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Christmas cheer has started early here at the OTC and to welcome in the winds forecast for next week, we’re starting our sale early! Click here to be redirected to our online shop, where you can pick up a bargain of ex-demo boards and sails, ex-display wetsuits and much much more. Happy Chrissssstttmmmasss!

Weymouth Speedweek ’14 – Most Successful Since 2006

Here is a wash-up press release from Pete Davis. Looking forward to welcoming the Speedy fraternity back next year! Over to Pete:

Weymouth Speed Week 2014 in its 42nd year had one of the best weeks forecast since the current harbour records were set back in 2006. When Anders Bringdal and Zara Davis set the current men’s and women’s WSW harbour records of 38.40 and 32.44 knots. Local speedster and previous winner Kevin Greenslade was fastest windsurfer for the first few days clocking 33 plus knots over 500m almost every day adding fastest of the day pots to his already vast collection. Zara Davis seven times winner here was also quick with speeds just under the 30 knot mark. But all eyes were on Tuesday, with the promise of 40 knots plus from the tail end of hurricane Gonzalo.

Old and new speed sails, fins and boards were made ready, the only question’s would be what direction would it come from? and could the records be broken? The race officer Paul Sibley called an early 8.30 skippers meeting to make the most of the day with first possible start at 9.00. The wind did not disappoint with a constant 30 knots and gusts of over 40 knots but with a lot of North in it. The course opened bang on 9.00 using a starboard course to make best use of the wind angle. But to say it was choppy was an understatement! The first brave souls to go down were not rewarded with fast times but to some massive wipe-out’s. The crash of the day (Crash of the year in my opinion) went o Gary Connell, who’s video of his crash went viral. The top riders soon adjusted to the conditions and ignored their fellow competitors massive crashes and pushed on making the knee high chop look flat.

The fastest of the day was Patrick Van Hoof from Belgium who came out on top to take the pot for the fastest of the day with 34.56 knots which wasn’t beaten for the rest of the week and gave him top spot on the Pro Fleet podium, winning a free entry in to the European Championships next year at the Dunkerbeck speed Challenge. He was just ahead of local hero’s Kevin Greenslade and Pete Young. Zara Davis showed her speed pedigree as well, mixing it with the men and clocking the 5th fastest speed of the day and finishing fastest women of the week for a record 7th time at the event.

Speedweek is not all about the top riders the majority are made up of enthusiastic amateurs who come back every year and make up the bulk of the fleet. Stand out performances were Tim Lawes with a 30.94 knots and 1st timer at speedweek, Mark Mathews with a 32.23 knots who will be joining Patrick at the Dunkerbeck speed challenge.

THE UKWA Spartan Speed Championships are also run under the umbrella of speedweek, with the fastest of two runs and minimum speeds of 28 knots needed to make it a counting round. For the 1t time ever they achieved 8 counting rounds of speed windsurfing during the week. The top UKWA positions changed around a lot and every round was hard fought. The early leader Simon Cofield  was injured and had to sit out for one day allowing his old rival and 3 times winner of the UKWA speed title Kevin Greenslade  to take the lead. Third, forth and fifth place was just as close with Jim Crossley taking initially 3rd spot ahead of Simon Pettifer  and Nigel Spriggs but with Jim taking a day out Simon took the advantage over the last two days to just pip Jim by 0.7 and Nigel taking 5th place. Zara Davis the only UKWA lady entered this year did very well coming an impressive 12 overall in the fleet. Well done to all UKWA competitors, it was tough going with some very strong winds and chop to contend with. The brave were rewarded with speeds of over 33 knots on the fabled Portland 500m course. Full results will be on the UKWA website.

It was a fantastic week of sunshine and wind with competition every day and top speed of 36.44 knots over 500 by 16 year old Kiter, Benoit Guadiot from France on a modified course board, showing WSW is still innovating in the pursuit of speed. Thanks must go to the volunteer and helpers and our sponsors K66 Fantic, North and ION importers, Simmer Style, Tushingham, Severne Shop, Takoon Kites, Dunkerbeck Speed Challenge, The OTC, Baker Acadamy, Spartan, UKWA and AYRS. Without whom speedweek would not happen.

NWF Winter Slalom Series Announced

We are very pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Winter Slalom Series once again this winter, but new for this season we will be combining forces with Al Cross of the NWF to help push the series even more. The main aims are as follows:

  1. To encourage newcomers of all ages and abilities to the sport of slalom or indeed learning the skills to sail faster than your mate at a user-friendly non-intimidating venue.
  2. To continue development of national sailors throughout the winter plus utilising their experiences to assist and coach newcomers.
  3. To have a damn good time on and off the water.

Coaching, low level racing, clinics (theory and practical), nutrition, demo equipment, ability groups, plus the facility to hire equipment on site.

The proposed dates are as follows:

15-16 November ’14
13-14 December ’14
17-18 January ’15
14-15 February ’15
14-15 March ’15

In the case of insufficient wind, there is the potential for a rollover to the following weekend. The cost is £20 per day or £30 per weekend. For more information or to book yourself a place, call 07817 717904 or email us at info@otc-windsurf.com

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BSA Finale Meal – Saturday @ 8.00pm

Being the last event of the 2014 BSA calendar, we have had quite a few requests for a meal to be organised as a get together and a bit of a knees-up, (albeit not too much as Sunday’s forecast looks good!). We have therefore booked a party in for the Dorset Burger Company at the Old Infirmary (6 King Street – DT4 7BH) near to Weymouth train station. The table is booked in for 8.00pm and the menu can be seen here. Please get in touch with us ASAP to confirm you’d like to attend so that we have an idea of numbers.

 

Team 15 & Race Club Finale Rescheduled

With the forecast for Saturday being as it is, we are rescheduling the Race Club finale for Monday 20th October at 17:00. The earlier everyone can get down the better, although the racing will start at 17:00 and we will get as many races done as possible before the evening draws in and we lose the light! For more information, just call us on 07817 717904.

Team 15 & Race Club Finale

To round off what has been our best year yet for Team 15 participation, we are going to be having a Club Race Day on Saturday 18th October, starting at 10:00am. Entry will be the usual fee of £10.00 per person, and depending on the conditions, we will aim to get through as many races as possible. There are also rumours of a BYO BBQ to be lit around lunchtime. For more information, get in touch.

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Thomas Hardye Become Partner

We are very pleased to announce that Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester have just signed up to the Associated Partners Membership programme enabling their students to become members for just £20.00 per annum and then come along windsurfing for just £5.00 per session. Thanks to the school’s teacher Richard Burdett for pushing windsurfing in Thomas Hardye, there is now a hotbed of talent emerging. For more information on the initiative, click here.

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Instructor Courses This Autmn

We have every type of instructor course scheduled in throughout autumn, from the start, to the intermediate and anti the advanced. Click on the icons below to be redirected for more information.
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Bart’s Bash Race Club – 21st Sept ’14

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Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson was a much loved and respected member of Team GB’s sailing elite and to celebrate his life, the sailing foundation set up in his honour is aiming to break the world record for the largest sailing event this weekend. All over the world sailing clubs are holding their own race day on Sunday 21st, so that the foundation can gain an idea of how many people are racing on the water at 1.00pm during ‘Bart’s Bash’. And we think that windsurfers should be part of that celebration as well, so we are going to hold a number of races ourselves!

The racing will be all inclusive – all you need to be able to do is sail across the wind, turn round and come back to your starting point. For those of you a little more experienced, we will use the RS:One kit of the Will Mackaness Trust and go and join in on the large start line set up by our partners – the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre. There will also be an open bar at the WPNSA and BBQ food available throughout the afternoon. For more information, call us on 07817 717904. See you on Sunday!

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SPONSOR Will’s Weymouth Warriors!

This is quite a challenge to undertake and has taken a fair amount of planning … not least ensuring we get the most favourable conditions for the team to achieve their goal. Friday is looking the best day, with moderate westerly winds … and the whole team free to take part! Please read more about their challenge here and then donate as much or as little as you can for this very worthy cause. Many thanks.