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Old 1st November 2007, 10:14 PM   #1
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Default Alex Caviglia Bluewater Classic/Miami/Jan. 18/19/20

We are pleased to announce registration for the Alex Caviglia Bluewater Classic, January 18, 19, 20 at Shake A Leg Miami. Last year this was the second biggest windsurfing regatta in the country (after Tinho's event) and we expect even more folks this year, particularly the international contingent.

Classes are Formula, Kona, RS-X, and Longboard (all boards with centerboards are welcome). 102 competitors last year in windsurfing.

Miami in January......80 degrees, 15-25 knots of wind, great facility, great parties, South Beach....start making plans. It will be BIG with Formula, BIG with Kona, and I am certain we will have lots of raceboards too.

Go to shakealegmiami.org, you will see the registration to the right. There is also a video of last years event there as well.

And yes, the AWIA Windsurfer of the Year, the Movie Star, will be in attendance for all his fans who want to know.
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Old 23rd November 2007, 10:15 PM   #2
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Video of the event from last year is at http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=shakealegtv

Scroll down and click on Caviglia Blue Water Classic.
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Old 4th December 2007, 12:29 AM   #3
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Default 2nd time around upwind January 2007

Cannon EOS 20D, 6 frames a second, Michi was out'a'the picture by the 6th shot, I don't know who shot this action. Wasn't me. Wind was 18-22 knots.





He borrowed Antoine's kit for this event, but used a Kashy fin.



The next two racers are in 2nd and 3rd place.



Gabriel Browne BRA-50, current FW youth world champ.
15 years old @ the time this pic was taken and Super Sexy Steve Sixty Silverester. About 60 years @ the time this was taken.



Clicked off a few more frames for this sequence. Maybe two to three seconds worth.

Some of just want to race and we would still go even if first place was a flu shot.

Congrast to Gabriel Browne BRA-50 @ the worlds. 14th overall is fantastic. Next year the pack will be chase'n you. Hope you make back to Miami this January.
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Old 6th December 2007, 09:57 PM   #4
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What an awesome sequence! That is Formula racing!!
Biscayne Bay is Formula paradise.
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Old 7th December 2007, 09:36 PM   #5
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I hear Gabriel will be back....with a lot of his friends.
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Old 12th December 2007, 01:24 AM   #6
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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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Old 10th January 2008, 03:41 AM   #7
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Kona Fleet is looking very good for this event.
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Old 15th January 2008, 05:42 AM   #8
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Wind looks awesome for the event this weekend!!!
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Old 16th January 2008, 11:47 PM   #9
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Micah and Jimmy both at the Caviglia this weekend and the breeze looks NUTZ!!! As usual at this time of year in Miami.....
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Old 23rd January 2008, 11:17 PM   #10
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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.
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