Walvis Bay Speedweek
Maynard and Jaggi crowned speed windsurfing world champions
The 2006 ISA Speedsurfing Grand Prix Tour World Championship Finals
dimanche 29 octobre 2006 –
The Walvis Bay Speedweek, which has been held for the 20th time this year, was unfortunately not spoiled with wind this time, so only one round could be finished for the more than 60 competitors from 16 nations, representing 4 continents. In the end Finian Maynard was able to beat former world champion Bjorn Dunkerbeck (AND, T1, North) into third place ahead of Patrik Diethelm (ITA, F2, North) who ended up second.
Diethelm was also able to win the production board title, a special success for him as he is riding his own production shaped boards. Second in the production ranking became Torsten Mallon (GER, F2, North) ahead of former production world champion Alain de Gendt (BEL, F2, North). In the women’s fleet, Overall champion Karin Jaggi won also the production title, second place overall became youngster Marion Raisi (FRA, Exocet) ahead of Zara Davis (GBR, T1), who also became second in the production ranking.
The manufacturers world championship titles went to F2 and North. The board manufacturers ranking is followed up by T1 and Exocet. On the nations side, France defended its title from 2005 in front of Germany and Great Britain.
Jürgen Geiger, Chairman of the Namibian Sailing Association and co-organizer of the event stated : “We are very proud that the best speedsailors in the world returned to Walvis Bay to compete with the local windsurfers and kitesurfers. Even if our venue did not show its full potential this year, we are very happy that we recorded the topspeed of this year’s tour at nearly 42 knots and also could break 2 more records ; the Greek national Speedsailing record Record #sailingrecord and the women’s kitespeed world record Record #sailingrecord . This gives an idea of what Walvis Bay is able to deliver and we are looking forward to the record attempt starting this week to prove that this spot is one of the best natural speedsailing venues in the world”
The Walvis Bay Speedweek again attracted not only windsurfers but also kitesurfers from various nations. Sjouke Bredenkamp from South Africa was able to better the existing Kitespeed World record by around 2 knots, subject to WSSRC ratification. Kitesurfers have been invited this year to Walvis Bay to compete against the best windsurfers in the world, and this format attracted media as well as spectators.
The ISA’s Tour Manager Markus Schwendtner gladly commented ; “Walvis Bay offers the unique opportunity to exhibit all of the top sailors from around the world, and we are happy that we can demonstrate friendship between windsurfers and kitesurfers. We are looking forward to more of those kind of events. Now we are concentrating on the chase for the elusive 50 knots barrier, which will again combine windsurfers and kitesurfers. One day with good conditions should already allow for the most records to be broken at this fantastic venue.”
The preparations are now moving on for next years tour, with events in Karpathos, Fuerteventura and Namibia already confirmed.
The last event of this year will be the 50 knots record attempt, hosted again in cooperation of ISA and Namibian Sailing Association.
Voir en ligne : Press info ISA Head Office / http://www.speedsurfing.org
2006 Ranking Men
1. Finian Maynard, BVI
2. Patrik Diethelm, ITA
3. Bjorn Dunkerbeck, AND
4. Jose Bahadour, GOU
5. Pascal Toselli, FRA
2006 Ranking Women
1. Karin Jaggi, SUI
2. Marion Raisi, FRA
3. Zara Davis, GBR
4. Valerie Ghibaudo, FRA
5. Angie Holzschuh, ESP
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