Arden Anderson

The 2009 Midwest Speed Quest on Lake Okabena, Worthington Minnesota is over. This was a great year, with many new racers participating. It is time to announce the Final Results.

We follow the rules and methods of International Speed Sailing. Our GPS units are the most precise hand held units available. Our speeds can be compared to other Speed Sailors around the World. And the Prize Money remains the best in North American Speed Sailing.

The racers competed in this event by wearing a LOCOSYS GT-31 GPS. The speeds were calculated using Doppler positional measurements, and are based on the "Best Ten Second Run". The GPS data was entered into a computer, and the data was carefully analyzed. Speeds were calculated to .01 knots with great precision. The tools and methods used were consistent with International Speed Sailing Events, and GPS Speed Surfing.

And The Final Results are:

First Place:    Arden Anderson, Fon du Lac, Wisconsin           33.55 knots (38.58 mph)
Second Place    Andrew Anderson, Oakland California             32.19 knots (37.02 mph)
Third Place     David Knight, Fridley Minnesota         32.00 knots (36.80 mph)
Fourth Place    Chris Lock, Plainview, MInnesota                31.63 knots (36.34 mph)
Fifth Place     Adam Anderson, Eagen, MInnesota         29.63 knots (34.04 mph)

Congratulations to the winners, Arden has the fastest speeds ever recorded on Lake Okabena. Arden will receive $1000. Andrew will receive $500, David $250, Chris $125, and Adam $75.  Certified Checks will be issued this week!

On top of these cash prizes, the Top 5 Racers will also receive their choice of a LOCOSYS GT31 GPS, a Gath Safety Helmet, or a Windtronic 2 Wind Meter!

6th Place               Ed Melechson, Papillion, Nebraska               29.33 knots (33.73 mph)
7th Place               Jason Swanson, Worthington, Minnesota           28.20 knots (32.43 mph)
8th Place               Erick Ries, Edina, Minnesota                    26.62 knots (30.61 mph)
9th Place               Eric Rahnenfuerher, Brecksville, Ohio           24.77 knots (29.49 mph)
10th Place      Craig Bergh, Worthington, Minnesota             24.72 knots (28.43 mph)

These races will receive heir choice of a LOCOSYS GT31 GPS, a Gath Safety Helmet, or a Windtronic 2 Wind Meter!

Youth Category:

1st Place               Magnus Zanmueller, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin        16.00 knots (18.40 mph)

Magnus is 14 years old, and will receive his choice of a LOCOSYS GT31 GPS, a Gath Safety Helmet, or a Windtronic 2 Wind Meter!

Each year, we recognize the sailor with the greatest passion for Speed Sailing, and for the Sport of Windsurfing.  For 2009, this is awarded to Jeff Hegwer, or Worthington. Jeff has contributed so much time and energy to the Midwest Speed Quest over the last 5 years. He is a fine person, and a good friend. Thank you Jeff!!!  

A Special Thanks to the Crew at GPS Speed Surfing. Thank you Martin, Dylan,  Onno, Roger, Frank and the rest of the crew. Thank you for creating and expanding your support of Speed Surfing around the world!!!

And I really want to thank the Sailors. It is a pleasure to put on a event for competitors like the ones we have year after year.. Our home will always be open to all visiting Windsurfers. We will see you all again in 2010!

The Midwest Speed Quest was designed to be different. This event is free to all participants, and yet pays the highest Prize Money in North America. The purpose is to promote the new Sport of Speed Sailing, and the City of Worthington. Our goal was to bring Sailors of all skill levels together, and introduce them to the new Sport of Speed Sailing. The schedule was open 7 days a week, for a 6 month period. Any visiting sailors was assured of the chance to participate anytime he/she was in the area. We provide free or discounted motel rooms at the AmericInn, free refreshments on the Beach, and free hot meals at the end of the day.

And we had the best Speed Sailing gear available for visiting sailors to try out.

We also provided free on-site Child Care and Pet Care. We even provided Spousal Care (care of the Windsurfing Widow)!

All the work associated with this event was done on a volunteer basis. Meals and refreshments were served beach side all season long free of charge. A special thanks to my wife Pamela for the many great meals meals served over the last 6 months to the visiting Sailors.

Each year we search the world for the finest Speed Sailing Gear available. We were proud to offer our visiting racers the finest demo gear anywhere!

The Midwest Speed Quest is made possible by the support of our many Sponsors. These Sponsors allowed us to award $2500 is Prize Money, and the many drawing for Windsurfing Gear and Gift Certificates all season long.


SOURCE: Midwest Speed Quest