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Dan 25th June 2008 01:44 AM

East Coast Junior Windsurfing Championships, Junior Olympics
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I'm posting this NOR for a terrific junior windsurfing event next month in Massachusetts, USA. As long as you can sail to the windward mark (eventuallly!) you can sail in this event. There will be kids arriving from Florida and as far away as California.

And don't miss the free Racing Clinic on Wednesday, July 16. Britt Veihman, Coach of US Windsurfing's Team USA as well as Nevin Sayre, former World Cup Racing Champion and multiple USA National champion, will give the kids some of the best racing instruction available anywhere in the world.


East Coast Junior Windsurfing Championship 2008
US Sailing Junior Olympic Festival
July 16-18, 2008
Vineyard Haven Yacht Club, Martha’s Vineyard, MA

The East Coast Junior Windsurfing Championship, a US Sailing Junior Olympic Festival Event, will be hosted by the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard July 17-18, 2008 (Thursday-Friday). There will also be an optional windsurfing/racing clinc July 16 (Wed) and a separate Long Distanc Race July 19 (Sat). The Long Distance Race is part of the Vineyard Cup (, and is open to all ages on any windsurf gear.

1.1 The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing 2005-2008, including U.S. Windsurfing Association Prescriptions, and the Sailing Instructions.

July 17-18, 2008
All competitors must be under 19 years of age (have not reached their nineteenth birthday prior to December 31, 2007) and must be members of US Sailing (for U.S. citizens). The competition will be held on Techno 293 One Designs. Open rigs are permitted under the following USWA prescriptions below.
Under 12 (U12) years old - Maximum sail size 6.0m
Under 15 (U15) years old - Maximum sail size 7.5m
Under 17 (U17) years old - Maximum sail size 8.5m
Under 19 (U19) years old - Maximum sail size 9.5m
A minimum of three competitors is necessary to constitute an age group class. Otherwise, age groups will be combined.

2.1a Per Techno 293 Class Rules as modified by USWA, sails with more than 3 cambers and/or 7 battens are prohibited
2.1b Only masts from the approved class list with no more than 75 percent carbon and weight equivalents are permitted.
2.1c Booms are restricted to alloy/aluminum construction – note that carbon booms are not permitted under class rules
2.1d Only original fins or manufacturers’ replacements permitted. The maximum fin size under class rules is 46 cm.
2.1e Techno 293 Class Rules are available at Sail sizes have been modified by USWA prescriptions.

2.2 Techno 293 One Design Boards are available to charter for $75 (does not include rig) by advance registration on a first come, first serve basis. Contact Nevin Sayre at It is best to bring your own rigs as very limited charter rigs are available.

3.1 Entry Fee for Registrations postmarked or received by June 30th - $75
Entry Fee for Registrations postmarked or received after June 30th - $90
Entry fee includes July 16 clinic, and registrtation to the regatta July 17 & 18. Two
lunches and one dinner is included.
3.2 Separate Vineyard Cup Windsurfing Long Distance Race, July 19th, is $40 to benefit.
Sail Martha’s Vineyard.

4.1 July 16, 2008 1100-1200 Registration and Check-in at VHYC
1300-1800 Special windsurfing/racing Clinic

July 17, 2008 0830-0930 Check in at VHYC
0930 Sailors meeting
1000 First Possible Warning Signal
1000-1800 Racing
July 18, 2008 0830-0930 Check in at VHYC
0930 Sailors meeting
1000 First Warning Signal
1000-1600 Racing
1630 Awards

Separate Vineyard Cup Long Distance to benefit Sail Martha’s Vineyard:
July 19, 2008 0830-0930 Check in for separate Vineyard Cup
0930 Sailors meeting
1030 First possible Warning Signal (TBD)

6.1 Vineyard Haven Yacht Club, Owen Little Way, Vineyard Haven is the host of the East Coast Junior Windsurfing Championships.
6.2 Racing will be on Vineyard Haven Harbor or alternatively in the VH Lagoon for severe weather.

7.1 The courses will be described in the Sailing Instructions.

8.1 The Low-Point Scoring System, RRS Appendix A, will be used.
8.2 Competitors will have one race discarded for every four races completed.
8.3 2 races are required to constitute the Championship.

9 PRIZES Prizes will be awarded to competitors placing in respective divisions.

Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See Rule 4, Decision to Race. The event organizers, Vineyard Haven Yacht Club, its employees, volunteers, and staff will not accept any liability for damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta.


A limited amount of housing in private homes is available to competitors in the East Coast Windsurfing Championships on a first come, first serve basis. The earlier we know you need housing the better.

This is peak season on the island of Martha’s Vineyard so getting there can be a challenge, but once you’re there everything will be easy. You will not need a car on the Vineyard as we can pick you up from the ferry and everything is within walking distance of Vineyard Haven Yacht Club. The best ferry service is from Woods Hole, MA to Vineyard Haven. See for ferry schedules and parking information

There are three options for air travel. Fly to Boston Logan airport and take bus from Logan airport to Woods Hole on Peter Pan/Bonanza Bus The bus service is easy and picks up right at the terminal and drops off right at the Woods Hole ferry. There are also flights direct to Martha’s Vineyard. Third option is to fly to Providence, RI but bus/ferry service requires connections.
For groups of kids, we may be able to arrange pick up by boat from Falmouth Town Pier.

For further information please contact Charlie Felder, VHYC,, or Nevin Sayre,

Dan 27th June 2008 10:16 PM

A trip to Martha's Vineyard during July can be a bit much for both wallet and patience, so the East Coast Junior Windsurfing Championships arranged to provide FREE LOCAL HOUSING, FOOD AND LOCAL TRANSPORTATION FOR ALL JUNIOR COMPETITORS WHO REGISTER BY July 1, 2008. That's just a few days away, but please spread the word about this great event and incentive. After July 1, the free accommodations may be full.

Ordinarily, junior dinghy (Opti, 420) events often provide accommodations in local homes, but this is not usually expected with junior windsurfing events. The East Coast Junior Windsurfing Championship aims to make this regatta as inviting to all junior windsurfers as possible.

Finally, the East Coast Junior Windsurfing Championships and Junior Olympic Event is excited to announce that a super-cool video will be produced of the Free Racing Clinic and the regatta. This video will show the kids at their best: having fun and showing the world just how cool junior windsurf racing really is. The same production company that created a video of the O'Pen Bic dinghy's "Un-Regatta" will direct, shoot and produce this new video. The first video drew almost 20,000 hits on YouTube alone!

This is the chance for kids to get superior racing instruction, quality racing at all levels, make new friends and show off for the world!!

Please contact all the kids (and their parents) who you think would enjoy this event to encourage their participation in it. We need your help to make this the best junior event possible.

Feel free to contact me via the links to the left, or e-mail Nevin Sayre at Each of us will do everything we can to get as many kids to this cool event.


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