Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy

The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) is gearing up for the Dakine Weymouth Speed Week which commences on Saturday, 10th October.  With over 100 competitors the WPNSA team are set for a busy week.

The objective of Dakine Weymouth Speed Week is for competitors to sail as fast as they can over the 500m course and beat the world record, which stands at a current absolute speed of 51.36 knots l’Hydroptère, the French foiling trimaran in September 2009.

An interesting array of sailors from all over the globe will be competing at the event including Nick Dempsy, local windsurfer and Bronze Medallist, whose record breaking attempts will be closely watched.

The 2008 Dakine Weymouth Speed Week saw Anders Bringdal set a new harbour record by achieving a speed of 38.48 knots, a record which Anders will return to defend.

Chris Knight, Business Manager at WPNSA comments, ‘Dakine Weymouth Speed Week is always an exciting week for us here at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.  It is great to welcome so many competitors from all over the world.  WPNSA are delighted to host this again and following last year’s new harbour records we are really looking forward to this year.’

Naish Wave Masters

We waited over a year for the conditions that prevailed on Saturday, October 3rd, 2009. Big waves and 3-40 knot wind made for an epic day out on the water for the 37 competitors.

The first heat (4 people in a heat) began at 11:15am. The strong gusts of wind created a challenge for landing jumps. Throughout the day, the competitors get more used to these extreme conditions and the heats continue to get more spectacular!

The semi-finals were phenomenal with competitors pulling out huge backloops, table forwards, pushloops, high jumps and overall great wave riding.

The finals proved difficult with the winds picking up and blowing even stronger and the competitors obviously tired from the elimination series. But the finalists fought hard to deliver the winners at the end of the day!

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Speed World Cup

Due to the bad long-term forecast for the first period of the European Speed Championships the event has been postponed; the Championships will now take place in from November 1 to 6 in Dungarvan Co. Waterford.

Championship Speed Sailing will take place each day of the weeklong event and according to Martin it is a highly entertaining spectator sport, “In order to hold the best possible Championships we decided to postpone the event to the first week of November due to adverse weather conditions forecast. Speed Sailing is really an amazing sport to watch we are inviting the people of the South East to come along and witness some of the massive speeds achievable by some of the world’s fastest men and women in the sport.”

Aside from the sporting activities a number of celebration events are also open to the public. The social side of the championships will see a live DJ perform each day and the championship opening party at The Seannachai Bar on November 1 and closing party at The Quays on Saturday November 6 are not to be missed.

Some of the World’s top Speed Sailors will be in attendance at the event and the opportunity to sail with the best will be on offer through Kite Schools Puremagic, Kiteskool and LSD Boarding. Wind Surf Schools Surf Dock, Wind and Wave and BigSurf will be on hand to help beginners get to grips with the sport.

A combination of Water sports will be available from Dunmore East Adventure Centre. A number of the world’s top equipment producers will also be at the event demonstrating their latest equipment.

On Wednesday evening November 3 at The Moorings, Dungarvan, team member of the World Sailing Speed Record over 500 meters Anders Bringdal will be hosting a talk on the 2009 l’Hydroptère record victory, where he and the crew averaged a speed of 51.36 knots over one nautical mile earning the title of the fastest sailing craft on the planet.

With a top speed of 55.5 knots (103 km/h) and an average speed of 51.36 knots, today l’Hydroptère takes her place in the history of sailing. This event will be followed by a ‘Pure Magic’ Party.

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