Friday, May 17, 2013

Buzzards Bay Crossing

Our Hatteras trip is coming to an end, after a final great low-wind session. I saw an amazing number of stingrays, and finally got a new sail throw I had been working on. But now, it's time to focus on the next event: the Buzzards Bay Crossing on the May 25/26 weekend in Falmouth.

Fast Eddie deserves the credit for bringing the event back to life, with help from Dan Weiss. Some of the initial ideas did not fly well - a hefty $180 price tag for racing and "gourmet box lunches" and BBQ? But the organizers quickly responded to feedback, and reduced the registration fee for 2 days racing to $80 ($40 for one day), without the food (which will still be available at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel where the event takes place).

This will be a windsurf and SUP race event where FUN is the goal. Anyone who has been to the East Coast Windsurfing Festival (ECWF) in Long Island in recent years can attest to how much fun such an event can be! Unlike the ECWF, the Buzzards Bay Crossing will apparently not include a freestyle competition, but I'd say that's mostly because this is a first-time event (after a long break). I'd suggest to local freestylers to simply show up and do an "exhibition" - maybe we can then get freestyle added next year.

Anyone who registers online by Sunday 5/19 will be able to park at the Sea Crest Hotel for free. Let's get a windsurfing event back to the Cape - sign up and come down to Falmouth for some fun races!

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