- 02 December 2008 | Windsurfing
Dutchman Pieter Bijl buries the hatchet to secure a new 100m speed record in hammering Maui trade winds.
Maui seems to be the place for wind right now. We’re inundated with reports of relentless wind and pounding waves, day in and day out.
With all the ingredients necessary for some serious speed, it comes as no surprise that the Maui crew have been pushing the limits of windsurfing.
This time round, it’s the speed guys that have made their mark, namely Dutchman Pieter Bijl. The newly adopted Maui local has set a new Hawaiian state 100m speed record of 41.4 knots.
Armed with a Fanatic falcon and NeilPryde prototype sail, Bijl blasted his way to the record at Kanaha beach in winds gusting over 35 knots. Here’s the numbers that matter:
time m km/h knots
16:33:12 21.7 78.0 42.2
time s km/h knots
16:33:14 4.7 76.4 41.4
time m km/h knots
16:33:15 201.3 72.5 39.2
Pieter currently tops the open section of the 2008 Maui Vmax Speed ladder.
- 28 November 2008 | Windsurfing
The world’s highest ranking international speed sailors will coverage on the harbour town of Dungarvan, Co Waterford this week for the final stage of the 2008 Windsurfing Production Speed World Cup.
The World Championships in 2008 were awarded in one-off events earlier in 2008 in Fuerteventura, mainland Spain and the final stage now in Co Waterford, Ireland.
The competition will commence on Saturday 29th of November at 12 noon the programme of events runs for a full seven days with the competitions on each day beginning at 10am on Sunday 30th, 10.30am on Monday December 1, 11am on Tuesday 2, 12 noon Wednesday December 3, 12.40 on Thursday, December 4, 1.30pm on Friday December 5 and the final day of the competition where the action will be nail biting will kick off at 2pm late afternoon on Saturday December 6 will see the World Champion 2008 announced.
The event organisers and competitors are welcoming to public to come along and cheer on the Irish and global competitors. There will be designated viewing spots on the ‘Cunnigar’ in Dungarvan but according to event organiser and current Irish Vice Champion Martin Waldron, the best viewing spot for the public will be at St Augustine’s Church in Abbeyside on the East side of the harbour.
“This really is something special for Co Waterford I hope everyone comes out to join in the fun and view the action, I’ll be competing myself so hopefully I’ll hear some support for the Irish competitors while on the water,” said Martin.
A number of social events are also open to the public to join in the celebration of the World Class event to the town; a launch party for the event will take place in the Seanachai with Irish music, mid week on Tuesday a ‘Trad Sessiun’ will take place in ‘The Local’ in Dungarvan and the closing party will take place on Friday December 5 in ‘The Moorings’ in Dungarvan.
- 27 November 2008 | Windsurfing
Three races were scheduled for today; with a wind forecast of between 20-25 knots.
Nerves got the better of Hubert Mokrzycki (POL 25) with an OCS on the first start of the day.
There was drama also for event favourite Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (ARG3 ). Shortly before the warning signal the mast went through the head on his 9.8, forcing him to race on 10.7. Clearly overpowered, Gonzalo considered himself fortunate to finish the race in 5th!
Recently crowned Brazilian Champion, Gabriel Browne (BRA 50) overhauled the race leader, and European Champion, Ross Williams (GBR 83) to take 1st place in race 1. Top ranked Brazilian racers Paulo Dos Reis (BRA 3333) and Willhelm Schurmann (BRA 999) completed the top 5 with 3rd and 4th place respectively.
The next 2 races followed a pattern, at least for the top 5 - although places were exchanged and we saw different winners for race 2 (Paulo) and race 3 (Gonzalo). Only Fabio Melo (BRA 74) made an impression on these top 5 with a 3rd place in race 2.
Clearly local knowledge was an advantage as was race readiness, with many European sailors struggling with form since many had not competed on their formula equipment since the September worlds in Portugal.
However both Paulo and Gabriel put in very consistent performances, coping better with the gusty and shifty conditions, to finish tied on 6 points. On the tie break Paulo edged "Biel" into second place.
Gabriel was satisfied with his first day: "I started slowly at first but gradually I started putting in my tacks at the right moment, gaining places and holding on to my position. I had a poor start in race 3 so was happy to climb back into 3rd place. I guess I am happy - a good start to the grand prix."
Hubert remained philosophical about his "not so good start, lack of race practice was telling for me. It was very gusty, with winds reaching 32 knots at times; but tomorrow’s another day.