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Reservoir Rendezvous Results 2013

It is always nice to be welcomed and recognized!   Many thanks to the New London Reservoir Campground and Recreation division for providing a great windsurfing venue and furnishing windsurfing trophies again!


We had awesome Friday pre-event fun sailing with 6.5 short board conditions that brought out several locals and enticed several racers to show up a day early.  It blew all day long, even after dark and most were half spent before the racing was to begin on Saturday.     Late Friday evening people gathered round a camp fire watching a huge lightning show far off in the distance over Lake Erie.   That huge front hit camp about 3am  in the morning with wind and rain until near eleven Saturday morning.  Unfortunately that weather kept several regular attenders at home.    Still we had ten survivors that registered plus several non-competitors, along with spouses and a dozen or more kids and four dogs for a nice sized group.    Racing got going about 12:30 Sat in 5 to 10 mph breezes in partly sunny skies.  Many thanks to Carl Rappaport who organized food for Saturday lunch and an evening group barbeque and Sunday breakfast.


The course laid out by Eric Rahenfueher  this year took advantage of near every square foot of water on the 220 acre reservoir.    The upwind mark was the mysterious Research buoy followed by 4 jibe marks and a final leeward mark and tack to a short finish gate right in front of the beach.   Spectators watched the action  from the new gazebo located at the end of windsurf pointe seen in the picture below.    There were lots of close finishes which made it fun for beach spectators to cheer on their favorite windsurfer to victory.


Also new this year were two water front large primitive cabins and two camp sites with electric on the water on the west side of windsurf pointe.    The improvements make the New London Reservoir  a very affordable family windsurf vacation destination for Ohio area windsurfers.



Four long races were ran on Saturday.  Sunday morning the wind was very light with long lulls and the race committee called racing officially over about 12:30.  Some very nice windsurfing trophies were awarded.

Results     for 2013        Overall . pdf        Class . pdf

Reporting:   Scott #H


Alum Creek 2013

The Columbus Ohio Alum Creek gathering was great this year with 10 sails on the water.  This first campground based gathering was successful and plans are to do it better next year.  We did find the next circle over (row K) has much better launch area and plans are to camp there in 2014.  The camp ground boat launch worked well also.   Boat traffic in the course area was very minimal .. way far less than down by the marina and beach area.  FOUR original Mistral Superlights showed up and Gordon Bittle from Columbus using a Superlight with a 8.5 Prodigy One design sail took 1st place honors.   Eric Rahnenfueher from Cleveland using his hydrofoil monster board took second and Scott Haas from Toledo took home 3rd using a Superlight the first 3 races switching to his Prodigy for the last four races.  Scott used his Ezzy Lion 8.5 sail.

Results and more details can be found at   http://www.mowind.org/wp/?page_id=24

Alum Creek (Columbus Ohio) some changes

The date this year is Sat-Sun May 18-19, 2013 as Memorial day weekend comes early this year.

Paul Sandstrom posted on Cownet there would be some changes this time around in 2013.    Instead of launching at the marina the group will be using an area in the campground itself.    Did I mention that Chris and Paul got a nice RV last year?      See the details  on the Mowind Alum Creek page.     This will be a fun start to the new summer season in Ohio!






PBC Regatta (Toledo Ohio)

Six windsurfers battled each other in the Perryburg Boat Club regatta Saturday July 28th on the mighty Maumee River just south of Toledo Ohio.     Winds were a favorable down the river NE direction with light 8 mph breezes and a few rare 15 mph puffs.       Six races were ran in total with a lunch served up by the members of PBC.     The RC ran a tight two start sequence with a starting air cannon that could be heard for miles.     The course was a triangle until Dr. Drag the Mark Glenn Gardner rearranged the windward mark the first three times he went around it .. costing him a chance at winning the event.     Eric  Rahnenfuerher sailed Irene, his hydrofoil with a 9.0 sail and got a second place in the one race that had several good wind puffs.  Eric has been experimenting for years now with the concept and can plane up in really light puffs.   The board he found abandoned in Hatteras after hurricane Irene almost destroyed it.

Below Scott Fohey receives his first place flag from PBC Commodore Don Hoste with RC member John Bureau presiding.



PBC will be celebrating 75 years next season.   They have a fleet of Sunfish which was the other division in the regatta.   The Sunfish were start one and with a three minute head start most of them finished before the windsurfers.

Windsurfer Division results:
1 Scott Folhey   (Detriot)
2 Chris Berry   (Perrysburg)
3 Glenn Gardner (Detriot)
4 Scott Haas (Perrysburg)
5 Eric  Rahnenfuerher  (Cleveland)
6 Frank Murray   (Detriot)

Scott #H


Reservoir Rendezvous

The New London Ohio Reservoir Rendezvous went off without a hitch again this year.  The city supplied trophies .. the campground sold T-shirts they printed up for the event ..   there was no entry fee ..  a food ticket for lunch, supper, breakfast was $20 .. the weather and winds cooperated nicely.     A great crowd of about 60 people attended plus several dogs.      Robby cooked yummy  fried calamari until midnight on Friday and again as an appetizer on Saturday evening.      Below .. on the right .. chef Carl inspects the meat.

The park has a new public grill !


Thanks to Mark Ulicki for overseeing the skipper meetings, running the start sequence and results scoring duties.   Eric Rahnenfueher set course buoys utilizing the water space.     Three rival Ohio groups (BONCs -  Boardheads of North Coast from the Cleveland area), COWS (Columbus Organization of Windsurfers)  and TABAs (Toledo Area Boardsailing Association) battled on the course.     Six races were ran in 5 to 10 mph winds on Saturday and four more extra long races on Sunday morning.   The awards were given out and most people were on their way home by 2:30 ish.  Below some of the group taking in nourishment with part of camp windsurf in the background.

Camp Windsurf

It was great to again see lots of kids on the water learning to windsurf.        Friday afternoon things really went off and several of us tuned up on a strong easterly wind that even brought out the shortboards.   We believe  the surrounding corn fields must supercharge the air!      After the awards ceremony on Sunday about a dozen people were still on the water powered up by some nuclear level west winds as a westerly heat front blew in with gale force.     The elevated New London Reservoir is maybe Ohio’s best kept windsurfing secret spot ..  it seems to produce wind even when none is forecasted.    Hope to see you there in July 2013!

Results Fleet Overall     Results by Division

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