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Competition/2011/Masters Worlds
17th to 24th July 2011
St. Francis YC, San Francisco, California, USA

Organized by: St. Francis Yacht Club in co-operation with US Sailing & US Windsurfing
An International Windsurfing Association sanctioned event 

1HUEGENIN, VincentSUI9SUI1(2) 1 1 1 (3) 1 1 2 1 2 2 1813
2CONSORTE, FernandoARG155ARG(2)1 (2) 2 2 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 1915
3ASIA, JeanFRA171FRA(3)(3) 3 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3529

26 Jul 2011 19:49

The final day was a full one with 2 course races and a long distance race on the agenda. The long distance race is not part of the overall scoring but was a once in a life time opportunity for many, with the infamous island prison of Alcatraz serving as the leeward mark.

The last day of the regatta followed the trend of oscilating fog banks; one day it's in, the next day it's out. Today's recipe was one filled with blue skies and bright sunshine and the usual 20 mph sea breeze filling up San Francisco Bay. And like all the days prior the current was flooding, which in San Francisco means the sailors must fight against it as they go upwind only to enjoy a high speed sleigh ride off the wind

In the Raceboard action Switzerland's Vincent Huegenin (SUI 9) was in control of his own destiny and he nearly cost himself the regatta. Argentine's Fernando Consorte (ARG 155) saved his best performance for the end taking the final two bullets of the regatta. Consorte however needed help from Frenchmen Jean Asia (FRA 171) in order to beat Huegenin but it was not to be. Huegenin took home top honors with Fernando Consorte in second and Jean Asia (FRA 171) in third. 

The day concluded with a splendid prize giving ceremony where once again a heartfelt thanks was extended to the St Francis Yacht Club and the plethora of volunteers who have done everything from working the boats, to fixing boards, to helping the kids in and out of the water. A major round of applause was bestowed upon Dennis Deisinger, the primary organizer and driving force for pulling off this very successful event.

More thanks to the support of the Events Sponsors, Zico Coconut Water, The International Windsurfing Association, The Windsurfing Task Force, The Sports Basement, The ISAF, Bic Windsurfing, Waterhound.com, GU Energy, and US Windsurfing.

With sunny skies most of the week it was time for a fog day here in San Francisco on Day Four. As the sailors rigged up for racing the fog itself was racing towards Alcatraz. 2 quick races were wrapped up by 1pm for the first fleets leaving them the entire day to themselves, quite a luxury courtesy San Francisco's dependable sea breeze. All Vincent Huegenin needs to do is beat Argentinean Fernando Consorte (ARG 355) one more time and the title is his. The two sailors traded wins on the day's two races but the only way for Consorte to win the title is if Jean Asia (FRA 171) of France is able to beat Huegenin in both races tomorrow something he has yet to do all week long.

Day Three came in like a lamb and went out like a lion as the San Francisco fog bank upped the game today hurling consistent 20-22knot winds at the fleet of competitors.  Blue skies and mild 15-20mph winds greeted the sailors as they got ready for the day's action. The flood tide was once again in play and this time, like a tractor beam, it sucked the marine layer in through the Golden Gate dropping temperatures and increasing wind speeds to 22 knots and beyond by the midpoint of the day's first racing action.

Switzerland's Vincent Huegenin showed he can be beat as Argentinean Fernando Consorte (ARG 355 / pictured below) knocked out his second bullet of the regatta in race 2. With that said it's Huegenin's title to lose at this point and Consorte will need some charity from Huegenin if he has any hope of overtaking him in the regattas final two days. Jean Asia (FRA 171) of France sits in third and baring a major shakeup that should be your final three finishing order.

Day two - near perfect conditions.  Racing got underway by noon time and with a fresh 18-20 mph sea breeze once again blowing across both courses the two races were quickly wrapped up allowing for the sailors and their families to have the rest of the day to check out San Francisco. Currents also played a factor in the racing on this day with a nearly 3 knot flood tide pushing eastward on the sailors bows as they headed up wind. The infamous San Francisco fog made its presence felt as it lapped at the Golden Gate Bridge all day long never quite making it over the race course much to the delight, and the warmth, of both spectators and competitors alike.

Raceboard action has settled in to a routine with Switzerland's Vincent Huegenin (pictured below) commanding the action. Argentinean Fernando Consorte (ARG 155) and Jean Asia (FRA 171) of France all followed Huegenin around the course to carbon copy 1-2-3 finishes in both races.

The competitors were treated to some world class hospitality at the St. Francis Yacht Club that evening.

The 2011 Raceboard Masters World Championships opened up in glorious fashion this Wednesday July 20th.

With bright blue skies, warm 20mph winds, and plenty of action on the race course it was time to get down to business. After what looked to be a near perfect day of racing for the Practice Race the day prior San Francisco only upped the ante delivering exceptional racing conditions for the regatta's first official day of action. The agenda for the day called for 2 races in the first half of the day with a short break before sending the fleets out for one last race.

Like yesterday's practice race the flood tide was in full swing. When the tide is flooding here in San Francisco that means it's working against the racers as they sail upwind to the tune of about 2.5 knots on this day. This makes calling lay lines particularly difficult and forces the sailors to use tactics to minimize its effects. Lucky for the fleet St Francis Yacht Club Member Dr. Paul Heineken supplied them with a framework document to explain the tides and offering up advice honed from Heineken's decades of sailing these very waters. You can read Dr. Heinekens document by clicking here. 

Despite the small fleet the Raceboard action was well contested with Switzerland's Vincent Huegenin trading wins with Argentinean Fernando Consorte (ARG 155) as the two dueled throughout the day. Jean Asia (FRA 171) of France is in third place.

After racing the fleet retired to a catered party at event Sponsor Sports Basement. In addition to hosting the party with food and beverages Sports Basement gave an additional 10% off their already insanely low prices. No doubt some credit cards will be hurting in the morning.

The famous Golden Gate bridge will form a spectacular backdrop to the 2011 Junior, Youth & Masters Windsurfing World Championships. Physically beautiful and naturally demanding, the Bay provides the racer with the ultimate in wind and weather conditions for truly competitive and exciting sailing. No wonder the Americas Cup will be hosted on the Bay in 2013!

The St Francis Yacht Club is well known for its ability to run major international events. The club routinely host class world championships in addition to national and continental windsurfing championships. In the 80's and 90's StFYC regularly hosted PWA World Cup events that brought world champions Robby Naish, Nevin Sayre, Bjorn Dunkerbeck, and others, to the Bay. Now the club welcomes the Techno 293 class, breeding ground of future champions, to its shores. The Raceboard Masters fleet will no doubt include many past champions renewing old acquaintances with these famous waters!

The racing area will be located in front of the club, the City Front Racing Area, and whilst the bay is renowned for breezy conditions the club has the ability to run sheltered light wind races when needed. St. Francis Yacht Club's Race Office has two full time staff to coordinate the event, as well as a full-time Race Manager to lead the race committee team out on the water. The St. Francis Race Committee is notably one of the best Race Committee teams in the country.

The facilities at the club are extensive with ample rooms to accommodate large social events, as well as smaller group meeting rooms if applicable. For all large events, the Club sets up space for jury/protest rooms, a media center, as well as a dedicated room for the competitors and their families to relax before and after the day's racing.

Board and sail storage will be in a tented area on Crissy Field. The racing area will be right off the beach where the boards will be launched from.

In keeping with the tradition and expectations of the Classes and the St. Francis Yacht Club, there will be two dinner evenings, as well an opening ceremony and trophy ceremony. In addition the Club will organize informal receptions during the other nights.

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