Waconia brings Team World together again! For the past several years, the Waconia Wind & Wave has been the training ground for entry-level racers. Scheduling conflicts moved it two weeks later and what a difference. After a reasonably successful Tuesday’s on Calhoun program this summer, anticipation was high for even more entry-level racers on the starting line. But the two weeks had cooled the waters and the lack of adequate wetsuits with the newbies, cooled their attendance. In true balance, the September date allowed key members of Team World to make the trek, maybe redefining the Wind & Wave as a Team World Reunion.
Saturday’s forecasted winds (7-10 mph) were definitely there during rigging and registration. At the racers meeting, it was decided to do two races before a lunch break. The winds picked up a little for the races, but picked up even more while the racers chowed on pizza. The afternoon was limited to three races as a storm front approached. The rains held off until everyone gathered for the shrimp boil on the shores of Minnetonka, but then again receded when it was time for the shrimp and corn to make their debut.
Sunday, once again Waconia proved she wanted to stand up to her big-sister Mille Lacs by nearly doubling the forecasted winds. Five races were completed in 15-20 mph winds by 2:30 so the long-distance travelers could get an early start back home. Results are as follows:
Steve Johnson Shoreview, MN
Brad Woodworth aka ‘Woody’ Dryden, Ont
Larry Miller aka ‘Lars’ Brainerd, MN
Peter Hartwich Excelsior, MN
Ray Muller aka ‘TB Ray” Thunder Bay, Ont
Larry Reed aka ‘low-boom Larry’ Dallas Center, IA
Kelly Johnson Shoreview, MN
Friedhelm Brinkhaus West Des Moines, IA
- Update for The Crossing -
The BIG EVENT is a little more than two weeks away and the stoke is building. Friday is the first deadline for saving money. We are offering as an option to the sweatshirt, a long-sleeve T-shirt with the same logo. This option is only available to those who mail their advanced registration no later than Monday the 22nd. For those that have already mailed their registration, just reply if you want the long-sleeve T and confirm size.
The Crossing is limited to the first 100 registrants. If the kiters fill their 40 slots as anticipated, there is only room for 60 windsurfers. The last three years, there have been around 50 or a little less. And the last day for the lowest fee is Friday. Valuable info for procrastination planning.
Currently, we have a dozen kiters committed, half of them women. Kiters can reserve a slot by e-mail, but their registration must be mailed within 72 hours to complete the reservation. Approximately 60 regional kiters are on the pre-qualified list. Remember, we will take only the first 40 qualified kiters to reserve a slot by e-mail.
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