Slalom is fast-paced windsurfing racing on a short open water course.
Each race is about four to six minutes long, and we aim to run six races per round.
Bayside Sailboard Club hosts either fin or foil races, depending on the wind.
- Above 12 knots: Fin racing (no foils)
- 12 knots or below: Foil racing (no fins)
There are two fleets to suit everyone’s skill level.
- Open: Two laps (figure-eight course)
- Freeride/rookie: One lap (loop course with one gybe)
The race committee will explain the course, timings, start sequence, etc, at the safety briefing at the start of each round.
What equipment do I need?
You do not need high-end racing equipment to race slalom.
To maximise your on-water racing time and your enjoyment, we recommend some basic guidelines:
- A race, freerace or freeride board that will get you planing in a minimum of 15 knots
- Sails that you can hang on to from 15 – 30 knots +. (NOTE: Full cammed race sails are not essential. No cam freeride sails work great)
- A mast base with the tendon in good physical condition to avoid unwanted breakages
- Carry spares in mast bases, harness lines, footstraps and fins to make sure you never miss a race
For foil slalom, any foil setup will work fine to get into this new and exciting side of slalom racing.
Life jackets, or PFDs, are mandatory for all races.
Helmets are mandatory for foil slalom, and strongly recommended for fin slalom.