Weymouth Speed Week is the oldest and longest-running speed sailing event in the world. Held annually since 1972, it has challenged sailors of a wide variety of wind-powered craft to sail as fast as they can over a distance of 500m with their speed being recorded as the average speed over that distance.

Weymouth Speed Week 2017 starts on Saturday 14th October at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.  Event registration will open no earlier than Sunday 13th August 2017. Get your name on the Newsletter list to be notified.

Today's competitors comprise kite boarders, sail boarders and boaters. They compete over a 500m course laid out in Portland Harbour. The number of courses and their positions can vary each day according to the prevailing and anticipated wind conditions. Each course has a start line and each competitor is free to choose their best angle to maximise their speed. Each competitor's run is now accurately measured by GPS with the recorded GPS data processed each day to generate the results for each of the competition classes. Competitors are also free to put in as many runs as they can; on a windy day, the course can be a constant buzz as the competitors relentlessly charge up and down to find the best wind.

Sailing fast is not simply about sailing in strong winds; whilst strong winds provide the basis for a fast run, a sailor's ability to sail efficiently and consistently is highly important. Sailing fast in less-than-perfect winds presents an opportunity to demonstrate a sailor's skill and judgement.

Weymouth Speed Week is a unique event. All sailors with an interest in speed sailing are invited to compete and there are no restrictions upon the craft you may sail - experimental craft are particularly welcome. There are, in fact, few rules to who can compete; so long as your craft is wind-powered, it is eligible. The event has attracted some of the world's top professional and record-holding sailors over the years. The event allows first-time competitors to compete with professionals on the same course - not something normally offered by other events.

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The harbour record

The current Weymouth Speed Week 500m record of 38.48 knots was set by Anders Bringdal in 2008 on a sailboard.

In 2011, four competitors exceeded 35 knots and one, a kite boarder, exceeded 36 knots. With the right wind conditions this year, the harbour record could fall. There's a prize for the competitor who breaks the record and sets the week's top speed. Many kite and sail boarders have achieved speeds of over 30 knots in the last few events; 49 of the 100 competitors exceeded 30 knots in 2011.

High speeds are, of course, dependent upon having the right wind conditions at the right time; with the event set for a single week to coincide with the best tidal conditions, the wind conditions can make or break a speed challenge. 

The world record

Competitors are challenged to beat not only the harbour record but also that of the outright World Speed Record; that currently stands at 65.45 knots and was set by Paul Larsen (AUS) sailing Vesta SpeedRocket 2 at Walvis Bay in Namibia in November 2012. Good luck!

The French trimaran, l'Hydroptère, had previously set a record of 51.36 knots over 500 meters in September 2009 and Rob Douglas, a Kite boarder, had set and held the record for more than 2 years with a speed of 56.65 knots.

The World Record for 500m was previously set by Antoine Albeau (FRA) in 2008 on a windsurfer. Antoine has subsequently achieved 52.05 knots on a windsurfer at Luderitz in 2012 but not regained the outright record..

Please refer to the World Sailing Speed Record Council for more information about the past and current world speed records over the distance of 500m.

Portland Harbour has been the location for many of the early speed sailing world records for boats and windsurfers, with Tim Colman setting several notable records with his Crossbow proa and Crossbow II catamaran in the 70's and early 80's.

Recent years

Kite boards have recently presented serious challenges to the dominance of the sail boarders at Weymouth Speed Week and have taken the week's honours in three of the last five years:

  • in 2010 James Longmuir achieved 33.419 knots on a kite board with sailboarder Kevin Greenslade marginally behind on 32.753 knots;
  • in 2011 kite boarder David Williams achieved 36.250 knots and just pipped David Garrel at 35.742 knots on a sailboard to take the week's fastest speed.
  • in 2012 Swedish sailboarder Daniel Borgelind recaptured the week's fastest speed at 33.174 knots over Martin Carter on a kite board with 29.123 knots.
  • in 2013 Kevin Greenslade reached 33.242 knots on his sailboard. The fastest kiter was James Longmuir with 32.169 knots.
  • in 2014 French kite boarder Benotit Gaudiot achieved 36.441 knots.Patrick Van Hoof (Belgium) headed the sailboard pack with 34.567 knots.

Event location

Portland Harbour, Dorset.

Hosted by the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.

Portland Harbour

Registered Competitors

Date & Time Name Craft Status Entry Confirmed Ref
2017-10-14 09:41:04Chris Cleland SailboardAmateur2-DayNoU367/E307
2017-10-14 09:37:47Henry BloodworthSailboardGold-FleetAll WeekYES CompletedU161/E88
2017-10-14 09:29:29Paul SibleySailboardGold-FleetAll WeekNoU377/E403
2017-10-14 08:01:39Robin FitzsimmonsSailboardAmateur2-DayNoU395/E357
2017-10-13 23:16:43Kevin GreensladeSailboardPro-FleetAll WeekYES CompletedU270/E334
2017-10-13 19:56:27Jim CrossleySailboardPro-FleetAll WeekNoU112/E41
2017-10-13 16:30:31JENNY GLASSSailboardAmateur2-DayNoU417/E402
2017-10-13 13:45:39graham coxKite BoardKite-Fleet2-DayNoU418/E401
2017-10-12 21:10:47simon cofieldSailboardPro-FleetAll WeekYES CompletedU203/E338
2017-10-12 00:06:51Trevor WhatfordSailboardAmateurAll WeekYES CompletedU82/E400
2017-10-11 20:48:02Jenna GibsonSailboardGold-FleetAll WeekYES CompletedU366/E305
2017-10-11 15:06:44Leigh kingabySailboardPro-FleetAll WeekYES CompletedU416/E399
2017-10-11 09:49:54Steve DavisonKite BoardKite-FleetAll WeekNoU266/E398
2017-10-10 18:06:04alan blundellBoatBoat-FleetAll WeekYES CompletedU136/E65
2017-10-10 15:27:55martin carterKite BoardKite-FleetAll WeekYES CompletedU178/E342
2017-10-10 15:23:27Henry MerewetherKite BoardKite-Fleet2-DayYES CompletedU414/E397
2017-10-10 12:20:20Patricia FlecksSailboardAmateur2-DayNoU387/E396
2017-10-09 20:57:16scotty stallmanSailboardGold-FleetAll WeekYES CompletedU310/E395
2017-10-09 18:25:43Zara DavisSailboardPro-FleetAll WeekYES CompletedU116/E44
2017-10-09 16:12:12Pete YoungSailboardPro-Fleet2-DayNoU344/E272
2017-10-08 20:52:21Jason SawyerSailboardAmateurAll WeekYES CompletedU383/E394
2017-10-08 19:10:02james longmuirKite BoardKite-FleetAll WeekYES CompletedU305/E234
2017-10-08 17:02:29Patrick Van HoofSailboardPro-FleetAll WeekYES CompletedU213/E142
2017-10-08 16:56:55Tania MertensSailboardAmateurAll WeekYES CompletedU312/E240
2017-10-07 17:25:59Gavin FurmengerSailboardGold-FleetAll WeekYES CompletedU248/E393
2017-10-06 22:41:47Sarah JacksonSailboardGold-Fleet2-DayNoU379/E392
2017-10-03 15:40:27Emma WolstenholmeKite BoardKite-Fleet2-DayNoU412/E391
2017-09-29 12:10:14Kacper WozniakSailboardGold-FleetAll WeekNoU385/E390
2017-09-27 20:01:42Sam AnsteySailboardGold-FleetYouth WeekendYES CompletedU340/E276
2017-09-26 16:38:54Tyler Baker SailboardGold-FleetYouth WeekendYES CompletedU376/E385
2017-09-25 20:26:28Daniel JohnstonSailboardAmateur2-DayNoU406/E379
2017-09-24 21:31:23simon pettiferSailboardPro-FleetAll WeekYES CompletedU118/E387
2017-09-24 17:56:30SPENSER ARNOLDSailboardAmateurAll WeekYES CompletedU411/E386
2017-09-20 19:15:15Lewis LimmSailboardAmateurYouth WeekendYES CompletedU410/E384
2017-09-18 21:08:38Paul JenkinsSailboardAmateur2-DayYES CompletedU408/E382
2017-09-18 19:57:09Davies MikeSailboardAmateur2-DayYES CompletedU409/E383
2017-09-14 22:46:57Harding DexterSailboardAmateurYouth WeekendYES CompletedU407/E380
2017-09-14 05:46:52Peter CrosbySailboardAmateur2-DayYES CompletedU319/E245
2017-09-12 14:59:46MARTIN BROOKSSailboardAmateur2-DayYES CompletedU405/E378
2017-09-11 21:27:02James BattyeSailboardPro-FleetAll WeekYES CompletedU386/E377
2017-09-10 12:33:44Christine DAFFESailboardAmateurAll WeekYES CompletedU399/E376
2017-09-06 16:44:01Gary PlattSailboardAmateurAll WeekNoU232/E375
2017-09-04 15:47:14Baxter BradfordKite BoardKite-FleetAll WeekYES CompletedU391/E374
2017-09-03 19:14:19Dominic LiversedgeSailboardAmateur2-DayYES CompletedU402/E373
2017-09-03 10:22:52Dan DuffKite BoardKite-Fleet2-DayYES CompletedU401/E372
2017-09-02 13:58:29Ewan PatersonSailboardAmateurAll WeekYES CompletedU400/E371
2017-08-27 10:40:06mark salvageSailboardAmateurAll WeekYES CompletedU287/E368
2017-08-19 18:43:18Richard CrosbySailboardAmateurAll WeekYES CompletedU329/E366
2017-08-19 10:11:02neil thompsonSailboardAmateurAll WeekYES CompletedU390/E365
2017-08-18 14:34:46Steve WatsonSailboardAmateurAll WeekYES CompletedU121/E362
2017-08-16 12:00:10Stephen SugdenSailboardGold-Fleet2-DayYES CompletedU182/E224
2017-08-16 10:16:55Cartridge DannySailboardAmateurAll WeekYES CompletedU396/E359
2017-08-15 23:08:25John OliverSailboardGold-FleetAll WeekYES CompletedU234/E358
2017-08-15 19:33:33George FultonSailboardAmateurAll WeekYES CompletedU364/E303
2017-08-15 16:45:27Grant Cottrell SailboardGold-FleetAll WeekYES CompletedU337/E269
2017-08-15 15:52:35Jean-Marc De BruyneSailboardPro-FleetAll WeekYES CompletedU162/E89
2017-08-15 12:36:57Adrian WallisSailboardGold-FleetAll WeekYES CompletedU97/E356
2017-08-15 11:20:01Robin RussellSailboardGold-FleetAll WeekYES CompletedU156/E355
2017-08-15 10:14:23Tim LawesSailboardAmateur2-DayYES CompletedU159/E354
2017-08-15 07:45:51matthew yorkSailboardGold-FleetAll WeekYES CompletedU86/E353
2017-08-14 20:57:25Garry ConnellSailboardGold-FleetAll WeekYES CompletedU265/E347
2017-08-14 18:32:34Tim WhealySailboardAmateur2-DayYES CompletedU394/E352
2017-08-14 11:43:49bill robinsonSailboardGold-FleetAll WeekYES CompletedU87/E351
2017-08-14 10:34:08shaun cookSailboardPro-Fleet2-DayYES CompletedU382/E349
2017-08-14 10:06:50Bob CartridgeSailboardAmateurAll WeekYES CompletedU393/E348
2017-08-13 21:19:16Anders BjorkqvistSailboardPro-FleetAll WeekYES CompletedU76/E3
2017-08-13 21:04:56Steve ThompsonSailboardAmateur2-DayYES CompletedU296/E226
2017-08-13 20:54:16NICK BEANEYSailboardPro-Fleet2-DayYES CompletedU154/E79
2017-08-13 20:54:05Simon ChippingtonSailboardAmateur2-DayYES CompletedU380/E346

Guidance - Entry Class

Please refer to the list of Entry classes for definitions.

2-Day entries

We have a limited number of 2-Day entries available. The number remaining is shown. There is no restriction on which two days you attend, however if you are hiring a GT31 and you definitely know the days you will be there then please let us know (add a note in the "Are you sponsored?" text field) so we can maximise the use of the available GT31s.

Status

Status will only be requested to be selected if you have chosen to enter a sail board.

First-timers

Competitors who have not previously entered a WSW event with their chosen craft type may indicate themselves as being a first-time entrant. Note that we will override this for any sail board competitors who are of a Gold-Fleet or Pro-Fleet status.

Display indicators

Your selected or automatically determined status and first-timer status will be shown as confirmation for all craft types.

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