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REGATTA: Worthington hosts USW Nationals for third time

This year marks the third time Worthington has hosted the US Windsurfing National Championships, the first two having taken place in 2003 and 2008. As a host site, the Worthington Regatta is the premier event in a National Race Tour that includes stops at renowned windsurfing venues such as Hood River, Oregon; San Franciso, California; Kahului, Hawaii; and Miami, Florida.

The US National Racing Tour is a year-long race for points. Racers are automatically entered when they participate in some of the most prestigious events in the country and accrue points based on their results at each of those events. The points system rewards top finishes, of course, but also participation, as no one who makes the effort to attend an event leaves without points.

In previous years, the National Race Tour has featured Formula, Open and Kona windsurfing, and this year Slalom is added to the mix.

“US Nationals and the entire City of Worthington are excited to include Slalom racing at this year’s event,” said Arden Anderson, Great Lakes director for US Windsurfing. “Slalom Racing is one of the most exhilarating and accessible forms of windsurfing, so everyone is welcome to enter, from pros to first-timers. The Midwest Speed Quest in Worthington has demonstrated that this venue can produce board speeds over 40 mph, so prepare for some thrilling competition.”

Slalom has always been part of the Worthington Regatta, but now sailors can get ranked.

“It’s basically what most sailors do all of time, but you have to have high winds,” explained Worthington Race Director Jeff Hegwer. “Course racing is more tactical. ... With slalom, it’s not the smartest sailor, it’s the fastest sailor.

Racing is scheduled to get under way on Wednesday, with the type of racing dependent on the daily weather conditions.