28 Oct 2003 11:51:27
Howard Ferguson
Winduro

Anyone else remember the Winduro that used to follow the
US Open at Corpus Christi. The one that comes to mind was
in the early 90's and was won by Mark Basset (sp?) on one
of his personally created boards.

All of the competitors lined up along the beach and as a power
boat came by in the upwind direction, they launched. Each lap
around the obstacle course (inflatable buoys to jump, 10 foot
tall rope lines to go under), the last 10 competitors were black
flagged and had to drop out. The sailors went as hard as they
could and eventually it got down to two people. Talk about an
endurance test, if you weren't fit to sail non-stop in high winds
for over three hours you were "toast". Wish they would bring
it back.

Howard



28 Oct 2003 13:36:32
BarryWind
Re: Winduro

Actually the Winduro was a separate event from the Obstacle Course race, at
least for the 5 or 6 five years that I remember it.

The Winduro was usually on Memorial Day and sponsored by GulfTech - after a
few laps of black-flagging the tail-end of the pack, they would restart and
continue black-flagging until there were only a few [some years, only two]
remaining sailors. Only problem I had with the Winduro was the fact that
there was never a separate amateur and pro division - everyone was scored
together. Sour grapes - I 'needed' one of the grand prize Gulftech booms and
the pros always won them... :-(

The Obstacle Course race wasn't real popular with most competitors, once
race fins grew to 50cm and longer. There was usually a 'sausage' that you
could either jump over or opt-out and subsequently jibe the longer course to
compensate. Only the 'alien-class' pro or weedfin-equipped amateur could
clear the sausages. I got brave, or stupid, enough one year to try the
course with a 54cm fin. Just about knocked-off the nose of my board. The
following year, I sat out that event... Only other 'obstacle' was usually
just a sagging rope to finish under by laying down the sail...

And then there was always the beloved Relay event where a pro was teamed up
with three other amateurs. Amazingly, for almost every Relay event that I
competed in, the pro was the team member that messed up. The amateurs always
seemed to rise-up in ability when teamed with a pro. Names not give to
protect the guilty - for my first Relay, hung-over pro shows up only a
couple of minutes before the start of our heat and hits the water not ready;
another year the pro is the only member to fall on the jibe; and my favorite
year - our Olympic hopeful pro finishes his leg by sailing back to the wrong
team. Still a fun and engaging event. However, with fins now at 70cm and the
bay's current near shore depth, it's doubtful this event will ever run
during the Open.

However, seems like there is new event [in Europe, the Caribbean?] that's
gaining momentum and sounds pretty cool - it combines a racing course and
required freestyle maneuvers - pseudo water motocross/freestyle...

-B

"Howard Ferguson" <windsurfer@sbcglobal.net > wrote in message
news:3F9E582F.4BE9BC28@sbcglobal.net...
> Anyone else remember the Winduro that used to follow the
> US Open at Corpus Christi. The one that comes to mind was
> in the early 90's and was won by Mark Basset (sp?) on one
> of his personally created boards.
>
> All of the competitors lined up along the beach and as a power
> boat came by in the upwind direction, they launched. Each lap
> around the obstacle course (inflatable buoys to jump, 10 foot
> tall rope lines to go under), the last 10 competitors were black
> flagged and had to drop out. The sailors went as hard as they
> could and eventually it got down to two people. Talk about an
> endurance test, if you weren't fit to sail non-stop in high winds
> for over three hours you were "toast". Wish they would bring
> it back.
>
> Howard
>




28 Oct 2003 06:42:27
Dustin T. Hughes
Re: Winduro

Howard Ferguson <windsurfer@sbcglobal.net > wrote in message news:<3F9E582F.4BE9BC28@sbcglobal.net>...
> Anyone else remember the Winduro that used to follow the
> US Open at Corpus Christi. The one that comes to mind was
> in the early 90's and was won by Mark Basset (sp?) on one
> of his personally created boards.
>
> All of the competitors lined up along the beach and as a power
> boat came by in the upwind direction, they launched. Each lap
> around the obstacle course (inflatable buoys to jump, 10 foot
> tall rope lines to go under), the last 10 competitors were black
> flagged and had to drop out. The sailors went as hard as they
> could and eventually it got down to two people. Talk about an
> endurance test, if you weren't fit to sail non-stop in high winds
> for over three hours you were "toast". Wish they would bring
> it back.
>
> Howard

Sounds like road warriors on the water. I wish, they still had it too.
They next should call it Mad MAXX (on the water) 2004. Everyone should
be dressed up like mad maxx too!

He He! No it really sound cool, I not sure if many people anymore can
sail a solid 3 hours in hard core wind. I remember sailing 6 hours and
not even coming in for water on the bird island. I guess we are all
getting older and just a litter wiser now.

If they set it up I know people will enter it!


28 Oct 2003 21:12:02
LooseClu
Re: Winduro

The last Winduro at the Open became a match race between Kevin P and the
crowd favorite 'oldman' Phil McG. After sailing ALL over the Bay, way off
course, and head to head for what seemed like hours (I think I counted 50+
tacks and even more jibes) Kevin caught Phil to finally end the best match
race I ever saw on the water. I think that was also the year that Phil won
the Open. Oh, one more note- I bought that Basset board that Mark won the
Open on a few years later (but I never won anything on it)
Roy
"Howard Ferguson" <windsurfer@sbcglobal.net > wrote in message
news:3F9E582F.4BE9BC28@sbcglobal.net...
> Anyone else remember the Winduro that used to follow the
> US Open at Corpus Christi. The one that comes to mind was
> in the early 90's and was won by Mark Basset (sp?) on one
> of his personally created boards.