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2022 OBX Wind

The Puerto Rico Windsurf Team travelled to North Carolina to compete in OBX Wind.

Athletes from around the world came together for an awesome week of sailing. The event was produced by Ocean Air Sports and the U.S. Windsurfing Association.

The Outer Banks of NC

Large sand dunes form the Outer Banks and enclose Pamilco Sound. This inlet has shallow waters and a sandy bottom. Sailors can navigate several miles into the sound and still find the water less than three feet deep.

The coastline of North Carolina extends from the North American continent into the Atlantic Ocean. This land formation exposes the coastline to strong tradewinds and Gulfstream currents.

Rapidly rising air from the Pamilco Sound and the ocean create drafts of wind that are ideal for windsurfing.

The Pamlico Sound is a safe place to sail. However, oysters buried in the sand can be razor-sharp. Water shoes and caution are recommended.

The Puerto Rico Team Arrives to OBX and Starts Training

The day before the event, wind conditions ranged from 25 to 30 knots with peak gusts of 40 knots. Temperatures were around 65 degrees Fahrenheit, and there was heavy rain in the morning. Despite the extreme conditions, the team was enthusiastic about practicing for the races.

Long Distance Races

The first race was the long distance. Wind conditions deteriorated on the second day to approximately 8 knots. However, race organizers held two additional races later in the week when conditions were consistently 25 – 28 knots. Check out the results below.

Men’s Open

NameClassRace #1Race #2Race #3
Nelson PerezM Open434130
Luis SantiagoM Open305751
78 racers in the Long Distance: Men’s Open class

Men’s 6.5 LT

NameClassRace #1Race #2Race #3
Benjamin PerezM 6.5 & Junior211412
36 racers in the Long Distance Men’s 6.5 LTD class

Women’s Open

NameClassRace #1Race #2Race #3
Kaelyn Deas HolmesW 6.0 & Juniors333
Irene KravitzW 6.086
10 racers in the Long Distance: Women’s Open class

The long distance race challenges athletes on a course of 12 miles. Over the week we had 3 long distance races. We also had a day of light wind races on an diamond-shaped course. The results from the light wind races are below.

Light Wind Races

NameSail #LD CategoryRace #1Race #2Race #3Race #4
Luis Santiago#108Men Open15191922
Kaelyn Deas Holmes#59Juniors16252328
Nelson Perez#99Men Open28302924
Benjamin Perez#100Juniors22422443
51 Racers

Slalom Race

RacerSailRace #1Race #2Race #3
Nelson Perez#99151412
Kaelyn Deas Holmes#59161715
18 racers in this Slalom Race
RacerSailRace #1Race #2Race #3
Luis Santiago#1081188
Benjamin Perez#100231513
23 racers in this Slalom Race

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