On day 3, the wind kicked in as predicted and without hesitation the team behind the Dunkerbeck GPS Speed Challenge got to work. From that point on you could see the experience of Björn Dunkerbeck and his team take presence. The number of events he has attended would be impossible to fathom but one thing you can be sure of is his wealth of knowledge obtained from all the different locations he has travelled to whilst competing. As a result, competition here was only ever going to take place with sails of size 7.8m or smaller. This lead to 9 rounds with peak speeds of 42 knots and average speeds reaching 41 knots, well at least for Björn.
Head to Head
During the event, the man himself managed to stay a clear margin ahead of everyone, between one and two knots faster, he seemed untouchable. Just behind him was Jurjen van der Noord who maintained a consistent second place in almost every heat.
It was a very closely fought battle between the fastest guys in the world and one that is understandably changing a lot, the most interesting thing is that it changes more event by event rather than heat by heat, which would suggest that equipment changes have been made during the down time that boost one or the others speed significantly. In a sport where technology advancements may have appeared to slow down on the face of it, dramatic changes are still taking place that means the latest equipment is truly the gear to have if you want to remain competitive.