Overall 2019 Champion : Stratos EFTHYVOULIDIS GRE-7
The Division II European Championship weekend was organized on the Heegermeer by WaterSportvereniging Heeg, in collaboration with the IWA (International Windsurfing Association) and the Division II Class Association. The Division II windsurf board is a former Olympic class from 1988 and 1992, with which Stephan van den Berg, among others, sailed the Olympic Games. Participants came from all over Europe and beyond, namely Greece, France, Great Britain, Germany, Canada, Poland, Belgium and the Netherlands. The international official and judge of the event, Bruno Marques, appointed by the IWA, came from Brazil.
In addition to a great series of 11 races, the participants are also treated to a fun program with a barbecue and a true eleven-city experience. On Saturday afternoon various participants surfed through Heeg to Watersportcamping Heeg, where after a beach start a competition was sailed over various pools and ditches behind Heeg.
In the end Petros Katsareas from Greece became European Champion in the A-class, the class with the traditional harness from 1988. Fellow Greek Chris Valavanis was second and Kay Buerger from Germany was third.
In the C-class with modern rigging, the Frenchman Alain Cadre has become European Champion. Irek Kutyla from Poland was second and Dutchman Vincent Thoms from Scheveningen finished in a deserving third place.
All pictures by Thamara Jurgen Putsies
More pictures here : https://www.facebook.com/D2EC2019/
The new calendar is out!
Already 9 regattas and 2 match races are booked for 2019
Calendar will be updated as new events are added
Division 2 class 2019 competition calendar
- Vintage Wind Slam and Division 2 Slovenian Nationals 24-25-26 May 2019 Zoo Station Velenje Slovenia. Ranking List coefficient 1,5
- Division 2 Gondrexange cup 25-26 May 2019 base nautique de Gondrexange ACAL France. Ranking List coefficient 1.
- Division 2 European Championships 29 May – 2 June 2019, Pharshoeke,Heeg, Netherlands. Ranking list coefficient 2
- ODSC, 30 June 2019 Aalsmeer Netherlands. Ranking List coefficient 1.
- Diaporos Regatta 2019, 5-6-7 July 2019, Vourvourou, Halkidiki Greece. Ranking List coefficient 1.
- Division II class and Formula, Getskärs Segelsällskap,10-11 August 2019, Getskär Sweden. Ranking List coefficient1.
- Piranja Race, 7-8 September 2019 Portoroz Slovenia. Ranking List coefficient 1.
- Thermaikos cup 2019, 20-21-22 September 2019 Thermaikos coast Thessaloniki Greece. Ranking List coefficient 1
- Chiemsee-Insel Marathon, 5-6 October 2019, Chiemsee Germany. Ranking List coefficient 1
Division 2 class Match Race 2019 competition calendar
- 2019 Division 2 Heeg Match Race Cup 2019, 28 May 2019, Pharshoeke,Heeg, Netherlands. Match Race Ranking List coefficient 1.
- Diaporos Regatta Match Race Cup 2019, 5 July 2019, Vourvourou Halkidiki Greece. Match Race Ranking List coefficient 1.
- Thermaikos Match Race Cup, 20 September 2019, Thermaikos coast Thessaloniki Greece. Match Race Ranking List coefficient 1
ID2CA COMPETITION CALENDAR 2018
1. 2018 US Windsurfing National Festival 25-29 April 2018 Seafort VA USA. Ranking list coefficient 1.5
2. 2018 Vintage Wind Slam- Slovenian Nationals 25-27 May 2018 Zoo Station Velenje Slovenia. Ranking list coefficient 1.5
3. Open Windsurfingregatta, Division 2, konaOne, RS:X 19-20/5/2018 Nynäshamn Sweden. Ranking list coefficient 1.
4. International Windsurfing Regatta 2018 Kalisz 1-3 June 2018 Kalisz Poland. Ranking list coefficient 1
5. Diaporos regatta 2018 6-8 July 2018 Vourvourou Chalkidiki Greece. Ranking list coefficient 1
6. ODSC Windsurfwedstrijd 8 July 2018 Aalsmeer Nederland. Ranking list coefficient1
7. 2018 Division 2 European Championships 4-9 September 2018 Jadralni Klub Pirat Portoroz Slovenia. Ranking list coefficient 2
8. Thermaikos cup 2018 21-23 September 2018 Thermaikos coast Thessaloniki Greece. Ranking list coefficient 1
9. Chiemsee Insel-Marathon 2018 6-7 October 2018 Chiemsee Germany. Ranking list coefficient 1
This calendar will be updated as soon as a new event is added in the agenda
last update March 12 2018
The last event of the season took place in the mar menor from 13th to 15th of Octobe during the Surfari, a mythic windsurfing contest. A fantastic place in the South of Spain where you can find sun ( 30º) , warm water ( 26º) and wind ( 8/15 knots). What’s more interesting for a DII sailor?
A perfect organization as they celebrated this year the 20th anniversary of the Surfari.
Friday morning all the sailors arrived and started to train.Nice to see new boards like the Kundaka, which is a new design adapted to the “C”type. As material we saw Kundaka, Lechner A390, Jaguar J9 and Reix Super Pro 84 with sails from 2Win2Sails, Loft and Techno 8.5.
The races started on Friday afternoon with 10/12 knots, really good conditions for DII with 3 victories and a second place, then Omar Moreno with 3 second places and a victory ( both from Club Windsurf Formentera) and Laurent Chapalain to complete the podium with 2 3rd places and 2 4th places.
It has been really great to see to the high potential of the Kundakas, with a different design in hteir rear part as we can see usually in a DII, really more modern and efficient in the light.
Saturday was the big day for the Surfari with the long race open to all material from DI to Formula, RS:X, Techno and some real old school board !
3 races where DII and Raceboard shared the same were launched with a similar result for the 2 first places, the 3rd one taken by Humberto Martinez from Cartagena.
1/ Alex Buchau, 2/ Omar Moreno, 3/ Huberto Martinez
Sunday was the end of the event with a first race announced for 11AM.…but finally delayed to 1PM. As a lot of people had a long road to do some left before the first start. The final results didn’t change.
A fantastic week end with fun, friendship and a lot of time to discuss the development of the class in Spain, where we need material for the youngs. Seeing some hot spot as Cartagena, Formentera and possibly other is encouraging for the growth of the class.
At the end everybody agreed this is a marvelous place to make a DII big event, and our objective for next year is seeing 20 DII competing in a friendly way !
See you all in 2018 !
Pictures from the event
All pictures by CN Mar Menor
More info on the event here
23-25 June took place in Vourvourou of Sithonia Halkidiki the 6th edition of the classic Diaporos regatta. 9 participants, 5 Greeks and 4 Slovenians raced to the event and the race committee completed 8 races for the fleet regatta despite the very light winds. For 2017 an innovation, Match Race a competition activity recently adopted by ID2CA, is added to the event and this was the first ever such race of the class. The result was very satisfactory and this fact will push to further implementation of this activity in the future. As mentioned above the wind was light, the whether sunny and warm, the typical summer whether of Halkidiki. Friday 23/6 took place and completed the Match Race, Saturday 24/6 four courses of the fleet regatta and Sunday 25/6 the rest four courses. The competition level was high with often interchanges in the placements during the courses and very small time laps between sailors in the marks and the finishing lines. The light wind conditions and the similarity of the equipment (ring A for everybody) favored the implementation of the tactical and strategy skills by the sailors. To the end we must say that the spirit in and out of the water was fantastic reminding the old classic spirit of division 2 races of passed decades.
Now a new appointment between sailors has been fixed for the next events to be held in Piran and Balaton September 2017.
Dear D2 sailor,
Starting May 2017, ID2CA is activating Match Racing competition now as integral part of its racing format (PS: Match Racing is already part of ID2CA RRS).
Make no mistake: Division IIs are the “Perfect”, “Unrivaled Windsurfing” boards designed to perform such a racing format.
This very popular race format, crystallized by the well known and highly visible Americas Cup, emphasizes the need for strong board handling, improves all aspects of sailing, specifically time-on-distance skills, starting line positioning, rules understanding, short course strategy and board-on-board tactics. While strengthening again camaraderie between all of our sailors, Match Racing will provide the missing bridge to improve our sailing skills for tactical regatta.
Tournament-style format will make it fun by maximizing the number of races per day and can be organized close to shore. Any DII sailor can start practicing with best friends everywhere, any time without requiring any official Events. Beware, Match Racing is highly “addictive” !
ID2CA will refer to World Sailing 2017-2020 RRS – Appendix C Match Racing rules that it will adapt and simplify to windsurfing use (i.e. single handled crew).
Implemented for 2017 as a test period, it will increasingly ramp up to full speed by the end of year 2018 program.
At this point, ID2CA is launching two MR circuits in parallel:
- Match Racing specific, official tournaments or as parts of Fleet Events, and
- Permanent annual Ladder at regional, national and if possible international levels, where sailors can challenge each other and meet everywhere, anytime.
First Match Racing competition will occur at Diaporos Regatta in June this year (check calendar)
Every organizer/club interested to organize Match Racing format Events is invited to contact us.
In the mean time, every D2 sailors is encouraged to start practicing with best friends, set ladders at local level when number of competitors permits and share the information with Class Association.
Full set of information about Match Racing is available for reading or for download to get familiar with racing format. For more information, feel free to contact us anytime
Have good “fight” and a lot of fun with your best friends!
My participation in French Nationals D2/RCO 21-23/10 2016
by Jonas Davidson Vitell – SWE-78
The D2 European championship in Brest was a really good competition. On the way home to Sweden I discussed improvements with my friend Rikard but the problem was if there were any more D2 regattas this year. I wanted to change my board and rig a bit and get it tested against the best sailors. I got big help from Fred Bequart, Florent Lambert and Alain Cadre keeping me updated about French Nationals in La Baule. Finally it looked like it could be a very good competition. It is 2000 kilometers plus one night on the ferry from Sweden so the thing that finally made me decide to go was that my son would join and get some excellent RSX competition. We arrived on Thursday lunch and went sailing with Francois Leduey, Alain Cadre and Gilles Tanguy. I was testing a wider centerboard than the one I am used to and it felt good but not as lively as my narrow one so I decided to use my old next day. Registration went on without problems and I was glad to see nine D2 competitors. The feeling is really good between sailors with a touch of reunion, family and sharp racing. First racing day was Friday with sun and 1-3 knots of wind. We started together with raceboards. Pumping was free and that felt ok. The course was a kind of stretched RSX style as follows: start- upwind mark- downwind mark- upwind mark- reaching mark- downwind mark- reach to finish line. I liked the course and it worked out excellent to race together with raceboards. I was behind from the start, tired after the long trip and maybe I should have taken my wide centerboard to avoid stalling upwind. Didier Boujean was very fast and also tacked correct on the shifts. Alain also went fast and the right way. I finished 7:th far away from the top sailors. My analys was that next time in 1-3 knots I will use a wider centerboard, softer mast and get more rest before racing. The wind died and racing was cancelled for the day. Day two we had 10-14 knots of wind. I had slept 12 hours and eager to compete. We made four races. I was a little bit behind in the starts but worked my way up in each race. Alain Cadre showed excellent balance with good speed and tactical tacking upwind. I got better after each race and began closing the gap to Alain, especially downwind. I finished 2,2,2 and in the fourth race I took the lead at last upwind mark. On the downwind I felt fast and gybed before Alain into the middle of the course and ended in less wind. Alain went to the right corner with more wind and finished first again. So Alain had four first places and I had four second places after day two. In the evening we got invited to dinner with Francois, Gilles, Alain, Florent and Georges. My son had to rest but I had a wonderful time and I was glad that Florent could translate the dinner conversation. Sunday was last day of racing and the forecast promised 20 knots of wind. As usual I was a bit behind in the start but advanced through the field. I was second after Alain at last upwind mark but this day I had learned from yesterdays mistake and with fantastic downwind speed I managed to finish first. Second race had a little bit more wind and I with good speed I won again. I wanted to race more but they only let the RSX do three races so we went ashore. In summary Alain had 111122 and I had 222211 so Alain won and I was proud on second place with Didier Boujean on third place. I got my test of the improvements and a very nice time among fantastic sailors. I am really looking forward to more D2 events and hope the class will grow.
Jonas Davidson Vitell
Last weekend, the French nationals concluded in La Baule, France. The championships was hosted by Le Cercle Nautique La Baule Le Pouligen Pornichet (CNBPP). Open Division II and RCB raced together on the same track and the scratch race was won hands down by Alain Cadre FRA-1134, followed by Jonas Davidson SWE-78, both on open division II prototypes, in front of the first raceboarder, Benjamin Longy FRA-21. Congrats to both Alain and Jonas for showing that DIV II boards still have it!
Here are the results for the open DIV II sailors and a few pictures.
Congratulations to all the sailors who participated!
Pictures are from the CNBPP
The event was a multi class regatta where div 2, Catamaran, Laser and Topaz classes raced in separated starts.
The comity completed 8 races: 6 in form I (windward- leeward) and two Olympic triangles. The weather was the typical summer weather of Halkidiki: sunny, warm with mostly light winds (no more of 8-9 knots) and choppy sea.
Although the participation was small the spirit was the “old” good spirit of division 2 races. The final impression to all the participants was very satisfactory and for this reason they asked from the organizing club to repeat an event in September 2016. So we stay waiting for a new unofficial event next September if the conditions will permit, in order to give the possibility to people who could not attend in July to take a taste of this regatta in 2016 and of course our next appointment with the official event in 2017 is valid.
Here are the final results and some pictures of the race: