FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 16, 2005
NEW MAUI SPEED CHALLENGE SERIES TO BE SPONSORED BY NAVMAN GPS
Maui, Hawaii - The Maui Windsurfing Association announced today the
inception of its annual Maui Speed Challenge Series and its new sponsor
Navman, a leading designer and manufacturer of worldclass global
positioning systems (GPS). Set to commence on July 17th, the first
round of this year's event coincides perfectly with the U.S. release
of the Navman Sport.Tool, the ultimate in digital personal trainers,
which will be used to ensure accuracy at the event.
Generating a great deal of interest among amateurs and professional
sailors alike, the 6-part Maui Speed Challenge Series will take place
July 17 & 24, August 7 & 21, and September 11 & 25, on Maui's Kite
Beach, located near Kanaha Beach Park. At each event, competitors will
be provided with a Navman Sport.Tool to use while racing the downwind
course. After each run, judges will record the top speed from each
unit. At the end of each day, an overall winner will be selected for
each of the following categories: Open Class (in which those with
specialized speed sailing equipment will compete), Men, Women, Masters,
Fun, Junior and Youth.
Developed for sports enthusiasts, the Navman Sport.Tool provides
accurate, detailed performance statistics. Available in five models,
the water-resistant Sport.Tool M300 is specifically designed for a
variety of water sports including windsurfing, sailing, leisure
boating, jet skiing and water skiing. The versatile device measures
current, maximum and average speed (in nautical miles and knots) and
automatically records time and distance for each lap completed.
"We are proud to introduce our new Sport.Tool M300 in conjunction with
the Maui Speed Challenge event," said Chris Jensen, VP, Navman USA.
"Navman is a world leader in GPS technology and Maui is the home of
the world's best windsurfing - it's a perfect match." Hot Sails
Maui is also lending their support to the series. The company's new
retail and rental store, Kanaha Kai, is located on road to Kanaha, 100
yards from the competition site. The store will serve as base camp for
the Maui Speed Challenge, as well as the venue for the Series'
opening party. Interested parties can stop by to register, see the
revolutionary new speed sail from Hot Sails Maui and check out the
"The Sport.Tool M300 is the type of technology the windsurfing
industry has been waiting for," said Marc Lefebvre, event director,
Maui Windsurfing Association. "The device will not only play an
instrumental role in the Maui Speed Challenge Series, but also offer a
means for recreational sailors to discover just how fast they can go,
as well as allow serious and professional racers a way to dial in their
equipment throughout the summer."
The Maui Speed Challenge Series is attracting major names in
windsurfing. Anders Bringdal, Thierry Bielak, Freddy Haywood, Martin
van Meurs and Erik Beale have already expressed interest in the event.
Race organizers hope the event will also attract current world record
holder Finian Maynard, as well as other top PWA pros who compete in the
Maui Slalom Series.
For more details, and to follow the progress of the series, log on to
information on Navman and the Navman Sport.Tool M300, visit
www.navmanusa.com and www.sport-tool.com.
IMAGES FOR RELEASE: http://www.mauispeed.com/images/IMG_2564.jpg,
EVENT SPONSORS: Navman, Hot Sails Maui, Haywood Real Estate, Kanaha
Kai, Freestyle, Ray Masters, Waki Jaki and THE POINT, West Group
Marketing and Communications, WindsurfingClassifieds.Com, Nova Media,
Maui Custom Cats, Ocean 7, Maui Sports Net.