The Freerace series in Queensland, Australia looks to be attracting some good numbers and hopefully a good forecast too this weekend...
Local windsurfers, both amateur and upcoming professionals have been making most of the recent sea breezes training for the upcoming ‘Freerace Queensland’ series.
The series is a windsurfing event based on timed one hour races in winds above 15knots, often in challenging open waters. Sailors speeds are recorded on a GPS device and the winner will have obtained the average highest speed over the hour.
The Windsurfers will reach’s speeds in the range of 30 – 40 knots, similar to that of the current high tech America’s cup Racing Catamarans .
Races will be held across South East Queensland during summer with Race one commencing on Sunday 6th of October at Woorim Beach, Bribie Island. The December event in Mooloolaba will give spectators an excellent chance to watch the action as they sail in the Northerly sea breeze near the spit wall.
This new race series mirrors the inaugural free race event held recently at Green Island off Cairns, where competitors enjoyed the new format that not only requires superior sailing speed but endurance and ability to handle rougher conditions for a sustained time of one hour.
Support from within the Windsurfing community and industry has been well received for the new event with many industry sponsors involved. The event is also supported by the Bribie Island Surf Club and Mooloolaba Yacht Club with logistics and equipment.
Sponsorship opportunities, especially for the series name rights, are still available. The series is a not for profit event run by local windsurfing club ‘Windwanders’ which also offer excellent come and try and lessons for newcomers to the sport.
Full event details are available at www.freeracequeensland.com