Saturday, 10 October 2009

WPNSA: Dakine Speed Week Approaches in Weymouth, UK

by Katie Doerr

The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) is gearing up for the Dakine Weymouth Speed Week which commences on Saturday, 10th October. With over 100 competitors the WPNSA team are set for a busy week.

The objective of Dakine Weymouth Speed Week is for competitors to sail as fast as they can over the 500m course and beat the world record, which stands at a current absolute speed of 51.36 knots l’Hydroptère, the French foiling trimaran in September 2009.

An interesting array of sailors from all over the globe will be competing at the event including Nick Dempsy, local windsurfer and Bronze Medallist, whose record breaking attempts will be closely watched. The 2008 Dakine Weymouth Speed Week saw Anders Bringdal set a new harbour record by achieving a speed of 38.48 knots, a record which Anders will return to defend.

Chris Knight, Business Manager at WPNSA comments, ‘Dakine Weymouth Speed Week is always an exciting week for us here at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. It is great to welcome so many competitors from all over the world. WPNSA are delighted to host this again and following last year’s new harbour records we are really looking forward to this year.’

Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy

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