Formula & Raceboard Nationals, Opti Nationals and the Princess Sofia in Palma: April 2015
We have been very busy supporting sailors and watermen for competitions in the last month!
Congratulations to everyone who competed at the NZ Formula & Raceboard Nationals, with very tricky conditions there were some hotly contended races. Here's a race account from Mike Pasco:
A lot of people ask me why they haven't seen me out Laser sailing for a while and what I have been doing. I got inspired by the first America's cup in Cats to go faster than the wind. I looked around at A class and foiling moths but I didn't have the budget or space for them. My local sailing club has held the Formula Windsurfing Nationals for a number of years and the Formula board looked amazing and easy to sail. I sold my Laser gear for about 10k and bought some second hand Formula Kit for 1k. My wife was very happy and I was hooked. In 8-10 knots of wind I can easily do 15-18 knots. Coming from the Laser going faster than the wind didn't seem possible and I think the biggest thing stopping my development in Formula was fear. Surely at these speeds something is about to go terribly wrong! But it doesn't and going fast and high upwind or fast and very low downwind is what the boards are designed to do and the faster you go the easier it is. From the pictures above you can see Formula boards are short and fat and very light (8-9 kg) as they are all carbon. The rules allow you to use any Sail size that you want so Sailors of any size and age can race against each other. Apparently before the Foiling America's Cup cats, Formula boards where the fastest thing around an Olympic course.
The First day of the 2015 Nationals was light and we only we able to get one race in but it very enjoyable and lovely sunny onshore conditions (see the picture on the left below). The Second day was a building offshore breeze with gusts over 26 knots at the end of the day and it was more like survival conditions if you were out there with big Sails (See picture on the right below). So if you want to go faster than the wind & don't have lot of cash or space then get in touch as we are always keen to help people get into Formula and if you do go ahead and buy gear we can get you started for about 2k.
We had a big team down at the Optimist Nationals at Worser Bay Boating Club in Wellington earlier this month with Pat Morgan coming in 7th with brother Sam Morgan not too far behind in 15th, Robbie McCutcheon was placed high up going into the last day but unfortunately got hit by some large waves on the final downwind. He was wearing the Rooster Race Skin for the regatta and with a Northerly breeze it was the perfect warmth. Check out www.optimistnationals.org.nz for the full report.
The NZL Sailing team had great results at the Princess Sofia Regatta in Palma with Jo and Polly in the 470 as well as Pete and Blair in the 49er both took out gold! The NZ Sailing sponsored sailors have been doing very well too with Thomas Saunders placing 18th and Susannah Pyatt place 43rd. Currently the team have just started racing over at Hyeres with sponsored sailors Andrew Murdoch already leading the fleet and Andy Maloney in 7th with Thomas sitting in 24th. We wish the whole team luck in their build up to 2016!
Our windsurfing school Flying Forwards has been running windsurf slalom training sessions over the summer and has the next session coming up this ANZAC weekend. Instructor Georgia Schofield will be running short figure-8 courses and will have her camera (if it's sunny) and GoPro (if it's not) on board to get photos of everybody. All skill levels are welcome and there are a few boards and sails available to rent for those without kit. It is a $10 entry fee and usually a get together on the beach afterwards. Keep an eye on the Facebook page or give Georgia a call on 021781315 to find out the details.
Featured Products this month!
Gul Viper wetsuit with Boltdry
The Winter 2015 new genreation Viper features less panels and more stretch than ever before! The Viper uses our Quadrate horizontal chest zip entry system keeping the zip off your back leaving your shoulders and back free to more. Features BOLTDRY and X-FLEX super stretch neoprene on the main body panels gives an incredible 100% plus stretch, making the Viper the perfect high performance suit. Blind stitch with new thinner NEONSEAM liquid seam technology provide 100% water seal keep the winter chill out.
In the shop now we have the 2015 Viper 3/2 black and Viper 5/3 black (with boltdry) available as well as the 2013 Viper 3/2 red and Viper 5/3 black/ red (without boltdry).
A new and exciting development from the Gul designers for Winter, the Scapa U-Zip Drysuit combines advanced GCX4fabric technology with style and functionality. Breathable, waterproof, hardwearing four layer fabric combined with 100% waterproof seams, and tough YKK Aquaseal HORSESHOE EAZY ON zip system opening gives this drysuit the edge. Glideskin neck and cuff seals, plus neoprene outankles and webbing straps provide function and supreme comfort. The picture below of the Scapa shows a customer at the bottom of NZ for a 2 week mission. He took a heap of gear but didn't need it as the Drysuit was so good and he lent it out to his freinds who didn't have the Scapa and were cold and wet.
and the Gul Ballistic Semi-Drysuit
The Ballistic semi-drysuit combines a GCX2 Breathable, waterproof and hardwearing upper body with 4mm neoprene lower body and legs for ultimate warmth whilst on the water. With TIZIP back opening waterproof zip and comfortable Glideskin neck and cuff seals.
And finally this month's staff favourite:
"It's fantastic for using my phone out on the water, I use it when teaching windsurfing and running sailing races so I can take photos and receive calls whilst off the beach. After 5 months of heavy use in and on the water this has been the most durable case I've come across." -Georgia Schofield, Flying Forwards Instructor.
Total Donations: $433,183.00
See you on the water!