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Day 4 African Continental Championships – Soma Bay, March 2013

Day 3 African Continental Championships – Soma Bay, March 2013

2013 Ozone Edge product video is out. There are some cool clips of Erika, Adam, me, and the rest of the team at Sherman and Crissy ripping. Can’t beat San Francisco in the summer.

2012 Bridge to Bridge – Johnny set a new course record of 14 minutes 14 seconds!

PKRA Turkey 2012 – Wrap-up of the last day. 3-way tie going into the day…pulled it off!

Rider Profile: Johnny Heineken – PKRA Mexico 2012

Rider Profile: Johnny Heineken – PKRA Germany 2011

PKRA Germany Course Racing Wrap-Up 2011

PKRA Germany 2011

Yachtsmens Luncheon at the St Francis Yatch Club

Team Fluid Kite Course Racing Clinic. La Ventana, Mexico from Team Fluid on Vimeo.

The Ozone Team interview in Sylt, Germany during the 2011 Worlds

Team Fluid Kiteboarding Worlds 2011 Sylt, Germany Interviews from Team Fluid on Vimeo.

Johnny accepting his award for winning the 2011 Worlds in Sylt, Germany

Team Fluid 2011 Course Racing Worlds Awards from Team Fluid on Vimeo




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Results & Awards


2012 US Rolex Yachtsman of the Year


Kite Racing Results:





Final 2012 IKA World Ranking: 1st





I grew up on and around the water. My dad is a windsurfer and sailor, and at a young age I began pursuing the same passion. Racing high performance sailboats has always been a major part of my life and kite racing is the pinnacle of this–fast, exciting, and possible almost anywhere. I jumped on a raceboard for the 2009 World Championships and fell in love with the sport. Since then I’ve worked my way to the top of the fleet, with consecutive wins at the 2011 and 2012 Worlds. It was a huge honor to be voted the 2012 US Rolex Yachtsman of the Year. My goal is to continue to push this sport as it grows into one of the most competitive in the world.

Alongside training and competing I work on the mechanical team at Makani Power, an alternative energy company developing airbone wind turbine technology.



2012 Canadian Nationals – 1st place overall


Squamish provides again! Three days, 16 races, and I’m exhausted. It doesn’t get much better than racing right up to giant rock walls with snowy peaks all around.

I started off really well at this one, with straight bullets on Saturday. The first race was especially fun because Bernie and I port-tacked the fleet and were just gone after that. I really enjoy racing at Squamish, it’s a lot like San Francisco–geographical tactics, strong current gradients, windy…and frigid water. The biggest difference is the flatter water, which really makes it high speed racing.

Over the next couple days Bernie and Adam picked up the pace and we had some really fun battles, literally all finishing overlapped in a couple of them. I held it all together and ended up only holding onto a single 2 after throwouts–pretty solid with that many races!

Congrats to Bernie and Adam for a great regatta, and to Stefano Rista for winning his first Canadian National Championships. I can’t forget about Erika, who killed the womens fleet and placed an impressive 10th overall!

Huge thanks to the Squamish Windsport Society for running a great event, and to the local crew for taking us in. aaah yes…and Pacific Pilsner…the reason we all come back…see you next year…

Final Results

1st – PKRA Turkey “Burn World Cup 2012″


Well, this was by far the closest PKRA event of the year. Lots of lead changes, ups and downs, and an exciting finish. I started off strong and was leading after two days, but day 3 was kind of a shocker for me and I gave up my lead.

Going into the final day Bryan Lake (USA) held a 0.4 pt lead over Adam Koch (Ozone, USA) and me, so it was essentially a 3-way tie for first and any one of us could win. Talk about stressful! With three races planned it felt exactly like a Thursday night race at home in San Francisco.

Adam started off with a 2nd place to Riccardo Leccesse (Colombia), just ahead of me and Bryan, so he took the lead. The next race was my turn to get some points. I tacked out to the right side of the course early and got around the top mark just ahead of the pack and held onto first from there. Bryan passed Riccardo on the last downwind and moved into 2nd. Adam was 5th. This race was huge for me, and my crude, on-the-fly math told me I just needed to be top 3 in the last race to seal the deal.

In race 3 I had a good first beat, and was leading at the top mark. From there I sailed conservatively and got a second place, ahead of both the guys I needed to beat. Bryan and Adam had a heated battle going on for 4th. Although Adam crossed the line first, it wasn’t quite enough to put him in second overall. Congrats to Bryan, Adam, and Riccardo for such a great event. I’m sure Germany next week will be even closer…


Final Scores:

La Ventana Classic Wrap-Up

La Ventana Classic 2012

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The La Ventana Classic A Wrap-Up…Finally

A busy 4 day event including course racing, big air/old school, and “The Crossing” from Ceralvo Island back to the town of La Ventana. On top of this there are parties every night, raffles, clinics, and fundraisers all to benefit the local schools. This event raised over $23,000 for the local kids, thanks to all the organizers for working so hard to get this done!

The Classic started out with the famous “Crossing” from Ceralvo Island. 99 kiters and windsurfers packed into pongas at 7:30 am to get across the channel before the wind filled in. After that it was a waiting game until the wind filled all the way across the 9 mile channel. After hours of huddling by a camp fire and sleeping under kites, I found myself on the starting line on my race board weaving my 9m Edge though a bee hive of kites. Knowing I had such a long race ahead my only goal was to get off the line clear, with my kite still flying and my board on my feet. I did this, and halfway across the channel I had extended from the other kiters, and was a few hundred meters directly upwind of Tyson Poor, the lead windsurfer. We were both having flashbacks of the double-cross two weeks earlier, in which we literally finished overlapped at the beach after 40 minutes of quad burning reaching to the island and back. I got him that on that one, but this time he was showing that he had a little bit of speed on me. The course takes us to a buoy along shore, with a short downwind leg ending in a sprint reach to the finish line at the beach. I rounded the first mark about 40 seconds behind him and put the hammer down. Kites have a huge advantage downwind because we can point so much lower than windsurfers. I gybed right behind him just before the last mark, and we had a drag race along the reach to the finish. Although I had the speed to get through him, he played great defense, staying in front of me preventing me from getting overlapped before the finish mark. I crossed the line doing a tail walk to try and keep from running him over. This was definitely one of the most exciting races I’ve been in, both because it was so close and because racing with the windsurfers adds another level of excitement. We each have our advantages, but it works out to be amazingly close racing that really comes down to the rider. On top of that, my sister Erika was the first woman across the channel. Heineken sweep on the kite results!

The next three days were filled with course racing. This was Adam’s time to shine. He excelled at the short courses and lighter air of the first 2 days, somehow finding a way to get consistently good starts on a small line in a great fleet. I managed to pick up the pace on the last day and get a few bullets, but he made the top of the podium. Congrats buddy!

The women raced with the men, and it was fun hearing lots of guys on the beach saying “I almost got Erika that time!”. She was in the mix, not only racing against the other women, but regularly breaking into the top 10 overall. That’s my sister! Watch out for her this year guys…

Huge thanks to Ozone for the support throughout this trip, especially to Rob for taking 2 weeks to come work on kites. I think you’ve gotten the race board bug…time for a board and some time on the water. See you at the worlds!

Final Course Racing results:
1 Adam Koch              Ozone
2 Johnny Heineken      Ozone
3 Bryan Lake

1 Erika Heineken      Ozone
2 Alexis Aguera
3 Colleen Carrol

Crossing Results, overall:
1 Tyson Poor             22:30
2 Johnny Heineken    22:32
3 Bryan Lake             23:00

1 Erika Heineken       28:21
2 Marie LeClerc         29:23
3 Rachel Callahan     29:54


Finalist for the Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Award!

The finalists for the 2011 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year are published, and I am honored to have made the list. It’s an amazing feeling to be considered for the most prestigious award in American sailing, and exciting to see kite racing recognized at the highest possibly level by the sailing community. Thanks to all who supported me throughout the year, I couldn’t have done this alone!

US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year Awards

Sailing’s Best of 2011 Are Shortlisted
US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year Awards

With the record books about to close on another year of racing, US Sailing is celebrating the most outstanding performances with the release of its shortlist of nominees for the 2011 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards. Those making the 2011 shortlist represent the diversity of the sport and include round-the-world racers, kite boarders, one-design champions and Olympic hopefuls.

Nominees shortlisted for US Sailing’s 2011 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year award:
Melges 32 World Champion William Douglass (Southport, Conn.); Etchells World Champion Bill Hardesty (San Diego, Calif.); IKA Kite Course Racing World Champion Johnny Heineken (Larkspur, Calif.); Laser North American Champion Clay Johnson (Toms River, N.J.); Allstate Sugar Bowl J/22 World Champion Rob Johnston (Heath, Texas); Finn U.S. National Champion Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.); Star North American Champion George Szabo (San Diego, Calif.); and Velux 5 Oceans Winner Brad Van Liew (Charleston, S.C.).

Nominees shortlisted for US Sailing’s 2011 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year award:
Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta (ISAF Sailing World Cup) Elliott 6m Champion Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wisc.); Farr 30 World Champion Deneen Demourkas (Santa Barbara, Calif.); 29erXX North American Champion Kristen Lane (Tiburon, Calif.); Kieler Woche 470 Women Champion Erin Maxwell (Stonington, Conn.); Kieler Woche Laser Radial Champion Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.); Rolex International Women’s Keelboat Champion Cory Sertl (Rochester, N.Y.); and Skandia Sail for Gold Champion Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.).

The nominees will be reviewed by a panel of noted sailing journalists who discuss the merits of each nominee and vote to determine US Sailing’s 2011 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year. The winners will be announced in mid-January and honored on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, during a luncheon at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, when they will be presented with Rolex timepieces.

Established in 1961 by US Sailing and sponsored by Rolex Watch, U.S.A. since 1980, the annual presentation of US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards are considered the sport’s ultimate recognition of an individual’s outstanding on-the-water achievements for the calendar year. Over its history the coveted award has been presented to 39 men and 32 women, including these distinguished sailors who have claimed the honor multiple times: Ed Adams, Betsy Alison, Sally Barkow, Dennis Conner, JJ Isler, Allison Jolly, John Kostecki, Buddy Melges, Ken Read, Cory Sertl, Lynne Shore, Jody Swanson and Ted Turner.

2011 Yachtsmen Nominee Resumes

William Douglass
Melges 32 World Championship, Mallorca, Spain (1st/29 boats)
Key West Race Week, Key West, Fla. (1st/21 Melges 32s)
Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, Sydney, Australia (6th/20 boats)

Bill Hardesty
Etchells World Championship, San Diego, Calif. (1st/81 boats)
47th Congressional Cup, Long Beach, Calif. (1st/10 Catalina 37s – tactician)
Monsoon Cup, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia (1st/12 boats – crew)
Portimão Portugal Match Cup, Portimão Portugal (1st/12 boats – crew)
Stena Mach Cup, Marstrand, Sweden (1st/14 boats – crew)
CMRC Grade 2 Invitational, Chicago, Ill. (1st/10 Tom28s)
VIII Open de España Match Race, Calpe, Spain, (1st/12 Tom28s – Tactician)
SDYC Etchells One Design Weekend, San Diego, Calif. (1st/39 boats)
Etchells Midwinters West Championship, San Diego, Calif. (1st/45 boats)
Sailing Supply Etchells Orca Bowl, San Diego, Calif. (1st/46 boats)
Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, Chicago, Ill. (1st Section 2, 4th overall – Tactician)
Rolex Big Boat Series, San Francisco, Calif. (2nd/9 Express 37s – Tactician)
Ugotta Regatta, Harbor Springs, Mich. (2nd/3 boats Division 1 – Tactician)
St. Moritz Match Race, St. Moritz, Switzerland (3rd/12 boats – tactician)
Farr 40 World Championship, Sydney, Australia (4th/20 boats – Tactician)

Johnny Heineken
IKA Kite Course Racing World Championships, Westerland, Germany (1st/62)
IKA North American Course Racing Championships, San Juan, Puerto Rico (1st/15)
Beetle Kitesurf World Cup (PKRA Germany), St. Peter Ording, Germany (1st/46)
Canadian Open Course Racing/Nationals, Squamish, B.C. (1st/23 open division)
Kiteboarding World Tour Mexico (PKRA Mexico), Playa del Carmen, Mexico (1st/16)
Ultranectar Challenge, San Francisco, Calif. (1st/31 combined Kites & Formula Boards upwind long distance race)

Clay Johnson
Laser North American Championship, Brant Beach, N.J. (1st/68 boats)
US Sailing’s Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, Fla. (9th/102 Lasers)
French Olympic Sailing Week, Hyères, France (11th/155 Lasers)
Princess Sofia Trophy, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (25th/127 Lasers)

Rob Johnston
Allstate Sugar Bowl J/22 World Championship, New Orleans, La. (1st/64 boats)
J22 Southwest District Regatta #5, Oklahoma City, Okla. (1st/8 boats)
HYC One Design Regatta, Houston, Texas (1st/17 J/22 s)

Brad Van Liew
VELUX 5 Oceans (1st/5 Eco 60s) – Won each of the five legs of the race, as well as overall.

George Szabo
Star North American Championship, Tampa, Fla. (1st/28 boats)
French Olympic Sailing Week, Hyères, France (3rd/37 Stars)

Zach Railey
Finn U.S. National Championship, Long Beach, Calif. (1st/30 boats)
French Olympic Sailing Week, Hyères, France (2nd/80 Finns)
Kiel Week, Kiel, Germany (3rd/46 Finns)
Princess Sofia Trophy, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (5th/82 Finns)
US Sailing’s Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, Fla. (6th/37 Finns)

2011 Yachtswomen Nominee Resume Highlights

Deneen Demourkas
Farr 30 World Championship, San Francisco, Calif. (1st/12 boats)
Farr 30 North American Championship, San Francisco, Calif. (1st/5 boats)
Farr 30 Canadian National Championship, West Vancouver, Canada, (1st/7 boats)
Cal Race Week, Marina del Rey, Calif. (1st/5 Farr 30s)
Long Beach Race Week, Long Beach, Calif. (1st/7 Farr 30s)
Sperry Top-Sider Annapolis NOOD Regatta, Annapolis, Md. (3rd/12 Farr 30s)
Key West Race Week, Key West, Fla. (3rd/9 Farr 30s)

Sally Barkow
Princess Sofia Trophy, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (1st/24 Elliott 6m)
U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship, New Orleans, La. (1st/8 J/22s)
French Olympic Sailing Week, Hyères, France (2nd/24 Elliott 6m)
US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR, Fla. (3rd/24 Elliott 6m)
Skandia Sail For Gold, Weymouth, England (3rd/24 Elliott 6m)
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, England (3rd/8 Elliott 6m)
US Sailing’s Rolex International Women’s Keelboat Championship, Rochester, N.Y. (3rd/36 J/22s)

Erin Maxwell
Kiel Week, Kiel, Germany (1st/19 470 Women)
Princess Sofia Trophy, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (5th/49 470 Women)
French Olympic Sailing Week, Hyères, France (7th/56 470 Women)

Kristen Lane
Melges 24 Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week, Charleston, S.C (1st/45 boats)
29erXX North American Championship, Kingston, Canada (1st/10 boats)
Zhik US 29erXX National Championship, Cascade Locks, Ore. (1st/7 boats)
Melges 24 World Championship, Corpus Christi, Texas (5th/32 boats)
Melges 24 National Championship, Lake Geneva, Wisc. (5th/38 boats)
Bacardi Miami Sailing Week, Miami, Fla. (8th/30 Melges 24s)

Paige Railey
Kiel Week, Kiel, Germany (1st/51 Laser Radials)
US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR, Fla. (1st/58 Laser Radials)
Laser Midwinters East, Clearwater, Fla. (1st/106 Laser Radials)
Laser Radial North Americans, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (1st/22 boats)
Pan American Games, Guadalajara, Mexico (3rd/13 Laser Radials)
Weymouth and Portland Regatta, England (3rd/49 Laser Radials)
Princess Sofia Trophy, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (4th/78 Laser Radials)
Skandia Sail for Gold, Weymouth, England (14th/90 Laser Radials)
French Olympic Sailing Week, Hyères, France (13th/98 Laser Radials)

Anna Tunnicliffe
Skandia Sail For Gold, Weymouth, England (1st/24 Elliott 6m)
BoatU.S. Santa Maria Cup, Annapolis, Md. (1st/8 J/22s)
Buddy Melges Challenge, Sheboygan, Wisc. (1st/16 Elliott 6m)
US Sailing’s Rolex International Women’s Keelboat Championship, Rochester, N.Y. (2nd/36 J/22s)
US Sailing’s Rolex Miami OCR, Fla. (2nd/24 Elliott 6m)
Princess Sofia Trophy, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (3rd/24 Elliott 6m)

Cory Sertl
US Sailing’s Rolex International Women’s Keelboat Championship, Rochester, N.Y. (1st/36 J/22s)
J/22 Northeast Championships, Lake George, N.Y. (3rd/40 boats)

News Archive
St. Francis Yacht Club to Host US SAILING’s Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards Ceremony in 2012

Above article from: http://about.ussailing.org/Awards/Rolex.htm