Wellington Windsurfing Association

WWA Newsletter October 1994

The Wellington Windsurfing Association is holding a Have a Go day at Pauhatanui Inlet on the 6th of November from 10 am to 4 pm. Anyone can get a lesson for $5 and the WWA windsurfing simulator will also be available. The site on the North side of the inlet is suitable for children and picnics, but if you're going to try sailing bring togs and sandshoes (as there is a stony bottom). This event has been very popular so get there early to avoid disappointment, bookings on the day at the beach only. Contact Bruce 384-1213 (evenings) for details.

Evans Bay Yacht Club will host a slalom racing on Friday night 11th November 6pm, and note this... there will be food available and the bar will be open! If this is successful there may be more so if you want more racing be there and make it work. Contact Mark 383-5857

Out of town, the Kilwell Friendlies (sounds like a contradiction doesn't it?) are on at Rotorua, 19th and 20th November. This is course racing around the lake, contact Ken Kingsbury (07)345-5327

Mount Maunganui Yacht Club host the Slalom Course Nationals from the 9th to the 13th of November. Contact Bernie Powell (07)575- 2424 for details or Bruce 3841213 for an entry form.

On the 27th of November there's a WWA BBQ at Eastbourne, a social affair. The simulator will be there and there'll be some bouys out if the conditions are right. As well as sampling the sailing this will be an opportunity to get sailing and rigging advice from Wellingtons best. The parks are great for picnicing and there's a friendly swimming pool and playground, good walks and shops, something for all. Be there for lunch.

Also coming up are the New Zealand National Slalom Championships to be held at Eastbourne from the 8th to the 11th of December. This event will feature the top sailors in NZ competing in the "Formula 1" of windsurfing, high speed down-wind racing through a zig-zag course set close to the shore. Racing at speeds often in excess of 30 knots the action is fast and furious, this is definitely a spectator event. contact Dean 234-8072.

New Zealand Masters Games (30 years+) windsurfing at Wanganui from 4th to 7th February. Longboard, slalom and surf slalom options, only $30 bucks! Contact Bruce 3841213 for entry form or Laurie (06)345-3959 wk, (06)345-7262 hm. for information.

The Annual Wellington Harbour Blast, set for the 11th or 12th of February 1995, is a spectacular downwind drag race between Petone and Eastbourne via Soames Island (direction depends on the wind) which usually attracts around 100 sailors in a massive beach start. While the fastest sailors may take 15 minutes the slowest may take over 2 hours, with ages ranging from early teens to late 60s. Participation is the key, and a comprehensive fleet of support boats ensures that rescue (if needed) is always near at hand.

25th and the 26th of February will be the Introduction to Evans Bay weekend when the WWA will be on hand to help those who are not familiar with this area. contact Cathy 388-9383.

In addition there will be several club social events around the region. Other events coming up in '95 will include regional slalom and wave competitions, trips away to the Wairarapa and Taranaki, biathlon (sail/bike), Women Windsurfing, the Lambton Harbour Regatta and various performance clinics.

WELLINGTON WIND LINE: 388-9985

The Wellington Windsurfing Association is holding a Have a Go day at Pauhatanui Inlet on the 6th of November from 10 am to 4 pm. Anyone can get a lesson for $5 and the WWA windsurfing simulator will

SAIL NUMBERS

With the new racing season beginning and the National Slalom Competition happening at Eastbourne you may be considering numbers for those new or existing sails. Orders can be placed with Rory for vinyl cut letters for the price of 1 cent per mm of height. The minimum reasonable height seems to be around 150mm (ie $1.50) high and fits well within most sail cuts, but a 250mm ($2.50) high letter is recommended to ensure you're recorded crossing the line. Remember, racing rules require numbers on both sides! Ring Rory at work on 527-9320.

WELLINGTON WIND LINE: 388-9985

Well if you haven't got this number yet then here it is, probably one of the most exciting additions to Wellington Windsurfing in years. Currently providing up to the minute information on the wind conditions in Evans Bay and Plimmerton, this service is currently FREE. For how long we don't know but try it because the WWA will be involved in negotiating how this system continues. The people who set this system up have invested quite a lot in it and will want to recover their costs, how much would you use this service and how would you like to pay for it? This issue will probably be addressed at the AGM, which

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