Event Thanks and Wrap. 



This being our 9th Annual Windfest means next year will be the events 10th birthday celebration. 
We can only hope to get another year like this. 

Again this year, like previous years, it's been the people who've joined in that have made it so memorable. From 7am briefings to late arvo blasting and late night drinks, there has always been smiles on everyone's faces and always a fantastic laid back approach brought to being involved. 

there are a lot of people that deserve our thanks. There are those that drove for days to get here and those that took time from family and work to join in. 

Also Thanks to Theresa and Gayle for the catering. Andy for sourcing the drinks and meat and helping throughout the event whenever needed. Peter De Laet for bringing a van full of buoys, flags and event equipment and for being at the front of the line when stuff needed doing. Irene for the help at the bbq. Dylan and Kellie for late night tech support. Kerry for sorting all of the WOD stuff and starting the races and the Australian Windsurfer One Design Association for their help. Peter for help on the start line and the use of his boat. 
Plus thanks to everyone that got someone a drink, enjoyed a conversation or helped in any small way during the event. 

Also Thanks to our sponsors. 
the sponsors do this because they want to give something back to the sport. 

Surf FX - Both Ian and Michael compete each year and bring a bag of kit along to show their support 
Sunshine Coast Sailboards - Dieter is always ready to help 
Windsurfing Gear - Andy has come onboard this year for the first time as well as competing himself. 
KA72 - Dylan provides software support each year. 
Wingenuity - Support for the one design fleet was so appreciated. 
Burrum River Quest - Paula and Greg are a lot of help out on the water. 

Plus our Windfest Major Sponsors. 

Hot Sails Maui - Australia - Jonathan continues to provide a new GPS sail along with caps and merch 

Wind and Surf - Peter has provided so many boards to the prize pool. 

We always seem to get an amazing prize pool to celebrate with. 

Now to the event results, 
A big congrats to Josh and Johanna for taking out the WOD QLD State Titles and to Geoff and Vando for taking out the Rashie titles. 

now starting with Speed Sailing. 

Yellow Rashie (open) - surf fx harness lines and beer 
Michel Van Der Plit - 260.469 points 
Brian Hooper - 251.618 points 
Chris Kerin - 249.885 points 

Red Rashie (legends) surf fx harness lines and beer prize. 
Geoff Ringe - 232.714 points 
Bruce Healey - 228.914 points 
Tibor Ferenczy - 225.082 points 

Open Class 2 sec - trophy and t-shirt 
Michel Van Der Pligt - 35.232 
Mark Richardson - 32.025 
Chris Kerin - 31.597 

5x10 - trophy and windsurfing gear voucher 
Michel Van Der Pligt - 33.216 
Mark Richardson - 30.430 
Brian Hooper - 30.049 

NM - trophy and windsurfing gear voucher 
Michel Van Der Pligt - 28.156 
Roland Schmid - 26.890 
Chris Kerin - 26.797 

1hr - trophy and t-shirt 
Justin Lord - 22.674 
Brian Hooper - 20.835 
Dennis Winstanley - 20.513 

Alpha - windsurfing gear voucher 
Chris Kerin - 22.403 
Michel Van Der Pligt - 21.994 
Brian Hooper - 20.786 

Legends 5x10 - trophy and black projects hat 
Geoff Ringe - 29.290 
Bruce Healey - 28.622 
Tibor Ferenczy - 27.819 

NM - trophy and hot sails hat 
Geoff Ringe - 26.258 
Bruce Healey - 25.826 
Tibor Ferenczy - 23.234 

Womens - trophies and surf fx Neil pryde helmet. 
5x10 Anne - 25.845 
NM Anne - 21.743 

Now the Course Racing. 

Windsurfer One Design - trophy and Wingenuity WOD sail. 
Windsurfer One Design QLD Champion - Josh Green 
2nd place - Peter De Laet 

Womens Windsurfer One Design QLD Champion - trophy and hot sails hat. 
Johanna Winstanley. 

Raceboard Class - trophy and beer. 
1st - Dennis Winstanley 
2nd - Michael Corkeron 
3rd - Darryl Jones 
4th - Tim O'Sullivan 

Once racing was complete we held the Windfest event Party and Prize Ceremony. All winners received trophies and prizes for first place results. 

Congrats also to those that received a lucky draw prize. the 2 major prizes were. 

Hot Sails Maui - Australia GPS sail - Michael Van Der Pligt 
Wind and Surf Board - Darryl Jones 

this year we had plenty of lucky draw prizes to help us share the joy. 

congrats to, Geoff Ringe for winning the Sunshine Coast Sailboards boom. Tom Cameron for the sunshine coast sailboards fin, Anne Lewis for the Surf FX boom plus all those that won windsurfing gear vouchers. 

Next year is our Birthday!!!!

Results Tables

 

Justin BolandvandoGeoffanneDennisaltPeterPaGregboard winner

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Burrum Windfest 2015

Hot Sails FlagSomeone recently remindedme that Windfest is what windsurfing events used to be like. That certainly meant a lot to me, to hear those words. My own memories of what windsurfing events used to be like are filled with many good times. the events i attended always had a laid back vibe. It was hard to pick where the competition started and the hanging out stopped. It was every bit about the journey. We never looked at the forecast until the day of racing, the old salts in the group just looked at the clouds. The thing is, we went regardless because we were going to catch up with mates both on and off the water and we looked forward to doing that. Part of the fun also included the road trip. the van overflowing with gear, finding a few new spots along the way and making new friends at foreign locations.

Ithink it's apt to say that describes Windfest today. An extension of what we experienced as kids or as young adults but brought up to relevance by the advancements in gear design and technology that we now all enjoy.
Certainly Burrum Windfest 2015 was no different this year and saw competitors from around Australia once again meet up for a week of racing, speed sailing, partyingand the journey that accompanied it.The event follows a very flexible and straight forward program.We hold course races during the morning high tidestaking advantage of the close to shore racing and when the tide drops in the afternoon and the banks expose we line up for GPS speed sailing along any of the over 10km of flat water speed sailing tracks.

During days of lighter winds we hold bbq's on the water or call a free day for the competitors to explore the surrounding area and national parks.

Hot Sails Burrum WindfestThis year alongside traditional course racing and GPS divisions we added the alpha category to the Rashie Division. The Rashie Division seeks to reward the competitors with the greatest aggregate score over the five GPS divisions over multiple days. it also rewards participation and is unique to Windfest. Each day, at briefing, the competitor with the highest score is presented with the rashie to wear on the water during that days competition.
2015 also saw a very healthy list of sponsors pledging their continued support to the event. Major Sponsors for 2015 wereHot Sails Maui - AustraliaandWind & Surf - NXSwho provided a sail and board respectively to the lucky draw. Additionally, surf FX, Sunshine Coast Sailboards, Windsurfing Gear, Wingenuity and KA72 all offered prizes, support and event software. Trophies were also provided by The Windwanderers Club and Australian One Design Association.

Day 1

Day 1 got under way with the typical laid back approach. we started with sign on and briefing and with a fairly promising forecast hoped we might get the event moving by 11am. As these things go, the wind was still light at 11am so we put the barge on standby and asked all competitors to reconvene at 1.30pm to make a final group decision.

Ultimately, with only a light teasing wind on the course,we called a free session. Spending the rest of the afternoon watching some of the guys out on their longboards while others raced around the sand on a blokart or went fishing.

As is tradition on day 1 we finished up the day at the Burrum Heads hotel where we celebrated the start of the event and by good luck saint paddy's day with a meal and some chilled Guinness.

Day 2
MV Burrum River Quest BargeBriefing got underway at 11am with the view to hold until early afternoon and try to take advantage of any sea breezes that might eventuate. initially that looked to be a good call as the wind began to increase. Certainly enough to encourage a small group of us to follow the barge out along the main bank. It really was a glorious day that ended with dying winds. We spent a good hour or so out on the main run, talking gear, catching up with everyone and having a drink on the barge. there was so much wildlife around on the cruise back to shore. Stingrays, fish jumping ,the resident green turtle and a pod of dolphins. Wasn't long after being back on shore and I was also stopped in my tracks by a green tree snake.

Day 3

Woo hoo the winds up!!and early too. The next 2 days had great forecasts with 20 knot northerlies on the cards. Just in time as Day 3 was the kick off for the Longboard racing and the Windsurfer One Design QLD Titles. With a jam packed day of windsurfing and the tides leading the way we got the racing under way early, held a 7am briefing and an 8am start out on the course. The course was set as a compact upwind/downwind course, 2 laps with a 5/4/1 flagged start sequence located with close viewing from the elevated shoreline. We ran a mixed start with both the WOD and Raceboard fleets battling it out on the start line. A consistent 10kn NW breeze was blowing down the course and after the first morning of racing we'd managed to get four complete races on the score board. Our first morning saw Josh Green with a bullet and local Darryl Jones leading the One Design and race board classes respectively.

Windsurfer Ones Design Burrum WindfestBy 11am we had moved to hold the speed course briefing and let the competitors know the course would be opened at 12 noon. The local forecast had been spot on. The early NW wind turned Northerly and continued to build providing a solid 20 knots along the starboard tack run. Certainly not enough to break any speed records but for the comp a more than exciting day was ahead and everyone was very happy about that. Seeing the smiles while everyone battled it out on the same stretch of water under the same conditions is what makes these events so much fun. The Course in a Northerly is approx 1.5km of flat water after a choppy 100m entry at the top of the course. There are no buoys or marks, the competitors strap on their GPS and blast along the run until they either become too tired or the wind eases and we call it a day. On day 3 the run back upwind was fairly choppy and that tired most out early. After a good 3.5 hours i noticed the numbers dwindling and began letting those still out know we would wrap things up and head in.

Friends at WindfestIt was an excellent day with multiple winners across the 13 categories. While results were close, there were still one or two that had stamped their mark on the pack. The first was Brisbane windsurfer Michel Van Der Pligt who had put 3 knots on the entire fleet in the 5x10 and 2 sec categories. In the endurance classes, Whitsundays sailor Dennis Winstanley had opened up a 2 knot lead. Plus in both the open and Legends Rashie categories last year's winners Michel Van Der Pligt and Geoff Ringe respectively had both restated their intentions by the end of the day.

Finally with some tired and sore bodies back at Speed HQ we fired up the grille and talked through the day enjoying the company while GPS cards were handed in for calculation.
Day 4

Day 4 continued on from the previous weather wise. the wind had blown all night and was now greeting us at breakfast and Course Racing briefing. Everyone was ready to go and very happy with the wind that had filled in across the course which also now had a two foot swell rolling through. Perfect for some fun racing and a little different from the day before.We set a similar upwind/downwind course just off the beach and managed to fit in another four races with locals finding a shady spot overlooking the course to watch the event.

by the end of racing Josh Green had once again dominated the One design fleet while Peter De Laet had solidified his second place. Johanna Winstanley after another big effort continued to lead the women's class. The longboard category saw a change at the top of the table after day 2 with Dennis Winstanley now leading the pack after a very solid effort around the course.

Burrum Windfest upwind
The dropping tide signaled time for the speed course briefing. the days setup was outlined and we set about opening the course for 1pm.Out on the course, the wind was still very consistent but had lost a little of the full strength of the day before. None the less it was looking like another solid afternoon of sailing was about to happen.

Whether soreness had set in from the day before or the differing tide made it look windier some competitors had decided on smaller gear and that was starting to prove to be a tough choice. Most however had stuck with the same gear as the day before and were putting in solid runs along the course. Mid sized slalom boards, 32-35cm finsand 7m sails were the leading choices.

By the end of the day, the only change to the scoreboard was in the distance category where Justin Lord had stamped his mark on the fleet by beating the previous day by 2 knots. End of day four and everyone headed to the Burrum heads Bowls club for a dinner and drinks get together.

Day 5

Burrum Windfest BlastingThe day of the Windfest party and the last real day according to the forecast to get in as much windsurfing as possible. With tides being slightly later towards the end of the event we had pushed the course racing briefing back to 9.30 allowing everyone to sleep in or enjoy some time with relatives. We were in for another great day out on the course. A comfortable 10 knots was blowing in from the north and the swell had dropped slightly. The numbers of spectators were also beginning to build, coming to watch the guys on the course battling it out. we closed the course with another 4 races on the board and 12 races in total for the regatta all in varying conditions.
By the 12am briefing for the speed course the wind had given us all it was going to for the day. Everyone decided that this afternoon would be a freesail session. Myself and a dedicated group of support people set about prepping the Burrum Sands for the Windfest Party. The day 6 forecast was for calm conditions so we also decided to include the prize and trophy giving ceremony and wrap up the competition side of things slightly early.

NXS prizes at Burrum WIndfestAt 5pm the party was under way. The drinks had cooled, the grille was hot and we had 40-50 people in very good spirits. I can still hear the laughter from everyone enjoying the conversations over dinner. I think one of the big questions this year was who would win the major sponsors prizes. TheHot Sails Maui GPS Sailand the Board fromWind & Surf - NXS?? there had been a recent run of unsponsored local sailors picking up the lucky draw prizes and we were keen to find out if this would continue. But, Before that we needed to pay tribute to the event winners. we had 13 categories across multiple divisions including the overall winners in the Rashie Divisions. Each winner would be receiving a trophy and a prize and what remained on the prize table would be handed out as additional lucky draw prizes including 2 booms, vouchers, fins, a helmet, harness lines and beer.

The results are all calculated by our custom KA72 event software, the 2015 Burrum Windfest results top 3 winners in each category were as follows.

Yellow Rashie (open) - surf fx harness lines and beer
Michel Van Der Plit - 260.469 points
Brian Hooper - 251.618 points
Chris Kerin - 249.885 points
Red Rashie (legends) surf fx harness lines and beer
Geoff Ringe - 232.714 points
Bruce Healey - 228.914 points
Tibor Ferenczy - 225.082 points
Open Class 2 sec - trophy and t-shirt
Michel Van Der Pligt - 35.232
Mark Richardson - 32.025
Chris Kerin - 31.597
5x10 - trophy and windsurfing gear voucher
Michel Van Der Pligt - 33.216
Mark Richardson - 30.430
Brian Hooper - 30.049
Nautical Mile - trophy and windsurfing gear voucher
Michel Van Der Pligt - 28.156
Roland Schmid - 26.890
Chris Kerin - 26.797
1hr - trophy and t-shirt
Justin Lord - 22.674
Brian Hooper - 20.835
Dennis Winstanley - 20.513
Alpha - windsurfing gear voucher
Chris Kerin - 22.403
Michel Van Der Pligt - 21.994
Brian Hooper - 20.786
Legends (over 60) 5x10 - trophy and black projects hat
Geoff Ringe - 29.290
Bruce Healey - 28.622
Tibor Ferenczy - 27.819
Legends NM - trophy and hot sails hat
Geoff Ringe - 26.258
Bruce Healey - 25.826
Tibor Ferenczy - 23.234
Womens - trophies and surf fx Neil Pryde helmet.
5x10 Anne - 25.845
NM Anne - 21.743
Windsurfer One Design - trophy and Wingenuity WOD sail.
Windsurfer One Design QLD Champion
Josh Green2nd place - Peter De Laet

Womens Windsurfer One Design QLD Champion and 3rd place overall- trophy and hot sails hat.-Johanna Winstanley.
Raceboard Class - trophy and beer.
1st - Dennis Winstanley
2nd - Michael Corkeron
3rd - Darryl Jones

Next was the much anticipate lucky draw prizes. I need to say that once again the locals cleaned up. i think we need to introduce some form of handicapping system!!! The lucky winner at 2015 Windfest were.

Burrum Windfest WinnersHot Sails Maui - AustraliaGPS sail - Michael Van Der Pligt
Wind and Surf Board- Darryl Jones
Plus
Geoff Ringe -Sunshine Coast Sailboards boom
Tom Cameron - Sunshine Coast Sailboards fin
Anne Lewis - Surf FX boom
plus a handful winning more windsurfing gear vouchers.

Finally with the ceremony out of the way it was time to kick on into the early hours. Around 1am someone made the stark discovery that the esky was in fact - Empty!

Day 6

The intention for day 6 was to hold mixed classes fun slalom racing. However, we had woken to calm conditions and thought it a fitting way to end 2015 calling a lay day to wrap everything up very nicely. A big thank you to all that helped and attended 2015. See you in 2016 for our 10th Birthday!!
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Burrum Windfest History

Burrum Heads is a small relaxed fishing town only 3.5 hours drive north of Brisbane and nestled half way between Bundaberg and Hervey Bay on the picturesque Fraser Coast.Burrum HeadsLocated directly on the banks of the Burrum river, Burrum has a deep connection with the water and boasts excellent windsurfing, stand up paddle boarding, fishing and easy access to wild life filled national parks. Since 2008, Burrum has become a popular windsurfing holiday destination and home to the annual Burrum Windfest and some of the best windsurfing in QLD.

The Burrum Windfest has built a reputation around being an event where competitors and families arrive early, stay late and enjoy the holiday. The event hosts a genuine mix of relaxing, social sailing and hard fought competition with everyone joining in the parties after the sun has retreated. The Event program consists of Raceboard Courses, Windsurfer One Design State Titles and GPS Speed Sailing. On the water, the Windfest sees competitors from around Australia and Qld fight it out for the titles and vie for a slice of the prize pool and trophies on offer. Burrum Heads also has listed amongst it's credentials, 2 previous Australian GPS Nautical Mile records and continues to be the location of choice for Windsurfers arriving for the seasonal cyclone storm chases.

Burrum Heads LongboardsThe area is perfect for flat water blasting, bump and jump, stand up paddle boarding and has small waves to play in at Burrum Point. Burrum offers three main speed runs. the main run has an astonishing 4km of dead flat water along a sand bank which extends out to the edge of the coral seabeyond the mouth of the Burrum River. The bank itself is an arc shape and the distance itruns from the coast ensures any winds that blow have plenty of uninterrupted fetch. The second run allows for alternative wind directions and provides 2.5km of flat water across to Burrum Point while the third run allows up to 1.5km of bank just opposite the main run.Having so manyoptions means that no matter the wind direction a good speed sailing area can be found. During theJanuary to April period, including the Windfest, prevailing winds blow from the south to south east and provide on average at least 3-4 days per week of 15knot and above windsurfing conditions.

Burrum Heads Main RunThe History of the Burrum Windfest continues to build in 2015. The event was started by the Windwanderers Inc Windsurfing Club in 2007 at Caloundra and then moved the following year to Burrum Heads for 2008. 2015 was the 9th year the event has been running and the 8th year held at Burrum Heads. Over the previous 6 years of the event being held at Burrum Heads, there has only been one event where no sailing was possible during the week. Of those 6 previous years at Burrum, 5 years had sailable conditions during the duration of the week with winds varying from 15-30 knots, while 2 of those years had consistent winds over 25 knots. 2016 will be the events 10th birthday and a a big one to celebrate with planning underway.

The Windwanderers Inc Club, had its inaugural meet in April 2006 in Brisbane and moved to being a Fraser/Sunshine Coast based club 2 years ago. Making this year the clubs 10th birthday.

long walk home