Day 1 Burrum brings with it, its own laid back pace and this always translates well with the Windfest. Day 1 was no different in 2012. Sign-on was held between 9-10am and the first briefing kicked off at 11am. With the stronger winds easing, the forecast for day 1 was 10-15 knot SE-NE winds across the course. The decision was taken to hold until 1pm to give enough time for any breezes to develop. Eventually an 8-10 knot NE'r blew in over the course. Creating enough wind to cool us down, however not enough to get everyone out on the course.
Day 2.With the Gear trailer opened early and another day of sunny skies and gorgeous Burrum weather the weapon of choice were the JP sups. This was later to become the inaugural Burrum Windfest Sup Race and began early with a few of the guys going for an early morning paddle. As it turned out, the wildlife was also out for an early morning paddle as a 3m hammerhead had confused bait fish with sup and was on the chase about 15m from shore. First time I've seen a sup plane as Shane and Michel headed stage right onto the sand. Later in the morning some large turtles popped up in front of Troy and friends while out supping.
Towards mid morning it became apparent Day 2 was going to be a re-run of day 1. Keen to get some form of competition in we held the Inaugural Burrum Windfest Sup Race. It was hotly contested. Heat one taken out by Shane McCarthy with Maree showing the boys how it's done coming in 3rd. Heat 2 saw Troy aka Trojan bring it home after rounding the mark in second behind Phil then eventually crossing the line first.
After the sup race day 2 briefing was held. We outlined the BOM forecast for possible late wind increases and decided to hold at the Burrum Sands Speed HQ in anticipation for the late forecast winds. This gave family and friends the chance to hit the water together with the gear from the trailer. The banana chairs overlooking the course were filled while we got the kids out on the beginners gear for some lessons. Others enjoyed the sups once more or cruised on the RS one longboards across to Burrum Point. Day 2 put a lot of smiles on faces. It was a memorable day with competitors and their families able to enjoy their time together in and out of the water.
By 2.30pm the wind had only increased slightly so we called an end to day 2 and prepared for dinner at the Burrum Hotel. Courtesy buses were booked for a 6pm pickup at 3 spots around town. By 5.30 the wind had finally kicked in. A great sign for day 3.
A total of 65 people had congregated at the Hotel for Saturday night dinner. I think you could say we owned the hotel that night filling the main area for dinner and drinks. Not to let the evening finish early, and unknown to Vando, a plan had been hatched earlier to invite Vando to the traditional Ray's Place limoncello tasting ceremony along with a few other party goers to help ensure Vando was off his game come day 3. “allegedly.”
Lucky Draw Each year at the Windfest KA Sail provide major lucky draw prize to enable all compeitiors the chance to walk away a winner. This year we are especially pleased as young gun Bradley Jones not only took out the youth division but also came up winner and is now the proud owner of a brand new KA 2012 Koncept!
Bradley Jones - KA Sail 2012 Koncept
This year Sponsor involvement in the event ended up being overwhelming. This allowed us to offer multiple lucky draw prizes to all who had signed up. Including
5 pairs of seabreeze sunnies from seabreeze
2 learn to windsurf vouchers from Surfconnect
1 copy of WindRider DVD
2 copies of Wild Tracks DVD
Gun Session bag from Windsurfing Sales
Unifiber t-shirt and boom bra from Caloundra Wind and Surf
KA sail provided a webshop discount voucher being emailed out to all competitors in this years event.
The competition was held over three days, 9-11 March 2012. There was only enough wind for competition on the final day, so the results below are all from 11 March 2012.