"48 Hours on the Causeway"
Biscayne Bay – Miami, FL narrative by Karen
No less than seven countries were represented at a Miami,
Florida windsurfing regatta called, 48 Hours On The Causeway
hosted by the South Florida Windsurfing
It was a small idea that grew wings.
A few months ago Brian Barr presented the opportunity to bring a National
“Formula Class” Windsurfing Tour to Miami and did so with the support of
friends, fellow sailors and the local windsurfing club.
This 16 stop, national tour is organized by the United
States Windsurfing (USW) and features both professional and amateur racers
from around the globe.
Miami’s Biscayne Bay is no stranger to world-class sailing events, but it has been a long time since the local windsurfing club has hosted a national ranking windsurfing event.
Weather, racers and sailing enthusiasts all came together March 12th and 13th. Both days were beautifully sun drenched with light SE ocean breezes and a high temperature of 79. Even though AM winds were light, the weather couldn’t have been nicer. This gave everyone a laid back morning with time to relax on the beach, visit with friends, family, fellow sailors and the opportunity to meet world-class racers from Japan, Europe, Turkey, Peru, Argentina, USA and Canada. Spectators walking, biking, or just cruising the beach were drawn to the windsurfing buzz on the shore.
There were colorful boards and sails carefully displayed along the water’s edge by the local sailing school, Sailboards Miami and international windsurfing manufactures anxious to show their new wares. Those new to windsurfing were given free lessons and allowed to try out brand new equipment provided by Aerotech, Exocet, Sandy Point Progressive Sports and BIC (yes, the guys who make the lighters and pens). Shortly after lunch the wind would fill in to required 8 knots or better and the race was on.
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