So… it was perhaps a secret hope, a daren’t even say it out loud suspicion… that two of our junior windsurfers would rock up at the New Zealand National Championships to race in the youth Techno 293 One Design class, and hold their own…
Having never properly raced on windsurfers, Max and Burty Meffan used their Optimist racing experience and their excellent windsurfing skills honed on Tuesday afternoons for the past couple of season to more than hold their own last weekend. In fact, the first day must have been a bit of a shock to the rest of the fleet!
Max (14) was racing in the under 17 age-group and won all three races on the first day. Some more extreme conditions saw him pipped for the national title over the three days by only 2 points. So close! Lots of lessons learned and experience gained, so I wouldn’t bet against him for next year!
Burty (12) was consistently finishing around 4th overall (including the under 17s) and completely dominated the under 15 age group to win the national title.
We now have more than 10 Techno 293s in the region and it would be great to get some regular racing happening here in Nelson.
Congratulations Max and Burty!
Youth Windsurfing sessions will be starting up for the term on Mondays and Tuesday 4-6pm. Contact us for more details!