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Inland Windsurfing Town USA

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Created by sailquik Two weeks ago, 8 May 2019
sailquik
VIC, 4544 posts
8 May 2019 10:00AM
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I have followed the windsurfing events in Worthington, Minnesota for nearly 15 years now, since I came to to know my friend Craig Bergh, who lives there and has been intimately invloved with the events for what seem like forever. I have always been in awe of the way this towns community embraces the windsurfing events.

The combination of the USA Course Racing Championships with an Arts and Music festival seems like a great fit. Its one mellow event, and one that I would love to attend, not particularly for the competitive sailing, but just to immerse my self in the wider experience. Hopefully, one day.

CraigBergh
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9 May 2019 12:05AM
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Hello

This will be the 20th Annual Regatta and Music Festival. Worthington is a small town located between cornfields on a high bluff called Buffalo Ridge. We have very good winds, sometimes very high winds.

The music is outdoor, beachside, and completely free. It is performed right on the Beach. This year it is a #1 Country Hit Band PARMALEE.

If there is enough interest, we may find a few GW60 GPS units, and have a speed sailing competition during the 3 day event. $500 to the top rider.

We have hosted riders from UK, France and Belgium, and Australia as well.

Allison Shreeve AUS911 was here in 2008. The winds were over 35 knots for all 3 days. Allison managed to sail her 9.0 Formula Gear in these extreme conditions. She was a great sportsman, and a welcome guest.

Here are some links to videos of past events:

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Craig Bergh

Gestalt
QLD, 12061 posts
9 May 2019 7:42AM
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i love this idea.

i got close to trying a similar event in qld through windwanders although it was going to be a defi style distance race with a jazz festival.

got told it was silly idea and it seemed too big a task to go it alone so it never moved forward.

cudos to the people with ideas that made this event.

olskool
QLD, 1283 posts
9 May 2019 10:09AM
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Thatd be a Helluva fun festival to attend! About time Woodford festival met the beach. Choosing a suitable venue would be the issue.
Gestalt, Maybe it could be linked to Caloundra Music festival?

Gestalt
QLD, 12061 posts
9 May 2019 1:06PM
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olskool said..
Thatd be a Helluva fun festival to attend! About time Woodford festival met the beach. Choosing a suitable venue would be the issue.
Gestalt, Maybe it could be linked to Caloundra Music festival?





the idea was to sail from woorim to happy valley along the beach at bribie. Is about 28km and works in most prevailing wind directions. about half hour travel time. or could go half way and do a return leg.

support vehicles were 4wd's along the beach plus a boat on the water chasing the fleet with jazz festival at blueys on bribie which used to be a bit of a jazz hub in it's day.

AusMoz
QLD, 1063 posts
9 May 2019 4:40PM
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Perhaps a few musicians who windsurf could get on board?

Iva Davies from Ice House?


gavnwend
NSW, 1007 posts
9 May 2019 5:01PM
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Here's another pic!


MikeyS
VIC, 1426 posts
9 May 2019 5:18PM
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A few guys from Dire Straits too

segler
86 posts
9 May 2019 11:16PM
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The Worthington Wind and Music Festival is set for early June every year. I have not attended the festival, but I have sailed the lake there at other times. Great place. Windy.

I live in eastern WA state. I can drive up to I-90, put the van in cruise control and bomb many many hours east on I-90 all the way to Worthington. This would be a great application for a self-driving truck.

John340
QLD, 1929 posts
10 May 2019 1:52AM
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Moving Pictures played at the Windsurfer Australian OD titles at Mooloolaba in 1984

sailquik
VIC, 4544 posts
10 May 2019 9:48AM
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John340 said..
Moving Pictures played at the Windsurfer Australian OD titles at Mooloolaba in 1984


Ha! All those muso's wold be too old now .... ahh..... like us.

Gestalt
QLD, 12061 posts
10 May 2019 11:12AM
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plenty of windsurfers are musos.

i know a few local that rock harder than most.

maybe some of the interstate windsurfing musos would join in too..

MikeyS
VIC, 1426 posts
10 May 2019 11:20AM
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Ha! All those muso's wold be too old now .... ahh..... like us.


Pfffft! Too old .... for what????

sailquik
VIC, 4544 posts
10 May 2019 11:25AM
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MikeyS said..
Pfffft! Too old .... for what????

John340
QLD, 1929 posts
10 May 2019 4:57PM
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sailquik said..


John340 said..
Moving Pictures played at the Windsurfer Australian OD titles at Mooloolaba in 1984




Ha! All those muso's wold be too old now .... ahh..... like us.



I don't know about that Daffy, going fast makes me feel young



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