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Sterkies June 2010 Event Results PDF Print E-mail
Written by Basil Cambanis   
Saturday, 12 June 2010 06:07

Updated : 13h00 22 June 


Proudly Sponsored by : Ocean2Air

Lead up to the event Article

Event photos have been added to the Photo Gallery, and more are on the way soon.

 

Event Summary

A great event with strong winds and most competitors managing to improve upon their previous best speeds by some margin.
It's the first event that I opted to included a work day, but this was justified as back-to-back days (Sunday & Monday) had 50+ knot runs recorded, and Monday had the best wind recorded since May 2009.

The new comers managed to cause some surprising upsets at this event, and improve their speeds in leaps and bounds.

Paul RailtonPaul Railton was the giant slayer and managed to topple Anton Nel, who has won this event since it's inception in 2008. Fantastic effort Paul.
Paul arrived too late on Sunday to capitalise on the morning wind, but he made no mistake on Monday and timed his runs to perfection.

Paul is now the
Overall Winner with an average speed of 45.61 knots.
This is more than 10 knots faster than the winning speed set in 2008 !

Paul came with me to Luderitz in November last year, to Richards Bay earlier this year, and to Sterkies Tuesday last week; this practice has paid off and he's honed his technique and improved his equipment.

He used my Airtool speedboard and his 9 sqm Genetrix Hydra v3 kite.




Christoff MullerChristoff Muller warded off stiff opposition from Luke Thomas to win the Twintip division, and broke 40 knots within hours of trying speed for the first time !
Christoff is a welcome addition to the Gauteng team, and I'm confident he'll post big speeds before long as he's super keen to learn, and racked up the most runs.

Thanks for the sacrifice of putting in a day's leave Christoff, it sure paid off.

Christoff used a Cyclone twintip and 11 sqm Cabrinha kite.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Christoff Muller receiving his wetsuit
Christoff receiving the Mystic Crossfire steamer wetsuit at 
Ocean2Air
He was nominated for this prize based on his performance, and not all competitors were present on the Monday for the lucky draw.


Another stunning achievement was from 
Anna Hayes
; she progressed from 22 knots in the morning to 30.29 knots later that day.

I gave she some advice on her line and commitment towards the end of the run and viola; she's clearly a quick learner and look forward to seeing what she does at the next event. 

Luke Thomas put on a brave performance considering he broke his wrist in 5 places in December 2009, and is still in rehab.
He wore a wrist brace to safe guard it in case he fell.
I'm sure Luke will be back with force before long.

The event has unearthed a wealth of speed sailing talent thus far, and will continue to do so as word spreads and more kiters give it a try.
The Sterkies speed event is the perfect introduction and training ground for budding speed sailors, as it's run in a less formal manner, all the necessary equipment is made available and instruction is provided throughout. In the evening I do track analysis with some of the competitors to show them where they can improve. 

 

Click on any of the competitor's names below to download their GPS tracks.

You can analyse their speeds, line, timing, etc. using GPS Results software which has a 30 day trial.

 

Overall Results

Rank

Competitor

Max.

Ave.

Division

Province

Equipment

Board/Kite 

% Improve 

1

PAUL RAILTON

48.46

45.61

Speed

KZN

Airtool, Genetrix 9 10.63

2

ANTON NEL

47.9645.16

Speed

Gauteng

 Airtool, Airush Vapor 7 5.54

3

REESE HENDRIKZ

45.5843.93

Speed

KZN

 Airtool, Star 10 9.74

4

ROB CHRYSTAL

46.50

43.82

Speed

KZN

 Airtool, F-One 10 6.41

5

BRUCE CHRYSTAL

43.87

42.03

Speed

KZN

 Airtool, F-One 10 8.52

6

WARREN GALLOW

41.37

40.38

Speed

Gauteng

 Airtool, Instinct 9 12.11

7

CHRISTOFF MULLER [1st]

40.49

39.30

Twintip

Gauteng

 Cyclone, Cabrinha 11 1st event

8

LUKE THOMAS [2nd]

40.74

37.65

Twintip

Gauteng

 Long Ocean, F-One 10 -2.84

9
Pic to follow

STEVE GORE

36.33

33.72

Speed

Gauteng

 Cape Dr., F-One 10 1st event

10

BEAU WHITE [3rd]

36.35

33.13

Twintip

Gauteng

 F-One, Nobile 1st event

11

WERN DE VILLIERS

34.12

32.06 

Twintip

Gauteng

 Cape Dr., Naish Helix 12 -8.35

12

DEAN HINKINS

34.19

31.14

Twintip

Gauteng

 Cabarete 131x40, Cabrinha Crossbow 10  1st event

13

ROWAN HAYES

32.77

30.97 

Twintip

Gauteng

 CrazyFly, Star EXA 15.18

14

PETER MARYNOWSKI

32.48

30.30

Twintip

Gauteng

 Custom, Cabrinha  33.67

15
Pic to follow

ROSS HAYES

33.47

30.26

Twintip

Gauteng

 - 1st event

16

ANNA HAYES

30.29

28.97 

Twintip

Gauteng

 Xelerator, Star EXA 23.06

17

ROWAN HAYES (JNR)

27.37

26.22

Twintip

Gauteng

 CrazyFly, Star EXA 1st event

Did not compete

BASIL CAMBANIS

51.45

48.34 

Speed

Gauteng

 Airtool, Genetrix 9 6.23

Speed Profiles

 


Speed Profile
               Speed profile of the 4 fastest riders over 8 second

Note the importance of maintaining speed throughout to get a decent average.
Paul and Reese had the smoothest profiles, and both did well. Paul beat Anton by carrying his speed later into the run.
My strength is having a surge from midway by maintaining the right line early on, this allows me to leverage my position later in the run.
It's a very short run, so one's line, when you release the kite and edge are crucial to maximise the speed and distance. Choosing the right line also gives you less chop and swell to contend with.

 

Twintip Results

 

 


I'm having a Twintip Floating Trophy made for the next event in August/September.
Past until present winners' names will appear on it.
Without the twintip division, it's doubtful that the speed event would have enjoyed the success it has thus far.
Twintip riders usually progress onto a speedboard, and it's then that the bug bites as their speeds rapidly climb.

1

CHRISTOFF MULLER

40.49

39.30

Twintip

 Gauteng

2

LUKE THOMAS

40.74

37.65

Twintip

Gauteng

3

BEAU WHITE

36.35

33.13

Twintip

Gauteng

4

WERN DE VILLIERS

34.12

32.06 

Twintip

Gauteng

5

DEAN HINKINS

34.19

31.14

Twintip

Gauteng

6

ROWAN HAYES

32.77

30.97 

Twintip

Gauteng

7

PETER MARYNOWSKI

32.48

30.30

Twintip

Gauteng

8
Pic to follow

ROSS HAYES

33.47

30.26

Twintip

Gauteng

9

ANNA HAYES

30.29

28.97 

Twintip

Gauteng

10

ROWAN HAYES (JNR)

27.37

26.22

Twintip

Gauteng


DAY 1 RESULTS - Sunday 13 June

The wind started with a lot of promise and blew up to 36 knots between 9 and 11 am. But as some cloud came overhead, the wind dropped to 20-28 knots. The wind improved again in the late afternoon when the cloud cleared, but it never reached the same strength as the morning.
Most competitors were there to capitalise on the morning wind, but Bruce, Rob and Paul just missed the best wind.

Wind Graph
Wind graph for the day; note the strongest wind in the morning.
The wind meter under reads when it's over 30 knots due to it's proximity to the roof eve.

Rank

Competitor

Max.

Ave.

Division

Province

1

ANTON NEL

47.96

45.16

Speed

Gauteng

2

REESE HENDRIKZ

45.5843.93

Speed

KZN

3

PAUL RAILTON

46.5043.49

Speed

KZN

4

BRUCE CHRYSTAL

43.4441.15

Speed

KZN

5

ROB CHRYSTAL

42.65

40.54

Speed

KZN

6

WARREN GALLOW

41.37

40.38

Speed

Gauteng

7

CHRISTOFF MULLER

40.49

39.30

Speed

Gauteng

8

LUKE THOMAS

40.74

37.65

Twintip

Gauteng

9

STEVE GORE

36.33

34.07

Speed

KZN

10

BEAU WHITE

36.35

33.13

Twintip

Gauteng

11

WERN DE VILLIERS

34.12

32.06

Twintip

Gauteng

12

DEAN HINKINS

34.19

31.14 

Twintip

Gauteng

13

ROWAN HAYES

32.77

30.97

Twintip

Gauteng

14

PETER MARYNOWSKI

32.48

30.30 

Twintip

Gauteng

15

ROSS HAYES

33.47

30.26

Twintip

Gauteng

16

ANNA HAYES

30.29

28.97

Twintip

Gauteng

17

ROWAN HAYES JNR.

27.37

26.33 

Twintip

Gauteng

D.N.C.

BASIL CAMBANIS

50.11

46.52

Speed

Gauteng


DAY 2 RESULTS - Monday 14 June

We were greeted with clear skies in the morning and around 23 knots of wind. Unlike Sunday, it continued to freshen throughout the day until it reached an impressive 40-50 knots around 2pm. The best speeds were set around 10am.
Unfortunately the direction swung too North for most of the afternoon during the strongest wind.
But there were a few brief spells when it was the right direction in the afternoon, and Paul took full advantage of one of these.

Basil, Paul, Bruce and Rob were the only one's to improve upon their speeds set the previous day in the challenging conditions on Monday.
Others like Warren, Christoff, Luke and Dean came very close to bettering their previous times, but just fell short; some of them by less than half a knot.


Inter-Provincial Trophy

Gauteng managed to retain the trophy by the slenderest of margins to date, by a mere 0.18 knot !
Everyone raised their game, but KZN did so in dramatic fashion.

The average of the top 3 riders are averaged per province to get a result.

Gauteng

Basil Cambanis  48.34
Anton Nel       45.16
Warren Gallow 40.38

Average 44.63 knots


KZN

Paul Railton       45.61
Reese Hendrikz  43.93
Rob Chrystal      43.82

Average 44.45 knots

Inter-Provincial winners
Inter-Provincial winners. 
Gauteng speeds that counted : Warren, Basil, Anton


Special Thanks to :

  • Bruce and Rob Chrystal from Ocean2Air for sponsoring the event and their continued support.
  • Anton Nel who always brings his duck for rescues and laying of the buoys. He also takes most of the stunning photos you see of the event.
  • Warren Gallow for feeding me a host of cold and flu tables to get me better, and laying the starting buoy in cold conditions on day 1.
  • Anna Hayes for the viral choice capsules and Christoff Muller for the home made colloidal water, both made a difference and helped improve my cold.
  • My wife Nicolene and my boys Michael and Peter for giving up their time with me in the lead up to the event. My wife also made a veg and mince curry for the competitors.
  • Manfred Fuchs who is the author of the GPS analysis software, for making the necessary enhancement specially for the event so I could calculate average speeds over 8 seconds. The worldwide norm is 10 seconds.
  • Garry Robinson for making me a killer speed board that allowed me to break 50 knots 7x over the past few months at Sterkies.
  • Last but not least, the competitors for their support and braving the cold and strong winds.
Notables not present were :
  • Fabio and Chrissie Salvador, Glen Scorgie, Raymond Deftereos, Gert Fouche, Danie Joubert, Sinista Misic, George Krafft, Clyde Wynter and David van Bloemenstein.
  • Our French connection, Sebastien Delepine whose moved to China for work. We'll miss you buddy, thanks for all your support in the past.
  • Mark Kerrigan, has his plate full at present and couldn't to attend this time. He's always there providing loyal support.
  • Angelo Angelos who is trying to get over a cold.
  • Fred Kloren who tried his best to make it, but could not get away and make the trek from Cape Town.

49 knot run taken using Rob Chrystal's Hero helmet cam
It's in HD, so you can select the 720p

 option (bottom-right).

 

 

 

 

 
Video clip of the yesterday's wind (Monday 14 June 2010); it blew gale force for several hours and was a sight to behold.
 

Christoff Muller's wipe out mid-run, but his gutsy attitude won him the twintip division.


Rob Chystal's series of moves on the inside on Sunday.
 

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