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U.S. Nationals to Formula Experience

Photos by Adam Lapierre

National flags of (from left) Peru, Germany, Turkey, Norway, Luxembourg, Canada, the United States, Mexico, France, and Australia flap proudly in the wind this week at the Hood River Event Site during the 2005 Formula Experience World Windsurfing Championship. Racing will last until Saturday afternoon.

News staff writer

August 3, 2005

Race directors and organizers had one day to recuperate from the U.S. Windsurfing Nationals before turning their attention to another massive, world-class windsurfing competition. The 2005 Formula Experience World Championships started Monday with registration, gear checks, a Sailworks racing clinic, practice racing, and a welcoming party. The five-day race, including teams from the U.S., Norway, Canada, Poland, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands, started Tuesday morning and will last into Saturday afternoon. All racing is centered around the Hood River Event Site.

Looking back on the U.S. Nationals, race director Scocia Bauer of VMG Events reflected, briefly, on the successful event.

“Thank you to all of the 120 competitors who turned out in Hood River for the Nationals. It was a great week, and a great show of amazing talent from all of the racers. We’re looking forward to seeing you again next year.

Also, we would like to extend our gratitude to all of our generous sponsors without whom we would not have been able to run the event. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

“After a great day of wind on Monday (our registration and practice race day), things shut down in the Hood for two full days. ESPN SportsCenter filmed live from the Event Site on Tuesday, July 26 (100 degrees and not a drop of wind) and was only able to use footage shot during the practice racing on Monday. The show aired on ESPN Tuesday at 3, 8, and 11 p.m.

“The wind returned to sailable late Wednesday afternoon, and PRO Darren Rogers was able to get three starts off for the Bronze Fleet which includes racers in the Sport, Prodigy and Formula Experience divisions.

“Sailors arrived onsite Thursday to winds in the 20-25 mph range, and after a 9:30 a.m. skipper’s meeting, they got set to run some slalom heats. Seventy-six competitors decided to take the challenge, and were divided into four fleets, running two races each. Winds gusting to 38 mph were measured by the race committee that morning, which made for epic slalom conditions. We saw excellent racing, awesome wipeouts and killer wind.

“Friday saw nuking winds to start the day’s Formula racing, followed by hot slalom action and finishing up with more Formula racing.

“Saturday was much of the same, with five Formula starts to round out an excellent week of competition. Again, thanks for coming.”

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