Weymouth Speed Week 2018: 13-20th October

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The UK’s dedicated speed sailing event is coming up!

 

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Weymouth Speed Week is the world’s oldest and longest running speed sailing event. It first began way back in 1972 and it returns this October at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy for yet another instalment! Supported by F-One, Kiteworld and the BKSA, it’s an event where kiters, dingy sailers and windsurfers all join forces to see who can charge the harbour the hardest and this year there are two kite trophies / prizes up for grabs as well as the BKSA Speed Champion trophy. 

The event has attracted some of the world’s top professional speed sailors over the years and Dave Williams, the UK’s fastest kiter who stoop atop the podium with Robbie Douglas and Alex Caizergues at the KiteSpeed World Championships in Oman, has been a regular in recent years.

 

 

Competitors will race over a 500m course laid out in Portland Harbour with each day’s racing being adapted to account for changing wind conditions. With such a long contest window as well, it means the riders will be geared up for the best conditions when they strike!

 

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The fact that the competitors will get a chance to compete in a range of conditions across the week is key because sailing fast isn’t simply about going hard in strong winds. Strong winds provide the basis for a fast run but a sailor’s ability to sail efficiently and consistently in less-than-perfect winds is how they can demonstrate their skill and judgement and that’s all part of the game at Speed Week!

 

If you want to find out more and to enter yourself then head to the Weymouth Speed Week website and follow their Facebook for regular updates!

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