtek through to take 2nd
with Andrea 3rd.
Race 5, I finally got my head together and
minimized my mistakes to take the win in
this race with Gonzalo in 2nd.
Race 6, I tacked a little too early for
the windward hoping for the lift but
missing the wind shift and also having a
close call with Wojtek as he thought he
should have right of way on Port tack when
I was coming on starboard tack trying to
lay the top mark and when he realized he
would not make it in front of me he had to
stop making him so upset that later in the
race he tried to crash with me when I was
coming down wind and he was going upwind
by veering down wind hugely calling
starboard. Friends that saw this could not
believe it. Anyway on that first upwind I
had to double tack the top mark rounding
in around 5th position and Gonzalo got the
lift from the inside rounding in a
comfortable 1st place. I fought my way
back to finish in 2nd behind Gonzalo.
3rd and last day
Race 7, I had to just stay close to Wojtek
to win the event so I was playing it a
little safe and Wojtek and Kevin had
incredible starts really pushing the line
hard on Port tack and took an excellent
lift to the inside. I was sailing very
fast off the line on Port tack also but I
missed this lift and there was no chance
to catch Wojtek and Kevin back in this
very light wind race leaving me in 3rd
place behind Wojtek.
In this race it was a shame for Gonzalo
and Andrea who crashed into each other on
the start taking themselves out of
contention for a top 3 finish which was
very possible for them, as Andrea had to
pull out of the event from board damage
while Gonzalo could not afford another bad
result having 2 DNF that were filling his
Race 8, Kevin had the most incredible
start again on port tack so it was Kevin
to round the top mark in 1st and me in 2nd
although we both had to pump quite hard
just to make the mark. I then jibed off on
the down wind to follow the gust but then
realized the wind had shifted so much that
it made the down wind leg very short
giving me a large disadvantage having to
make 2 extra jibes letting Kevin get away.
I managed to close the gap on the last lap
to finish within meters of him at the
finish for 2nd position and with Wojtek
well behind this wrapped up the contest
for me even if we had more racing.
After arriving back to the beach they
announced the end of racing for the day
giving me the win on 11 points with Wojtek
in 2nd with 17 points and Ross Williams in
3rd with 23 points.
The Equipment I used in every race,
FANATIC TT, NEILPRYDE RS4 10.7, DEBOICHET
SPONSORS; BENZACNE, FANATIC, NEILPRYDE,
8th March '04
Winds kicked in today again from the North
West about 5-12 knots. The pro's got
called out around 12noon for the first
The only way to go was to start on port
and head into the beach. Kevin, Steve,
Wojtek and Ross all headed towards the
beach and got around the top mark in the
first group. Kevin however was over early,
so it was Steve who lead from start to
finish, with Wojtek coming in second and
Ross in third.
Same story for the next start. Kevin got
away clean this time and lead around the
top mark. Steve rounded second close
behind with Williams, McGain, Boulon and
Gonzalo in close pursuit. Kevin held his
lead to finish ahead of Allen, Boulon
finishing third followed by Gonzalo and
Dorota won the womens and Chrissy Suits
became North American Champion and Kevin
Pritchard being men's champion.
Final placings after 8 races and 2 drops.
7th March '04
First four: Steve, Wojtek,Ross,Kevin..
We are waiting for the official results...
SMS from Florida
22:30 No more races. End of the event.
Race#7: Kevin, Wojtek, Steve, Jamie
Race#8: Kevin, Steve,Jamie,Gonzalo,Wojtek
Wind 7 to 12 knots, very shifty...
06/Março (Sábado) /
South West winds as predicted kicked in
today in Florida and racing was due to
start at 11am. With the winds peaking
around 10am, the start was delayed due to
the winds continueing to move offshore and
Finally we got started around 11.45am, in
12-18 knot very shifty winds. Allen,
Gonzalo rounded the weather mark well
ahead of the pack after starting on port
and heading straight into the beach for
the left hand lift. Diaz and Williams also
were well up there as well after heading
into shore early and picking up the same
lift. Allen lead from start to finish,
with Gonzalo in second,
Diaz third, Williams fourth and Wojtek
picking up to fifth.
Now with winds getting lighter and
shifting more offshore the majority of the
fleet started on port tack. This time
Gonzalo lead around the weather mark
followed by Allen. Buzianis and McGain
rounded in the next group ahead of
Williams and Wojtek. Gonzalo held onto
lead around the course, Allen finished in
second, Buzianis in third, Wojtek in
fourth and McGain rounding out the top 5.
Racing was called off at 3.30pm after the
winds switched more offshore and got
lighter and gustier.
Unofficial results- subject to protest
6th March '04
05/Março (Sexta-Feira) /
Calema Midwinters - day one
Provisional results of the first four
Race#2: Ross, Wojtek,Kevin, Steve,Seth
Race#4: Steve,Wojtek,Andrea Cucchi
SMS from Florida - Race#2. Lots of holes
in the wind. Wojtek was leading all the
way. Last down Ross got a gust and Wojtek's
pumping didn't help. Finish - Ross, Wojtek,
05/Março (Sexta-Feira) /
The winds kicked in today for the pre race
training day at the North American Formula
Championships, Calema Midwinters festival.
Winds picked up to 15 knots and everyone
got out there for some tuning and
training. Allen, Diaz and Bijl, Boulon and
lever, Buzianis, McGain, Williams and
Pritchard were all looking hungry to get
in there last minute preparations in
before regatta starts.
With over 200 competitors registered, it
looks to be a successful event. The
bonaire team of 20 sailors have once again
showed up to learn from the pros and enjoy
the competition atmosphere.
More reports to follow, looks like 10-15
knots forecast for tomorrow.
Phil McGain reports:
The day before registration
Sailors already arriving in Florida for
the annual Midwinters festival organized
by Tinho Dornellas and his wife Susie.
Wojtek arrived a few days ago, Jaime lever
and Devon Boulon were hard at it most of
the day today. Gonzalo was fast as usual
in the flat water. Ross Williams showed
his end of 2003 form while cruising around
on the course today.
Pritchard, Pritchard and McGain were busy
running there 3 day clinic.
Forecast for the next few days look really
good, Friday looking the best.
...stay tuned for more reports.
5th March '04