Event results were recorded from three days of sailing. Below are the final results:
Event Roundup Video
This year 47 competitors pre -registered for the event. This included two juniors and five women. SurfConnect shirts and hats were given out at registration as the official shirts didn’t arrive until Day 2 of the competition. Geoff Ringe - Race Director and Greg Banks elected not to sail so they could run the event from the bank. Anne Lewis also became bank crew when she was injured a couple of days before the event.
There was a great vibe this year with everyone agreeing that it was a great event- maybe the best yet. Lots of people said that they were going to come again next year.
Day 1 –. 42 competitors signed on and attended briefing. Hervey Bay VMR were there to supply safety vessels. The decision was made early that the wind wasn’t going to come in, so it was called a free sail day. A couple of sailors had fun trying out the demonstration Neil Pryde foils and boards. Everyone met at the pub later for welcome night.
Day 2 – No wind, official sailing cancelled. The forecast was good for the next three days. Some sailors headed out anyway, but only the foilers got going.
5 o’clock sunset beer and sausages at race HQ was well received and some lucky draw prizes were donated by longtime local sponsor Windsurfing Gear. As well everyone got to choose a shirt generously donated by Dakine and Severne.
Day 3 – Wind today. Everyone rigged their big gear and headed out to the Southern Run. A port course was set. The wind was a bit light and sometimes a bit off and on, but everyone had fun blasting down the bank. The committee set out buoys to mark the course and the no bear aways rule was followed. The course had to be closed early as the bank crew were standing knee deep in water. Dylan from KA 72 did a fantastic job analyzing tracks and sorting out the results as well a flying the drone to take some amazing footage.
A big thankyou to Buzz Schaaf who came up from the Sunshine Coast (without his kit) to take photos for us. These photos are available in the gallery section of this website. Also thankyou to Peter Bilski who generously gave us use of his tinnie and Shannon Blume who lent us his radio.
Dinner was held at the Burrum Heads Bowls Club. A good night was had by everyone despite the Bowls Club not reserving any tables or putting any more tables out for our group to use.
Day 4 – Big gear again today but the wind was a bit more consistent. Competitors were reminded at briefing that they need to return to shore and sign off and then return for a sail if they so wished (telling the boat crew on the way out that they had signed off). The event organisers are responsible for competitors until they return to the beach and signed off.
A starboard course was set. The wind increased, and it seemed to make everyone forget that they needed to stick to the course and follow the one-way flow. The group was called into the bank to have a meeting to restate the safety rules unfortunately this was probably during the best of the wind. When everyone returned to the course it was much more ordered and SAFE. Lots of happy sailors today.
Beer and sausages supplied by WindWanderers at race HQ again plus the big Random draw night. Sponsors for the random prize draw were Neil Pryde , SurfFX , Sunshine Coast Boardsports and Elders Burrum Heads, Dakine, Surfconnect, Locosys North Sails, Fanatic Flying Objects, Select Fins, Wizmount, Gath Blue eye , Amanda Davidson Surf Art, Uveto and Severne. A very big thanks to Kevin from Sunshine Coast Boardsports who organized these sponsors and prizes for our Random Draws. Lucky Greg Banks was the first name out of the draw and he chose the Neil Pryde foil. Lots of great prizes were available to chose from and everyone went home from the event with something extra.
Day 5 - Presentation was moved to Sunday night as Monday was only the reserve day for the event (only to be used if No results were obtained on previous racing scheduled days)
Big gear again today but the wind was a bit more consistent. A port course was set again. Lots of smiles from sailors as they sped down the course.
On returning to the beach sailors had to download their data quickly, so the results could be finalized ready for the early presentation.
A big thankyou to WindWanderer Members - Glenn Young and Rob Vaughan for performing the very important task of keeping the Eskis stocked and the sausages cooking. This behind the scenes work is very much appreciated by everyone!
Day 6 – The wind was light again for the FREE sail, but some determined sailors drifted out to the top of the southern run on their big kits. The wind filled in after 3pm and then the lucky few that were left experienced the banks of Burrum River with loads of room to spread out and enjoy the amazing long runs. They were a very happy crew and it capped of the weeks sailing for them., followed by another great social night at the Burrum Heads Hotel.
Below are the final results of the Burrum Windfest 2018. If anything is missing please email email@example.com and let me know.