2011 OCEANIC WINDSURFING CHAMPIONSHIP
27th December – 31st December 2010
Light easterly winds for the final day of the Oceanic Championships meant only one race before the final presentation. Competition was close in the Techno 293 fleet with Sam Trehane (AUS 1177) taking the top prize beating Eamon Robertshaw by two points.
Perfect conditions around 15 knots for competitors on Day Three of the Oceanic Championships. After 7 races Sam Trehane (AUS 1177) is top of the Techno 293 fleet.
What a contrast on day two as the wind gods delivered 14-20 knots for the mid-morning start and there was certainly plenty of action on the race course. By midday, there were issues with anchors holding the start boat in the ever increasing winds so there was a slight delay while a bigger one was found! 25 knots plus caused "carnage" on the race course, only a few boards in each class braved the winds and the rescue teams were kept very busy!
We await the results of day two. Meanwhile competitors can relax and enjoy the epic dinner party at the Illawarra Yacht Club and perhaps wonder what day three will bring.
Light shifting winds mainly from the South East and grey skies greeted the competitors on Day One of the 2011 Windsurfing Oceanic Championships. Techno competitors remained on the beach as the Raceboard fleet waited for their start in wind described as "fresher than nothing" by the Race Director. However, racing was able to begin on Lake Illawarra by mid afternoon and the day finished with 2 good races completed for all classes. Sam Trehane won both of the Techno 293 races.
NEWS RELEASE: 13 December 2010 - There is only a few weeks to go until the 2011 Windsurfing Oceanic Championships begins and the weather has finally swung to warm conditions. However there has been a lot of rain (floods where it has been years in drought). Winds at Lake Illawarra have generally been NE in the afternoon, with speeds up to 30 knots on some days, but averaging about 15 knots.
The BIC Techno 293 fleet has been competing in the Sail Downunder series, with Sydney sailor Sam Trehane winning in Brisbane from Shari Obrien and Reece Baillie (both Brisbane). In Sydney last year's Australian Boy's champion, Eamon Robertshaw from Perth, dominated to win from Sam Trehane and Reece Baillie. Eamon will be well fired up to go head to head with 2010 Oceanic Champion Antoine Aubert, returning from New Calendonia.
The 2011 Oceanic Windsurfing Championship is being held on Lake Illawarra, Wollongong, NSW with the event control centre based at The Illawarra Yacht Club.
This event brings together three of the main windsurfing classes;-
· RSX – the Olympic class for the last Olympics and the upcoming London Olympics.
· Techno – the international Youth class and recognised feeder class for the RSX
· Raceboard – the original longboard class updated with the latest technology
The combination of the three classes at the one event promises to be the largest windsurfing regatta held in Australia for many years.
Competitors from Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, Asia, and possibly Europe are expected to attend, including former Olympic competitors.
The event features both male & female sailors and age categories ranging from juniors (U15) to masters (O35).
The Illawarra Yacht Club has a long history associated with windsurfing, beginning as a division of the club in the late 70s. As well as producing national and international windsurfing champions the club has hosted some large windsurfing events, including the 1992 Windsurfer One Design world championship, and the 2009 and 2010
Lake Illawarra is a large estuary compared to others on the NSW coast. It is also unusual in that despite a surface area of 35 square kilometres, it has a maximum depth of only 3.5m with a significant area of the lake being less than 1m in depth.
The average lake depth is 1.9m. The Lake has a relatively long and shallow sea entrance which allows only small tidal variation to occur. Recent major civil work has
Although essentially a closed inland waterway the wave generation due to winds can produce a rough lake surface. Winds blowing from the south can produce a steep, short frequency chop that challenges a windsurfers board handling skills and makes for exciting racing.
Conditions expected during the championship are for winds SE to NE, with an average maximum (at 3pm) speed of 7 – 16 knots; water temperature 20°C; air temperature 17 – 30°C. Stronger winds are regularly experienced, particularly the well-known Southerly Buster in which wind speeds can reach 40 knots.
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