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26th January 2008 09:58 AM
SeanAUS120 Hi guys,

Racing has finished up for the event. We got lighter winds on the last day which made some interesting changes to the results. Top 5 placings were:

1st - Steve Allen 9.25 pts (Gaastra Vapor, Gaastra Vapors)
2nd - Jesper Vesterstrom 13.00 pts (Starboard 162, NP RS: Racings)
3rd - Jesper Orth 29.75 pts (Starboard 160, Severne Code Reds)
4th - Sean O'Brien 31.00 pts (Starboard 161, Gaastra Vapors)
5th - Sam Parker 36.00 pts (Starboard 162, NP RS:Racings)

Here's the press... also checkout the big photo gallery from Friday's racing and also prizegiving ceremony ...

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Conditions lightened today for the final day of racing at the 2008 Oceanic and Australian Formula Windsurfing Championships. The race committee again got the maximum of four races underway over the day in 12-14 knot winds which later moderated to 8-11 knots for the final two races. The lighter winds allowed some sailors the opportunity to climb the rankings after three days of high winds and big seas.

As two-time Formula Windsurfing World Champion Steve Allen (AUS-0, Gaastra/Gaastra) entered the event as favourite, he confirmed his status as one of the best formula racers in the world by winning seven of the twelve races, ending the event with a total of 9.25 points, rightfully achieving first place overall in the regatta.

Jesper Vesterstrom (DEN-111, Starboard/NeilPryde) put in a last minute effort to take the title from Steve, winning two of the last four races today, however it was not enough to take the lead from Steve and in the end he achieved a clear second place with 13.00 points.

The fight for the final spot on the podium became a close battle today as two-time defending champion Sean O’Brien (AUS-120, Starboard/Gaastra) closed the points gap between his rival Jesper Orth (AUS-10, Starboard/Severne) beating him in three out of today’s four races. It wasn’t enough to take third spot from Jesper overall and the Western Australian took third place by a mere 1.25 points finishing on 29.75 points with Sean on 31 points.

Sam Parker (AUS-3, Starboard/NeilPryde) consolidated his 5th place lead over Brett Morris (AUS-8, Starboard/NeilPryde) and became the Masters division champion at the end of today’s racing despite retiring from the first race of the day with gear failure. New Zealand RS:X sailor Antonio Cozzolino (NZL-131, Starboard/NeilPryde) put in a strong performance considering he used a smaller sail than the rest of the fleet (9.5m RS:X sail) and managed to hold onto his 7th position overall and took out the Lightweight division.

In the Grand Masters division, Rick Murray (AUS-4, Starboard/NeilPryde) took a convincing lead over his next rival to take the division win. Mitch Stephenson (AUS-195, Starboard/Severne) took out the Youth division and Greek sailor Jason Roditis (GRE-200, Starboard/North) took out the newly introduced Formula Experience Plus division.

Suttons Beach has produced three spectacular days of racing over the four day event providing a range of conditions for the sailors to compete in from ballistic winds and large seas, to light, shifty winds on the final day. Another Oceanic and National Championships is over with Steve Allen taking both the Australian and Oceanic Formula Windsurfing Champion titles. Competitors were greeted to a fantastic two-course meal at the picturesque Sunset Blue Function Centre for the prizegiving ceremony on Friday night. Fantastic prizes of Blackberry mobile phones and trophies were awarded to the division winners as well as a chance for the competitors to catch up over a beer for the final time before the fleet departed on Saturday morning back to their homes.

The Australian Formula Windsurfing Championships now moves state back to New South Wales for 2009 and the fleet from this year’s event looks forward to another fantastically organised and supported windsurfing regatta on some of the prime beaches of Australia’s East Coast.



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Further information about the FW Oceanic & Australian Championships as well as a media service with press releases, results, rankings, background information and photo/video downloads can be found on the official website www.fw-australia.com.

Contact and further information:

Sean O’Brien
Organising Committee Director / Media Relations
WINDSURFING QLD Inc.
252 Payne Road
The Gap, QLD 4061
Phone: 0402 467 857
E-Mail: seanobrien@aus120.com
Internet: www.fw-australia.com www.aus120.com www.windsurfing.org
24th January 2008 03:59 PM
SeanAUS120 Hi guys again.

Today's press release attached. More windy conditions... Jesper Vesterstrom managed to beat Steve Allen in 2 races today and I managed to nail two 3rd's behind those guys but so did Jesper Orth...

Great racing in the windy conditions. heaps of photos from today up on the website.

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Suttons Beach continues to turn on the wind and perfect racing conditions for the competitors at the 2008 Formula Windsurfing Oceanic and Australian Championships. With 18-24 knots on the course throughout the day and the large swells and difficult shorebreak still present, the conditions pushed the racers to the limits.

Steve Allen (AUS-0, Gaastra/Gaastra) continued his domination of the event early, by taking two bullets in the first two races. After the lunch break, in the final two races he opened the chance for his strong opponent Jesper Vesterstrom (DEN-111, Starboard/NeilPryde) to score his first victory for the regatta. Jesper managed to find this speed again in the final race and took another bullet.

After the third day of racing Steve Allen is still leading the results with 5.75 points ahead of Jesper Vesterstrom with 9.50 points. The Western Australian Jesper Orth (AUS-10, Starboard/Severne) wasn’t able to pass the leaders with his port tack starts today, but still showed some promise with two third’s and a fourth in the first three races today. With 16.75 points he is a little down on second place but in a relatively safe position from fourth placed Sean O’Brien (AUS-120, Starboard/Gaastra) on 22.00 points.

In the fourth race of the day, Sean O’Brien managed to pass Jesper Orth on the final upwind to score his second third place for the day before Jesper broke his outhaul and had to retire from the race on the final downwind.

Last year’s Oceanic Champion Sam Parker (AUS-3, Starboard/NeilPryde) recovered from missing the first race with a broken mast to secure a fifth and two sixths, still keeping him in fifth place overall. The Australian Windsurfing Association President, Brett Morris (AUS-8, Starboard/NeilPryde) saw his opportunity today to pass the New Zealand RS:X sailor Antonio Cozzolino (NZL-131, Starboard/NeilPryde) who had a disappointing day to fall 9.00 points behind Brett Morris who is in 6th position on the board.

The conditions at Suttons Beach have certainly proved windy the past few days and the forecast is for that trend to continue tomorrow but with the wind moderating down to 15 – 20 knots from the same direction. With the wind continuing to blow throughout the night at the race venue the slight drop in wind in today’s racing did not change the size of the waves out on the course and seems unlikely to bring flatter conditions tomorrow with the decreasing winds.

With the consistent winds the race committee have been able to take advantage of the conditions and have the races over for the day by 4pm, allowing the sailors time to recover and tune their gear for the following day’s racing. The skipper’s meeting is again set for 11am tomorrow and the final four races of the event will start at 12pm. This is the final opportunity for Jesper Vesterstrom to challenge Steve Allen for the event win and for defending champion Sean O’Brien to attack Jesper Orth for a spot on the podium.


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Further information about the FW Oceanic & Australian Championships as well as a media service with press releases, results, rankings, background information and photo/video downloads can be found on the official website www.fw-australia.com.



Contact and further information:

Sean O’Brien
Organising Committee Director / Media Relations
WINDSURFING QLD Inc.
252 Payne Road
The Gap, QLD 4061
Phone: 0402 467 857
E-Mail: seanobrien@aus120.com
Internet: www.fw-australia.com www.aus120.com www.windsurfing.org
24th January 2008 02:23 PM
SeanAUS120 Jesper Orth was on a 9m Code Red and using a 160 with R13 70 M on Wednesday with winds around 25 knots.

Today he used 10m Code Red and same board/fin combo. Wind was 18-24 knots.
24th January 2008 03:26 AM
Ian Fox Great to see good racing underway in more FW conditions...
The Orth is deadly when you give him half a chance,
so keep him covered - or he will fly away.

And that other mover and shaker
http://www.fw-australia.com/2008/ima...2Racing086.jpg
also doing well on the water, even if he's been seen straining himself on the beach
(maybe we get him a Tiki lycra..)

But the one I'm really waiting for to "let fly" (hehe) in the ultralight conditions has yet to have his day.. But I'm sure if it goes light the Grandest Master of the fleet will give you all a hard time to the top mark. Go Tibor !

Congrats on being able to organise, race (well) and run the great media/website, Sean.
It's quite a lot to fit in each 24 hrs hey !

Cheers ~ Ian
23rd January 2008 08:02 PM
Unregistered so the new code red is proving it's a fast thing!
Were Jesper on 11,0 and 160 ?
23rd January 2008 07:18 PM
SeanAUS120 Hi Ian,

Thanks for that. FYI, I ended up having to lend my Gaastra board to Steve because he got stung by the airlines coming out of Poland and couldn't bring his own, so I am back riding the 161 for this event. Jesper Orth is really racing well, he smoked me today in all the races... ouch.

Here's today's press... checkout www.fw-australia.com for more info.

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The first races at the 2008 Formula Windsurfing Oceanic and Australian Championships kicked off today in strong and consistent 20-25 knot winds, transforming Suttons Beach into a perfect formula arena. After yesterday’s ballistic winds continued long into the night and early morning the sea state at Suttons Beach was looking more like a surf beach with large swells and a decent shore-break giving the competitors a challenging start to the first races of the event.

With the wind keeping in all throughout the day in perfect high-wind conditions the maximum of four races was run by race director Tom Stephenson, from Redcliffe. Two-time Formula Windsurfing World Champion Steve Allen (AUS-0, Gaastra/Gaastra) who grew up not so far from this area fully dominated the day by taking three wins from four races. After day one he is leading the regatta with the optimum 2.25 points.

The Danish Jesper Vesterstrom (DEN-111, Starboard/NeilPryde) kept tight on Steve’s heels all throughout the races but couldn’t manage to pass his rival and took home four second places throughout the day’s racing, finishing the day on 6.00 points after the first drop.

Another Danish rider, now based in Australia, Jesper Orth (AUS-10, Starboard/Severne) surprised the fleet by port starting a boat-favoured line and picking up a great lift on the opposite side of the course to the fleet, taking a commanding lead to the first mark. He was able to keep this lead despite the hard work of Steve and Jesper to catch up and took the first race bullet. Consistency was the key for Jesper and he followed up his win with two third’s and a fourth to bring him to 6.75 points after today and right on the heels of his other Danish competition, Jesper Vesterstrom.

Defending champion and local sailor Sean O’Brien (AUS-120, Starboard/Gaastra) couldn’t find the right gears to pass either Jesper’s in the racing and had to settle the day with 12.00 points with three fourth’s and a fifth which he is able to drop after today’s racing.

New Zealand RS:X sailor Antonio Cozzolino (NZL-131, Starboard/Neilpryde) surprised many in the fleet finishing all the races only a whisker behind the top sailors with 20.00 points after day 1. Showing why he is the current RS:X World Champion’s training partner of choice back home in New Zealand.

With the maximum four races sailed today the forecast for the next two days of racing looking excellent, the spectators at Suttons Beach can again expect a great Formula Windsurfing display. The Formula Windsurfing Oceanic and Australian Championships will last until Friday 25th January.


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Further information about the FW Oceanic & Australian Championships as well as a media service with press releases, results, rankings, background information and photo/video downloads can be found on the official website www.fw-australia.com.

Contact and further information:

Sean O’Brien
Organising Committee Director / Media Relations
WINDSURFING QLD Inc.
252 Payne Road
The Gap, QLD 4061
Phone: 0402 467 857
E-Mail: seanobrien@aus120.com
Internet: www.fw-australia.com www.aus120.com www.windsurfing.org
23rd January 2008 03:25 AM
Ian Fox Hey Sean,

Awesome work with the FW event and coverage, great stuff indeed !

Just remember to mention those Vapor's a bit less ...or the SB's a bit more haha!

Also glad to see that guy in the red shirt http://www.fw-australia.com/2008/ima...y-one//227.jpg
(so cheers to him as well!)

Now I remember why I don't do FW anymore ~ but why I LOVE 35kt days )

Keep up the great work - and good luck with your racing as well !

Cheers ~ Ian
22nd January 2008 05:44 PM
SeanAUS120
FW Oceanics - Day 1 ballistic winds!

Hi guys,

The first day of the 2008 Formula Windsurfing Oceanic & Australian Titles was a little crazy. Gusts of over 35 knots on the course forced us to abandon racing for the day. Everyone managed to soak up the sun, music from local Brisbane DJ's and fashion parades from the bikini models of Hive Swimwear however, so it was still a great day...

Have attached the press release below but be sure to checkout www.fw-australia.com for all the photos from the beach and of the girls

Cheers. Sean

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The first day of competition of the 2008 Formula Windsurfing Oceanic and Australian Championships got off to a ballistic start with high winds and large seas pelting the course for the entire day, forcing the competitors to remain on the beach for most of day. With important points for the Formula Windsurfing (FW) World Ranking up for grabs as well as five qualification places for the 2008 World Championships, competitors didn’t want to let the wind go to waste despite the race director’s decision to abandon racing today due to the high winds.

By 9am at the beach the wind gusts were already up to 30 knots and with the forecast of up to 40 knots in the afternoon it looked from an early stage that racing would be action packed if at all possible. This did not stop the festivities on the beach from happening and the sailors who arrived early to register and sign-on were greeted by music from popular local Brisbane DJ act, Neon Wolves and fashion parades from Australian swimwear label, Hive Swimwear. With two bikini model fashion parades from Hive Swimwear during the morning and swimwear product available at the Hive Tent, the morning was spent relaxing on the beach watching the girls and catching up with old friends arriving at the beach to race.

Competitors from all over the world are attending this event with sailors from Greece, Denmark, Norway and New Zealand already registered as well as a strong contingent of Australian sailors from all over the country.

With frequent gusts over 35 knots during the morning and the winds consistently over 30 knots the race director decided to abandon racing for the day at 2pm and with still three days of racing left in the event many sailors revelled in the option to not get wet in the trying conditions. Despite the early-leave ticket given, two-time World Champion Steve Allen (AUS-0) began the call for sailors who wanted to test out the trying conditions rigging his new Gaastra Vapor formula board and Vapor sail. This prompted a number of sailors to rig their smaller formula kit including Danish Pro Jesper Vesterstrom (DEN-111), defending champion Sean O’Brien (AUS-120) and “adopted” Aussie Jesper Orth (AUS-10) amongst others.

In total 8 sailors made it out on the water and the rest watching from the beach cheered on the brave sailors facing the tough conditions. With 2-3m swells on the course and gusty winds up to and over 35 knots there were many spectacular crashes and close calls as the sailors made their way upwind and downwind for a practice run.

The forecast is for the wind to drop off only slightly to 20-25 knots tomorrow which will allow the competitors their first opportunity to race on the new 2008 equipment. But with the swell building overnight from today’s wind, the conditions will still be challenging and exciting for the competitors over the next few days.

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Further information about the FW Oceanic & Australian Championships as well as a media service with press releases, results, rankings, background information and photo/video downloads can be found on the official website www.fw-australia.com.





Contact and further information:

Sean O’Brien
Organising Committee Director / Media Relations
WINDSURFING QLD Inc.
252 Payne Road
The Gap, QLD 4061
Phone: 0402 467 857
E-Mail: seanobrien@aus120.com
Internet: www.fw-australia.com www.aus120.com www.windsurfing.org

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