Friday, August 31, 2007

What a view!

Evidently we put on quite a show for some of San Francisco's residents. Photographer Stuart Taylor says it was quite distracting to watch...

Tuesday, August 14, 2007


Check them out on YouTube:

Slalom Racing Action

Course Racing Action

Videos courtesy of Paul Buelow

Monday, August 13, 2007

More National's Coverage

photo: Paul Buelow

Scuttlebutt has some excellent photos and write-ups on the Nationals.

Sail Magazine also has a blog posting on us.

Bodner's write-up in Sailing Anarchy.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Latest Photos

US Nationals competitor and photographer at large Ron Kern was busy shooting some cool photos while he wasn't out on the water blazing around the course:

Skipper's meeting Photos (various days)

Slalom Warm-up Photos

Slalom Heats Photos

More Photos Coming...

photo: Paul Buelow

I'm getting more photos to post shortly, so be sure to check back here.

In the meantime, here are some helpful tips from Shawn Davis, if you want to look through his volume of Nationals photos more efficiently:

"I've got all my nationals photos posted now. Thanks for some great
racing! I added sail number keywords to most of the photos so when
you see a photo of yourself, just click on your keyword below the
photo and you'll be able to see all the rest of your photos."

All Nationals photos

Day 2 Course Racing filter

Day 5 Course Racing filter

Final Results!

Complete Final Results after 8 Junior Races, 10 Formula races, and 8 RS-X races.

The competition is now behind us. Many thanks to those of you who traveled far to come visit us! Thanks also go out to the St.FYC our gracious hosts and organizers, the superb race management, all of the volunteers, and all of our generous sponsors.

photo: Ron Kern

Congratulations to everyone who participated, and specially to the 2007 US & North American Windsurfing Champions:

Todd Selby (Juniors Champion)
Seth Besse (Formula Champion)
Steve Sylvester (Masters Champion)
Robert Willis (Men's RS-X Champion)
Karen Marriott (Women's RS-X Champion)

See you all next year in Worthington, MN.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Day 4 Slalom Series Final Results

photo: Paul Buelow

The spectator jewel of the Nationals: high speed slalom racing, was held today, close to shore, in fantastic high wind conditions.

A qualification series, followed by a championship round provided plenty of action for the competitors and spectators.

Results for the Slalom Qualification Series.

Results for the Slalom Championship Series.

Media Coverage and more Photos

Some more photos from the Nationals courtesy of Shawn Davis.

Photos of the Slalom Racing courtesy of Paul Buelow.

Daily Reports courtesy of Paul Buelow.

KRON Channel 4 TV coverage.

KTVU Channel 2 TV coverage.

Latitude 38 Article.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Official Race Amendment #4

Amendment #4

The time of the first warning signal for Friday August 10th shall take place at 1200 hours.

Posted August 9, 2007 / 1730 hrs

Race Manager
John Craig

Day 3 Results

photo: Paul Buelow

Here are the day 3 Provisional Results after today's long distance race. Please note that the long distance results count as 2 races.

Nationals in the papers

Catch today's article about the Nationals in the San Francisco Chronicle. There are a couple of cool photos too!

Photos, Photos, Photos...

photo: Paul Buelow

Here are some Photos of the event courtesy of Paul Buelow.

Here are some Photos of Day 1, and Photos of Day 2 courtesy of Justin Glardon.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Long Distance Race Sailing Instructions

We are on schedule to have the long distance race on Thursday 8/9/07. There will be a skipper's meeting at 11:00am at the announcer's tower on the beach prior to the long distance race, with a first possible start of 12:00pm.

The Sailing Instructions for the long distance are now available.

Day 2 Results

photo: Paul Buelow

Day 2 Provisional Results after 6 races for the formula fleet, 5 races for the RS-X fleet, and 4 races for the Juniors.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

First Day's Results

photo: Paul Buelow

Day one Provisional Results with 3 races in the Formula fleet, and 2 races in the RSX and Junior fleets.

Official Race Documents

The following official race documents are now available:

All of the above documents are in PDF format. Please download and install the Adobe Reader if you're having trouble opening these documents.

Saturday, August 4, 2007


2007 US Windsurfing National Championship &
Formula Windsurfing North American Championship
August 7 – 11
Crissy Field, San Francisco, California

Contacts for more information for this press release or photos.
Susan Ruhne, St.Francis Yacht Club Marketing Committee
Amy Leenhouts, St. Francis Yacht Club Race Office
Alina Abuzyarova, Event PR Coordinator

100 racers from around the world – US National Championship windsurfing events are open to all nationalities and attract many of the world's top ranked professional competitors – Most of the top nationally-ranked amateur competitors are locally based, and look forward to having the best in the world here on their home turf - The Bay Area racing fleet is top in the US - many local racers are past national champions.

· Ages: A strong junior (9-1Cool contingent will be present - part of a successful ongoing effort by the sport to encourage young talent.

· Also many very competitive older racers: Like local Steve Sylvester,age 60, who always wins his division, yet is also the top tier overall.

Crissy Field on the San Francisco City Front - One of the premier windsurfing event sites in the world - Framed by the Golden Gate Bridge and the backdrop of a dynamic cosmopolitan center - Radical, high-wind, extremely challenging conditions - Ideal spectator viewing from the beachside event site. Competitors will rig & launch from the Crissy Field East Beach.

Spectators are encouraged to come and meet the sailors.

What & When:
Event Schedule
Updates & daily results can be found at
Monday August 6: Registration and tune-up
Tuesday August 7: Racing - appx: 12-5
Wednesday August 8: Racing - appx: 12- 5
Thursday August 9: Racing - appx: 12-5
Friday August 10: Racing - appx: 12-5
Saturday August 11: Racing - appx: 12-5 - Awards Ceremony

Racing Disciplines:
· Course Racing - Like traditional yacht racing with a tactical, strategic battle directly in to the wind.

· Long Distance - A grueling test of stamina and the ability to handle highly variable, extreme conditions as the racers cross distant corners of SanFrancisco Bay.

· Slalom - High-speed downwind races on small, lightweight boards and sails -this is a very exciting, close-to-shore, tightly-packed fleet race ideal for spectators.

Formula Windsurfing is an equipment standard which places limits on the number of sails a racer may use for an event, and applies limits to the board dimensions. This levels the playing field and allows amateur competitors easy access to the same gear used by the professionals. Generally speaking, this limitation system makes it more affordable for average participants to race on state-of-the-art gear. ALSO: The Formula system has revived competitive windsurfing around the world by making It more inviting and accessible to those interested in racing. In terms of traditional sailing, a Formula Windsurfing set-up is the fastest course racing sailboat.

Key Support Organizations:
Regatta Host: The St. Francis Yacht Club –
Founded in 1927, the St. Francis Yacht Club is steeped in over 75 years of yachting and racing traditions, and presides at the water's edge of the San Francisco City Front. The StFYC hosted the 1999 & 2004 Windsurfing National Championship.
Sanctioning Body: US Windsurfing -
Local Community: San Francisco Boardsailing Association –

Thursday, June 28, 2007

How Do I Register?

Here are the steps for the online registration for this event:

  1. Go to the St. Francis Yacht Club web site.
  2. Click on the "On The Water" button, and select "Racing".
  3. Scroll down, find and click the "7-11 USWA North Americans" link under "August".
  4. A "Regatta Manager" window opens. Select the "Signup" button.
  5. Even if you have previously signed up for events at the St. Francis Yacht Club, you must select the red "Sign Up" button to register with a new Username for the Nationals.
  6. Fill out your personal information, select a username and password, and enter information about your sail number and "Yacht"! Please be sure to select the appropriate division, and don't forget to select "USA-United States Windsurfing" under the National Governing Body Information.
  7. Read and accept the release form.
  8. Enter your payment information, and pay for the event.
  9. You will receive confirmation email messages once your account is created, and your credit card has been successfully charged for the event Registration Fees.
Entries must be submitted by July 25, 2007 to avoid the late fee. The Entry fee is $150, if received by July 25. The Entry fee is $180, if received after July 25. The Junior Entry Fee is $100, if received by July 25, and $130, if received after this date. Late registration and Check-In will begin at 1200 hours and close at 1700 hours on August 6, 2007.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Notice Of Race

The NOR is now available for viewing in PDF format.

Note: please download and install the Adobe Reader if you can't open the NOR.