Thorsten Mallon: German speed supremacy

The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy is gearing up for the last event of the 2011 ISWC European Speed Windsurfing Tour. Windsurfers, but also kitesurfers and other sailors will try to break their own personal times in the accurately measured 500 metre course located in Portland Harbour.

Competitors wil push the limits of other national and world records, including the present 55.65 knot record set by kitesurfer Rob Douglas, in the Luderitz Speed Challenge, in Namibia. Signed up to push those boundaries this year are current ISWC European Speed Windsurfing Tour leaders Thorsten Mallon and Zara Davis.

The course at Weymouth is suited to all competitors from boats to the kiters, so if the wind blows, and they are due a good year, the harbour record set by Anders Bringdal in 2008 could fall.

Other competitors to look out for are Anders Bjorkqvist and Daniel Borgelind both of whom have a chance to upset the close battle for the top spot. Also hoping to join the excitement in Weymouth is 40 world titles holder and 2012 World Slalom Champion, Björn Dunkerberk.

The lack of rules provides the ideal opportunity for both experts and dreamers to build the type of boats which, but for Simmer Style Weymouth Speed Week, would never see the light of day. There are no restrictions as to who may enter and all types of craft are welcome.

"The Simmer Style Weymouth Speed Week is a unique event. In recent years we have witnessed World Champions and Record holding professionals sailing on the same course as novices and juniors. With so many great competitors from all over the world we’re looking forward to, hopefully, a new harbour record being set", says John Tweed, CEO at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.