PRESS RELEASE: Bringdal Set To Take Top Honors In The Navman Maui Speed Challenge Series

PRESS RELEASE: Bringdal Set To Take Top Honors In The Navman Maui Speed Challenge Series

Post by US-7 » Sun, 25 Sep 2005 05:41:41

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2005

BRINGDAL SET TO TAKE TOP HONORS IN THE NAVMAN MAUI SPEED CHALLENGE
SERIES

Maui, Hawaii (USA) -- After the fierce wind and wave conditions of last
week's round, it was a much calmer scene at the penultimate round of
the Navman Maui Speed Challenge Series, September 11. Not that it
stopped Open leader Anders Bringdal getting ever closer to the 40kts
mark, posting another series record of 39.3kts. He now has to share the
honor, though - with former world record holder Erik Beale, who hit
39.3kts in the very same heat.

Anders' average of 38.5kts made him the clear winner on the day -
and most likely the series - despite the best efforts of closest
rival Ben Van Der S***. The Dutch champion took the lead in heat 1,
beating Anders by 1kt, but admitted defeat by the end of the day with
an average of 37.47kts. In third place was Alex Aguera, with a top
speed of 37.5kts. That still leaves him joint second overall with
Jacques Pauvert, who was absent this week. It's down to the final, on
September 25, to see where these two men stand on the winners' podium
with Anders. Watch this space - and the water!

Another battle for supremacy is taking place at the other end of the
spectrum - the Menehune Division. Since arriving on the scene in
round 2, Baker Grant has been giving series leader Jake Golm a run for
his money. This week's race was the closest, with Baker's max of
27.3kts just beating Jake's 27.2kts.

Also pulling off an impressive 27.2kts was Women's latecomer Ashley
Baxter, on her prototype Starboard. Hot on her tail was Paulina Pease
(25kts) and Kristen Orth (22.2kts), who are currently first and second
respectively in the overall rankings.

In the Kite Division, series leader Dave Dorn won the round once again,
recording a top speed of 32.1kts. Coming in second was Skai Dalciel,
who notched up 29.6kts in his one and only heat.

Meanwhile, the Masters Division notched up some awesome speeds, with
winner Jeff Fagerholm hitting 33.5kts and runner-up Michael Warmuth
32.5kts. Not too far behind them was Greg Thomas, with 31.3kts.

Hitting the 30kt mark, too, was Men's Division leader Marc Lefebvre.
And having Fun as always was Carl Grundy, who also reached a maximum
speed of 30kts, enough to win his division and give him the overall
title. Second place went to event newcomer Francis Nogue, who managed a
respectable 27.4kts - twice.

Place   Sailor          Division                Heat 1  Heat 2  Heat 3  Heat 4  Top     Avg     Points
1       Anders Bringdal Open            34.5    37.8    39.3    38.4    39.3    38.50   36
2       Ben V. D. S*** Open            35.3    37.0    38.1    37.3    38.1    37.47   35
3       Alex Aguera     Open            34.3    36.2    35.5    37.5    37.5    36.40   34
4       Erik Beale      Open            33.1    34.2    39.3    34.9    39.3    36.13   33
5       Matt Daniels    Open            31.9    34.3    33.9    35.2    35.2    34.47   32
6       Steve Murphy    Open            32.0    34.1    33.9    34.7    34.7    34.23   31
7       Victor Janssen  Open            31.8    34.3    32.8    35.1    35.1    34.07   30
8       Dave Weeks      Open            32.2    33.4    33.1    33.6    33.6    33.37   29
9       Tom HammertonOpen               30.8    29.3    32.8    32.2    32.8    31.93   26
10      Geof Pease      Open            29.2    31.3    31.6    32.0    32.0    31.63   25
1       Dave Dorn       Kite            28.3    32.1    32.0    0.0     32.1    30.80   24
2       Skai Dalciel    Kite            29.6    0.0     0.0     0.0     29.6    9.87    11
1       Marc Lefebvre   Men             29.6    30.0    29.4    0.0     30.0    29.67   21
1       Ashley Baxter   Women           25.3    25.6    27.2    26.4    27.2    26.40   16
2       Paulina Pease   Women           24.2    25.0    24.6    24.2    25.0    24.60   15
3       Kristen Orth    Women           21.7    21.2    22.2    22.0    22.2    21.97   12
1       Jeff Fagerholm  Masters         30.9    32.2    33.5    32.1    33.5    32.60   28
2       Michael WarmuthMasters  31.4    32.5    32.0    31.3    32.5    31.97   27
3       Greg Thomas     Masters         29.9    31.3    30.9    0.0     31.3    30.70   23
4       Robin Williams  Masters         28.0    30.8    29.3    0.0     30.8    29.37   20
1       Baker Grant     Menehune        26.7    27.2    27.3    0.0     27.3    27.07   18
2       Jake Golm       Menehune        26.5    27.2    26.0    0.0     27.2    26.57   17
3       Connor Baxter   Menehune        23.5    25.3    24.6    0.0     25.3    24.47   14
4       Zane Schweitzer Menehune        21.5    23.6    23.4    23.1    23.6    23.37   13
1       Carl Grundy     Fun             27.6    30.0    30.0    29.4    30.0    29.80   22
2       Francis Nogue   Fun             23.4    26.5    27.4    27.4    27.4    27.10   19

OFFICIAL EVENT WEBSITE: www.mauispeed.com

ORIGINAL RELEASE:
http://SportToday.org/

PHOTOS:  Photos available on the website.

EVENT INFORMATION:
Dates for the Navman Maui Speed Challenge Series are July 17 and 24,
August 7 and 21, and September 11 and 25, to be held from Maui's Kite
Beach, near Kanaha Beach Park. Each competitor will be provided with a
Sport.Tool M300 GPS unit, provided by main sponsor Navman. The
competition is open to the following categories: Open Class (in which
those with specialized speed sailing equipment will compete), Men,
Women, Masters, Juniors, Menehune, Fun and Kite.

For more information on the Navman Sport.Tool M300, visit
www.navmanusa.com and www.sport-tool.com.

EVENT SPONSORS: Navman, Hot Sails Maui, Fred Haywood Realty,
WindsurfingClassifieds.Com, Kanaha Kai, Freestyle, Ray Masters, Waki
Jaki and THE POINT, WestGroup Marketing Communications, Maui Custom
Kats, Ocean 7, Maui Sports Net, Sign Solutions, and David and Debbie
Blyth.

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