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AFLOAT: Greenslade grabs Speed King crown
WEYMOUTH windsurfers put on a dominant show at the borough’s Speed Week 2013.
Kev Greenslade claimed the crown at this year’s edition of the world’s longest-running speed sailing event by achieving 33.242 knots over 500m.
Hot on his heels were Poole windsurfer Simon Cofield and Weymouth's Steve Corps with speeds of 32.669 and 32.501 knots respectively.
Greenslade, of Westham, also scooped the accolade for the fastest sailboard and topped the professionals sailboard fleet leaderboard.
Having topped the gold amateur fleet before, both Greenslade and Corps had to follow Speed Week rules and enter the professional fleet category, even though neither of them make a living out of the sport.
A total of 90 windsurfers, sailors and kitesurfers took part in this year’s event.
Greenslade, 38, said Wednes-day’s forecast came up trumps for speed sailing with south westerly winds providing power and flat water on Portland Harbour.
He said: “In the morning the wind was blowing from the south so we were all waiting for it to swing around to do a run.
“Steve and I managed to be the first guys on the water and we stayed out there to make sure we didn’t miss any gusts of wind.
“Last year I missed out on winning because I missed a gust on the final day.”
Greenslade wasn’t sure he had topped the leaderboard until the results were uploaded in the early hours of Thursday morning and said he kept waking up to check.
He praised his employer AgustaWestland for enabling him to work his shifts as a subcontractor around the week’s racing and thanked his sponsors Puravida Boardriders, Simmer Style, Tabou Boards, Spartan Wetsuits, F-hot Fins and Official Test Centre (OTC) for supporting him with kit.
Greenslade, who competes in the British Slalom Champion-ships and Weymouth Speed Week every year, has won various awards before but the Speed Week crown had always eluded him.
He said: “I used to watch Speed Week as a kid, aged 10. It was always a dream of mine to win it. It’s a good feeling to know I can now tick that one off.
“Steve, Simon and I sail together quite a lot. Steve’s nephew Tom Wells won the youth event.
“It’s quite nice for the locals to be dominating.”
Corps, of the Lodmoor area of Weymouth, gave himself a week off from his First Fit Windows business, to compete in Speed Week and finished third overall and second in the Professionals Sailboard Fleet.
The 43-year-old, who has been taking part since he was 25, said: “I do it every year, it’s just like a nice holiday.”
He praised his 17-year-old nephew Tom Wells for winning the Youths' Tushingham Trophy and added: “He’s getting quite good.”
View all the results at speedsailing.com
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