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Windrush Brochure '80's

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Created by sailquik A week ago, 13 Jun 2019
sailquik
VIC, 4645 posts
13 Jun 2019 10:27PM
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Isn't it amazing now to see that we had at least 4 or 5 Australian windsurfing manufacturers that were actually exporting their products! The Domestic market was booming. That made it worth tooling up for Rotomoulding and Vacuum moulding!

I think I had all of these except the Fun11, but now I think harder, I may have had one of those as well. My Wife loved her nice stable Clubman with the Australia Flag sail. . I did my first wave jumping on the Storm 10 and had 'sinker' fun on the Storm 8.

I really like the quote in the brochure from Nat Herreshoff in 1909:

"Enjoyment from sailing indirectly proportional to the speed achieved"

That definitly still rings true today!











Does anyone know who manufactured the windrush sails?

Subsonic
WA, 1610 posts
13 Jun 2019 9:27PM
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sailquik said..
Isn't it amazing now to see that we had at least 4 or 5 Australian windsurfing manufacturers that were actually exporting their products! The Domestic market was booming. That made it worth tooling up for Rotomoulding and Vacuum moulding!

I think I had all of these except the Fun11, but now I think harder, I may have had one of those as well. My Wife loved her nice stable Clubman with the Australia Flag sail. . I did my first wave jumping on the Storm 10 and had 'sinker' fun on the Storm 8.

I really like the quote in the brochure from Nat Herreshoff in 1909:

"Enjoyment from sailing indirectly proportional to the speed achieved"

That definitly still rings true today!











Does anyone know who manufactured the windrush sails?


I was too young to experience the "rush"

but a look at the sails in the advert leads me to believe it maaaay have been no pryde? (Sorry team red supporter here)

RichardG
WA, 2583 posts
13 Jun 2019 10:23PM
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Ian Sampson of NP North Fremantle designed and made the "Windrush Speed 84 " sail in the photograph. The other sails were designed by Willem Blaauw and manufactured by Neil Pryde, Hong Kong. I believe Ian Sampson may have had some input into some of these as well.

Foghorn
WA, 147 posts
14 Jun 2019 5:14AM
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Had 3 storm 8s in one yr a yellow ,blue then white one all delaminated except the white one.To their credit they were good at replacing them.

AUS 814
NSW, 236 posts
14 Jun 2019 3:04PM
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Looking at the picture of the speed board its a miracle it reached 22 knots.How far forward is the mast track

RichardG
WA, 2583 posts
14 Jun 2019 1:20PM
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Looking at the picture of the speed board its a miracle it reached 22 knots.How far forward is the mast track




I think the 22 knots is for the Storm 10 if you read the Windrush advertisement. Please note that Windsurfer LTs have in late 2018 on the Swan River, WA reached GPS recorded speeds of 24 knots.

At the 1984 Windrush Speed trials, at Woodman Point, WA, Brad Hiles of WA made 28.71 knots on that type of Windrush proto beating Fred Haywood (28.62 knots Sailboards Maui and Neil Pryde) and making second overall behind first placer , Frenchman, Jean Pierre Siret (29.32 knots) and setting an Australian record for the "Under 10 sq. m class". I guess that was an average speed down the course so would have reached higher speeds. The mast forward was standard in those days until sail designs changed and it was realised mast back was faster and more efficient with volume moved back on the board, fin design and fin boxes were improved. Brad Hiles used a 6.0 m2 Gaastra camber induced speed proto. Other notable competitors from WA were Peter Dans of WA who achieved 28.37 knots closely followed by Andrew Mason of WA with a 28.28 knots. Will post an article from Freesail Feb. 1985 later.

sailquik
VIC, 4645 posts
14 Jun 2019 8:40PM
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AUS 814 said..
Looking at the picture of the speed board its a miracle it reached 22 knots.How far forward is the mast track



I think the speeds achieved at the woodman pt speed trial were more indicative of the lightish wind strength than the ultimate potential of most of the equipment. But remember, this was when Fred Heywoods 30.8kts was still the windurfing world record!!! The 30 kts barrier was only broken in the previous year.

BSN101
WA, 1599 posts
14 Jun 2019 10:45PM
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My first board was a Clubman and my sailing buddy had a Storm 10. Fun 11, Storm 8&9 also sailed by the crew in Port Hedland. I started in 1984 and had up to 10-14 sailing at any one time. Us school kids in the Windrush while the rich adults had custom glass boards and cam sails.

BSN101
WA, 1599 posts
14 Jun 2019 10:48PM
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sailquik said..
Isn't it amazing now to see that we had at least 4 or 5 Australian windsurfing manufacturers that were actually exporting their products! The Domestic market was booming. That made it worth tooling up for Rotomoulding and Vacuum moulding!

I think I had all of these except the Fun11, but now I think harder, I may have had one of those as well. My Wife loved her nice stable Clubman with the Australia Flag sail. . I did my first wave jumping on the Storm 10 and had 'sinker' fun on the Storm 8.

I really like the quote in the brochure from Nat Herreshoff in 1909:

"Enjoyment from sailing indirectly proportional to the speed achieved"

That definitly still rings true today!











Does anyone know who manufactured the windrush sails?


Later, they also made the XP race board. One here in Busselton for sale not long ago, at the Lions Shed.

remery
WA, 378 posts
15 Jun 2019 2:56PM
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My first board was a Storm 10 from about 1982, I'm pretty sure it came with a Gaastra sail. A couple of years later I did a speed trial at Woodmans Point, we went through gates about 500m apart, I can't remember if I was in the actual event or a setup test the week before, I think I would have remembered Fred.

Pacey
WA, 112 posts
15 Jun 2019 7:48PM
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AUS 814 said..
Looking at the picture of the speed board its a miracle it reached 22 knots.How far forward is the mast track


I think the speeds achieved at the woodman pt speed trial were more indicative of the lightish wind strength than the ultimate potential of most of the equipment. But remember, this was when Fred Heywoods 30.8kts was still the windurfing world record!!! The 30 kts barrier was only broken in the previous year.


It was a 500m course, but it was at Woodman's Point where the wind tended to drop off at the end of the runs, and from memory we only got one properly windy day. The board in that picture isn't the one that Brad sailed in the speed trials, things were already much more developed than that, with boards by Jimmy Lewis beings sailed by a lot of the top competitors.

Below is the original program:




remery
WA, 378 posts
15 Jun 2019 8:19PM
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mathew
VIC, 1734 posts
Tuesday , 18 Jun 2019 3:05PM
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^^ "skeg"

AUS 814
NSW, 236 posts
Tuesday , 18 Jun 2019 4:00PM
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I still have an XP under the house. Was pretty good for a plastic board.Only had a fairly small centreboard but it would still rail upwind pretty well



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