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.

Days 1-4
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.

 

 

RESULTS
Open Division.
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

5x10 sec

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

Nautical Mile

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

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.

5x10 sec

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

Nautical Mile

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

Womens Division

top 2 in womens division were

5x10 

1. kellie Tusler - 31.137 (trophy)
2. Anne Lewis - 27.352 (mast bag from windsurfingsales)

Nautical Mile

1. Kellie Tusler - 31.137 (trophy)
2. Anne Lewis - 27.352 (harness lines from sunshine coast sailboards)

Youth Division.

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.

5x10

1. Scott hansen - 25.809 (trophy + 29cm select casper fin from sunshine coast sailboards)
2. Bradley Jones - 25.652 (gear bag from windsurfing sales)

fun race

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

 

 

 



Day 1

 

Date Sailor NM 5x10 2s
09/03/2013 Glynn Merritt 27.692 36.543 39.052
09/03/2013 Michel Van Der Pligt 31.778 35.549 38.653
09/03/2013 Jason Rzoska 15.154 31.647 37.623
09/03/2013 Geoff Ringe 29.942 33.846 36.535
09/03/2013 Phillip Nott 32.198 34.843 36.389
09/03/2013 Sean Holdaway 28.285 32.309 36.369
09/03/2013 Christopher Remington 28.752 33.912 35.708
09/03/2013 Robert Vaillant 29.855 32.905 34.843
09/03/2013 Darryl Jones 28.487 32.087 34.562
09/03/2013 Brian Hooper 30.53 32.592 34.26
09/03/2013 Roland Schmid 25.381 31.661 33.522
09/03/2013 Brad Cawthorne 26.937 31.536 33.522
09/03/2013 Shaun Fitton 22.29 30.729 33.444
09/03/2013 Christopher Kerin 27.23 31.535 33.22
09/03/2013 Kellie Tusler 28.522 31.137 32.929
09/03/2013 Glenn Young 27.603 29.091 32.521
09/03/2013 Mark Richardson 26.311 30.03 31.568
09/03/2013 Troy Nielsen 24.395 29.998 31.432
09/03/2013 Phil Palmer 25.345 29.571 31.413
09/03/2013 Greg Banks 27.49 29.008 31.257
09/03/2013 Richard Jemison 26.001 26.703 30.392
09/03/2013 Chris Carter 23.062 27.372 30.295
09/03/2013 Michael Brown 23.556 26.461 29.634
09/03/2013 Ray Wilson 17.069 27.463 29.527
09/03/2013 Ron Milligan 25.452 27.873 29.022
09/03/2013 Anne Lewis 21.706 26.505 28.419
09/03/2013 Peter De Laet 22.904 25.125 26.825
09/03/2013 Bradley Jones 13.665 23.09 25.105
09/03/2013 Scott Hansen 7.344 15.158 19.827

Day 3

Date Sailor NM 5x10 2s
11/03/2013 Michel Van Der Pligt 30.464 33.843 36.087
11/03/2013 Phillip Nott 30.103 33.306 34.95
11/03/2013 Glynn Merritt 26.127 31.816 34.678
11/03/2013 Robert Vaillant 29.935 32.358 33.522
11/03/2013 Kelly Morgan 29.053 31.494 33.463
11/03/2013 Christopher Remington 29.759 31.817 32.968
11/03/2013 Christopher Remington 29.765 31.825 32.919
11/03/2013 Brian Hooper 28.219 31.018 32.9
11/03/2013 Sean Holdaway 28.905 30.471 32.754
11/03/2013 Michael Brown 28.428 31.472 32.715
11/03/2013 Geoff Ringe 28.469 31.455 32.705
11/03/2013 Phil Palmer 27.311 30.319 32.19
11/03/2013 Greg Banks 20.839 29.595 32.073
11/03/2013 Kellie Tusler 26.024 29.514 32.015
11/03/2013 Darryl Jones 28.543 30.633 31.889
11/03/2013 Mark Jordan 26.296 29.345 31.558
11/03/2013 Shaun Fitton 23.754 30.409 31.51
11/03/2013 Christopher Kerin 26.697 29.948 31.14
11/03/2013 Roland Schmid 27.657 29.754 30.81
11/03/2013 Brad Cawthorne 27.415 29.807 30.81
11/03/2013 Glenn Young 25.121 29.346 30.275
11/03/2013 Troy Nielsen 22.772 27.565 29.459
11/03/2013 Graham Wong-Kam 25.834 28.185 29.197
11/03/2013 Anne Lewis 22.335 25.442 28.915
11/03/2013 Ray Wilson 25.034 27.748 28.37
11/03/2013 Andrew Hansen 20.697 27.118 28.225
11/03/2013 Peter De Laet 16.613 24.705 28.108
11/03/2013 Timothy Menzies 16.939 24.157 27.573
11/03/2013 Dieter Fischer 17.72 24.189 26.913
11/03/2013 Peter Nitchke 20.627 25.537 26.679
11/03/2013 Scott Hansen 19.839 24.203 25.727
11/03/2013 Bradley Jones 17.862 24.199 25.562

Day 2

Date Sailor NM 5x10 2s
10/03/2013 Phillip Nott 32.331 33.942 35.932
10/03/2013 Glynn Merritt 30.178 32.529 34.737
10/03/2013 Christopher Remington 29.529 32.648 33.988
10/03/2013 Christopher Remington 29.546 32.636 33.988
10/03/2013 Sean Holdaway 30.374 31.279 33.249
10/03/2013 Kelly Morgan 29.828 32.28 33.172
10/03/2013 Brian Hooper 29.379 31.891 32.793
10/03/2013 Christopher Kerin 28.404 30.751 32.657
10/03/2013 Geoff Ringe 26.05 31.173 32.618
10/03/2013 Robert Vaillant 30.26 31.787 32.608
10/03/2013 Michael Brown 28.296 30.927 32.355
10/03/2013 Phil Palmer 28.463 31.068 32.151
10/03/2013 Kellie Tusler 27.953 30.548 31.947
10/03/2013 Troy Nielsen 26.144 30.029 31.549
10/03/2013 Greg Banks 26.274 29.404 31.519
10/03/2013 Roland Schmid 28.217 30.56 31.344
10/03/2013 Brad Cawthorne 28.448 29.672 31.014
10/03/2013 Mark Richardson 26.574 29.188 30.985
10/03/2013 Darryl Jones 26.85 29.537 30.829
10/03/2013 Timothy Menzies 18.031 28.841 30.654
10/03/2013 Chris Carter 24.954 28.643 30.305
10/03/2013 Richard Jemison 25.017 28.044 30.149
10/03/2013 Glenn Young 27.009 28.996 29.974
10/03/2013 Andrew Hansen 17.599 27.965 28.954
10/03/2013 Graham Wong-Kam 25.405 27.852 28.759
10/03/2013 Peter Nitchke 23.157 26.793 28.711
10/03/2013 Anne Lewis 23.325 26.725 28.419
10/03/2013 Ron Milligan 21.457 27.205 28.332
10/03/2013 Ray Wilson 24.663 26.769 27.739
10/03/2013 Dieter Fischer 18.384 18.025 26.388
10/03/2013 Peter De Laet 19.462 23.923 25.843
10/03/2013 Bradley Jones 16.851 23.287 24.249
10/03/2013 Scott Hansen 14.342 21.456 22.685

Day 4

Date Sailor NM 5x10 2s
12/03/2013 Michel Van Der Pligt 36.015 37.132 39.868
12/03/2013 Phillip Nott 36.049 36.225 39.032
12/03/2013 Glynn Merritt 31.916 34.412 37.147
12/03/2013 Brad Cawthorne 28.162 31.591 36.476
12/03/2013 Christopher Remington 26.357 32.619 35.446
12/03/2013 Christopher Remington 26.364 32.594 35.242
12/03/2013 Robert Vaillant 29.929 32.346 34.435
12/03/2013 Geoff Ringe 31.21 33.108 34.396
12/03/2013 Michael Brown 28.761 32.334 34.241
12/03/2013 Roland Schmid 29.055 31.479 32.88
12/03/2013 Christopher Kerin 29.187 31.313 32.812
12/03/2013 Mark Jordan 26.884 31.01 32.55
12/03/2013 Glenn Young 27.171 30.532 32.462
12/03/2013 Phil Palmer 28.455 31.13 32.297
12/03/2013 Kellie Tusler 26.957 29.993 31.694
12/03/2013 Darryl Jones 28.172 29.983 31.383
12/03/2013 Greg Banks 23.622 29.234 30.761
12/03/2013 Andrew Hansen 23.393 28.042 29.595
12/03/2013 Ray Wilson 24.436 27.618 29.109
12/03/2013 Anne Lewis 24.025 27.352 28.39
12/03/2013 Graham Wong-Kam 24.065 27.085 28.254
12/03/2013 Scott Hansen 18.407 25.809 27.797
12/03/2013 Bradley Jones 17.502 25.652 27.068
12/03/2013 Timothy Menzies 22.521 24.568 26.397