Andrew Anderson

The high winds finally returned to Worthington Minnesota on Sept 27 and 28; blowing 25 to 35 knots each day.

We had a number of sailors participating.

Andrew Anderson flew in from Oakland California, logged a 32.19 knot run, and took the lead for the 2009 Midwest Speed Quest on Sunday.  Andrew also claimed the $200 Economic Stimulus CASH, by recording the first 30 knot session of the day.

Chris Lock was also on the water, and recorded a new best speed for 2009 of 31.63 knots.

Both racers were sailing the KA Koncept Sail, and the Vector Maui Fins.

On Monday, Arden Anderson  had a blazing session. He turned in a Best 10 Second Run of 33.55 knots, and a Max  2 Second Speed of 35.44 knots. These are the highest speeds ever recorded on Lake Okabena.

Adam Anderson recorded a 29.63 knot run, and David Knight recorded his best run of the year at 32.00 knots using a Koncept Sail.  Both racers were using Vector Fins.

Sessions were also entered by Delbert Carpenter, and by Wayne Anderson.

The Midwest Speed Quest closes on October 15th. We look forward to a couple more days of great Speed Sailing. October has brought us winds well over 40 mph. The most intense racing of the year is seen in these final days.

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2009 PWA Sylt

Alex Mussolini tears a pathway to the front of the fleet on day six with an awesome display of skill in a super sized Sylt spectacular.
 
With the skippers’ briefing taking place at the crack of dawn, the wave fleet smothered the beach with kit and hit the water from the early hours. The wind was often gusting over 40kts, a strong current was running, and plenty of North Sea growlers were hitting the shoreline, meaning kit choice was critical.
 
In the early rounds, many fell foul to taking gear which was too small, leaving them struggling to get planing and out past the shore break. Those more experienced with these typical Sylt conditions headed out early and played a tactical game from the word go.
 
12 minute heats, with 2 wave rides and 2 jumps were the order of the day. With the strong onshore wind with a slight starboard bias, this was going to be a tough call for even the best competitors out there.
 
Men
With some of the old guard already in the second round, the new guys on tour went out there to show them that getting their automatic place in front, in no way meant they’d stay there. Jason Polakow (JP, NeilPryde) failed to make it through his first heat when an on form Alex Mussolini (Tabou), who was taking no prisoners today, stamped his authority on the contest.
 
Then came a slight reversal, first with old time racing legend Antoine Albeau (JP, NeilPryde) flying through his first heat to then meet Dany Bruch (Exocet, Severne, MFC) in his second. Bruch failed to get out the back throughout his entire heat, giving Albeau an easy ride into the next round. Then came wonder kid Philip Köster (Starboard, NeilPryde, Dakine). Having won in Gran Canaria, we were expecting big things from the youngster. He made it through his first heat, but failed to impress the judges in the same way that he had done earlier in the year and was taken down by tour veteran Peter Volwater (F2, Maui Sails) in his second.

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Pearse Geaney

The 2008 and 2009 Irish Windsurfing Slalom Champion Pearse Geaney will be putting up a challenge to some of the world’s best speedsailors when they compete at the European Speed Sailing Championships to be held off the coast of Dungarvan, Co. Waterford in southern Ireland, this October 17 – 23.

The event is being arranged on a rollover basis with a week in November also allocated should suitable wind conditions not be available in October.  A prize fund of €10,000 is up for grabs with a number of additional prizes on offer from the event supporters.

Commenting on participating in the championship event, Pearse Geaney said, “I’m really looking forward to the European Speedsailing Championships here in Ireland.  It is a fantastic opportunity to compete against the world’s best windsurfing and kitesurfing speedsailors in a location where I windsurfed for years!  As a youth, I would never have thought we’d have the likes of Dunkerbeck and Bringdal rigging on our shores! 

There are a selection of unknown speed sailing locations across Ireland, that each allow us to perfect our skills before the big event; Dungarvan in particular is one location that offers the best conditions to be had in the prevailing south westerly wind we usually get here in Ireland.  The sand bar just outside the harbour provides flat water at low tide which is needed to achieve high speeds.” Pearse continued.

Irish speedsailor Martin Waldron was the first to recognise the locations potential.  Some video footage of him windsurfing there one windy weekend was viewed by the international windsurfing community, where it was very quickly acknowledged as a championship venue. 

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