Well,the 13th Annual Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival is in the books.
The windsurfers are gone.
The tents are all taken down.
The vendors have moved on to the next festival.
All the Globe‘s coverage is finished; I’ve edited all my videos. I took more than three hours of video and edited them down into five short clips.
But what a weekend it was.
Even though I’ve been living in Worthington for five years, this was my first true Regatta experience.
The first year, I was literally in town for a week. I didn’t know what Regatta was. I had no idea. I didn’t know anyone in town. I do remember walking down there a little bit, and writing a story about the windsurfing competition. That year, Arden Anderson won the event.
Ironically, this year, in my first real year of being able to enjoy Regatta, Arden won again, and was featured with his brother Adam in one of my videos.
I do have to say, the Regatta was absolutely incredible.
I don’t know if I can remember a weekend where I’ve had more fun in Worthington.
For me, it all started on Friday afternoon. I went to lunch with a few co-workers. I had a plate of nachos that was delicious. I started to watch some of the surfing action and walked through a few of the vendors.
There weren’t a lot of people there yet, but I knew it would pick up.
And it did.
By the time I went back on Friday night, the place was crawling with people. The music had started and Regatta 2012 was underway.
I stayed down there Friday night until pretty late, having a few beers at the garden before heading home and calling it a night.
Saturday proved to be even more enjoyable.
I had the opportunity to ride out on a pontoon to get an up-close and personal view of the windsurfing races.
Sure, I watched them from the shore on Friday night and Saturday morning, but being out there was a totally different experience.
To see what they can do with their boards is incredible. I learned about the small details of the surfing.
And I got some pretty cool video.
The music was rocking all day. I honestly enjoyed each and every band I was able to see. Saturday night’s events were especially great, starting with Noah Hoehn, who did some crazy things with a harmonica.
Skypiper and CHARN were incredible to cap the Unvarnished Music Festival.
Saturday night I had the pleasure of pouring drinks at the beer tent.
One guy commented how I was experiencing everything from the Regatta.
He was right. I was totally immersed within the event.
And it was fantastic.
I had a total of five meals at the beach. I think I ate at six different places. I have nothing but good things to say about all of them. Everything I ate — fried and not — was delicious. I don’t even think I could pick out a favorite meal or food vendor. They were all too good!
By Sunday, things were winding down. I helped take down the Daily Globe tent, did a few interviews and came back to work.
I hope you all had as good of a time as I did. I hope you all found the same enjoyment.
For me, it was like seeing things for the first time. Everything was new and exciting.
I tried to capture that excitement in my videos.
I have to thank Bill Keitel, Haley Moore, Noah Hoehn, Arden Anderson, Adam Anderson and Gail Holinka for being on camera in my videos.
While this will probably be the last time I write anything about Regatta for a while, it won’t be the last time I think about it.
And I’m already looking forward to next year!