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Grosse Pointe MI results

Fourteen experienced racers battled in light winds Sat June 15, 2013 on Lake St. Clair just a mile from the mouth of the Detroit river.   Four races were ran during the morning session, then a pizza lunch break and another long single race after lunch.   The “I” course used was large which made downwind sailing skills a must have.    Gordon Bittle from Columbus Ohio for the second year in a row took fleet and longboard class honors using a 1980′s Mistral Superlight I and a 2008 Mistral Prodigy one design 8.5 sail.     Nat Siddal won  hybrid class on a Mistral Prodigy using the Prodigy one design 8.5 sail.    Of note also is that Ted Schweitzer  took 4th in fleet using his Original Windsurfer with it’s 6.2 One Design sail besting several others using 8.5 and 9.5 sail sizes.


Missing this year were any novices whose registration fee is waived.  What is so hard about sailing in a circle?   That’s what one of the event hosts below “Frank Murray” wants to know.  Come on beginners get out on the course, we would love to see you!



From the course you have a great view of the mansions along lake St. Clair, rumor is that Kid Rock lives just down the shore a bit.    Patterson Park has a magical calming effect on people, it’s  the summer spot for local Grosse Pointers to hang out at and kayak, SUP or windsurf from.


The Grosse Pointe Windsurfing Club managed to come up with a nice set of raffle prizes again this year.   Everyone walked away with something.   Below  Nat tries out a raffle chair.   Other prizes included a wetsuit, Dakine mast bag,  Chinook Rig Winch, Aerotech rack pads, and much more.



We hope to see a few beginner novice level racers in 2014.    Usually the set up is the A fleet will do two laps and the Novice Fleet just one lap.   There is nothing hard about sailing in a circle.




Reporting: #H  Scott Haas


GPWC Regatta

Clear skies greeted contestants at the Saturday June 18th  Grosse Pointe Windsurfing Club regatta.    The event is  held at Patterson Park on Lake St. Clair just north of downtown Detroit Michigan.     Nat Sidall won the Prodigy class and was fleet overall champion this year.

Nat Sidall displays his 1st place trophy.


Longboard class was won by Mark Murray,  Rod Clevenger won the Senior Prodigy class and Ted Schweitzer won the Original Windsurfer class.       The event was international again this year with three Canadian contestants.    

New and old designs fight it out at the finish line.

Five long two lap races were ran in a three hour marathon morning session.   After lunch break racers were greeted with very low winds.    The R/C decided to call it and we were glad for that as there is a slight current here which can make getting around certain legs extra difficult in light winds.

Windsurfing action continues in Michigan June 25 with another race in the Original Windsurfer series held in Traverse City Michigan.    No race equipment? No problem as several new Original Windsurfers are available.   Any board is welcome .. come join the fun at one of Michigan’s best summer tourist destinations.


Higgins Report

Higgins Lake Michigan Sept 11-12 racing started slow on Saturday with three races in light wind conditions before the wind cut off completely.    People retired to local establishments to watch football and got together at 7ish for a fine dinner at the nearby Timbers restaurant.  Sunday we awoke to sunny blues skies filled with wind and pleasant 65 degree weather.   It was a perfect early fall day for windsurfing on beautiful Higgins Lake.   Five races were ran in 10 to 20 conditions that made for an extra long morning session.   Pizza, raffle and awards followed Sunday’s racing.     Top finishers were:

Longboard class: 
1. Mark Boersma – Muskegon, MI 
2. Mark Drofleff – Columbus, OH
3. Paul Sandstrom – Columbus, OH

Prodigy class:
1. Nat Sidall  Chelsia, MI
2. Scott Fohey – Detriot, MI
2. Chris Barry – Perrysburg, OH


Mowind Awards Dinner Sat 25th Sept

Wow .. a lot of racing action is scheduled in September.  Be sure to check the MOWIND calendar.   It’s good to contact organizers a few days out to check things are on schedule.

The  notice of race flyer for the Sept 25-26 Fall Wind Power Championships windsurf regatta in Fond du Lac is now available in  PDF format.    Hope to see you there.   This is the 1st race in the 2011 MOWIND point series of races.    Results of the 2010 MOWIND points series will be presented during the Saturday evening dinner at the Sunset Club in Fond du Lac.      On Friday Sept 24 the free Winnebago Supercrossing long distance race takes place so check the flyer out for details on that.   

Also coming up Sept 11-12 is the Higgins Lake Regatta in Roscommon MI.   That event is held at Higgins Lake South State park campground.   General public and non-racers are welcome,  show up and reserve a campspot by the beach for the day, rig and sail.   Join the group for a fun dinner excursion on Sat evening.   Race headquarters  will be located  towards the west end of the campground around lot 350.     As usual the GLWT (Great Lakes Windsurfing Tour) people plan to be there with demo gear and deals on demo equipment.   So if you are a non-windsurfer ..  this is a great opportunity to find out more about windsurfing and make some new friends.

Sept 18 is the date for the 5th race  in the Canadian Ontario Sailing Race Series.   This one day race is held at the Toronto Windsurfing Club facilites.    The following day on Sept 19 the  17km TWC Mammoth Marathon long distance race around the Toronto islands is scheduled.   Several Mowinders  from the Ohio and Michigan have attended these races in recent years.    Toronto is about a 245 mile drive from the Detroit,  295 from Cleveland.

Grosse Pointe Regatta

Great side shore winds held true all day long  making the windward leeward legs a true upwind and downwind workout.   The first race and last race of the day had nice 10 mph winds but the rest of races the wind was maxing out the 8.5 Prodigy Comp sails in the gusts.    Four Formula guys were completing the course in good time along with several longboards.    Ted S. showed up with a brand new Original Windsurfer and 6.0 sail  and schooled the fleet in more than one race.   Below the fleet gathers at afternoon break for pizza and pop while Nat S. decorates his sail with more tape. 

Lunch break in Patterson Park

In summary it was a perfect summer day for windsurfing,  lots of sunshine, high 80′s temps, a good south breeze and great competitors.   Plan to join the fun there next time in 2011. 

The buzz is growing for the July 17-18 Reservoir Rendezvous regatta held in New London Ohio which is located about 75 miles east of Toledo.   The reservoir is very popular with Cleveland area windsurfers.   A NOR has been posted.   If you plan to camp it’s good to call the campground now and get your name on the list to help them plan.   There will be some band music on Sat evening so bring dancing shoes.

Also coming up in Ohio on  Aug 6-7-8 with check-in parties the evening of the 5th is the Put-In-Bay I-LYA Bay Week regatta.  This three day regatta takes place out on the South Bass Island in Lake Erie though most windsurfers will be staying and launching from Middle Bass.     Please note you need to register using the online system ahead of time,  also you can make Miller Ferry reservations up to two weeks in advance.   I would advise going over Thursday and spending a long weekend there returning late Sunday afternoon or Monday morning.    If you can’t get off work early that week you could still sail the two weekend days of the regatta and have a great time.   The state ran campground on Middle Bass is right on the water with launch beach.   Also consider taking a bike and (lock chain) as riding is a fun way to get around the islands.    Into FaceBook?  Visit  Bay Week on Facebook.

Scott #H