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Speed Event Prize Handover PDF Print E-mail
Written by Basil Cambanis   
Monday, 08 June 2009 20:03

Congratulations LUKE !!!

Luke

I handed over Luke Thomas's well deserved second place prize in cold and rainy weather at Northgate today, but that didn't dampen our spirits.

Luke was stoked to receive this stunning Mystic Warrior 2 waist harness, and plans to put it to good use at Crayfish factory in big surf this weekend. For those of you that know Luke, he got a dynamic style and regularly pulls off jaw dropping moves. 

Mystic

Many thanks to Bruce and Rob Chrystal at Ocean2Air for the generous prize :
Ocean2Air

Anton Nel will be getting a custom Airtool speedboard in the near future, so expect further improvement from him when he gets properly acquainted with it. 
Airtool
 
Sterkies Delivers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Basil Cambanis   
Monday, 01 June 2009 09:10

Sterkies has delivered the goods on more than one occassion this Winter, and it's still early days.
It blew 20-30 knots for 3 straight days this past Friday to Sunday, and this despite a 19-15-14 forecast.
The daytime air temperature was a chilly 10-13 degrees without wind chill, the water temp is now 14.5 deg. and falling. The air temperature drops to 2 degrees at night.   

The direction was predominantly NW which was not ideal for speed, but a peak speed of 48.68 was still possible, averages were much slower due to the poor angle and chop (best 10 sec 44).

Here's the view from the chalet on Saturday morning :
View from chalet

Rowan Hayes having a late afternoon session in shorts, 11 deg. at the time :
Rowen Hayes
The rest of us had wetsuits, gloves and hoodies.

There was a nice crowd on Sunday, namely David van B., Luke, Kobus, Dawid, Brett, Jaco, Louis, Rowan, Anna, Donovan, and Chris.
We have a new Vaalie guys, his name is Mike, we met him at Sterkies on Saturday, and he's moving up from KZN for a year; he flies FlexiFoil. I know you'll make him feel welcome. 

I'm trying to get over my cold in a hurry as there's more wind on the way soon.

 
50.28 Knots at Sterkies PDF Print E-mail
Written by Basil Cambanis   
Saturday, 23 May 2009 20:36
Read Steve Pike's (Spike) article on Wavescape about the freak wind and event HERE
This article was published in the Argus newspaper on Sunday 24 May.
Wavescape
 
Start of speed run
Approach into the run


Rob Chrystal's video of 60 knot wind and speed runs from 17 May 2009


What's the significance of this :  


It's the first 50 knots achieved INLAND worldwide.


Why was this improbable :

  • The wind inland is much less than at the coast and lacks the power of the wind at sea-level.
  • The terrain inland causes the wind to be gusty as trees, hills, and thermals all detract from the true wind.
  • Sterkies is the best inland speed spot in South Africa, but it's 300+ km's away from the nearest city (Johennesburg and Durban), so it requires forward planning and dedication to be there when it does blow. 
  • Inland sailors (specifically Gauteng) get much less sailing practice as there's 5+ months of little or no wind inland during Summer, and near freezing conditions during Winter when it does blow. This makes it tough to stay sailing fit and focused.
  • The bay in which it was attained is less than 300m in length and has wrap around swell at the beginning and a perpendicular bank with trees at the end making the usable part of the run <200m.
  • Due to the above, most inland sailors had not tried speed until the Sterkies speed event.
    I'm one of the exceptions due to my past, but I'm no professional and 42 years old.

Why was this only achieved now :

  • All top speed sailors live by the windy coastal regions and have access to speed spots near where they stay, so there's little reason for them to trek inland in the hope of timing it right to get the strong wind that blows very seldom, and then still have to contend with an unsuitable shoreline for speed
  • Since the wind at Sterkies seldom blows strong enough to make this possible (maybe 3 times a year), the timing had to be perfect, and on Sunday 17 May 2009 the right conditions came together.
    The wind blew 25 knots in morning and quickly freshend until 10am by which time it averaged 40+ and had gusts up to 60 knots. The wind direction was WNW, which created the perfect angle for speed in the small bay.
  • There has been wind strong enough in the past to achieve this, but either no one was there at the time or it was too short lived or it blew in the wrong direction.
    Too much North in the wind results in massive swell and chop inside the bay.
    SW results in gustier conditions as it passes over a hill, and the run angle then becomes too square.
  • Strong wind only occurs in Winter due to cold fronts, and it becomes very cold then; Sterkies is colder than the rest of the highveld due to it's high altitude and nearby snow on the mountains (berg) in Winter.
    Getting such strong wind so early in the season was a bonus and meant that the water and air temperature were warmer than would normally be the case when it blows this strong.
  • I'm still new to kiting (<3 years) and had a few injuries late 2007 and early 2008, namely a torn ligament in my left forearm and a broken right arm. Thankfully these are now behind me and I'm working at improving my fitness and strength.

    Kiting with broken arm
    February 2008 at Langebaan (1st time there) after breaking my arm a week earlier

What equipment was used :

  • I used the first prototype that Garry Robinson from Airtool and I jointly designed.
    Garry is based in KZN and takes huge pride in his work, his attention to detail is comendable.
    The board is 27cm wide and 150cm in length, it has internal nose weighting and progressive flex in the tail. The first time I used it, I called Garry to tell him we've got a winner !
View from behind
Here's the start of a speed run, note the swell in the foreground and chop at end of run
The muddy water in the foregound is caused by the pounding wind swell on the point


My early board design sketches
Here's the early designs of the board

  • I used a stainsteel microfin that was hand-shaped by Tilmann Heining (from Germany), it's dimensions are 3x20cm. He was the first sailor to record a 50+ knot 500m run on GPS.
Microfin
Tilmann's stainless steel Microfin
  • A 9sqm Genetrix Hydra v3 kite which has bridalling onto the struts which prevents distortion in high wind. It's a flat kite that has massive wind range, this allowed me sail in wind up to 60 knots !
    I depowered the kite while beating upwind and powered it up just before each speed run.
    The force from the kite deminished during the speed run, as you're speeding up and the course becomes broader.
    Kite view
    View of the kite and conditions it was used in

  • My speeds were measured with a Locosys GT-31 handheld GPS unit that was strapped to my upper left arm.
    It's uses Doppler based readings and is deemed 99.9% accurate. 
    GPS Display
    Read out of my GPS after the brief session (peak & average)

    Download my GPS track file HERE

    GPS Tracks
    "GPS Results" track analysis software (30 day trial)

Where to next :

  • This was a surprise, as I thought I'd have to go to the Sterkies Southern Bay which has a longer run to achieve this. What I thought was possible has now been redefined.
  • I plan to kite at the Southern Bay next time there's strong enough wind, and before it gets too cold.
    I should be able to improve my averages there as the run's longer. I've only kited there once before on a TT, so I'm not sure what to expect in stronger wind on a speed board, the swell can get massive depending on the wind angle due to it having an 18km fetch. 
  • There are hills upwind of this spot in anything West which make it gusty, but the length of run is my main concern to get better averages.
  • My goal while there will be to get a mid-40 average speed over 10 seconds and try to improve my peak speed in the process.
  • This will be good preparation for Luderitz later this year, where I'll hopefully improve in all respects.
    I'll have better equipment, technique and more experience this time around.
    The next peak speed goals are 100 km per hour and 60 knots.
  • As always, I'll be only too happy to help those interested in speed sailing.

Speed sailing is an awesome sport that puts you on a high of note, but it requires careful planning and perfect timing to get the right conditions for speed.
Be sure to give mother nature the necessary respect she deserves and enjoy the ride.
 
Speed May 2009 Event Results PDF Print E-mail
Written by Basil Cambanis   
Sunday, 17 May 2009 17:13

Sterkies Speed Event   Ocean2Air

The wind absolutely NUKED on Sunday !
It started off at a modest 25 knots in the morning and built from there to a raging 60 knot hail of spray just before lunch time.
We could not have asked for better wind at the event, and the results reflect this.

Something that needs to be highlighted to put the competitor speeds and their improvement into perspective, each event has become progressively tougher for competitors to improve upon their speeds; here's the ranking method that's been used at each event : 
1st Event - only Peak speed was used
2nd Event - Average over 150m
3rd Event - 8 seconds or 200m at 40 knots

You'll find the EVENT SUMMARY HERE.
You can view the FULL results HERE.

Special thanks to Bruce and Rob Chrystal from Ocean2Air for their suport and sponsorship of the event.


GPS Rankings :

You'll notice in the righthand menu that I've started a FUN GPS ranking.
This is intended to motivate the entrants and interested sailors alike in speed sailing, beyond the event.

Certain dealers (to be named soon) have already agreed to sponsor
prizes for the top ranked riders in this ranking.
The ranking is based on 5x 10 second average speeds, which is the international standard.
I will list my speeds and sessions, but will not contend for any of the prizes. 

I hope this spurs you on to continuous improvement, feel free to ask me for help and advice.

Here's a link to my Sunday session on the international site : www.gps-kitesurfing.com
Speed Certificates :

I've
made out all the certificates and will be posting the KZN ones to Bruce and Rob at Ocean2Air today.
The inland entrants can either mail or call me to arrange to get theirs.

Here's a sample of what it looks like :
Speed Certificate

Inter-Provincial Result :

Gauteng won the inter-provincial trophy, but KZN have narrowed the margin from last year.
Last year Gauteng won by more than 5 knots, this time is was less than 2 knots ! 
The inter-provincial trophy is based on the top 3 8 sec averages from each province.

Gauteng :
Basil Cambanis   45.33
Anton Nel           42.66
Luke Thomas      38.79
Gauteng team average = 42.26 knots

KZN :
Rob Chrystal        41.01
Paul Railton         40.76
Reese Hendrikz    39.65
KZN team average = 40.47 knots

 

Overall Results :

Rank

Competitor

Max.

Ave.

Division

Province

 

BASIL CAMBANIS

50.28

45.33

Speed

Gauteng

1

ANTON NEL

44.96

42.66

Speed

Gauteng

2

ROB CHRYSTAL

43.01

41.01

Speed

KZN

3

PAUL RAILTON

45.19

40.76

Speed

KZN

4

REESE HENDRIKZ

41.69

39.65

Speed

KZN

5

LUKE THOMAS - 1st TT

40.49

38.79

Twintip

Gauteng

6

ANTON NEL

40.31

38.54

Twintip

Gauteng

7

BRUCE CHRYSTAL

40.72

38.45

Speed

KZN

8

REESE HENDRIKZ - 2nd TT

42.10

38.21

Twintip

KZN

9

GERT FOUCHÉ

41.05

37.83

Speed

Gauteng

10

SCHALK KLEYN - 3rd TT

38.77

36.48

Twintip

KZN

11

GARRY ROBINSON

38.48

35.80

Speed

KZN

12

WARREN GALLOW

38.37

34.46

Speed

Gauteng

13

WARREN GALLOW

35.84

34.15

Twintip

Gauteng

14

KOBUS FILMATER

35.86

33.92

Twintip

Gauteng

15

ROSS MCGILL

35.19

33.50

Twintip

KZN

16

ADAM MALUS

34.17

32.10

Twintip

Gauteng

17

GERT FOUCHÉ

32.09

31.50

Twintip

Gauteng

18

GEORGE KRAFFT

33.39

31.43

Twintip

Gauteng

19

SEBASTIEN DELEPINE

33.92

30.75

Twintip

Gauteng

20

JEFF DELL

31.45

30.57

Speed

Gauteng

21

GERHARD SWART

33.80

30.55

Speed

Gauteng

22

JOHANN JACOBS

30.95

29.23

Twintip

KZN

23

GLEN SCORGIE

29.42

28.30

Twintip

Gauteng

24

FABIO SALVADOR

28.90

27.00

Twintip

Gauteng

25

RAY DEFTEREOS

28.53

26.47

Twintip

Gauteng

26

CLYDE WYNTER

 

 

Twintip

KZN

26

DAVID VAN BLOMENSTEIN

 

 

Twintip

Gauteng

26

BRETT PEACH

 

 

Twintip

Gauteng


Here's the trip history from my GPS : 
*** HISTORY SPEED LIST ***  
---MAX SPEEDS---
[ 1]  50.28 KTS
[ 2]  49.60 KTS
[ 3]  49.35 KTS
[ 4]  47.89 KTS
[ 5]  47.56 KTS

---MAX 8 SEC AVG SPEEDS---
[ 1]  45.33 KTS
[ 2]  43.63 KTS
[ 3]  43.54 KTS
[ 4]  42.58 KTS
[ 5]  42.04 KTS
 
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