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Old 4th June 2012, 06:24 PM   #6
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Dallas, Texas USA
Posts: 799


I had forgotten that you were in NC. My wife retires this December (I am already retired) and we have already purchased a home in Raleigh, so I am thinking I will be making a few trips per year to the OB next year. I will have to look you up when the time comes.

Since you were last in Texas, our NTWR (north texas wind riders) have continued to host the Texas State Championships and The Pumpkin Cup on Lake Lewisville. Both events have been very successful, both socially and racing. We miss your presence and demo gear. Below is part of the event write up for our newsletter.

2012 Texas State Windsurfing Championships
April 21, 22
Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club (DCYC), Lake Lewisville

Even with a sketchy forecast, the turnout was surprisingly good with 26 racers on the water and a plethora of friends and family members on the beach. Friday was windy, but rain, cool temperatures and overcast skies didn’t keep some from enjoying an afternoon of excellent sailing. Afterwards, the usual crowd gathered at the Prairie House Restaurant for the traditional Friday night dinner.

After a rather cool night (upper 40’s) Saturday began with clear skies and no wind. The forecast kicked in as some projected with northwest winds of 5-15 mph (more on the 5-10 side). It wasn’t long before the first race was off for all five classes on two courses. Upwind/downwind for the Open and Formula classes and an out & back course for the Fun, 7.5 Limited and Slalom fleets. The Formula fleet had the most frustrating day trying to nurse their wide boards upwind in mostly sub-planing conditions. We had a brief break for a Subway lunch that was provided for everyone and then back on the water for a total of four races on Saturday.

Texas State is party time and the mobs were there for a great BBQ dinner by Head Country Foods from Oklahoma City including ribs, sausage, brisket and chicken, and then the serious partying began with beer and more, plus music by Jet Tessmann’s band ZionaurA. The band kicked out a never ending blast of Rock, Reggae, Ska, and Island Genres that lasted into the late night hours. Rumor has it that some partiers weren’t feeling all that great Sunday morning. The keg of beer was empty before dawn (for those that signed up for the racer package).

After another cool night, Sunday broke with clear skies and light northwest winds. At 10:30 two more races were held on an out and back course for everyone. This year, we had two boats and crews, so we had on the water starts thanks to David Butler from DCYC and Ardy Moore from Hobie Fleet 23. Race Director John Steadman took it from there for a well run regatta.

Our event this year was graced by the presence of World Champion Kevin Prichard who let a select few demo his Starboard iSonic 117 slalom board with an 8.5 Ezzy Lion sail. He also spent some time on the water so the local gang could get some measure of how their skills compare. This complete rig & board were donated to Mariner Sails and the NTWR. The gear will be available at Mariner at a 20% discount with the proceeds split between the club and Mariner. Tim Ortlieb of Ezzy sails along with Kevin were the ones responsible for the great prize and the rig for Mariner and NTWR.

As usual, Mariner Sails and Aris Tsamis were the corner stone of the event for which we are all deeply appreciative. Support your local shop, it supports us BIG TIME. NTWR Commodore Terry Aldridge was a huge factor in the organization of this year’s event, with little doubt that this was one of our best ever (except for the lack of wind). We tried to blame this on Terry, but we couldn’t pull it off. “Terry’s the man.”

At 12:30, we had a great awards ceremony by the water with a lot of give-aways thanks to our sponsors (Da Kine Hawaii, Ezzy Sails, Sailworks, Pritchard, Aloe Gator & Chinook Sailing, ABK Board Sports to name a few). The big prize winner was Jet Tessmann winning his choice of one of three Ezzy sails, and took home a Kevin Prichard signed Freerace Lion 7.5.

We had 26 racers in 5 fleets, but would have had many more if the wind had cooperated.

Ken Merten
Formula 160; iSonic 111; HiFly Move 105; Tiga 263; '85 Mistral Superlight.
Maui Sails TR 11.0; 9.2; 8.4; 7.6; 6.6; Maui Sails Switch 6.0; 5.2; Maui Sails Global 4.5; 4.0.
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