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Sterkies Sept 2009 Event Results PDF Print E-mail
Written by Basil Cambanis   
Saturday, 26 September 2009 10:40

 

Rank

Competitor

Max.

Ave.

Division

Province

D.N.C.

BASIL CAMBANIS

42.06

39.44

Speed

Gauteng

1

ANTON NEL
1st on Speedboard

38.93

37.98

Speed

Gauteng

2

KOBUS FILMATER
1st on Twintip

36.48

35.78

Twintip

Gauteng

3

PAUL RAILTON
2nd on Speedboard

37.43

35.76

Speed

KZN

4

WARREN GALLOW
3rd on Speedboard

36.15

35.49

Speed

Gauteng

5

WERN DE VILLIERS
2nd on Twintip

38.53

34.98

Twintip

Gauteng

6

SEBASTIEN DELEPINE
3rd on Twintip

33.41

32.01

Twintip

Gauteng

7

ANGELO ANGELOS

28.01

26.70

Twintip

Gauteng

8

ROWAN HAYES

28.23

26.37

Twintip

Gauteng

9

ANNA HAYES

24.20

22.29

Twintip

Gauteng

-

LUKE THOMAS

 

 

Twintip

Gauteng

-

DONOVAN FICK



Windsurfer

Gauteng

-

BARTEL


 

Twintip

Gauteng



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Special Thanks to :

  • Bruce Chrystal for the loan of the 12 DOS, Paul and I put it to good use. The kite pulls like a truck and is not slow either (42 peak in just over 20 knots).
  • Anton and Shellee who always make the effort to help out where necessary and haul the duck for rescues.
  • Mark Kerrigan for joining me at the drop of a hat to offer his help and support where needed.
  • My wife and boys for giving up their time with me over the long weekend and in the lead up to the event.
  • Garry Robinson for showing a keen interest in every little detail concerning board design.
  • Luke Thomas, Paul Railton and Angelo Angelos for coming through just for the day.
  • Rowan and Anna for their company on the first night, and for entering just for the day.
Notables not present were :
  • Fabio and Chrissie Salvador, as they could not get accommodation and have a baby daughter (Chiara).
  • Glen Scorgie, as he couldn't make it on the Thursday and the weekend forecast was poor.
  • Reese Hendrikz, Bruce and Rob Chystal, and Sin had lessons booked.
  • Garry Robinson was sick.
  • Gert Fouche and Gerhard Swart were on a kiting trip.
  • Raymond D, George K, Clyde W, David vb, Danie J and several others were on holiday or abroad.

 

Sunday 27 September 2009

The wind did not blow consistently enough on Saturday or Sunday to have further heats, so the results remain unchanged. The best wind was on Thursday and Friday, with Friday being the most consistent.

I had a wind meter on a tripod to gauge the wind strength near the point each day, and it peaked between 25 to 26 knots every day except for Sunday (21 knots).
It's incredible that the wind reached 20+ knots for 5 straight days (Wed-Sun) at Sterkies.

Since the wind was gusty, timing was everything to record decent speeds.
Right from the onset we knew this might be the case, so the emphasis was on having fun.
6 competitors attained speeds in the mid-upper 30's, which is good going considering the fluky wind and average kite size being 12's.

The best peak speed of 42 knots was recorded on Friday.
There were 2 gusts in particular that stood out, one on Thursday and another on Friday.
The first lofted me a long way downwind on the point as I was approaching the run on a 12; had I hung on long enough to get over the swell at the start, I'm sure it would have been a cracker.
The second hit me mid-run hauling me almost straight downwind, I was forced to take drastic measures to not t-bone two other kiters beating back upwind. I whipped my kite the opposite direction and did a half loop that would have made Ruben proud, the only problem was I got slam dunked on my head in the process.

I'm pleased we held the event and got a good result, as the next prospect for wind is a long way off and might be mid-week too. We had our first Summer rainfall on Monday (28 Sept).
The wind this past Winter and during Spring thus far is the lightest I can recall, so hopefully the cycles kick back into routine before the next event in April/May.

 

Some highlights :

  • Anna Hayes became our first lady competitor and clocked 22.29 average and 24.2 peak.
  • Kobus Filmater improved on his best average and peaks speeds with 35.78 and 36.48 respectfully, and in so doing won the twintip division. From 5th place in May to 1st, nice one !
  • Sebastien Delepine earned 3rd place when he attained his best average speed to date of 32 knots.
  • Anton Nel did it again, he got the fastest speeds on both a twintip and speedboard; so he's won every event since inception (4 events).
  • Paul Railton drove up from Durban just for the day on Wednesday, as he and his family already had a trip planned from Thursday onwards. He was rewarded with second place.
  • Angelo Angelos also drove up just for the day on Thursday, as he had commitments on Friday.
  • Luke Thomas drove up for the day twice due to work pressure, he was there on Thursday (but was doing freestyle) and arrived late on Saturday in preparation for Sunday, but sadly it did not blow strong enough so he failed to register a single speed run. Thanks Luke, your commitment is commendable.

 

Friday 25 September 2009

It's blown decently every day thus far and has far exceeded the forecast, this weekend will be no exception.
They're forecasting a mere 12 knots on Sunday, but I reckon we should get wind into the mid 20's at least.

Each day the wind has improved, and become more consistent.
Wednesday was the lightest day when Paul Railton from KZN was here, and he still managed to clock almost 38 knots.
The wind's peaked around 25 knots for 3 straight days now, and this looks set to continue until Sunday.

Each day the speeds have improved, and all the hours of speedsailing practice are paying off for most of the competitors.
Seb Delepine improved his speed from yesterday by a full 9 knots, and Kobus Filmater has dramatically improved after heeding some posture advice.
He's a fit and strong lad who is now learning to drive the power into his board by not bending at the waist as much.

Best peak speed has been raised to 42 knots and an average of 39.44, and I'm sure this will improve with 2 days still remaining.

Provisional Results up to Friday :
Speedboard Division
1. Anton Nel, 37.98 ave, 38.93 max
2. Paul Railton, 35.76, 37.43
3. Warren Gallow, 35.49, 36.15

Twintip

1. Kobus Filmater, 35.78 ave, 36.48 max
2. Wern de Villiers, 34.98, 38.53
3. Seb Delepine, 32.01, 33.41

 

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