Weymouth Speed Week could not have asked for a better start. Bjorn Dunkerbeck was only there till early afternoon, and just for the cameras the sun and wind appeared.
The angle of the wind meant that the course had to be set quite off shore, between two yachts. This meant coordinting the times of 120 battling speed sailors was quite tricky, and it took a while to get everything set with numerous callers on each yacht. Most sailors were opting for big sails, Bjorn was on a 8.2, Dan Ellis a 9.0 and Dave White a 10.0. Certainly the smallers sails definately had the edge over speed should the wind be suffecient enough to get down the course. With the gusty building wind, the end of the course was incredibly broad, and combined with some confused chop top speeds were reduced.
Bjorn Dunkerbeck got the fastest time of the morning, almost 26knots on a 8.2 and 65cm wide board. Not bad considering the wind was gusting between 10 and 15 knots. There were also plenty of kiters and other sailing craft on the course. Some home made and some not. Of particular interest were the hydrofoil moth single hander boats. In warm up it looked like they could put up a challenge. In the end they were no match for the windsurfers. Check out the pictures.
The wind filled in with the rain, most leisure sailors were out on 6.0 metre sails, but the speed guys kept up their sails and changed down boards to increase speeds. There was still a bit of a lull in the middle. It was also pretty hard to time a run without any congestion. Bjorn left and left me to look after his kit! He didn\'t say where to look after it, so I quickly clicked the prototype 6.8 sail into the RS60 Dunkerbeck Edition T1, and went for a blast. Scary at first, but once settled into going fast, you quickly notice how you start looking for every bit of speed and hunting for windsurfers to overtake. Great Fun!
Last year most people dug out old slalom and speed boards, but it was noticeable that this year the kit was much newer. The most common sightings were the T1 RS editions, F2 SX\'s. Fanatic Falcons, Naish Hybrids and the Starboard Sonics. All specialised fast kit. As yet, we have not got the results confirmed, as this is a bit of a mission for the organisers, but early indications were that Dan Ellis might have got the fastest of the day, unless I got him disguised as Dunky.
The weather for the rest of the week shows plenty of good days, so maybe the overall Weymouth record could be broken.
Report by Clyde Waite.
Photo Credit: Clyde Waite