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speed

So, you were sailing really fast huh?

Seemed like you were going almost as fast as Antoine Albeau's record 52.05 knots?  Well, here's a chance to see how your speed stacked up against speedy sailors from TWC.

Wait for a windy day, set your GPS to record max. speed in knots, engage your hyper-drive, and email your results (Speed in knots, Sailor name, Date/Location/Wind, Board/Sail/Fin, Verification [TWC Board Member, TWC member, friend you paid or no verification]) to Jeff MacIntosh at the club.

We're not intending this be  global in scope and will only post results from members or friends of TWC. Our intention is to encourage and motivate members and friends to participate in friendly competition against each other and to improve their individual speed sailing.

We'll update the Speed Sailing page by posting results submitted on the Speed Sailing page ASAP after they have been submitted.

At the end of each season (end of October), we'll award:

  • Individual awards to TWC members who achieve the 20, 25, 30+ knot levels noted on the Speed Sailing ladder (These are Lifetime Achievement Awards… you only get each level once, not once each year!)
  • Fastest Member Speed at TWC Trophy
  • Fastest Member Speed in Ontario (Christopher Hope TWC Ontario Speed Sailing Cup)
  • Fastest Member Speed Outside Ontario Trophy
  • Fastest Member Longboard Speed (with centreboard and over 330cm in length)

Lots to go for!

Speed from GPS display (knots) Speed from software (knots) Sailor Date Location Wind Board Sail Fin Verified by
30.1 34.7
(GPS Action Replay and GPS Results)
Jeff MacIntosh September 9, 2018 Cherry Beach 15-25 knots iSonic 107 Gaastra Vapor 5.0 Deboichet 44 cm. Chuck McKay

 

  1. Finding flat water without waves or chop is really important. The water will be flat if the wind does not have a long “fetch”; that is, it isn’t going over a lot of open water before it gets to you (like a nor’wester on Lake Huron or Georgian Bay).  An ideal spot is behind a sandbar or other low land that doesn’t much interfere with the wind but knocks down all of the waves.  The water at Cherry is reasonably flat on any wind coming from the east, since there isn’t much time for waves to form after the wind comes over the Leslie Street Spit.  One of the best spots in Ontario for flat water, if you don’t mind driving a couple of hours, is Varty Lake  (GPS coordinates 44o23’26.75”N 76o48’41.03”W).  It doesn’t much form waves because it is very shallow and the bottom is muddy (which absorbs most of the wave energy).  Just make sure you take a weed fin.
  1. The fastest point of sail is 120o off the wind (or 30o off a beam reach).
  1. The fin is just as important as the sail. It shouldn’t be too long or fat to keep the water resistance low (racing fins are best).
  1. For more tips on going fast, see http://www.speedsurfingblog.com/2015/07/you-might-be-interested-in-just-speed.html (although the various references found there are a bit out of date).

There are a lots of different GPS units on the market, ranging in price from about $60 to thousands. For speed sailing here are a few recommendations:

  • The GPS unit should at least be water resistant. It is better if it is waterproof.
  • Some GPS units come with armbands. That is a nice convenience, but then it is particularly important that the unit be waterproof.
  • If the GPS unit is not itself waterproof and/or doesn’t have an armband, you’ll need to get something to put it in that is both waterproof and has an armband.
  • The GPS unit has to show maximum speed. Not all units do, so be careful what you buy.

Here are two good arm-band carrying cases:

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