bigsurfshop Bantry Windsurfing Race Event – 8th-9th August 2015

Bantry Windsurfing Event 2015

The bigsurfshop Bantry windsurfing slalom event this year, also served to be round 4 of the 2015 Irish Windsurfing Association championship calendar, and took place over the weekend of the 8th and 9th August.

19 competitors took part in figure of eight slalom racing at the bigsurfshop Bantry windsurfing event, consisting of a wide course set into the bay, with a fast start straight into gybe no. 1.  Given the conditions, all races could be completed on the same course over the weekend, with the exception of the the Gold fleet rounding the outer mark twice, and the Fun/Silver fleet rounding it once.  Competitors had the luxury of an uncramped start line, with each fleet racing in indepentently of one another.

Bantry Windsurfing Event 2015
Marc Roosli racing at the bigsurfshop.com Bantry Windsurfing Event 2015

In the Gold fleet, it’s fair to say that Hannes Louet Feisser dominated with excellent consistency throughout all the races, taking the bullet in every race, even if he wasn’t first off the start line.  Marc Roosli shone through when it mattered to gain a high second place ranking result for the national championships, while Graeme Kidd and Kevin McGuinness tied for second place in the event overall results.

Bantry Windsurfing Event 2015
Hannes windsurfing at Whiddy at the bigsurfshop.com Bantry Windsurfing Event 2015

In the Silver / Fun fleet, Paul Rayner was delighted to learn that he gained a lead in the ranked event results, while first time racer Tomas Cikotas took the win in the event overall results.  I’m sure we’ll be seeing both of these guys on a race course again soon.

Bantry Windsurfing Event 2015
Paul Rayner gybing at the bigsurfshop.com Bantry Windsurfing Event 2015

The event coincided with some fantastic longboat racing in the harbour on both days, with the dingys coming out to play on Sunday morning also…all in all, a spectacular sight from the waters edge for any and all passers by.  For the lucky few that stayed on until the Monday, they were treated to Bantry Bay windsurfing at it’s best, with powered up 7.6m slalom conditions, heat and sun to be enjoyed!

Full results on the event are included for each fleet below…click on each pic to see it BIG!

2015 Bantry Event Results Silver Event Overall
2015 Bantry Event Results Silver Event Overall
2015 Bantry Event Results Silver Ranked Overall
2015 Bantry Event Results Silver Ranked Overall
2015 Bantry Event Results Gold Ranked Overalll
2015 Bantry Event Results Gold Event Overalll
2015 Bantry Event Results Gold Event Overalll
2015 Bantry Event Results Gold Ranked Overalll

And some more action pics…

Bantry Windsurfing Event 2015
Irish Windsurfing Champion Donal O’Halloran in action at the bigsurfshop.com Bantry windsurfing Event
Bantry Windsurfing Event 2015
Treeline view of the bigsurfshop.com Bantry Windsurfing Event 2015
Bantry Windsurfing Event 2015
Visitors to the bigsurfshop.com Bantry Windsurfing Event 2015 …windsurfing & longboats on the water together

This is how the action looked up close from the race boat…
https://youtu.be/fMPANAX8H_8

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