North American Speed Sailing Invitational: shallow, very shallow waters

Rob Douglas has tasted gold at the 2013 North American Speed Sailing Invitational, held at Martha's Vineyard, USA.


Twelve top selected speed sailors from around the world enjoyed two weeks of speed racing under 15 knots to 40 knots of wind, in the waters of Nantucket.

The fastest kiteboarder in the world, Rob Douglas, left Damien Leroy and Jamie Douglas in the remaining places of the podium.

The $27,000 prize purse urged sailors to record the fastest times. In ten races, there was a maximum top average speed of 50.193 knots over 250 meters, with V-Max's over 54 knots.

The 2013 North American Speed Sailing Invitational noted that kiteboarders picked slalom boards, and a new brand of speed board called "Giant Speed" (GS) to race at speeds of 44 knots, in 15-knot wind conditions.

2013 North American Speed Sailing Invitational Results:

1. Rob Douglas (USA)
2. Damien Leroy (USA)
3. Jamie Douglas (USA)
4. Morgan Douglas (USA)
5. Nico Parlier (FR)
6. Brian Kender (USA)
7. Alex Caizergues (FR)
8. Christophe Prin-Guennon (FR)
9. Sylvain Hoceini (FR)
10. Brock Callen (USA)
11. David Williams (UK)
12. Bill Lynch (USA)