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2012 O’Pen BIC North Americans

The 2012 O”Pen Bic North Americans was blessed with wind and great weather.

Racing to the first Buoy

 

Families came from as far as Miami to visit the Mid-west and let their kids sail on beautiful Lake Winnebago.  Sheboygan, Lake Geneva, Madison, Fond du lac and Oshkosh Youth Sailing Schools sent young aspiring sailors to the biggest Un-Regatta in the Mid-West.

 

What is an Un-Regatta?  First it is a FUN Regatta with a capital FUN.  Yes there is serious racing but the biggest award goes to the sailor who shows the most stoke for sailing and just has fun. There is also Freestyle where the kids are judged on tricks they can do on the fast and nimble O’Pen Bic Youth Sailboat.  These tricks most often end with them splashing in the water.  The Kids team up for this event and they make up goofy names for their teams, like The Founding Fathers, The Vanilla Milkshakes or the Big Hairs to name a few.  One of the best features of the O’Pen Bic is the easy that the boat can be righted and sail away after a capsize.  And Kids love to capsize!

 

Steve and Sara Eliasen were the organizers of the event with assistance from Wind Power Windsurfing & Kiting the local O’Pen Bic dealer and coach for the Fond du lac School.  O’Pen Bic sent Nevin Sayre a world class sailor and Windsurfer from New England to run the racing and freestyle format.  Nevin has a great gift with kids and they were all fortunate to meet him and enjoy the weekend with all the fun things he conjures for the kids to do with their boats.  He keeps the pack together by making the leaders do 360’s or capsize on purpose so the others can keep up,  He also has them stand up while sailing, do wheelies, 360’s, capsize and the new thing is hand stands with their feet on the boom.  That that is some serious fun!

 

The kids were divided into 2 divisions: the International Division and the Olympic Division.  The Olympic Division was composed of newer sailors who were new to regattas and didn’t have a lot of time or experience in the O’Pen Bic boat.  The goal was to get them involved and on the water so they could learn and increase their comfort level in this great sport.  They sailed a shorter and simpler course.  The International Division was composed of sailors who had experience in Un-Regattas or were comfortable racing the boat.  This division was comprised of two classes” the Open and the Young Guns (under 12).  They raced on varied courses with up to 9 buoys to round.  Both classes started together which made great competition.

On Saturday 3 races were held with a short lunch break.  Followed with more racing.  An incoming thunderstorm brought most of the boats to the beach while a few were used for the Freestyle Event which was right in front of the beach.  Many thanks to all of the parents and volunteers who helped get the boats and everything else put away before the rain hit.

the Hood Ornament Freestyle move

 

Sunday had great wind with flat water early in the morning for the 10 o’clock start.  The racers in the International Division were treated to a fast and furious down wind slalom course.  Nevin was out there coaching and encouraging the kids while positioning the event photographer for some great photos.  The first races was a mass chaos with boats capsizing every-wheres.  By the third races the kids were getting it and capsizing was few and far between.  The Olympic Division did some great races close to shore and the kids were looking like they were ready to move to the International Division.  Their last race before freestyle was a long distance race lead by Steve Eliasen and Ian House.  5 races were held before the kids came exhausted to the beach for lunch.  They all had big smiles and were ready for the Freestyle Finals. The Founding Fathers, a 3 person team comprised of Owen, Nathan and Frankie prevailed to be the overall winners of Freestyle closely followed by the Vanilla Milkshakes comprised of Tyler and Cedric.

 

Many thanks to all of the great volunteers who were so vital to make it happen.  And to the Miami families for traveling so far and also helping with the beach scene.

Following are the Racing Results:

 

 

2012 O’Pen BIC North American Un-Reggatta
Olympic Division Results (Aspiring, Future Sailors for the International Division)
Sail # Name Adress Division Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Race 8 Race 9 Race 10 Race 11 Race 12 Race 13 Score
1 23 Ally Hansen Oshkosh, WI Olympic 4 t 5 t 8 1 1 1 1 5 2 3 2 4 2 26
2 44/38 Natalia / Sofia House Oshkosh, WI Olympic t 6 1 3 6 3 4 t 7 2 1 4 3 1 3 31
3 28 Aiden Kimball Olympic 1 4 2 4 t 9 t 9 3 3 4 2 4 2 4 33
4 6 Leah Edwards Oshkosh, WI Olympic 2 3 5 t 9 t 6 2 5 5 2 3 2 4 2 35
5 25 Kaitlyn Williams Olympic 3 6 7 t 8 8 5 t 9 4 3 1 1 5 1 44
6 26 Eddie Hansen Oshkosh, WI Olympic t 8 2 1 5 5 3 4 1 6 t 7 7 6 6 46
7 27 Adam McAvoy Oshkosh, WI Olympic t 9 t 8 4 2 2 6 2 5 6 7 7 6 6 53
8 29 Boden Gaener Oshkosh, WI Olympic t 7 t 8 6 3 4 7 6 5 5 5 6 6 6 59
9 7 Evan Witkowski North Fond du Lac, WI Olympic 9 8 t 11 t 10 9 9 10 5 6 6 5 3 5 75
10 5 Sara McAvoy Oshkosh, WI Olympic t 9 8 t 9 7 7 8 8 5 6 7 7 6 6 75
11 8 Oliver Long Olympic 5 7 t 11 t 10 9 9 10 5 6 7 7 6 6 77
2012 O’Pen BIC North American Un-Reggatta
Overall International Division Results
Sail # Name Address Division Class Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Race 8 Race 9 Race 10 Race 11 Race 12 Score
1 57 Nic Mueller Ft Pierce, FL International Open 1 1 1 t 6 1 1 t 17 1 1 1 1 2 11
2 63 Harry Melges Lake Geneva, WI International Young Guns 2 2 2 2 3 t 5 4 3 4 2 t 6 1 25
3 31 Juan Nores Surfside, FL International Young Guns 4 t 6 t 6 1 4 6 2 2 2 4 2 3 30
4 49 Manuel Nores Miami, FL International Young Guns t 7 5 5 5 2 2 1 4 t 13 5 3 5 37
5 17 Philip Palma Miami, FL International Young Guns 5 3 6 7 t 12 11 t 17 5 3 7 5 4 56
6 19 Michael Cramer Miami Beach, FL International Young Guns 3 9 9 3 5 t 12 3 t 11 5 6 11 6 60
7 15 Tyler Goedderz Oshkosh, WI International Open 6 11 8 4 6 8 t 17 6 6 3 4 t 15 62
8 22 Owen Eliasen Oshkosh, WI International Open 8 4 7 9 t 11 3 9 8 7 8 8 t 11 71
9 60 Nathan Van Heuklon Oshkosh, WI International Open 9 8 t 18 13 9 4 t 10 9 10 9 9 7 87
10 58 Frankie Hearn Madison, WI International Open t 15 t 14 12 10 7 9 5 10 9 11 10 9 92
11 47 John Borello International Open 11 12 t 16 11 15 t 18 14 7 8 10 7 10 105
12 11 Noah Bartelt Howards Grove, WI International Young Guns 10 7 4 8 14 13 11 13 t 18 t 16 16 15 111
13 14 Ethan Dillon Kohler, WI International Young Guns 12 10 10 12 8 7 6 t 19 t 18 16 16 15 112
14 53 Cedric Witkowski North Fond du Lac, WI International Young Guns t 16 13 11 15 t 19 16 7 12 15 12 12 14 127
15 40 Izzy Eliasen Oshkosh, WI International Open t 18 t 17 14 14 10 14 8 15 14 14 13 12 128
16 30 Brit Vondersitt International Young Guns 18 19 15 19 t 20 t 20 17 14 12 13 14 8 149
17 12 Katelyn Kohl Appleton, WI International Young Guns 17 t 20 t 18 18 18 10 12 17 11 16 16 15 150
18 18 Rachel Goedderz Oshkosh, WI International Young Guns t 18 15 13 16 13 t 17 15 16 16 16 16 15 151
19 16 Joelle Tremblay Appleton, WI International Open 13 16 t 20 t 19 17 15 13 18 17 15 15 13 152
20 7 Evan Witkowski North Fond du Lac, WI International Open 14 t 19 t 19 17 16 19 16 19 18 16 16 15 166
International Class Results
Sail # Name Address Division Class Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Race 8 Race 9 Race 10 Race 11 Race 12 Score
1 57 Nic Mueller Ft Pierce, FL International Open 1 1 1 t 6 1 1 t 17 1 1 1 1 2 11
2 15 Tyler Goedderz Oshkosh, WI International Open 6 11 8 4 6 8 t 17 6 6 3 4 t 15 62
3 22 Owen Eliasen Oshkosh, WI International Open 8 4 7 9 t 11 3 9 8 7 8 8 t 11 71
4 60 Nathan Van Heuklon Oshkosh, WI International Open 9 8 t 18 13 9 4 t 10 9 10 9 9 7 87
5 58 Frankie Hearn Madison, WI International Open t 15 t 14 12 10 7 9 5 10 9 11 10 9 92
6 47 John Borello International Open 11 12 t 16 11 15 t 18 14 7 8 10 7 10 105
7 40 Izzy Eliasen Oshkosh, WI International Open t 18 t 17 14 14 10 14 8 15 14 14 13 12 128
8 16 Joelle Tremblay Appleton, WI International Open 13 16 t 20 t 19 17 15 13 18 17 15 15 13 152
9 7 Evan Witkowski North Fond du Lac, WI International Open 14 t 19 t 19 17 16 19 16 19 18 16 16 15 166
1 63 Harry Melges Lake Geneva, WI International Young Guns 2 2 2 2 3 t 5 4 3 4 2 t 6 1 25
2 31 Juan Nores Surfside, FL International Young Guns 4 t 6 t 6 1 4 6 2 2 2 4 2 3 30
3 49 Manuel Nores Miami, FL International Young Guns t 7 5 5 5 2 2 1 4 t 13 5 3 5 37
4 17 Philip Palma Miami, FL International Young Guns 5 3 6 7 t 12 11 t 17 5 3 7 5 4 56
5 19 Michael Cramer Miami Beach, FL International Young Guns 3 9 9 3 5 t 12 3 t 11 5 6 11 6 60
6 11 Noah Bartelt Howards Grove, WI International Young Guns 10 7 4 8 14 13 11 13 t 18 t 16 16 15 111
7 14 Ethan Dillon Kohler, WI International Young Guns 12 10 10 12 8 7 6 t 19 t 18 16 16 15 112
8 53 Cedric Witkowski North Fond du Lac, WI International Young Guns t 16 13 11 15 t 19 16 7 12 15 12 12 14 127
9 30 Brit Vondersitt International Young Guns 18 19 15 19 t 20 t 20 17 14 12 13 14 8 149
10 12 Katelyn Kohl Appleton, WI International Young Guns 17 t 20 t 18 18 18 10 12 17 11 16 16 15 150
11 18 Rachel Goedderz Oshkosh, WI International Young Guns t 18 15 13 16 13 t 17 15 16 16 16 16 15 151

Wind Power had fun at the Strictly Sail Show in Chicago

Wind Power spent Jan 26 – 29th at the Largest Sailboat show in the Mid-West, Strictly Sail.  For the first time ever, with a booth at this famous yearly show. During the 4 days we were constantly busy with questions about all of our toys.  Other exibitors said we had the FUN BOOTH.  The Wind Power booth had 4 sections: SUP (stand-up-paddle), O’pen Bic youth sailboat, Windsurfing, and Kiting.  Wind Power gave a away a lesson package and a Bic Jungle SUP.

Natalia House a windsurfing student of Wind Power riding the Indo balance board.

Wind Power display with the O'pen Bic youth sailboat (see Poka da Shark)

Wind Power display for Windsurfing

Wind Power display with SUP (Stand-Up-Paddle)

We also took our Winnebago Shark as a mascot and for the kids to play with.  Well on Sunday morning we got a ransom note.  The Kidnappers wanted beer and rum.  The shark got a new name Poka da Shark.  It now has a facebook page with it in the remote sailing pond.  In the kids tent and many of the other vendors booths.  We tried to find and capture the shark back but to no avail.  Finally when we were packing up we got a business card that said the Catch of the day was at Crowley’s ( a booth of a Chicago vendor).  I would like to thanks Dan Thornton who helped load setup and work the booth, Mike Reed and Mark Robinson (Bic Rep) who helped setup and worked the booth a few times, and finally Andy and Ann Gratton who helped in the booth and look for the Shark Sunday.

Team Wind Power: Mike Reed, Kevin, Captain Franken Dread (show's one man band), Dan Thornton

Crowley's Catch of the Day (Poka da Shark) Winnebago Shark

 

 

Wind Power goes to the Strictly Sail Show at the Navy Pier in Chicago!

Wind Power will have a booth at the 2012 Strictly Sail Show in Chicago.  The Show will be held Jan. 26 – 29 at the Navy Pier.  Strictly Sail is the largest yearly event for Sailing craft and related equipment held in the Mid-west. This is the first time Wind Power has been to this show.  Plans are made to display the O’Pen Bic youth sailboat, Windsurfing gear summer and winter, Kiting equipment, Kayaks and the latest rage in water sports, the SUP or Stand Up Paddle.  Wind Power has donated a lesson package for Windsurfing or Winter Kiting and a SUP to give-away at the show.  To sign-up for the drawings or to get more information on the show got to: http://www.strictlysailchicago.com/attendees/features/promotions.aspx

2011 Annual Winnebago SuperCrossing and Wind Power Championship Regatta

Come and Join the Fun in the Sun and Play on the Water!

The Fun Weekend starts on Friday with the Lake Winnebago SuperCrossing run by Jeff Knutson from A-A. EXTERIORS.COM

Friday Morning at 11:00 sharp the crossing starts from Roosevelt County Park (Wind Power) to a destination determined that morning.  Wind direction, strength and the forecast as well as sailors input results in the course for the Crossing.

West wind is the best for a full Crossing the length of Winnebago (28 miles).  Years past we had perfect conditions and a number of us made it to High Cliff State Park.  Niles Book (The Crazy Iron man who crossed Lake Michigan solo with NO CHASE BOAT) was the only one to sail back.  I only know 2 others whom have sailed the length of the Lake and back.  Bet you can’t guess who!

Last year was again perfect conditions with the wind blowing in the 30’s and more further out on the Lake.  Everybody rigged TOO BIG and what a disappointment that not one Windsurfer made it.  I was disappointed with myself because I also under estimated the wind and after sailing a few miles of the 28 miles to High Cliff, I turned around because I knew from experience it wasn’t going to get any easier up the lake.  It would have been miles of ugly survival sailing, not fun.  5 local Kiters made the grueling journey to High Cliff.  Hopefully this year mother nature will gives another chance.

Saturday and Sunday is the 26th Annual Wind Power Championships! Mark Greinert and myself hosted our first Regatta ever, not really thinking it would still be going on almost 3 decades later.  Big Lake Winnebago and the access of Roosevelt County Park just across the street from Wind Power is an excellent venue to run BIG Regattas.  Last year 53 racers enjoyed great times on Windy Winnebago.  Everyone was sore and tired after 10 races.

This Year we are excited to add 2 more Fleets, Kona and O’Pen Bic.  For 2011 MoWind has dropped the Formula Fleet (because of lack of attendance) and added the new and growing Kona Fleet. For more information on the Kona Racing check out their web site: KonaOne.com Contact Mike Fox if you would like to charter a Kona for the weekend.  He will be bringing boards from the Minneapolis area and would appreciate a call before he leaves for Fond du Lac.  Call Mike @ 612-508-8083

The O’Pen Bic is a new Youth sailboat by Bic.   www.O’Pen Bic.com Fleets are quickly growing in the Fox Valley area and all across the country.  Wind Power has been supporting the O’Pen Bic movement and teaching many kids for 3 years. (this year over 350 kids learned how to sail with the O’Pen Bic)  With all the kids sailing and racing a new youth sailboat, that is fun to capsize and do Freestyle on (Bailing is Cancelled), Wind Power felt it was appropriate to add their Fleet to our End of the Year Regatta.  SO please welcome the kids who have learned to love our great sport of sailing.

Let’s Keep the Wind Power Championships on the MoWind Calendar! After organizing Regattas for 26 years with the help of Family and Many Friends, I have decided all I want to do is be the PRO or Principle Race Officer.  This entails getting the necessary equipment ready to run a Windsurfing race.  Working with the Race Committee setting up the Schedule, Fleets and Classes, Courses and finally the Rules for the Event.  I have all the necessary equipment to run a world class regatta but no longer have the desire to organize the whole event.  Such as Promotions, planning the dinner, writing the notice of race and press releases, getting prizes and trophies, selecting a t-shirt and design.  I have struggled through those task and many many times with the excellent help of others, But I no longer want to be the one in charge of doing them.  I am retiring from those duties after this years event.  I am hoping that a team will take over those duties and have fun doing it, so the Event will continue.  Or someone else might want to start their own new Event on this weekend.  I am sad to think this may be the end of a great Era, but I don’t have the energies needed to organize a whole event and still make it fun for me.  It’s time for new blood.

Check out the Wind Power Weather Center! If you haven’t been on the Wind Power Weather Center, it’s a must see.  Version 2.0 will be installed this week. The new version 2.0 of the weather Center tracks history better and provides more in depth Wind Sock data.  The Wind Sock rating has been tweaked to be more accurate to marginal conditions. The Wind Sock summary is awesome telling us how many days we had in a month or a year of the various wind socks.  There is much more , so go to the new Weather Center and check out the Updates & Issues.  We are constantly striving to make the weather Center more user friendly while providing the information and history everyone is looking for.  We installed a new Wind Sensor (the Pro model) and the wind data we are collecting is more accurate to the real conditions.  Use the wind history to your advantage.  After a good day sailing or kiting at one of the launches, look up the wind history for the day.  Take notes of the size sail or kite for the wind strength at the time you were out.  Use this valuable information in the future to know what size sail or kite you should ride.  The Weather Center is dedicated after Stella Blue, the  developer’s beloved yellow Lab. Stella loved the water and riding windsurf boards as much as we do.  She was an Icon on the beach.
Click here to check out the Wind Power Weather Center.

Looking forward to seeing, Sailing and just hanging out with everyone soon!

Kevin     USA 8

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2011 Winnebago SuperCrossing and Wind Power Championship Notice of Race (NOR)

2011 Winnebago SuperCrossing & Wind Power Championship NOR

2011 Winnebago SuperCrossing & Wind Power Championship NOR

Wind Power has a New Weather Center!

The Wind Power web site has a New Weather Center! 

On Monday June 20 the New Weather Center was added to the Wind Power Web site. The Site has it’s own URL at WindPowerWeather.com .  A Weather Center link is available on Wind Power home page and under Information pull-down menu.

As you can see in the picture above the Wind Sensor is mounted much higher than in the past.  It will give a more realistic reading in more directions due to the added height.  My brother Andy donated an A-Scow mast which we put on top of the shop.  The Wind Sensor is on top of it which should put it at 60 plus feet.  This is around the height of the neighboring trees.

But that is not all that the Weather Center is about.  It has a very detailed graphs of the wind speed with gusts,  direction and speed, temperature and wind chill.  There is also a tabular data.  Forecast are available from several popular weather links.  Water Temperature is also available.  There are graphs with a detailed history of the past weather. Personally I like to see the peak gusts.

A local advisory tells you what launches are good for the current conditions as well as the type of equipment to use.  Don’t forget to add the Wind Power Weather Gadget to your desktop.  It will keep you up-to-date with the wind conditions on Lake Winnebago’s south end. WindPowerWeather.com/gadget

The Weather Center is dedicated to Stellablue, a longtime companion of the developer of this site. Stellablue was a yellow Labrador retriever and learned to windsurf as a puppy and loved cruising on the long-board. As you can see in the photo, she was ready to go, but was not much help up-hauling the sail. The Weather Center is dedicated to her memory.

The Weather Center was many hours in development and deciphering data find what would work best for Wind Power. Some of the unique features are the recommended Launch Sites and desktop gadget (for Windows). The Weather Center not only provides weather data, but provides a lot of explanations and educational information. Check out the Information and Sensor pages for example.

We are excited to bring this new service and it’s features to you.  Feel free to blog back or contact us with any comments and suggestions.  Enjoy the weather Center and make the most of it to increase you fun in the WIND on Lake Winnebago.

Kevin   USA 8

Summer 2011 is just around the Corner

Have you blown the dust off you soft water sailing equipment?  Well it’s time.  Lake Winnebago opened on April 7th, as far as we could see to the north from Wind Power .  The water temps are in the upper 50’s already.  A few more warm days and you can put the drysuits away.

Spring is a great time for those with experience to get out and enjoy some high wind action.  Be sure to check all you cold weather gear so it’s going to protect you as designed.  Don’t forget to also check over your equipment; u-joint, lines, all screws.  Breakdowns can quickly become a much bigger problem with colder water temps.

Wind Power enjoyed it’s annual spring trip to Hatteras. A great group of 14 enjoyed warm temps in the 70’s and lots of wind.  I windsurfed overpowered on my 4.2 and kited with an 8m.  Christy, Pat and Greg, new kiters, worked on getting rides on soft water and Debbie learned how to Windsurf.

Wind Power’s Online Store has been busy this spring and new items are being added daily.   Check it out at http://www.windpowerwindsurfing.com/shop/ The Mid-West largest used inventory and replacement parts will soon be showcased in the online store!   The road construction on Winnebago Drive (in front of the shop) is completed and it’s a big improvement to the area.  Come and enjoy a sail out of Roosevelt County Park.

School will be out Soon! Wind Power is currently taking registration for the Kid’s Classes on wed.  Starting Wednesday June 15th there will be a morning kids class from 10:00 to noon and an afternoon class from 1:00 to 3:00.  Last year the classes were full.  We will add a Thursday program if there is enough demand.     Call Kevin at Wind Power or see the web site for more information: http://www.windpowerwindsurfing.com/lessons/windsurf#kids

Are we having FUN yet?

Wednesday night will be the Advanced Windsurf classes.  This program covers all levels, from those who have just learned to the aspiring racer.  If you are nervous and not real comfortable out in the water, this is the class for you.  Kevin will get you relaxed and having fun while learning how to windsurf better.  Class curriculum is adjusted to the students level and the wind conditions of the day.

Beginner Windsurf Lessons are available anytime just call ahead to set a lesson time.  Wind Power prides itself on having the best lesson equipment available.  We want you learning experience to be easy , fun and fast! Roosevelt County Park has a nice shallow sandy area where the beginner lessons take place, it’s an ideal location.  See our web site for more information: http://www.windpowerwindsurfing.com/lessons

Kiting Lessons are available, Wind Power supplies the equipment if you don’t have it.  A large Pontoon boat is the launch site and a Jet-ski is the chase vehicle.  Contact Wind Power for more information and to setup a time.

Stand Up Paddling (SUP) Lessons and equipment are also available.  If the wind dies stop over to the shop and pick up a paddle.  Paddling along the shore checking out the houses is interesting, you can paddle back in the channel behind Wind Power or cruise up to the Light House and even go in Supply’s marsh.

Jay and Dr. D

Increase your Summer Fun with Wind Power!

Why would I attend a Regatta or an Event?

I can think of many reasons to attend a Regatta,  a Windsurfing, Kiting, or sailing event.

No.1 It’s a party! A get-together with friends that enjoy the same sports you do. Everyone likes to have others around them to kite, windsurf or sail with when they are enjoying their sport. You have to admit it’s more fun when there are others to watch and hoot, holler and encourage when doing your sport. Most people find the  social aspect of the sport a big part of the sport and a boost to the fun factor. You meet new friends that enjoy the same thrills you do.  At work your fellow workers are probably sick of listening to you babble about how much fun you had in the wind. Why, they hate the wind, for it makes their sports harder or impossible. They don’t understand your psych, nor do they want to. When you get to the beach it’s a whole different story. Everyone wants to hear you story and share theirs.  So go and party with those who enjoy those who enjoy your sport.

No. 2 It’s a great way to learn and improve! For those new to the sport, they can hang with those experienced and learn from them. Most of the those I have meet are more than willing to share and HELP those who are learning. Remember all of us were Beginners at one time and we don’t forget those days. We want to help beginners get through the tough times as fast as possible and enjoy the sport at a higher level.  I have personally watch  and experienced everyone who competes improve a much greater rate than those who fine every excuse to not compete.  How many have said they are not competitive but when you see them on the water they are trying to out do others.  Jumping higher, going faster, or doing harder or more tricks.  Those sailors should be honest to themselves and join the FUN.

No.3 It’s Fun Competition! It’s fun to compare yourself to others.  Getting the jitters on the starting line is exciting.  Where else do you get a rush like that?  It’s great fun to be next to your friends pushing eachother to do your best.  You will find you push yourself harder than when you are alone.  I enjoy cheering others on and hooting it up.  It will promote you to pay more attention to techniques, equipment setup and tuning, tactics and weather.

No.4 Help Promote your great sport! Having a Competition bring a bigger group than normal and showcases our sport. It entices and creates interest in those who watch to join the fun.  How can one not help wanting to participate in a sport where everyone is having so much fun.We all want to share our enjoyment of our great sport and help it grow.  So we have more friends to Party with!

No.5 Don’t be a Party Pooper! If you enjoy Competitions and would like to see more of them as well as see the existing ones grow to higher levels, you must attend.  Not attending an event because of lack of wind is the most common excuse.  Forecast are often wrong, weather always changes.  Wind can come out of no-where.

That mentality is the quickest and sure way to kill a Competition or Event.  Think of the big picture of the makings of an Event.  You must have a race organizer, support personnel and sponsorship of some kind.  A lot of behind the scene work goes on.  Not attending because the forecast does not look good puts all their work in vain.  The sponsors do not see a return for their investment, therefore they pull out.  Soon the event is history.

So remember instead of  contacting your friends and telling them you are not going to make the Event because of  a poor forecast.  Contact all you’re friends and tell them to come and join you at the Party!


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