Rob Douglas: when speed sailing is a war | Photo: Mike Petrikov

Rob Douglas has conquered his fifth consecutive title at the 2015 North American Speed Sailing Invitational (NASSI).

Martha's Vineyard is probably the best speed sailing venue in the American continent. With consistent strong winds and natural channels, it's the perfect island for training and setting new records.

Katama Bay, Sengekontacket Pond and Cape Pogue are three spots for different sailing angles. The 2016 NASSI got underway between October 17th-31st, and kiteboarders competed in 14 races.

Riders were timed with GPS devices over the 250-meter course in average wind speeds of ranging between 16 and 28 knots. A classic rivalry took place in the flat water lagoons: Rob Douglas versus Rob Caizergues.

The French holds the world record for the fastest board sailor on the planet (56.62 knots), but it was the American rider who took the win in the end.

Douglas won ten out of the 14 races and also set the best average speed of the event at 46.59 knots. Rob competed with his Cabrinha Velocity prototype kites and Meanline fins.

2015 North American Speed Sailing Invitational | Top Riders

1. Rob Douglas (USA)
2. Maxime Nocher (FRA)