2011 JUNIOR, YOUTH & MASTERS WINDSURFING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
17th to 24th July 2011
St. Francis YC, San Francisco, California, USA
Organized by: St. Francis Yacht Club in co-operation with US Sailing & US Windsurfing
An International Windsurfing Association sanctioned event
Awards Ceremony Photos / Day 5 On The Water Shots From Shawn Davis / Day 5 Photo Gallery (from land) / Day 4 / Day 3 / Day 2 /
Day 1 / 19 July / 17 July / Patrik Pollak / Shawn Davis Photography
The fifth and final day capped what was a spectacular 2011 Techno Windsurfing World Championships.
The final day was a full one with 2 course races and a long distance race on the agenda and the tension could be cut with a knife with multiple world titles up in the air. The long distance race is not part of the overall scoring but was a once in a life time opportunity for many, with the infamous island prison of Alcatraz serving as the leeward mark.
The last day of the regatta followed the trend of oscilating fog banks; one day it's in, the next day it's out. Today's recipe was one filled with blue skies and bright sunshine and the usual 20 mph sea breeze filling up San Francisco Bay. And like all the days prior the current was flooding, which in San Francisco means the sailors must fight against it as they go upwind only to enjoy a high speed sleigh ride off the wind.
Kieran Martin (GBR 926) started off the regatta on a slow note but from there he only got faster quickly dialing in to what it takes to win in San Francisco. Martin swept the final day with back to back wins vaulting him to a world title. (pictured below Kieran Martin escapes from Alcatraz)
Martin's teammate Adam Purcell (GBR 62) essentially sailed in the opposite direction of Martin. Purcell led the regatta in the early days of competition only to falter as the week went on. Purcell's day 5 performance left the door open to Israel's Bell Baz (ISR 619) to take his best shot at stealing away the second spot and Bell was up to the task putting up a 3-2 scoring line in the day's final two races. With twelve races sailed however the sailors were able to throw out two of their worst scores which for Purcell happened to be the final two of the regatta. When the math was all tallied up Purcell took the second spot from Bell who settled for third in the Boys Under 17 division. Your top 3 left to right Adam Purcell, Kieran Martin, Bell Baz.
Saskia Sills (GBR 956) continued the strong British performance at these worlds bookending the Under 17 Boys title with victory in the Under 17 Girls. The action in this division was absolutely thrilling with the world title coming down to the final race.(pictured below Saskia Sills)
American Marion Lepert (USA 143) stumbled in the day's final race when she had a chance to lock up the world title. With that it was down to Lepert vs. Sills in a winner take all battle. Sills jumped off to a stellar start just behind the surging Emma Labourne (GBR 719) who had decided to put on the afterburners for her final shot at the race course. Labourne was on fire and Sills was riding her coat tails around the course with Lepert just within striking distance. As they came to the finish line Labourne took the win with Sills taking second and the world title that went with it. Lepert had been in third place the entire race but slightly understood the finish line allowing for Imogen Sills (GBR 561)to slip in to third place. As it all wrapped up it was Saskia Sills taking first, Marion Lepert taking second, and Imogen Sills rounding out the top three. Pictured Left to right Marion Lepert, Saskia Sills, Imogen Sills.
France's Julien Bouyer (FRA 192) simply dominated the Open Division only growing his lead on the day's final two races. Teammate Marc Lavaud (FRA 434) showed he had the speed to beat Bouyer from time to time but the outcome was never seriously in question. (Pictured below Julien Bouyer)
Puerto Rico's Alejandro Monllor's (PUR 1) managed to hold on tight to third place but it was by the slimmest of margins as Japan's Jun Ogawa (JPN 116) was doing all he could to dislodge Monllor from the final podium spot. The two sailors were locked up at 30 points each with the tiebreaker going in Monllor's favor. Julien Bouyer, Marc Lavaud, and Alejandro Monllor wrap up the regatta 1-2-3. Pictured below left to right Marc Lavaud, Julien Bouyer, Alejandro Monllor.
Britain's Emma Wilson (GBR 961) had the World Title in the bag before the day even started but that doesn't mean she slowed down any in the days final races. Shai Blank (ISR 951) sailed well all week and had it not been for a subpar, by her own standards, day one performance she would have had a legitimate shot at the title. Emily Hall (GBR 714) gave it her best shot but in the end could not overtake the Blank's consistent sailing. Eugenia Bologna (ITA 10) was in the hunt all week long but had no wiggle room on the throw outs leaving her in fourth place when it was all said and done. Pictured below the Under 15 girl's podium left to right Shai Blank, Emma Wilson, Emily Hall.
Italian Mattia Onali (ITA 134) took the strategically safe route on the day in the Open Division. With the world title already in his back pocket sailing the final two races could only put himself at risk so he played it safe staying on the beach. Onali had been simply dominant in the final days reeling off 6 straight bullets to seal his title. Artiom Javadav (BLR 766) looked to have second place pretty well locked up but that was until Mikita Tsirkun (BLR 714) decided to go for broke and posted a 1-1 scoring line on the day. Javadav was up for the task however and covered Tsirkun at all turns to ensure his second place spot on the podium. Pictured below left to right Artiom Javadav, Mattia Onali, Mikita Tsirkun.
The day concluded with a splendid prize giving ceremony where once again a heartfelt thanks was extended to the St Francis Yacht Club and the plethora of volunteers who have done everything from working the boats, to fixing boards, to helping the kids in and out of the water. A major round of applause was bestowed upon Dennis Deisinger, the primary organizer and driving force for pulling off this very successful event.
More thanks to the support of the Events Sponsors, Zico Coconut Water, The International Windsurfing Association, The Windsurfing Task Force, The Sports Basement, The ISAF, Bic Windsurfing, Waterhound.com, GU Energy, and US Windsurfing. (Pictured below more kids being kids action)
Last but not least has to be made for the solid performance of an incredibly professional race committee. Recently anointed St Francis Race head Robbie Dean and his team pulled off an exceptional regatta. The linchpin of their success was the on the water performance PRO Darren Rogers. Both of these guys will be first in line to tell you they were only as good as the top notch teams they had working for them.
Thrilling battles set up for tight action on the penultimate day of the 2011 Techno Windsurfing World Championships.
With sunny skies most of the week it was time for a fog day here in San Francisco. As the sailors rigged up for racing the fog itself was racing towards Alcatraz. The eastern and western courses were again quite different with respect to the wind speed and steadiness. With the western most course completely under the fog bank winds ranged from 10-18mph and were a bit on the shifty side while the eastern course was seeing mixed sun and fog and a relatively steady 20mph of wind.
The docket was changed up from the preceding three days routine with the Under 17 Girls, Under 15 Girls, Open Division, and Raceboard classes up first while the under 15 boys and under 17 boys stayed on the beach. 2 quick races were wrapped up by 1pm for the first fleets leaving them the entire day to themselves, quite a luxury courtesy San Francisco's dependable sea breeze. A look at the results board shows some incredibly tight action with multiple medals on the line between racers separated by the smallest of margins.
France's Julien Bouyer (FRA 192) has marched closer to his first World Title on the day having put up a solid 1-2 scoring line to extend his lead on the pursuing Alejandro Monllor (PUR 1) and Marc Lavaud (FRA 134). Lavaud has been on the charge in the last two days of the regatta and Monllor's grasp on second place is in serious jeopardy with Lavaud getting the better of Monllor in both races on the day to close the gap to a single point between the two. Japan's Jun Ogawa (JPN 116) cannot be discounted just yet and has put himself back in contention with a good day on the water. At day's end it was still Bouyer, Monllor, and Lavaud sitting 1,2,and 3 respectively with Ogawa sitting in striking distance in fourth place
Adam Purcell (GBR 62) is doing his part to keep things interesting in the boy's Under 17 division. Purcell finally succumbed to the charging Kieran Martin (GBR 926) who now holds the top spot. Sunday's final races should be a fireworks show with the two British teammates putting it all on the line to see who will take gold. With only single point between the two it all comes down to the final day and it should be intense on the water action. While Martin and Purcell are locked in battle for the top spot the war for third place is wide open with four sailors all having a shot. Matthijs van 't Hoff (NED 216), Hubert Aupinel (FRA 651), Albert Chaillot (FRA 808), and Bell Baz (ISR 619) are all vying for the final spot atop the podium. Baz seems to have found his stride and is surging up the leader board energized by his outright win in the day's first race.(pictured below race 2 starts for the Under 17 boys)
Britain's Emma Wilson (GBR 961) has all but wrapped up the World Title rocking two bullets on the day. The sailing instructions call for a maximum of 12 races total so it will take a total implosion by Wilson for Shai Blank (ISR 951) or Emily Hall (GBR 714) to overtake her. The race for second however is shaping up to be a thriller with both Hall and Blank locked up at 23 points apiece. Eugenia Bologna (ITA 10) is in the hunt when another throw out comes in to play as she needs to dump a 11pt over early score and then sail well in the regatta's final day. Bologna will also need some help from Blank and Hall if she is too reach the podium.(pictured below the under 15 boys get off the starting line)
American Marion Lepert (USA 143) once again had a hot and cold day in the Under 17 girls division. With the first race being sailed in lighter winds Lepert has shown the fleet her Achilles heel taking a 7th place finish in the lighter air. The wind however picked up for race two sending Lepert once again to the top of the fleet in dominant fashion. Saskia Sills (GBR 956) sailed consistent once again and has assured herself a spot atop the podium with the only question remaining is the color of her medal. Saskia's twin sister Imogen Sills (GBR 561) had a bit rougher day on the water and with a 6-7 scoring line she has opened the door to teammate Noelle Finch (GBR 703) to take over her tenuous hold on the final spot on the podium. Only one point separates the two with Sills at 37 points to Finch's 38 points. Shahar Tibi (ISR 606) has only gotten better as the week has progressed. Tibi locked in to a fantastic start in the lighter winds of race one and only built on that start to take out the overall win in the race. Tibi sits in fifth overall.(pictured below Steph Corkery goes left while Adi Yaffe Cohen goes right)
Italian Mattia Onali (ITA 134) has mathematically locked up the World Title after reeling off 6 straight race wins over the last three days. Artiom Javadav (BLR 766) is distant second place some 15 points behind Onali but must keep sailing hard and fast if he is to assure himself of a second place position at regatta's end. Mikita Tsirkun (BLR 714) sailed strongly on the day as the top 3 racers went 1-2-3 on both of the days racing. Baring a major shakeup that should be your podium for the Open Division.
A special thanks has to go out to the St Francis Yacht Club and the legion (100+) of volunteers who have done everything from working the boats, to fixing boards, to helping the kids in and out of the water. Even recently crowned Kiteboard World Champion Johnny Heineken was on the beach helping check in and out the sailors.
More thanks to the support of the Events Sponsors, Zico Coconut Water, The International Windsurfing Association, The Windsurfing Task Force, The Sports Basement, The ISAF, Bic Windsurfing, GU Energy, and US Windsurfing.
A special mention has to be made for the flawless work of an incredibly professional race committee. With Robbie Dean leading the charge and PRO Darren Rogers in charge of the on the water action the management of six fleets, across two courses, has been near perfect.
Racing continues Sunday July 24th with a likely 2 races on the agenda. The action will once again be centered on the San Francisco City Front with prime viewing at Crissy Field's East Beach with a first possible start at 11am and then it will be on to the St Francis Yacht Club for a Gala Celebration of what has been an incredible week of racing.
Shawn Davis Day 4 Photos
Day 4 Photo Gallery
Patrik Pollack Photos
Dramatic Day 3 At Techno World Championships
Pictured above Stefaniya Elfutina of Russia - photo credited Chris Ray www.crayivp.com.
The day came in like a lamb and went out like a lion as the San Francisco fog bank upped the game today hurling consistent 20-22knot winds at the fleet of competitors. This is spirited bunch however and they came ready for action taking all San Francisco could throw at them and coming back for more. Blue skies and mild 15-20mph winds greeted the sailors as they got ready for the day's action. The flood tide was once again in play and this time, like a tractor beam, it sucked the marine layer in through the Golden Gate dropping temperatures and increasing wind speeds to 22 knots and beyond by the midpoint of the day's first racing action.
The day's agenda called for three races to be sailed comprising the 6th, 7th , and 8th races of the regatta and by now fitness was beginning to play a factor after three days of continuous racing in solid 20+mph winds.
Britain's Emma Wilson (GBR 961) is still holding a commanding lead in the Girl's Under 15 division but do not count out Israeli Shai Blank (ISR 951). Wilson's Day 3 scoring line of 1-2-2 showed she has the consistency she needs put the world title in the bank however Blank's up and down day finished on a high note by taking the final race win and left her in contention. Emily Hall (GBR 714) is holding tough in third place but a special note has to be made for Eugenia Bologna (ITA 170) of Italy who was relishing the higher winds posting her best result of the regatta by winning outright race 2 on the day. The day wrapped with Wilson on top, Blank in second, and Hall in third.(pictured below body drag!)
Team Great Britain had a mixed day on the water in the boys under 17 fleet and had to deal with some severe adversity on the day. Kieran Martin (GBR 926) however was able to overcome the adversity to shine. The big winds and rough waters took their toll on Martin's board completely blowing out his fin box. Ever the competitor Martin somehow managed to sail on to a second place finish despite the flopping fin. The race committee was quick to act and was able to immediately secure Martin a new board so he could continue on unimpaired. Adam Purcell (GBR 62) had a subpar day by Adam Purcell standards with a 4-4-5 scoring line but managed to continue to hold on to the overall lead. Matthijs van 't Hoff (NED 216) suffered a bout of inconsistency matching his first and second place finishes in race 2 and 3 with at 15th place finish in race one that sent him off the podium on the day as Hubert Aupinel (FRA 651) moved up and now sits in third place overall behind Purcell and Martin.
American Marion Lepert (USA 143) stumbled in the first race of the day but picked herself up to remain the favorite for top honors in the Under 17 girls division. Lepert jumped out to a lead in the day's first race but decided to sail the upwind leg with her centerboard up thinking it was windy enough to get by on fin alone. The decision was disastrous however as the rest of the fleet, center board down, rolled over top of Lepert sending her to a 13th place finish, her worst by far of the regatta. Champions however are not made in a single race and Lepert dusted herself off to finish strong and continues to lead the overall results. Saskia Sills (GBR 956) picked a good day to shine and posted a 1-2-2 scoring line that served notice to Lepert she had better stay on her A game or be prepared to settle for second place. Imogen Sills (GBR 561), Saskia's twin sister, had her best day on the water as well including an overall race win in race 2 on the day that left her in third place overall. A quick note has to mention the performance of Italian Marta Maggetti who rocked the fleet with a second place overall finish in the first race of the day to send herself moving up the leader board. Maggetti now sits in sixth overall and has shown that if the winds lighten up on any given day she could be on top of the fleet.
The action in the Under 15 boy's fleet saw Italian Mattia Onali (ITA 134) put a vice like grip on the world title as he swept all three race wins on the day. Artiom Javadav (BLR 766) moved up the ladder to secure second place. Mikita Tsirkun (BLR 714) continued to move down the rankings but ever so slightly as he ended the day tied with Brenno Francioli (BRA 70). Don't count out Italy's Marco Ettore (ITA 3) who is lingering only one point out of striking distance of the podium and has sailed exceptionally consistent all three days of the regatta.
We mentioned Antoine Albeau in yesterday's report and apparently Frenchmen Julien Bouyer (FRA 192) was listening. Bouyer had his best day on the water yet and managed to snatch the overall lead from Alejandro Monllor (PUR 1) in the Open Division. Monllor's inconsistent 5-1-5 scoring line cost him the regatta lead. We also mentioned yesterday you had better watch Bouyer's French Teammate, Marc Lavaud (FRA 434), and we were right. Lavaud had his best day of the regatta knocking Japan's Jun Ogawa (JPN 116) off the podium. Bouyer, Monllor, and Lavaud now sit 1,2,3 respectively with 2 days of competition left.
Day 2 of The Techno Windsurfing World Championships saw San Francisco once again deliver near perfect conditions for racing.
Pictured - Under 17 boys current leader Adam Purcell from Great Britain. All photos and text www.waterhound.com
With three races sailed the day prior day two's action was limited to two races. Racing got underway by noon time and with a fresh 18-20 mph sea breeze once again blowing across both courses the two races were quickly wrapped up allowing for the sailors and their families to have the rest of the day to check out San Francisco. Currents also played a factor in the racing on this day with a nearly 3 knot flood tide pushing eastward on the sailors bows as they headed up wind. The infamous San Francisco fog made its presence felt as it lapped at the Golden Gate Bridge all day long never quite making it over the race course much to the delight, and the warmth, of both spectators and competitors alike.
The sailors were again split amongst the two race courses with both fleets doing 2 laps on a windward leeward course. The leeward mark is actually a gated mark allowing for some strategy to come into play as the sailors need to decide which side of the course they want be on as they head back up to the windward mark. While heading to shore does offer some relief from the current it is clear there is better wind pressure on the outside of the course.
The Under 17 girls saw Marion Lepert (USA 143 -pictured below) climb ever closer to locking up her second World Championship title of the month. Saskia Sills (GBR 956) however served notice to Lepert that this is going to be anything but easy.
Sills put up a bullet for the days first race and then proceeded to back that up with a second place finish as Lepert regained her groove to close the day out with another win. Noelle Finch (GBR 703) dropped two spots on the day to finish in fourth while Imogen Sills (GBR 561) moved up a spot from third to second.
For the Under 15 Girls fleet (pictured below heading out to race) it was Britain's Emma Wilson (GBR 961) picking up where she left off yesterday; leading the fleet around the marks. Israeli Shai Blank (ISR 951) was putting the pressure on Wilson and finally got her on the day's final race putting up her first bullet of the regatta. Emily Hall (GBR 714), also of Great Britain sailed consistently enough to maintain her third place overall standing in the rankings with Blank firmly entrenched in second.
The action in the Under 15 boy's fleet saw a shuffling of the day one leader board with Italian Mattia Onali (ITA 134) making his move and assuming the top spot. Belarus's Mikita Tsirkun (BLR 714) looked to be extending on his day one lead after winning the first race on the day but a 7th place finish in race 2 forced him to settle for second place position overall. Mitikia's teammate from Belarus, Artiom Javadav (BLR 766), continued to sail consistently finishing the day in third place overall posting his two best results so far a second and a third.
Adam Purcell (GBR 62) of Great Britain chose to favor the outside of the course to stay in the fresher winds and it paid dividends for him in the Under 17 boy's fleet. Purcell won the days first race in tight competition with Matthijs van 't Hoff (NED 216) and Hubert Aupinel (FRA 651) who took second and third respectively. Matthijs van 't Hoff was not done for the day by any stretch putting up an overall race win for the second race on the day. van 't Hoff currently sites in fifth place overall and has clearly found his speed, but will need Purcell to make some mistakes if he is to overtake him in the results. Kieran Martin (GBR 926) moved up the leader board and now hold third place if ever so slightly. Only one point separates the second through fifth place sailors while Purcell holds a commanding 10 point lead.
Over in the Open division Alejandro Monllor (PUR 1) continues to lead, but Julien Bouyer of France (FRA 192) showed he can channel his inner Antoine Albeau. Bouyer shares the same sail number as the famous French PWA star and he showed he has the right stuff to follow in Albeau's footsteps taking the final race win of the day. Do not count out Japan's Jun Ogawa (JPN 116) who sits in third overall. Ogawa is only 2 points outside taking over the top spot with lots of racing to come. A special note for French sailor Marc Lavaud who posted his best result of the regatta putting up a second place finish in the day's first race.
The competitors will be treated to some world class hospitality at the St. Francis Yacht Club tonight and then racing continues tomorrow, Friday July 22nd, on the San Francisco City Front with a first possible start at 11am.
Day 2 Photo Gallery
The 2011 Techno World Championships opened up in glorious fashion this Wednesday July 20th.
(all text and photos by waterhound.com)
With bright blue skies, warm 20mph winds, and plenty of action on the race course it was time to get down to business. After what looked to be a near perfect day of racing for the Practice Race the day prior San Francisco only upped the ante delivering exceptional racing conditions for the regatta's first official day of action. The agenda for the day called for 2 races in the first half of the day with a short break before sending the fleets out for one last race.
Like yesterday's practice race the flood tide was in full swing. When the tide is flooding here in San Francisco that means it's working against the racers as they sail upwind to the tune of about 2.5 knots on this day. This makes calling lay lines particularly difficult and forces the sailors to use tactics to minimize its effects. Lucky for the fleet St Francis Yacht Club Member Dr. Paul Heineken supplied them with a framework document to explain the tides and offering up advice honed from Heineken's decades of sailing these very waters. You can read Dr. Heinekens document by clicking here. (pictured below the Under 17 boys fleet attacks the windward mark)
Once again the fleets were split up with the largest fleet of Under 17 Boys and girls racing on the Eastern most course while the Under 15 fleets raced on the western most course. Unlike the day prior both courses were nearly identical in weather due to the complete absence of the infamous San Francisco Marine Layer.
As racing kicked off it in the Under 15 Girls fleet it was Britain's Emma Wilson (GBR 961) off to a strong start posting two bullets and a second. Compatriot Emily Hall (GBR 714) was never far behind and managed to end her day on a high note taking the final race win. Israel's Shai Blank (ISR 951) rounded out the top 3 on the day.(pictured the gun fires for the start of race 2 for the under 15 boys)
3 races and 3 different winners in the Under 15 boy's fleet but it was the consistent sailing of Belarus's Mikita Tsirkun (BLR 714) that put him in the top spot at day's end. Sharing in the bullets was Italian Mattia Onali (ITA 134) and Brenna Francioli (BRA 70) who won race 1 and race 3 respectively. Francioli however stumbled in race two posting a 9th place finish leaving him in fourth overall on the day. Belarus's Artiom Javadav (BLR 766) capitalized with consistent sailing to hold on to third place as the day wrapped up.
The Under 17 girls saw recently crowned Formula Windsurfing World Champion American Marion Lepert (USA 143) pick up where she left off in Puerto Rico; winning. Lepert has been training hard for the event and it showed in her perfect 1-1-1 scoring line. British Teammates Noelle Finch (GBR 703) and Sills Imogen (GBR 561) took second and third respectively.
The Under 17 boy's fleet saw fierce competition with 63 competitors vying for top honors. Adam Purcell (GBR 62) of Great Britain ended the day winning the final race and closing out on top of the leader board. French teammates Albert Chaillot (FRA 808) and Hubert Aupinel completed the top three. A notable performance was turned in by Evgeny Ayvazyan (RUS 3) of Russia who started out strong with a 1-2 scoring line only to falter in the days final race with an 18th. Look for Ayvazyan to vault up the standings as throw outs come in to play later in the week.
Racing alongside the younger fleets is the Open division and Alejandro Monllor (PUR 1) only got stronger as the day went on. Monllor, from Peru, ended the day atop the leader board with Julien Bouyer of France (FRA 192) only one point back in second. Japan's Jun Ogawa (JPN 116) completed the top 3.
Despite the small fleet the Raceboard action was well contested with Switzerland's Vincent Huegenin trading wins with Argentinean Fernando Consorte (ARG 155) as the two dueled throughout the day. Jean Asia (FRA 171) of France is in third place.
After racing the fleet retired to a catered party at event Sponsor Sports Basement. In addition to hosting the party with food and beverages Sports Basement gave an additional 10% off their already insanely low prices. No doubt some parental credit cards will be hurting in the morning.
Racing continues tomorrow July 21st on the San Francisco City Front with a first possible start at 11am.
Day 1 Photo Gallery
Practice Race - 19 July
The 2011 Techno World Championships practice race fired off today in near ideal conditions for racing.
With the fog consuming the entire Golden Gate Bridge the 200+ racers split up for some trial runs in their first racing action on San Francisco Bay and the weather was literally made to order. With the Under 17 fleet headed to the eastern course and the under 15 division on the western course the wind seemed to be tailoring itself to the fleets. The eastern course was showing a solid 20+mph of breeze across the water while for the younger kids the wind was backed off about 3-5mph making for full planing racing for all.
After a short postponement to allow for some large commericial traffic to clear the course it was time to get down to business. As the gun sounded the bulk of both fleets, on both courses, opted for the starboard tack start taking them close to the shoreline for their first tack.
After flopping back over to port tack the leaders now were going to have to make their first lay line call and with a 1.5 knot flood tide pushing them away from the mark it was no surprise that both courses saw the leaders under-standing the lay line and were forced in to the double tack. The currents will no doubt play a big part in the racing as the week continues.
There are no official race results for the practice race so for now enjoy the photo gallery.
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T293 Worlds, San Francisco, Practice Day Report
The 2011 Techno World Champion hopefuls took to the water this past Sunday July 17th under gorgeous conditions for sailing.
After a week of nearly continuous fog the fog bank lifted as a fleet of about 60 or so Techno sailors took to San Francisco Bay. For most of the sailors it was their first time ever on the Bay which delivered idyllic conditions for practising.
With a solid ebb tide on the move out the Golden Gate, 20 mph winds, and blue skies laced with whisps of fog, there was very little pumping going on as the sailors enjoyed the infamous San Francisco Sea Breeze. Teams fanned our across the bay in packs of 10-12, practising starts, rounding marks, working on board speed, and making final tuning adjustments to their set ups.
Registration starts today, July 18th, with a practice race on tap for July 19th, and then it's down to official business July 20th.
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San Francisco update
Over 30 countries, representing 5 continents, have signed up for the forthcoming Techno 293 world championship hosted by the St Francis Yacht Club on San Francisco Bay.
Most of those nations have taken up the offer of charter equipment that is being provided by Bic Sport - the company have committed to supplying a record number of boards and rigs for this event - 150 sets are being despatched from their HQ in Vannes, France.
Racing will take place in front of Crissy Field - a national park adjacent to the host club - with the iconic Golden Gate Bridge as a backdrop. Launching is from a safe beach; prevailing winds are sideshore from the west; and good wind statistics. Bring it on!
The famous Golden Gate bridge will form a spectacular backdrop to the 2011 Junior, Youth & Masters Windsurfing World Championships. Physically beautiful and naturally demanding, the Bay provides the racer with the ultimate in wind and weather conditions for truly competitive and exciting sailing. No wonder the Americas Cup will be hosted on the Bay in 2013!
The St Francis Yacht Club is well known for its ability to run major international events. The club routinely host class world championships in addition to national and continental windsurfing championships. In the 80's and 90's StFYC regularly hosted PWA World Cup events that brought world champions Robby Naish, Nevin Sayre, Bjorn Dunkerbeck, and others, to the Bay. Now the club welcomes the Techno 293 class, breeding ground of future champions, to its shores. The Raceboard Masters fleet will no doubt include many past champions renewing old acquaintances with these famous waters!
The racing area will be located in front of the club, the City Front Racing Area, and whilst the bay is renowned for breezy conditions the club has the ability to run sheltered light wind races when needed. St. Francis Yacht Club's Race Office has two full time staff to coordinate the event, as well as a full-time Race Manager to lead the race committee team out on the water. The St. Francis Race Committee is notably one of the best Race Committee teams in the country.
The facilities at the club are extensive with ample rooms to accommodate large social events, as well as smaller group meeting rooms if applicable. For all large events, the Club sets up space for jury/protest rooms, a media center, as well as a dedicated room for the competitors and their families to relax before and after the day's racing.
Board and sail storage will be in a tented area on Crissy Field. The racing area will be right off the beach where the boards will be launched from.
In keeping with the tradition and expectations of the Classes and the St. Francis Yacht Club, there will be two dinner evenings, as well an opening ceremony and trophy ceremony. In addition the Club will organize informal receptions during the other nights.