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 Post subject: Cabrinha Race Series #2
PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 8:10 am 
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Cabrinha Race Series 2

Well, if the season opener in April started with a ROAR, Race night 2 was even better! Forty-three racers stated in a flood, which got even stronger. The wind was stronger prior to racing, about 20-24 and then continued to lighten slightly. The strong flood and lightening winds caused only two races to be run.
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Rumor had it that Ken Winner (North) spent the winter with some of his team concentrating on racing; “unveiling” his latest racing stick. A direction with a square tail and twin windsurfing looking slalom fins emerging from the fin boxes on a outward angle. His efforts seem to be paying off; Ken finished 5th overall (13,2) while teammate Sky Solbach (1,7) captured, third, although there is a protest pending against him for actions in the second race at the leeward mark. Anthony Chavez (Naish) finished second overall for the evening (2,4) while testing a new stick from LMG. In the first night of racing, Chavez used a board by Jeff Kafka (Cabrinha) and finished first; his choice of boards doesn’t seem to make a significant difference. Shawn Richman (WainmanHawaii) finished FIRST overall (3,1) while using his new production kites and a Kafka board.

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Geoff Headington (SS) continued to race well finishing 4th overall (5,3) using a NJS design stick, while John Gomes (Cabrinha) also on an NJS design, continues to be very competitive. He had a 4th in the first race and has a protest pending in the 2nd race which would give him another 4/5 finish and 4/5 overall. As I indicated after night # 1; watch out for Headington and Gomes.

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You may be asking where’s last year’s Cabrinha Race Series Champion Kafka? Well he was testing a new set of fins which seemed to work when it is windier just prior to the races; he finished 8th (8,13), and Chip was completing his race committee requirements.

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It seemed to me, that the port start of the line was favored in the first race even though there was a pretty good flood, and so did a about 15-20% of the fleet…they all did well. In the second race, over half the fleet started on port.

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A quick update on the pending protest from race night #1. Frank Wittke won his protest and also received “redress” as he was “taken out” at the start. He was awarded a 6th, his average finish for races 2 and 3 where he was 6th in both.

I want to take a moment to give a special “shout out” to the St. Francis; they not only do a great job hosting the Cabrinha Race Series, they are now displaying the new Cabrinha Race Series perpetual trophy “front and center” as you enter the Club.
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Thursday’s, May 15 race was cancelled due to a lack of wind as was the protest committee meeting to review the May 1 protests.
The Cabrinha Race Series is sponsored by Cabrinha Kiteboarding, Ozonetravel, Adventure Sports, Miami, and hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club
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