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The Elwood Chaser 18 March

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Created by TheZu 5 months ago, 8 Mar 2017
TheZu
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8 Mar 2017 10:32AM
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WHO CAN TAKE DOWN THE STIG

On 18th March, The ZU Boardsports, in conjunction with Elwood SC, will be putting on what should be the biggest windsurfing event of the season at Elwood SC.

A sternchaser funrace with a difference, for all levels and equipment, starring our 'target', Craig 'Spotty' Spotiswood - Victoria's fastest sailor. (over 50 knots !)

We will also be holding free kids lesson at 12.30pm, a Hydrofoil windsurfing demonstration and The Elwood Chaser pursuit race that will be followed by a free barbecue provided by the club upstairs at the bar.

Put the 18th March from 12.30pm in your diary and bring the whole family. The event, insurance and barbecue is free !

Yuppy
VIC, 567 posts
11 Mar 2017 5:47PM
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I'll be there

sailquik
VIC, 3444 posts
11 Mar 2017 11:16PM
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Just for the great unwashed of us out here:

What exactly is a 'Sternchaser'.

mr love
VIC, 1482 posts
12 Mar 2017 5:03PM
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You chase Spottis Stern

13 Mar 2017 3:31AM
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sailquik said..
Just for the great unwashed of us out here:

What exactly is a 'Sternchaser'.


stern chaser (plural stern chasers)

A gun or cannon mounted on the stern of a ship for firing at a pursuing vessel.

kato
VIC, 2045 posts
13 Mar 2017 8:53AM
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mr love said..
You chase Spottis Stern



What happens when you catch him ??? New sail

sailquik
VIC, 3444 posts
14 Mar 2017 10:38PM
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OK. My ancient history yachting experience somehow found it's way back into my conscious memory banks from some deep, dark filing place.

Those stern chasers were handicap events where the slowest boats started first and the fastest boat last at carefully calculated times according to the estimated time of the course. The idea was that if they all sailed to handicap, they would all arrive at the finish line at the same time, making for a very exciting finish.

Since windsurfers don't have 'type' or 'class' handicaps, and the sailors don't have previously calculated personal handicaps (which would be impossible except of a highly standardised course anyhow), how the heck can you run a meaningful windsurfing stern chaser?

PS. That would probably mean that Spotty starts LAST, and decrepit, little old men like me go first.

Jman
VIC, 824 posts
15 Mar 2017 6:02AM
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sailquik said..
OK. My ancient history yachting experience somehow found it's way back into my conscious memory banks from some deep, dark filing place.

Those stern chasers were handicap events where the slowest boats started first and the fastest boat last at carefully calculated times according to the estimated time of the course. The idea was that if they all sailed to handicap, they would all arrive at the finish line at the same time, making for a very exciting finish.

Since windsurfers don't have 'type' or 'class' handicaps, and the sailors don't have previously calculated personal handicaps (which would be impossible except of a highly standardised course anyhow), how the heck can you run a meaningful windsurfing stern chaser?

PS. That would probably mean that Spotty starts LAST, and decrepit, little old men like me go first.


At the last Sternchaser it went something like wave boards go 1st then freeride gear 2nd then race/slalom gear are last off the beach, not much wind forecast anyway.

mr love
VIC, 1482 posts
15 Mar 2017 8:47AM
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Yes at this stage the forecast looks pretty dismal, hopefully something changes.

sailquik
VIC, 3444 posts
15 Mar 2017 8:59PM
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Sandy Point looks OK. Might have to stay home.

Race relocation




downunderdom
VIC, 9 posts
17 Mar 2017 10:05AM
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Not sure that weather forecasts (in particular wind forecasts) are worth a squirt of p1ss anymore. Port Philip Bay forecasts have been all over the joint this year...

bhc
VIC, 53 posts
17 Mar 2017 12:16PM
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Couldn't agree more with the comments about forecast accuracy.

I think we should forget about it and get together tomorrow regardless. If there is wind we chase The Stig on the water... if no wind, how'bout chasing him on the beach; we'd have a far better chance to get him.

TheZu
VIC, 180 posts
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18 Mar 2017 9:03AM
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Elwood Chaser is on today, unfortunately the wind is not cooperating so we will just run the free kids lessons from 12.30 and talk wind SUP and Foiling! Don't forget social and free BBq are still on !

JonE
VIC, 47 posts
19 Mar 2017 8:39PM
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Well Done Paul & Zu Crew, Adrian and ESC Crew.

Wind was perfect for learners, so good to see lots of people on the water, partners, kids etc.

Probably did more for the sport than a race



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