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23rd January 2008 11:51 PM
Formula Wrapup

check out steve bodners writeup, also miamiwindsurfing.com, but here is some more--

Jimmy Diaz is the Alex Caviglia Bluewater Classic champ for 2008! A very tight event, held in mostly up and down conditions even when it was windy on the second day. Micah was second (on a very light board, by the way...) and it could have gone either way, but Jimmy won on the tiebreaker. Mathias was third, the rest of the results are at miamiwindsurfing.com. Fernando Martinez sailed the best of the local Miami crew coming in 4th I believe.

Conditions were challenging for Formula with big puffs, shifts, some non-planing and some very powered planing. Saturday was beautiful weather but lighter winds that really showcased who could plane and who could not, Sunday the breeze was much more solid but northerly which makes for some weirdness here in Miami, particularly with the windward mark being close to shore. Friday was good for Kona, but too light for Formula.

New North Warps are looking very good for sure. Kashy has a monopoly on the fins right now.

Thanks to all the sailors and particularly Micah and Jimmy for coming and making year two a great event. Shake A Leg really pulls out all the stops, the hospitality is really top notch. It is great to have top level sailors here in Miami for the event and we hope that even more of you can make it to sunny Miami in January 2009 for this awesome race.--Jim
23rd January 2008 11:17 PM
Unregistered Writeup by Tom Ingram on Kona results from the Caviglia--

The Shake a Leg Foundation and the Caviglia Bluewater Foundation put together another awesome regatta in beautiful Coconut Grove, Miami. I sailed Kona so this post is Kona-centric. For the formula version, see Steve Bodner's blog or www.miamiwindsurfing.com.

Friday, we had beautiful winter weather, low 80s and sunny, though not a lot of wind. The Kona fleet got in two races in about 4 knots of breeze. The heavies on the 9.0s were completely in the mix with the 7.4s, and the finishing order did not correlate to weight. Friday night, we had the "casual" dinner, pasta y albondigas (meatballs) and unlimited drinks. Fortunately everyone was well-behaved. Saturday we had a little more wind, somewhere around 5-9 knots with a few brief periods of higher wind, again in bathing suit weather. The Konas got in 5 races, I think 3 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon, with lunch on a pretty little island in front of the harbor that the volunteers at Shake-a-Leg replanted with native mangroves and palms over the summer. The formula fleet got in a few races but with a fair amount of non-planing lulls. The conditions were a little lighter than typical for Miami this time of year, but the Florida sailors were pretty used to this sort of thing. Jax, FL sailor Vincent Barre got out on the 2008 Exocet formula board and got a 3rd in one of the afternoon races, behind pros Jimmy Diaz and Micah Buzainis. Saturday night the volunteer army of Shake-a-Leg pulled out all the stops, decorating the historic waterfront seaplane hangar with fancy lighting and such and hosting a great local jam band. The chefs put together a 6 foot pan of paella which was awesome. The drinks were unlimited again but people were well behaved. The band had a guest singer for a few songs, my friend Peter's 6 year old daughter. She had grabbed the mike and started humming a tune while the band was taking a break. The band then came back up one by one, getting warmed up for the second set, and started to jam around her tune. In a few minutes they had a full blown 10 minute rock-out jam revolving around the tune, complete with lyrics, chorus, solos, you name it. It was unreal.

Sunday, the wind was forecast for trees and buildings to be flying through the air as a front passed through but as we made it out to the water it turned out to be only about 10-15 knots with a few higher gusts. The Konas got in 3 races and formula got in four in the shadow of downtown Miami. In the Kona fleet, the 9.0s and 7.4s seemed pretty well matched in the conditions we experienced (mostly not planing). The Kona racing was very tactical, with many in the fleet finishing within a few seconds of each other, especially Saturday. The results are posted on the Caviglia website but note that Jim Desilva got a few bullets and for some reason they aren't showing.

All in all, the regatta was again one of the best windsurfing regattas ever. The windsurfers were just a part of the whole scene - the regatta included a fleet of one-design dinghies for youth (the O'pen Bic) plus 4 different paralympic classes, on 4 racecourses simultaneously. There were over a dozen safety boats out on the water and probably 60 or so volunteers helping things run smoothly. If you weren't there this year I hope you'll sign up for next year.
16th January 2008 11:47 PM
Unregistered Micah and Jimmy both at the Caviglia this weekend and the breeze looks NUTZ!!! As usual at this time of year in Miami.....
15th January 2008 05:42 AM
Unregistered Wind looks awesome for the event this weekend!!!
10th January 2008 03:41 AM
Unregistered Kona Fleet is looking very good for this event.
7th January 2008 09:57 PM
Unregistered Wind has been non-stop in Miami, if you want to register go to www.liquidsurfandsail.com and click on the event.

Hope to see you up here Ricardo!!
25th December 2007 09:58 AM
Unregistered Hi, great to hear about this events in Miami. My congratulations to all the ones that are doing a great job there for windsurfing.

Hey, if you expect more than 100 competitors and maybe more people coming with them (families, friends...) would be good if you speak to PoorBoyzWindsurfing to present an avant premiere of THE WINDSURFING MOVIE. I have seen that movie and really touches the heart of any windsurfer, ex-windsurfer and maybe a non windsurfer. After looking it you just want to go windsurfing...

Hope to see you soon in one event!! we are in summer here in Peru with plenty of events too, but hope soon I can make some time to go there. For sure, you all are invited to the FORMULA FESTIVAL 2008 that will be in Paracas (PERU) in december 2008. For the first time this event will be in America and Paracas, for the ones that have come to Peru...is the windsurfers paradise with perfect stable winds and best nature view.

Best luck to all there in Miami!!
Ricardo Guglielmino
25th December 2007 12:36 AM
Unregistered Word from Central Florida is Tinho will be there!
19th December 2007 03:58 AM
Unregistered Jimmy Diaz is confirmed for the Caviglia.
12th December 2007 01:24 AM
Unregistered More wind in Florida....i to i in Fort Lauderdale was best event in years, great open ocean sailing fully lit up. Read more about it at www.miamiwindsurfing.com If you like Formula or you like to plane, Florida in the winter is the place to come....see all of you at the Caviglia.
Hampton is the best spot for accommodations at the moment. Contact me for more details if you need help with lodging--Jim/305 860 0888/Liquid Surf and Sail Miami.
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