Old 11th November 2012, 01:42 AM   #1
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Default 2012 i-To-i Race

Fort Lauderdale, FL -- Wow! This will be the 10th year of the i-to-i! Time flies. It doesn't seem that long ago we ran the first one. Check out the website to learn the history of the event.

The 10th annual running of the Inlet to Inlet Long Distance Race is scheduled December 1-2, 2012. The i-to-i helps wrap up the US Windsurfing National Race Tour for 2012. More information, notice of race, (NOR), etc. can be found on the official race website:

www.i-to-i.org

Hope to see you there!

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Old 29th November 2012, 03:04 PM   #2
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Default Updates & Feedback Wanted

The i-to-i is just a couple days away. Hope you've got your cellphone case, gear checked twice, and are ready for the challenge. If you need to get stuff in preparation for the race, make sure you contact our generous sponsors:

Adventure Sports / Neil Pryde / JP

Liquid Surf & Sail

Sandy Point Progressive Sports / Aerotech / Exocet

iWindsurf.com

(If you would like to be a current or future sponsor, please contact me by email or phone.)

The forecast is looking great for the race.

SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY
EAST NORTHEAST WINDS 14 TO 19 KNOTS ALONG THE COAST TO EAST NORTHEAST 18 TO 23 KNOTS IN THE GULF STREAM. SEAS 4 TO 6 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS UP TO 8 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS ROUGH IN EXPOSED AREAS. SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

I've heard from a few people planning to race that can make it on Sunday but not on Saturday. If the wind forecast holds and is true, it doesn't appear to matter a whole lot which day we'd run the race, so I'd like to hear from other people if they have a preference. It would be more fun to race on Sunday if the weather cooperates, but the wind comes first. In addition to perhaps better attendance on Sunday, the Hobie Cat fleet 44 is running what is the fleet believes to be the 40th anniversary of the Commodore's Cup race. I think it would be cool to be out when they are.

Let me know if you have a preference to racing Saturday or Sunday.

If we race Sunday is there interest in a tuning day or a pre-race clinic with racing tips, ocean sailing technique, etc. on Saturday afternoon?

More later,

Ron

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Old 30th November 2012, 08:38 PM   #3
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Default The Race is ON for Sunday 12/2/12 / i-to-i Clinic Reservations

Thanks again to our sponsors who have come through with piles of prizes and events for the race.

Sandy Point Progressive Sports / Aerotech / Exocet

Liquid Surf & Sail

Adventure Sports / Neil Pryde / JP

The i-to-i Race is on for Sunday 12/2/12. The first possible start IF you do not get another email is 11 a.m. Sunday, 12/2/12, skippers meeting at 9:30 a.m. Be prompt, seriously. I don't want to have to rush the skippers meeting or cut into rigging time. First race is targeted at 11 a.m., really. We want to launch minutes after the start of the 40th Commodore's Cup. However, this is not carved in stone and could be changed, (earlier), if it becomes apparent that a mid-day wind sag is not beneficial to getting the race off. If we are targeting an earlier start at 9:00 a.m. with a 7:30 a.m. skipper's meeting, or possibly before on Sunday due to predicted conditions, another email will be sent and the http://i-to-i.org website will be updated. Don't forget your waterproof phone case & start watch!

Here's why Sunday is picked.

1). Better attendance

2). We can race along with the Cat 44 Hobie Fleet running on Sunday, 11 a.m. start.

3). The forecast is great for the next few days so it looks moot as to which day. I don't think we have a huge risk of not having wind for the race on Sunday. Forecasts vary but it looks like a minimum of 12 mph is in our future and mostly likely quite a bit more. NOAA marine forecast below:

SATURDAY
EAST NORTHEAST WINDS 14 TO 19 KNOTS. SEAS 3 TO 5 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS UP TO 6 FEET. DOMINANT PERIOD 5 SECONDS. INTRACOASTAL WATERS CHOPPY IN EXPOSED AREAS. SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY
EAST NORTHEAST WINDS 17 TO 22 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 6 FEET WITH OCCASIONAL SEAS UP TO 8 FEET. INTRACOASTAL WATERS CHOPPY IN EXPOSED AREAS. SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

4). I am willing to offer a pre-race clinic 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, 12/1/12. I need to hear from anybody interested so I know to show up. Topics are up to the audience, but can include: shorebreak launch/landing techniques; ocean sailing tips, techniques, tuning, setup; on the water session; etc. When/if you respond let me know what would benefit you.

5). We can take advantage of some great happenings that are going on Saturday.

Dave Kalama SUP clinic - Free! See invitation in link below:

http://ronkern.com/2012%20Kalama%20Clinic.jpg

Wow! Awesome opportunity to learn from Dave Kalama! In case the directions aren't clear above, here's an address and coordinates that should be pretty close: 225 N. Beach Road, Dania Beach, FL 33004 or 26.05825N 80.11201W

6). Party, prizes and more at the Adventure Sports Fort Lauderdale Grand Opening 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. See invitation in link below:

http://ronkern.com/2012%20Grand%20Opening.jpg

Did you read open bar, rock/blues band, food, prizes & giveaways, above? Yes, it's all going to be there and more and Neil Pryde himself will be there. I'm planning on bringing my blue coffee table book, Will to Win - The Remarkable Story of Neil Pryde Limited, from last year's i-to-i prize giving to the party and have it autographed. Dave Kalama will be attending as will a number of the Cabrinha team riders.

7). We can hold an after race party at my house on Sunday. Last year many said it was the best party ever.

Let me know if you want to attend the i-to-i clinic on Saturday, otherwise I'll see you later on Saturday for the Kalama clinic, the party and of course Sunday morning at the skippers meeting.

This could be the best i-to-i ever! Looking forward to seeing you all soon.

Ron

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Pre-race clinic is ON for 1 p.m. today, 12/01/12 at the event site.

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Old 6th December 2012, 02:59 PM   #5
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Default 2012 i-To-i Results & Recaps

Hi,

The i-to-i event website is updated after the race which took place Sunday, December 2, 2012.

Please check it out at:

www.i-to-i.org

Everything you want to know about the race is there for this year and for years past. There are event facts, history, recaps, weather info, individual accounts of the experience, (some with video and links to personal blogs with even more about the race), links to our sponsors, and more!

Thanks again to our sponsors who came through with piles of prizes and special events for the race.

Adventure Sports / Neil Pryde / JP

iWindsurf

Liquid Surf & Sail

Sandy Point Progressive Sports / Aerotech / Exocet

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