PRESS RELEASE: Bringdal stays on top as Navman Maui Speed Challenge Series returns in a fury

PRESS RELEASE: Bringdal stays on top as Navman Maui Speed Challenge Series returns in a fury

Post by US-7 » Wed, 07 Sep 2005 15:30:57

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 4, 2005

BRINGDAL STILL ON TOP AS THE NAVMAN MAUI SPEED CHALLENGE SERIES RETURNS
IN A FURY

Maui, Hawaii (USA) -- Words are not enough to describe the furious wind
and water conditions at Race-4 of the Navman Maui Speed Challenge
Series.  After a two week hiatus due to weak trade winds caused by a
hurricane passing by offshore, the winds returned with a vengeance,
with gusts breaking 30kts and wave and chop running close to waist
high. Race 4 also brought about some new faces from the international
windsurfing community including Ross Williams, Ben Van Der S***, and
Peter Bijl, who all clocked in some amazing knots in near-impossible
conditions.

Jacques Pauvert threw down the gauntlet early on in heat 1 with 38.8
kts but when it came down to the wire, it was Anders Bringdal who once
again pulled together a perfect run posting an event record of 39kts,
edging ever closer to the 40kt barrier in the radical conditions.
Hopes were running high in breaking 40kts this day but it was not to be
with the steep chop and waves, although many of the top contenders felt
that one good puff near the "bone yards" would have put them over
the edge.  Alex Aguera, sporting around 15lbs in his weight jacket
pushed Anders as well, clocking a top speed of 38.6kts. The increasing
wind conditions were a boon for some, posting personal bests in the
37kt range while for some pushed them to the limits. Spectacular wipe
outs could be seen from the beach as sailors battled the elements.  In
all cases the Navman units once again withstood the physical abuse
thrown at them.

In the Kite Division, David Dorn really put the pedal to the metal and
posted an event best for the kite division with a speed of 35.2kts,
passing the previous record of 33.4kts by Shawn Richman.  "The key to
speedy times were in picking your line.  If you found yourself on the
peaks you were in trouble, if you stayed in the troughs and carved to
maintain your line it was smooth and good speed resulted." said Dorn.

In the Men's Division, Marc Lefebvre matched his personal best of
30.7kts, finding his goal of 33kts elusive.  "I felt like I had the
right gear, the right setup for better speeds but I think the fear
factor was the limiting factor for me." said Lefebvre.

In the Women's Division, event newcomer Ashley Baxter, who is 14
years old, took on Paulina Pease, Linda Cherry and Kristin Orth,
posting a personal best of 26.9kts for her first Speed contest.

In the Master's Division, Mike Yasak found some really smooth water
on port tack on the upper side of kite beach and posted some blazing
speeds of 34.7kts.  "Inside of the Bone Yards was my secret spot on
Port and found my fastest times there", said Yasak.  Hot on his heals
was Jeff Fagerholm, of Vector Fins fame, posted fast times of 32.2kts.

Skylar Haywood, although the only Junior Division competitor, posted
times that surpassed many in the Men, Open and Masters Divisions with a
top speed of 32.5kts.  It is obvious the apple does not fall far from
the tree.

In the Fun Division, Carl Grundy handled the crazy conditions on his
classic plastic Tiga 257, and found a top speed of 30.1kts.  That board
surely helped keep things under control when the chop got out of hand.

Last but not least, the Menehune Division saw some scary speeds and
fierce competition. In the end it was Jake Golm who once again
dominated with a top speed of 29.5kts. Hot on his heals was Baker Grant
with a top speed of 27.7kts, and Connor Baxter who went the fastest
ever in his life on his new Starboard Speed Board and ended up third
with a top speed 26.1kts.

Place   Sailor                  Division                Heat 1  Heat 2  Heat3   Heat 4  Top     Avg     Points
1       Anders Bringdal                 Open            38.10   37.60   37.50   39.00   39.00   38.23
        39
2       Alex Aguera             Open            36.90   37.00   38.60   38.20   38.60   37.93   38
3       Jacques Pauvert         Open            38.80   35.70   38.10   36.70   38.80   37.87   37

4       Peter Bijl              Open            35.30   35.00   37.50   38.20   38.20   37.00   36
5       Ross Williams           Open            37.90   35.70   35.10   37.00   37.90   36.87   35
6       Ben Van Der S***       Open            35.90   36.10   37.10   35.80   37.10   36.37
        34
7       Steve Murphy            Open            34.50   33.90   35.10   34.00   35.10   34.53   32
8       Dave Weeks              Open            34.30   33.40   33.70   35.30   35.30   34.43   31
9       Matt Daniels            Open            33.90   34.90   33.90   34.40   34.90   34.40   30
10      Geof Pease              Open            31.90   31.40   31.40   29.80   31.90   31.57   26
11      Tom Hammerton   Open            31.70   30.70   31.40   31.10   31.70   31.40   23
12      Victor Janssen          Open            32.70   30.80   00.00   00.00   32.70   21.17   13

1       Dave Dorn               Kite            33.80   31.90   35.20   35.00   35.20   34.67   33
1       Marc Lefebvre           Men             29.90   29.90   30.20   30.70   30.70   30.27   22
1       Ashley Baxter           Women   23.90   25.60   26.90   26.00   26.90   26.17   17
2       Paulina Pease           Women   26.00   25.00   23.90   25.80   26.00   25.60   16
3       Kristen Orth            Women   20.00   20.80   20.30   20.00   20.80   20.37   12
4       Linda Cherry            Women   26.40   26.60   00.00   00.00   26.60   17.67   11
1       Mike Yasak              Masters         33.90   32.80   34.50   34.70   34.70   34.37   29
2       Jeff Fagerholm          Masters         31.50   31.60   29.90   32.20   32.20   31.77
        28
3       Michael Warmuth         Masters         31.40   31.60   30.80   31.80   31.80   31.60
        27
4       Greg Thomas             Masters         31.50   29.70   31.60   31.10   31.60   31.40   24
1       Skyler Haywood          Junior          30.50   32.50   31.60   30.10   32.50   31.53
        25
1       Carl Grundy             Fun             29.30   29.60   30.10   29.90   30.10   29.87   21
2       Brian Thomson           Fun             30.10   28.90   29.30   28.50   30.10   29.43   20
1        Jake Golm              Menehune        28.40   29.50   29.00   29.00   29.50   29.17   19
2       Baker Grant             Menehune        27.20   27.10   27.60   27.70   27.70   27.50   18

3       Connor Baxter           Menehune        26.10   00.00   24.50   25.10   26.10   25.23
        15
4       Zane Schweitzer         Menehune        23.00   24.70   24.20   25.70   25.70   24.87
        14

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.

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