Walvisbay Speedweek 2006 Day 1 through 4

The Walvisbay Speedweek has attracted many a windsurfers over the last twenty odd years. Starting out with only locals in the event, the last 3 years has proven that Walvisbay has the potential to be a first class event in the Speed surfing scene. Attracting the likes of Björn Dunkerbeck, multiple world champion in various disciplines, Finian Maynard, current leader of the World Speed Sailing Tour, Patrick Diethelm, also contending to hold the title at the end of the third and final leg of the ISA Speed Sailing Grandprix.

The Walvisbay Speedweek has not only attracted windsurfers, but kitesurfers have also started to make their marks on the record boards.

A total of 6 world – and 23 national records where broken at the “Walvisbay Speedweek 2005”.

Saturday 14 October 2006
Registration took place with a lot of familiar faces. With a light 15 knot breeze, a couple of new and old riders accustomed themselves to the shallow water of the speed spot. Predictions are not looking to favourable for the next two days but day three should reach winds in the mid twenties.

Sunday 15 October 2006
Race day one and as expected the conditions are mild. The course did not opened because of winds barely reaching 15 knots.

Monday 16 October 2006
Race day two again the cloud cover did not want to lift. A moderate 13 knot southwester is keeping the competitors at bay who by now are anxious to hit the strip and get some runs in. Hopes are high for tomorrow!

Tuesday 17 October 2006
Race day three and still no wind. Competitors are resorting to alternative entertainment; golf soccer, dolphin cruises etc. The sun is starting to shine more persistently which gives us much hope for winds in the days to come. Tonight’s sorrows will be forgotten with activities at the Free Air Centre.




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