Weymouth speed week results

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gazxtreme
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Sat Oct 23, 2010 10:38 am

Last night rounded up an eventful week at speed week, mixed feelings at prizegiving for the kites after having to fight to have the speeds recognised over 500m rather than 580m due to our angle of attack but all turned out well in the end and we are assured things will be better next year as in the statement below from the Weymouth speed week web site..... Very positive outcome :-D
"The course set on Tuesday presented a number of difficulties. In the experience of the Weymouth Speed Week team it was an unusual wind direction.

A course was set that ran from the harbour towards the beach. The timing gates used were set perpendicular to the assumed "best speed" course direction of approximately 195 degrees.

The kites found they were able to run at higher speeds by avoiding the chop and sailing along the shore line. This was a very broad course as their direction was 155 and the wind was from approximately 300 making an angle of 145 degrees off the wind, a course angle unsuitable for high speeds by a sailboard in the relatively light winds.

On analysing the results it was clear that the course set was penalising the potential speed of the kites due to the `significantly longer distance (approximately 80 metres) that they had to sail in order to cross the start and finish gates. Sustained 30+ knots straight line runs were only being calculated as mid to high 20 knots.

In the interests of ensuring that the best course is set for competitors the organisers have therefore decided that it is appropriate to run a seperate course for the kite fleet in these conditions.

Results have therefore been re-generated for the kites.

Further it has been agreed that software changes will be made so that in future events an improved course will be possible. ALL competitors will commence their speed run from a single start line but they may travel at their chosen "best" course angle. In effect this is using the very successful new harbour course but with a start gate of potentially 100 or 200 metres, rather than the 20 metres currently available.
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SO THE RESULTS :P from speed week site.

Overall Leaders
Sail Number Name Speed (kts) Craft Type
1st James Longmuir 33.419 Kite Board
2nd 82 Kevin Greenslade 32.753 Sailboard
3rd David Williams 32.075 Kite Board

Leading Kites
Sail Number Name Speed (kts)
1st James Longmuir 33.419
2nd David Williams 32.075
3rd Gary Powell 28.096
4th 77 Ant Baker Kitesurf 26.456

Leading Masters
Sail Number Name Speed (kts)
1st B 52 Patrick Van Hoof 31.771
2nd 63 Dave White 30.621
3rd 4 Ian Richards 30.116
9th Gary Powell 28.096

Leading Gold Fleet
Sail Number Name Speed (kts)
1st David Williams 32.075

Leading Novices
Sail Number Name Speed (kts)
1st Gary Powell 28.096
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More photos to follow later and video in a few days.
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Sat Oct 23, 2010 11:27 am

FAIR PLAY Congratulations Guys
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Sat Oct 23, 2010 3:28 pm

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LINK TO RECENTLY UPDATED RESULTS, SPEEDS, PRIZES AND PHOTOS http://www.speedsailing.com/2010Results.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Sat Oct 23, 2010 5:01 pm

Well done James and Gaz (good to have met you at last, Gaz!).
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Sat Oct 23, 2010 6:43 pm

Well done all of you, thats a great result!
And with James doing this on a production speed board, I would expect a few more having a crack next year!

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Sat Oct 23, 2010 8:05 pm

Tony wrote:Well done all of you, thats a great result!
And with James doing this on a production speed board, I would expect a few more having a crack next year!

Tony
You could be right but it needn't cost a fortune, on the DIY board thread there's loads of easy to follow ideas for chopping old boards up at low cost before taking the plunge and spending on production boards. We have some great speed strips in the NW too.
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Sun Oct 24, 2010 7:45 pm

Is it me or the guy on the bottom picture is riding a those Sharky board designed by Laurent Ness/shaped by Stonker back in the day????
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Sun Oct 24, 2010 8:01 pm

pierre wrote:Is it me or the guy on the bottom picture is riding a those Sharky board designed by Laurent Ness/shaped by Stonker back in the day????
Yep, dead right, it's a Stonker Shark 180/160 assymetrical and for some unexplainable reason it works well in lighter wind when the speed boards won't get going properly.

Here is a little video put together from some footage during the week
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGBjb0hJRpk" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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