A record number of competitors from all over Europe arrived on the opening day of WSW to be faced with a moderate wind forecast from an easterly direction, not the normal south-westerly. To add to the frustration, the timing system from the ISA had a major problem with a crashed hard drive. So the old system had to be hurriedly pressed back into service to enable timing to take place.
Bjorn Dunkerbeck, after driving through the night from the PWA World Cup in Sylt, showed why he is the best in the world by achieving 27.44 knots in 15 to 16 knots of wind. The UK contingent was out in force but in the light winds outsider Nigel Spriggs with 25.83 knots scooped the top spot ahead of the more experienced British sailors.
Day two was very light with the formula sailors dominating on their big sails. The day was won by Army Major, Allan Cross with 19.44 knots. The wind completely disappeared untill Friday when 10 to 12 knots came through but still easterly. But speeds in excess of 20 knots were achieved and the day was just won by Stacey Vass on a kite board at 21.96 knots. John Benamati from Italy was the fastest windsurfer at 21.78 knots and James Grogono achieved 19.52 knots with his craft – Icarus.
Saturday saw a Junior Speed course set in the light winds. The fastest of the day was Denis Royet with a run of 22.85 knots. Stacey Vass collected his second \’Fastest Kite\’ tankard courtesy of the Amateur Yacht Research Society who donate three tankards to be awarded each day to the fastest Kite Board, Sail Board and Boat. His speed was 19.81 knots. Icarus, once again, was the fastest boat at 15.29 knots.
The last day on Sunday 7th and the wind was still pants! The Juniors had a go but no records were broken and it was clear that this year the weather had let the speed freaks down. But never mind, that\’s windsurfing! Better luck next year.
For a complete list of competitors and their craft go to: www.speedsailing.com/2007%20Craft.pdf
Photo Credit: Dunkerbeck.com