This was the wrong answer. Plenty of people went, and had a great time!
Results first, then we’ll have some story:
King of the East: Alex Hering
Queen of the East: Jeanne Bauman
1) Alex Hering
2) George Pav
3) Peter Richterich
4) Jake Agoos
5) Pete Roesch
1) Nina Schweikardt
2) Jeanne Bauman
3) Deniz Kalaycioglu
Men's Open Racing:
1) Bill Degeorge
2) Dean Oleksiak
3) Dan Cresci
4) Alex Hering
5) Florian Feuser
Men's 7.5 limited racing
1) Pete Roesch
2) Joe Natalie
3) Dennis Grunbeck
4) Peter Richterich
5) Joe Giordano
1) Jeanne Bauman
2) Thandi Bradix
3) Deniz Kalaycioglu
Day 1 highlights: Very light wind, yet a race despite all odds. Nonplaning freestyle. The NEWJ Board tossing. SUP racing. And if you think SUP racing doesn’t sound exciting, check out Phil Rizutto’s call:
“Bill DeGeorge and Joe Natalie came storming into the finish line neck & neck, pumping away, veins popping, paddles digging, absolutely in a nose to nose tie for the last 50 yards of the race. They both hit the beach at the same exact second, jumped off their boards together, and a slight stumble by Bill De gave Joe N just enough of an edge to eak out the win by a paddle, with Mike Burns in a close 3rd.”
Day 2 highlights: a steady light northerly. “A perfect day for lightwind freestyle and course racing. Everything from a pile of Fanatic Megacats to the top of the line 2012 Fanatic Falcon were lined up along the beach ready to race. And race they did!! We were able to get off 3 races and 2 more full rounds of freestyle along with the freestyle finals on Sunday. An action packed day indeed! In both events, the top spots were changing hands, but Bill Degeorge and Pete Roesch were just dominating every race. After the competition was over, the raffle was held and everyone was waiting to see if Deniz would win the NoLimitz mast for the 3rd year in a row. This time it was George Kellner to take home the beautiful mast. Makani also donated some fins, hats and t-shirts that the winners were stoked to have received. And Triple 8 Helmet company gave us a couple helmets for prizes. With an overwhelming amount of thanks from both competitors ad bystanders I'm looking forward to planning the event for 2013.”
Can’t believe Deniz didn’t win the mast again.
Can’t believe I missed the ECWF. I’d like to think I’d have given Dennis a race (I always lose to Pete, and usually to Joe.) And I love nonplaning freestyle...truth be told, maybe better than planing freestyle.
Can’t believe I missed the festival. Every day sailing is a great day sailing.
Okay start the countdown for next year.
Special thanks go as always to Mike Burns, Thom Hering, and Chrissy Burns.
Reporting by King Mike and MC Thom.
Photos by the mighty Bill Doutney.