Racing

Seattle Metro

The Seattle area hosts casual buoy races in Everett, Seattle, and Des Moines each year.  There are great opportunities to race from May through October and many non-competitive, endurance events later in the year.  The best place to get race updates is at the NW Windtalk Yahoo Group.

  • City League Races (Des Moines) – Wednesday nights starting around May
  • Jetty Series (Everett) – Wednesday nights starting in July
  • Sail Sand Point Friday Nights (Seattle) – offered to include any group of 4 or more sailors for races, automated starting line buoy just off their dinghy dock

Columbia River Gorge Competition

Great racing for all levels in a world-class venue.  All new racers get your first entry for free in the Gorge Cup!  Also visit their Yahoo group.  In 2014 they hosted a round of the US Windsurfing National Racing Tour slalom races.  The Gorge Cup opener is typically in May.

The CGWA also hosts a number of events and competitions throughout the year including big air and tricks at the Freestyle Frenzy and goofing off at King of the Hook.

National Competition

US Windsurfing serves as council for US Sailing and facilitates a number of races around the country.  USW also issues nationally registered sail numbers to each member for use in competitions.  They offer organize competition in freestyle, slalom, formula, wave, and a number of one-design racing classes.  The one design classes include youth development on the Techno 293 to the RS:X class used in the Olympics.

In 2014 the National Racing Tour consisted of 17 events covering formula, slalom, Kona one-design, open, and long-distance formats.

International Competition

The ISAF oversees international competition and qualification for the Olympic Games in the RS:X one-design races.   There are a opportunities to compete at the national, continental, and global level like RS:X Youth Worlds, RS:X Asian Championships, and the ISAF Sailing World Cup.

Further Reading

RS:X One Design Class
ISAF RS:X History and Events
Gorge Windsurfing