Please select your home edition
Edition
upffront 728x90

2011 Downunder Pro - Formula Windsurfing Championships

by Sean O'Brien on 6 Feb 2011
Sean O'Brien (3rd), Wilhelm Schurmann (1st) and Mathias Pinheiro (2nd) - 2011 Downunder Pro Adam Craven - Rob Plim
The 2011 Downunder Pro - Oceanic and Australian Formula Windsurfing Championships concluded on Saturday with an action packed eight races taking place over the four-day regatta at picturesque Jimmy’s Beach, Hawks Nest.

The strong 49 competitors including World number two ranked Formula windsurfer from Brazil, Wilhelm Schurmann (Starboard/Neilpryde) had a challenging trial of races with winds today reaching 25 knots on the course despite taking a long time to fill-in, keeping the competitors waiting anxiously on the beach before the first race began.

Schurmann took the event win dominating the racing by winning seven out of eight races over the event. His second time sailing in this part of New South Wales the Brazilian said:

'This spot is simply incredible! We had winds every single day, it was just perfect for sailing or any outdoor activities for that matter. I was able to bring some other Brazilian friends of mine down this year and we all had a great time! I’ll definitely be back next year once again'.

One of the event organisers and defending champion Sean O’Brien (Starboard/Point-7) was the first Australian over the line coming in a clear third overall behind Mathias Pinheiro (Starboard/North) by taking two seconds and a third in today’s racing to close the gap on Pinheiro.

O’Brien becomes the Oceanic and Australian Champion for the fifth time now as international competitors are ineligible for the title. Having raced in Hawks Nest for over 12 years now, O’Brien said of the event:

'We picked this beach to run the event for more than just the quality sailing it produces. It’s got a small town vibe which is great for families who compete, there’s plenty of other things to do for the non-windsurfers and the conditions this place produces are absolutely World-Class. I had a great event and punishing Mathias in all the races today really capped it off for me.'



Brett Morris (Starboard/North) had a difficult day today sitting 3 points clear of O’Brien before the day’s start however didn’t finish the first race today and was unable to continue his race-winning form from yesterday getting a fourth and an eighth in the final two races today to finish 4 points behind O’Brien and 2 points clear of Sam Parker (JP/Neilpryde) in fifth overall.

A new division for the sailors new to the Formula Windsurfing class called ‘Formula Experience Plus’ (FE+) was run for the fourth time at a National Titles this year. The division allows newer sailors the opportunity to race at the same time as the Pro Division but sail one less lap then the top sailors. This class has seen the biggest growth in the past few seasons with 16 competitors taking part in this year’s event. The division was dominated by local sailors from NSW and surrounds with Tim Ford (JP/Neilpryde) taking the win ahead of Barry Fawkes (Starboard/Neilpryde) and James Farley (F2/MauiSails).



In the Youth division a World-Class fleet competed with event winner and second time overall champion at this event, Christian Justesen (JP/Neilpryde) came all the way downunder from Denmark to finish ahead of Nick Austen (Starboard/Point-7) and Ben Morrell (Starboard/Neilpryde) to take the $500 cash prize from Staminade. Multiple time Australian title holder Rick Murray (Starboard/North) won a very contested Grand-Master division ahead of Wayne Bowness (Gaastra/Gaastra) and Tibor Ferenczy (Starboard/Severne).



After the event concluded on Saturday competitors enjoyed a three-course meal at the Hawks Nest Golf Club as part of the Prizegiving Ceremony with major sponsors Qantas and Blackberry handing out a number of new handsets and round-the-world plane tickets to the division winners.

After the prizegiving competitors and friends enjoyed a free concert from local outfit 'XYDJ’s' who flew up from Sydney to play the show.

Zhik Yachting 660x82T Clewring J-classInSunSport - NZ

Related Articles

2016 BIC Techno 293 European Championship - Day 5
Most from 335 competitors got back home on their own and some sail out again to complete the penultimate day of racing. 2016 BIC Techno 293 European Championship - Almost perfect racing conditions in the morning interrupted by afternoon storm. Most from 335 competitors got back home on their own and some sail out again to complete the penultimate day of racing.
Posted today at 4:10 am
2016 BIC Techno 293 European Championship - Day 4
They wake up first and go to bed last. When athletes fail it's their fault, when succeed they usually get no credit 2016 BIC Techno 293 European Championship - They wake up first and go to bed last. When their athletes fail it's their fault, when they succeed they usually get no credit. Yes. Coaches! They fight till the end every day, like they did in coaches’ race today. That and much more in this video...
Posted on 29 Jul
BIC Techno 293 European Championship 2016 - Day 3
During lunch break we manage to sneak in Israel team dining area with camera to find out what is their nutrition secret. Racing in the morning, racing in the afternoon. During the lunch break we manage to sneak in Israel team dining area with our camera to find out what is their nutrition secret. Details about food of champions and much more in this video...
Posted on 28 Jul
Men's RS:X experience in abundance - Santos aims to inspire
Experience in abundance will be prevalent in the Men's Windsurfer (RS:X) fleet at Rio competition with World Champions Experience in abundance will be prevalent in the Men's Windsurfer (RS:X) fleet at the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition with World Champions and Olympic appearances aplenty across the 36 strong fleet.
Posted on 27 Jul
2016 BIC Techno 293 European Championship - Day 2
Olympic Games are starting in less than 10 days. Some competitor in RIO are past champions from BIC Techno 293 class. 2016 BIC Techno 293 European Championship - 2016 Olympic Games are starting in less than 10 days. Some competitor in RIO are past champions from BIC Techno 293 class.
Posted on 27 Jul
World Sailing provisionally confirms participation of six Rio athletes
Following a conference call today with its Board of Directors, World Sailing confirms the participation of six athletes The World Sailing Board carefully reviewed the decision taken earlier this week by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which determined that decisions regarding the eligibility of athletes would be made by the International Federations
Posted on 26 Jul
RS:X - Alabau expects Picon and Shaw Rivalry in Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Rio 2016 will welcome Spain's Marina Alabau back into Olympic fold as she aims to defend Women's Windsurfer (RS:X) title Rio 2016 will welcome Spain's Marina Alabau back into the Olympic fold as she aims to defend the Women's Windsurfer (RS:X) title she won at London 2012.
Posted on 26 Jul
2016 BIC Techno 293 European Championship - Day 1
BIC Techno 293 one design class is the world’s biggest windsurfing class and each year we welcome some new countries 2016 BIC Techno 293 European Championship - BIC Techno 293 one design class is the world’s biggest windsurfing class and each year we welcome some new countries in our tribe. How do the blend in? Did they like the light wind conditions today? Find out in this video...
Posted on 26 Jul
2016 BIC Techno 293 European Championship – Opening day
There will be about 320 kids here this week which will not be on the podium at the end of the event. There will be about 320 kids here this week which will not be on the podium at the end of the event. But that does not mean they will not have fun during BIC Techno 293 European championships here in Sopot. We are happy about what we do and that is the key to success of this class.
Posted on 25 Jul
Thrilling show in high-octane racing at KiteFoil GoldCup Act 1 wrap-up
The world's fastest kitefoilers put a thrilling display of tight racing as they battled each other The world's fastest kitefoilers put a thrilling display of tight racing as they battled each other and the conditions that spanned the full gamut of possibilities for a Mediterranean summer over four scintillating days of competition.
Posted on 19 Jul