Finale for speedsters

Dorset Echo: JUNIOR BID: Wey Valley’s Tom Wells JUNIOR BID: Wey Valley’s Tom Wells

THE winners of Weymouth Speed Week will be announced today but the windsurfing action is set to continue with the British Slalom Association event this weekend.

More than 100 kiteboarders, windsurfers and sailors from the United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden and Austria took part in Speed Week 2012.

Now in its 40th year, the world’s longest-running speed Sailing competition is a mecca for big names in the speed sailing world and renowned for its fun and friendly atmosphere.

Racing began last Saturday amid light winds and Wey Valley student Tom Wells was among those competing in the opening weekend’s Junior Competition.

Overall, Swede Daniel Borgelind has recorded the fastest speed using a sailboard, going into the final day, topping 32.425 knots. Close behind in second is Briton Antony Baker (31.998).

The annual event, hosted by the Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy, encourages sailors of any wind-powered craft to achieve the fastest average speed over a 500-metre course.

Results are measured by Global Positioning System (GPS) and event spokesman Nick Povey said they had ‘spent a lot of money’ on weather data buoys to see how fast competitors are going compared to the wind.

Spectators are welcome to watch the medals being presented at the Osprey Quay venue.

To find out more visit WeymouthSpeed Week.com or like Weymouth Speed Week on Facebook.

* The Royal Yachting Association Olympic Classes National Ranking Series will also be taking place this weekend.

The ranking series forms part of the grant and places qualification for international events and is compulsory for sailors on the World Class Olympic Development Programme.

Organisers have announced that the Paralympic classes racing for the October National Ranker will be held at Oxford Sailing Club and not at the Portland venue.

A spokesman said: “Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused.”

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