As the 2013 BSA slalom season draws to a close, we intend to keep the momentum going through the colder months by hosting a winter slalom series from the centre. That way we can benefit from being right by the water’s edge (providing sanctuary from the elements), with a hot drinks machine (including host sponsors Apres – the Hot Recovery Drink) close to hand and the extra comfort of steaming hot showers just a stone’s throw away at the end of the day! We will announce dates on a forecast and intend to run a meet once a month, starting in December. For more information, get in touch.
Ross Williams will be providing a pro wave clinic designed specifically for youths. If you want to learn how to jump or loop more expressively, bottom turn with more speed or even just get out over the waves and have a more success with your tacks, Ross will be on hand to help out. Cost will be just £30.00 for the weekend and includes free use of the latest 2014 Tabou, Gaastra and Vandal equipment.
At just 9 years old, Alexandra Muzika never fails to draw attention and comments when seen on the water – super composed and planing in nothing, she has a dogged determination that makes her a marvel to watch. Taking part in our Race Club on Thursday evenings this summer, she always had a smile on her face and is sure to progress far beyond her peers.
She even entered Weymouth Speed Week this year, becoming the youngest ever entrant (as well as one of the most popular amongst the crowd thanks to her baking!). What is more, she is getting faster all the time. 24.84knots at 9! Watch out everyone, there’s a new kid on the block!
The forecast for this weekend looks amazing … super windy and mild still to boot! Colin and Marco from Windsurf Coaching are going to be with us all weekend, so come along and benefit from the wealth of knowledge these two possess. For more information, get in touch!
We’re a little slow on the uptake, but have just heard the news that Dan and Emma Wilson are the 2013 U19 National RS:X Champions! Massive congratulations to them both. In the final results of the Nationals (held at WPNSA on 5/6th October) both brother and sister were only beaten by three times Olympian and 2013 World Silver Medallist Bryony Shaw, coming 2nd and 3rd respectively in the RS:X fleet. The result is all the more impressive when you consider their ages and that they both even beat Bryony in Race 4! They thoroughly deserve the results, having put in masses of training over the last 12 months. Very proud of you guys and will be watching your continued progress closely.
Yesterday we hosted the presenter of Breakfast’s extended sports bulletins – Mike Bushell – down at Weymouth Speed Week. He was down to interview our Ladies World Speed Champion Zara Davis whilst windsurfing on a tandem board with her. Before going to sea, Mike jumped on the centre simulator and Maurin took him through his paces. The interview is due to be screened this weekend, although there was rumour that it might have to be postponed due to the Speedway results. Watch this space … we will bring news of it as soon as we hear.
As the 2013 BSA slalom season draws to a close, we intend to keep the momentum going through the colder months by hosting a winter slalom series from the centre. That way we can benefit from being right by the water’s edge (providing sanctuary from the elements), with a hot drinks machine close to hand and the extra comfort of steaming hot showers just a stone’s throw away at the end of the day! We will announce dates on a forecast and intend to run a meet once a month, starting in November. For more information, get in touch.
Will’s Weymouth Warriors – the T15 group based with us at the OTC are to compete in a Sunrise to Sunset Challenge this weekend. The plan is for the team to be down at the centre for dawn (06:46) and for at least one member of the team to be on the water throughout the day until sunset at 19:23. All the money raised will go to the T15 namesake – The Will Mackaness Trust. To read more about the challenge and the Trust … and even more importantly make a donation click here. Good luck guys!
Colin ‘Whippy’ Dixon and Marco ‘Dancer’ Wedele are going to be in town on the 26-27th October, providing some Windsurf Coaching. It will be an intermediate / advanced clinic, catering for everything from freeride sailing to freestyle coaching and using their Headzone coaching technology. These two are larger-than-life characters and it should make for a very entertaining clinic. For more information, get in touch.
A challenge hatched in a pub over a pint is never normally the best when reflected upon the next day, but a rare few sometimes have merit (depends how many pints I suppose! Ed). The Water Duathlon was thought up by local wave-sailing guru Andy Chandler, whereby competitors windsurf from the OTC centre to Overcombe and then swap their windsurfing kit for a bike and cycle back. Keen to transform the concept into a viable challenge, we have been liaising with the Portland Harbour Authorities and SailRacer (SailFest organisers) to make the event a reality.
On the 24th August, Tris set off to pilot the concept and check its viability. In a good NW wind, he reached the north harbour entrance in 2 minutes, thinking “This is going to be straightforward”. It all went a little downhill from that moment, the NW wind direction meaning it was offshore in Weymouth Bay. That said, a run of 37minutes for the windsurf and 20mins for the bike sets the benchmark for future participants to beat. Watch out for news as we are sure this event has the legs to make it into the calendar for 2014!
Distance covered (total): 13.24miles
Time elapsed: 57mins 19secs (Windsurf: 37mins 12secs Bike: 20mins 07secs)
Tris’s course track, captured by a Garmin GPS.
Setting off from the centre on a Gaastra Cosmic 8.0m and Tabou Thunder 130.
Pic: Andy Stallman
And back to the centre for a breather! Pic: Andy Stallman.