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Tuesday, February 15, 2005

50 knot barrier in sight! 

It's all kicking off for another season and this time the speed-sailing sailors, particularly the board sailors, have their sights firmly set on breaking the 50 knot barrier.

On sunday 14th November last year, sailing on the Mediterranean 'French Trench or Canal' at Saintes Maries, the Masters of Speed team finally got their long awaited 'Big Wind' Day and Finian Maynard set a new speed sailing record of 46.82 Knots, 0.3 knots above the previous and long standing record of Yellow Pages Endeavour. Watch a video clip

Only a few weeks after Finian's outright speed sailing record, another record is ratified from the opposing team of Bjorn Dunkerbeck. However, unlike Finian's record, which was the average over 500m, Dunkerbeck has raised the record for the average over one nautical mile. Bjorn Dunkerbeck, 13 times World Champion, had previously set a new course record of a mere 36.19 knots at Weymouth speed week in the UK. An event open to all wind powered craft but even the more exotic entries couldn't come anywhere near the board sailors.

Bjorn Dunkerbeck guarantees to be back at Weymouth speed week, which this year will take place from 8th to 14th of October. Weymouth water is home to the successful British Olympic sailing team.

Finian Maynard is back in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, the main town of the Camargue in the south of France, and more runs are planned on the 'Canal' at the end of this month.

Oh and when they've done 50 knots, I have news about guys that are seriously looking at 70 or 80 knots! I will provide details in a future post.

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