This was the 25th Annual Wind Power Championships on the south end of Windy Lake Winnebago. The weather forecast had light wind for Sat. afternoon and Sunday, but the wind Gods were with us and we had great conditions.
Regattas are a fun time when Windsurfers get together, attendance based on wind conditions can often leave one wishing they had attended as was the case at this event. Go to a regatta to hang with a great bunch of sailors, get out of the rut, improve your abilities, have fun while learning from others. Racers always get the most out of the wind.
Wind Power was honored to have racers attend from out of state: TBay Ray from Thunder Bay Canada, ,Joe Boersma and his son Mark from Mich., Jeff Deganor Mich,, Niles Book from the UP, Tom Stokes from Ind., Larry Reed, Randy Howell. Friedehlm and Steve Calloway from Ia., Robin Shaw brought his Monster Van all the way from Ia., The Johnson family of 4, Adam Anderson, Jerry B and Peter H from Mn., The Mike Reed family, Mic Igoe and his mother Jean, Steve Willits, Alex Monroe and his new wife all from IL. And not least, all those fun racers from Wisconsin.
54 racers in all, 27 in the A-Fleet, 18 in the Sport Fleet and 9 in the Workshop Fleet were treated to the wind left over from Friday. Figure 8 Slalom racing was setup right off the beach for Sat. morning. The wind was forecasted to become light in the afternoon and hold for the rest of the weekend. Some tried using shortboards or Formula boards others used their longboards and there was very exciting racing with a lot of action at the jibes. Every race Saturday had a different winner in the A-Fleet, Jim Magnuson won 2 slalom races in the Sport Fleet and Andrea Gratton dominated the Workshop Fleet. After 3 races of slalom and a short lunch break the racers were treated to the World Famous M Course (see image below). The M Course has 5 jibes in a row and that can be challenging. A Course race should be a test of sailing in all points of sail and the M course does it the best. The A-Fleet did an extra windward/leeward. The afternoon course race had the wind die as predicted and the second race was cancelled. Everyone got ready for the evening meal and MoWind Year End Awards at the Sunset Supper Club next door to the race site. After a free drink on the SunSet Supper Club a great meal of pasta, chicken, salmon or prime rib followed. Arden Anderson and Don Altmeyer handed out this years MoWind Awards. Don picked out a nice navy blue windbreaker with the MoWind logo and 2010 Race Series printed on it. Go to the MoWind web site; www.mowind.org. to see the 2010 year end results and class winners. The famous bonfire followed and as the evening got late the wind started to build. Those who were last at the fire were hoping the wind would hold for Sunday racing.
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Sunday mornings 9:30skippers meeting had light wind. Again the World Famous M Course was set. Racing was fun with the A-Fleet and Sport Fleet starting together. A total of 45 at the start meant for some interesting jocking for position especially in the last minuet to the start. A good position at the start was important to get clean wind for the upwind race to the first buoy. During the first race the wind started to build. By the start of the second race you could almost plane and smiles were everywhere on the race course. Races 6, 7, 8 and 9 had planning conditions which lead to a lot of excitement on the course. Some racers were jibing out of control, either from the challenge of their equipment or their ability for the wind strength. Carnage at the jibe marks can attest to that. A few of the starts had some big crashes with 5 or 6 racers in a pile. There was even a high speed collision at the windward mark on the last race resulting in a big hole in the bottom of a sail. Even with all the action and crashing everyone had a blast. Everyone was smiling and tired when they returned to the beach after 5 races. Sunday was some of the best conditions for course racing at any MoWind event this year. A footlong Sub for lunch was followed with the Year End MoWind raffle that Peter Hartwitch so graciously ran. Neils Zaunmueller won the grand prize a KA Sail, Tom Stokes, Del Carpenter and Phil Barhouse each won a GPS, and the Windtronics Wind Meter went to Jeff Adamski.
Awards and door prizes were handed out for the wrap up of another great Wind Power Championships.
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Kevin would like to thank all of those who took time from their busy schedules to attend. Most importantly he would like to thank those who helped make the event run smoothly. Ann Gratton race director, Greg Liefer and Leah Altmeyer race committee, Peggy Wing for her excellent photography all weekend (next year she is racing), Mary Davies for registration and running the shop, Jennifer Wettstein assisting in the planning and organizing, Mike Bierworth for computer and web site support, My mother, brother Andy, niece Andrea and nephews Rob and Blaise for help in so many ways. Many Kudos to the gracious prize sponsors: NAISH, Maui Sails, Chinook, Aerotech Sails.