3rd of August 2010, USA, North America Championships
2010 North Americans Final Report
The 2010 Starboard Severne US Windsurfing National & Formula North American Championships wrapped up on SaturdayJuly 24th with the crowning of Brazilian Paolo dos Reis as the new Formula Racing North American Champion, while fellow Brazilian Wilhelm Schurmann Captured the Slalom title, and Australian Phil McGain captured the Overall Title.(pictured Rick Whidden crossing Peter Bonello, photo credit Shawn Davis)
The event started on a cold and blustery Tuesday this past July 20th and saw solid 15-20k winds for all 5 days of the event. Hosted by the prestigious St Francis Yacht Club on the shores of San Francisco Bay the world class fleet of international sailors were treated to all the trappings of an America's Cup style regatta.(pictured Paolo dos Reis, Photo by Photo Surgeon)
With the North American Championship on the line in course racing the first three days of the event was focused on course racing. And right from the start Paolo dos Reis showed he had come prepared for business. Despite a constant pressure from Phil McGain dos Reis jumped out to an early lead albeit a narrow one. The Brazilian was leading by only a single point after McGain was able to win the 20+ mile long distance race, which was counted as a double race in the scoring line, after McGain jumped on a navigation mistake on the course by dos Reis.
It was not enough however as dos Reis returned to form to win the day's next race and take the course racing honors. McGain took second while Wilhelm Schurmann took third.(pictured below Aerotech Exocet Team Rider Jean Rathle Leads Phil Mcgain in to Mark #3, photo Credit Don Albonico)
In addition to Course racing this year's event also featured slalom and, in a return to the traditions of years past, also included a freestyle event. With some of North America's best slalom racers on hand it was a fiercely contested title that saw Neil Pryde's Peter Bijl (pictured below, photo credit Shawn Davis) miss out on the title by making a single mistake in one race.
Pressing too hard in race 3 Bijl was over early at the start and therefore disqualified from the race. Wilhelm Schurmann (pictured below, photo credit Shawn Davis) sailed extremely consistent and saved his best performance for when it counted taking the heat wins in the regatta's final two races to seal his victory. McGain took second while Frenchmen Aurelien Le Metayer rounded out the podium in third place. Bijl settled for fourth place while top American sailor Seth Besse got fifth. Besse was also the top American finisher in course racing once again coming in fifth place.
The last two days of the event saw the 25+ freestyle competitors take the water. The first round of freestyle saw all the competitors hit the water for a 30 minute expression session. The session demonstrated the tremendous progression that freestyle windsurfing has made in the past few years with big aerials and innovative new tricks that saw the sailors flipping, twisting, and rotating in all imaginable directions.
Round two of the freestyle saw the fleet broken in to two divisions. One for the top level pro sailors and one for the more old fashioned tricksters or 'old school' sailors. With some of the lighter winds of the contest the freestylers showed tremendous ability to generate speed and lift in an incredible display of aerial prowess. None better than top pro Tyson Poor who took the title for the pros while ABK Board Sports uber-instructor Andy Brandt won the 'old school' division. In the women's divsion Zoe Najim (pictured below) took the prize.
By nature of his second place finish in the Course and Slalom racing the newly introduced Bill Weir Memorial Overall National Championship title went to Maui Sails Phil McGain.(pictured below, photo credit Shawn Davis)
2010 US Windsurfing Nationals Final Results
2010 Formula North Americans Competitor Equipment Forms.pdf
The Event was sponsored by Starboard Windsurfing, Severne Sails, GU Energy Foods,Dakine, Longboard Vineyards, Cytomax, UltraNectar, Windsport Magazine, Sports Basement, Ronstan, ABK Boardsports, Vector Fins Maui, Waterhound Watersports, F4 Fins, Sailworks, Hansen Sails,CalCup Event Series,Gul Wetsuits, Wind Alert, Streetsailing, Maui Sails, Boardsports School and Shop.