Weymouth Speed Week 2008
NEW Weymouth Speed Week record: Anders Bringdal (38.48knots)
UKWA Speed Winners: Pete Young (37.22knots) & Zara Davis (30.89knots)
"Weymouth saw the birth of speed sailing during the 1970’s. While the boating fraternity dominated speed with the Crossbow, it was Fred Haywood that brought the new sport of windsurfing to life by breaking the 30 knots barrier.
In Fred’s day it took a team of 10 men just to prepare and handle his equipment, today things could not be more different. One man and his board can now take on the world, or as was the case this week in Weymouth.
Anders Bringdal from Sweden not only developed his own equipment, he sailed it into the records books with a new harbour record of 38.48 knots bagging a $1000 cheque from Graeme Fuller of Dakine
Speed sailing has been going through a revival in recent years, but never more so than in its birth place. With competitors making the pilgrimage to Weymouth from all corners of the globe, there were over 120 sailors chasing the record – another great event."
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Thanks to Dakine, Exocet, Tushingham, Club Vass, Spartan, Fiberspar, Windtek, F2, Maui Sails and Portland and Weymouth Council for their support of the event.