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Wet n Windy weekend results!

The Windsurf & SUP Club (and their Newburgh Sea GorillaZ kids windsurf section) held it’s Wet ‘n’ Windy Weekend up at Peterhead Marina on Saturday/ Sunday 21st/22nd August 2021.

We had a full weekend of taster sessions for all the family including Windsurfing, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, and the exciting new sport of Wingsurfing. These ran alongside the all-new RYA Scotland Junior & Youth Windsurfing inter-club event (or “The-event-formerly-known-as-T15”), which saw the Newburgh Sea GorillaZ hosting young windsurfers from all the other Scottish clubs and descending on Peterhead for a weekend of wave sailing, racing, freestyle and the world-renowned “Parents Race”!

Our taster sessions saw about 70 folk out on the water over the weekend trying out all manner of waterborne activity, great feedback from everyone involved and some fantastic progression in a short space of time for some people trying out new water sports for the first time! Loads of families, individuals, young and old all getting out on the water.

Junior windsurfing

The Junior & Youth event saw about 30 windsurfers from our Newburgh Sea GorillaZ, the Loch Insh Monstars, the Clyde Barracudas, and the Port Edgar Pirates competing for our coveted Fin Trophies across the various age/ sail categories.

We had our youngest group, the CheeKee ChimpZ (up to 2.7m sail size), learning upwind sailing and a bit of freestyle on a foggy Saturday in the Marina. On Sunday they switched to down wind sailing in the morning in preparation for a downwind slalom race with a classic Le Mans running start in the afternoon, followed by a freestyle exhibition in the sunshine for the parents watching on.

The middle age groups including the FunKee MonKeeZ (up to 4.5m sails) and our GrooVee GorillaZ (up to 5.8m sails), headed out into the main Harbour (when the fog cleared!) to test out their skills on the Saturday, and on Sunday they competed on an upwind/ downwind race course, great progression through the weekend with some awesome skills on display!

Our most experienced group, the KraZee BananaZ (up to 7.8m sails) headed to Cruden Bay for a wave sailing session on the Saturday. They managed a cool float & ride session in the morning, and in the afternoon as the wind dropped, they ditched the sails and continued with an awesome surfing session.

Just after lunch on Sunday, the windsurfers grabbed a parent or similar adult, and any type of waterborne board or craft, and participated in the “Go Ape Parent Race“! Chaos ensued, with adults and kids charging around a buoy in a relay race with water churning, arms and legs flailing, loads of cheating going on (although there were no rules, so not sure how that works!) and some eventual winners!

A great and safe weekend run alongside all the other activity that was going on in the Marina that weekend, huge thanks to the guys at Aberdeenshire Sailing Trust who were really busy over the weekend too, and put up with us sailing/ paddling/ winging in their busy ‘backyard’!

Race Results

KraZee BananaZ

1st – Dan McGregor – Port Edgar Pirates

2nd – Robert Phillips – Clyde Barracudas

GrooVee GoriillaZ

1st – Matthew McAra – Newburgh Sea GorillaZ

2nd – Marcus McAra – Newburgh Sea GorillaZ

FunKee MonKeeZ

1st – Bende Szincask – Clyde Barracudas

2nd – Anna Phillips – Clyde Barracudas

CheeKee ChimpZ

1st – Louis Goodchild – Newburgh Sea GorillaZ

2nd equal – Albie Stander – Newburgh Sea GorillaZ

2nd equal – Ben Bland – Newburgh Sea GorillaZ

3rd – Murray Dickie – Newburgh Sea GorillaZ

Special Prizes

Most Improved – Charlotte Slater – Newburgh Sea GorillaZ

Freestyle champ – Ellen Phillips – Clyde Barracudas

Loads of volunteers and organisations to thank for making the Wet ‘n’ Windy Weekend possible and successful…Aberdeenshire Clubsport (funding support); RYA Scotland (organising J&Y series/ prizes); Peterhead Sailing Club (facilities/ safety boats/ advice); Aberdeenshire Sailing Trust (advice/ marina access); Loch Insh Watersports (windsurf kit); Peterhead Port Authority (keeping us safe in the harbour); Puravida Boardriders (prizes); TRAC (prizes); Sailrepair (short notice kit supply!); Robin Nicol – RYA (coaching and all round advice & support); Catriona Lindsay – Clyde (wins the “coach of the event” prize!); Scott Sangster – Loch Insh (awesome windsurf taster sessions); Nick Goodchild – Azure Watersports (Wing tasters, cool gadgets and heavy lifting!); Richard Beattie (safety); Emma Kemp – Newburgh Windsurf SUP Club (SUP taster sessions); Rob Walker and Frank Peet (Cruden Bay wave coaches); Mike and Fee Bland (ChimpZ coaching); John Clark (ChimpZ coach and transporting Loch Insh kit!); Sam Hawthorn & Jan Witte (MonkeeZ/ GorillaZ/ BananaZ coaching); Robyn Phillips – RYA (last-minute coach!); Paula Hawthorn/ Carole Hawthorn (Beach coords); Estelle Goodchild (Photographer); Jim Hardy (rigging, lugging, bbq-ing & virtuoso trophy maker); Martin Thain & Tina Biddecombe – Peterhead Sailing Club (Safety boats and keeping us right!); Colin Burwood – Shiny Networks (Safety boat, lobster & mackerel)…and anyone else we might have forgotten…Thanks!

Free Taster Sessions for cost-restricted local individuals / families

The tickets for the Wet n Windy Weekend (next weekend in Peterhead) are selling out!!! We can’t wait…

So, with support from Aberdeenshire Clubsport we are offering some additional taster sessions (Windsurf and SUP), at 12:30 each day.

Perhaps you have been recently inspired by Sailing / Windsurfing in the Olympics?

More info about the weekend is here

These tickets are free and specifically for local individuals / families who find costs otherwise restrictive and are local to Peterhead.

A busy Summer 2021 so far! …What next?

In the last 3 months, the club has been busier than ever. Demand for SUP lessons is through the roof! Now that we are able to offer dedicated adult windsurf lessons, we are seeing progression from the dedicated bunch of boardsailing bandits.

With over 100 student hours taught, across 20+ sessions, we’ve enjoyed some fantastic conditions at Newburgh, Peterhead and Cruden Bay.

There is new interest in Sea Gorillaz and we’ve had some really great feedback from the sessions so far. New dates have just been added to the calendar and we have a big weekend planned later in August.

What next?

Recently the SUP conditions have been perfect and windsurfing has gone a little quiet. As autumn arrives, the waves and wind should return, which means we can progress the windsurfing skills further. The teaching calendar for SUP and windsurf is live now, with a new approach:

  • More flexibility to suit the weather conditions ☀️. A few days in advance of lesson, I will decide what sport is best to teach and appropriate location. So it might mean a windsurf lesson one day and a SUP the next.
  • Evening sessions. Wednesday evenings, let’s have a quick blast on the water – SUP or windsurf, again at the most suitable spot.
  • Head for the coast. Feedback from coastal sessions is positive, demand is high. It’s often worth the extra effort / drive. We have world-class windsurf / SUP conditions right here at some beautiful sandy beaches. With safety a top priority we can get you more confident and sea-ready.
  • We are organising funding to further imrpove the equipment we have available. We’ve just received some more windsurf kit including an awesome intermediate board. (…& more news coming soon!)

It’s the teamwork…

…that makes the dream work!

If you are keen to help, we are always appreciative of support. The club’s core activity is the Junior & Youth Windsurfing club, the Sea Gorillaz, and these sessions are only possible because of parents and volunteers dedicating their time to make it happen. It’s a good way to learn the sports yourself, give something to the community and get the next generation of rippers on board.

We are a grass-roots club and welcome all!

Wet ‘n’ Windy Weekend

We are excited to be hosting a Sea Gorillaz open club as part of the RYA Junior & Youth event series. This event is for members, non-members, junior, youth and adults, and for all abilities including complete beginners. Basically the whole family (unfortunately we are not insured to teach your pets).

We ran this event a few years ago and it was a great success, everyone had a super time on and off the water. We were lucky to get good conditions for some racing and a wave session at Inverallochy (a beach further North on the coast). We hope to

With recent pandemic lockdowns bringing much sport and socialising to a halt, it will be great to welcome back old and new faces, albeit with some necessary changes and safety measures in place.

Windsurfing photo at sea

Volunteer!

If you are able to help, we would really appreciate your support. From beach helper and photographer to assitant coach, the success of our events are down to the enthusiatic volunteers. We are a grass-roots club and welcome all!

Wingin’ it

We are excited to be making our first steps into the new world of wingfoiling! Through club sessions, we have had the opportunity to try wingfoiling, under the excellent supervision of Nick from Azure Watersports. Azure is a family-based shop in Aberdeen offering wing foiling, kitesurfing, standup paddleboarding and surf foiling equipment.

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The club now has a wing, perfect for use on one of our SUPs. We are working hard to extend our kit and sessions to include more – keep an eye out for more news this summer!

RYA Junior & Youth Windsurfing Scotland Series

For all the Sea Gorillaz and new young windsurfers, we’re pleased to announce that there is a Scottish series of events this year. Please see dates above and we look forward to them all!

We will be again hosting our event up at Peterhead on August 21 & 22 – and we can’t wait!

Let us know if you are interested, or have any questions. We’ll be announcing more details closer to the time.

The summer is on…

What a great start to the season. We’ve already some fantastic progression from the little rippers up to the old sea dogs getting back on the windsurfer after years away. The social SUP group is active & the forecast for this weekend is great. Summer is here!