In the United Kingdom contestants from all over the world were competing last week in the World Speed Sailing Championships at Weymouth, Dorset.
In the United Kingdom contestants from all over the world were competing last week in the World Speed Sailing Championships at Weymouth, Dorset. They were seeking to break high speed records, but poor winds dashed the hopes of the leading contenders from Britain and the United States.
SYNOPSIS: Despite the lack for wind, most of the entrants got ready to compete, even though new records were obviously not going to be made. One of the fastest boats in the competition, Britain's Corssbow, skippered by Tim Colman, put in an average speed of 28.1 knots. Colman set the world record of 33.8 knots last year. Another competitor were the Dutch wind-suffer "Ministrel".
It was hard work trying to find the wind and another windsurfer hoisted all four sails for maximum effect. The organisers of the event, the Royal Yachting Association, say that both Britain's Crossbow and the leading American contender for a new American contender for a new record, "Slingshot", skippered by Karl Thomas, are to stay an extra week in an effort to set a new time. And the crew of the Dutch boat, "Nacra", went aloft in an effort to catch some wind.
"Slingshot" was out without much hope of a record, but taking the opportunity for practice. All type of vessels are taking part in the championship, from Crossbow, a giant Catamaran, to the little windsurfers. But it is the two big ones, "Slingshot", seen here, and "Crossbow" that are attracting the most attention.