It certainly has before, on at least 41 occasions! Portland Harbour, near
Weymouth, Dorset has long been host to National and World speed sailing records.
From its inception in 1972, and continuing every Autumn since, this magic spot has
drawn the World's best. Many left their mark here, written indelibly into the history
The mighty Crossbow series set, and continually re-broke her own unlimited
world speed record in these waters. World record hydrofoiler Icarus, with Princess
Anne at the tiller, streaked down Portland's "inshore course." The first
sinker sailboards were developed for these waters, took the "unlimited"
record away, and changed the way sailors think about boat size and boatspeed forever.
This year, at least two very hot hydrofoilers were scheduled. Both have shown
proven capability to sail fast enough to break Crossbow II's long standing National
Unlimited Speedsailing record.
Running 27 September through 3 October, the traditions of Speedweek at
Weymouth were continued!
Additional information; entry requirements, schedule of events, prizes,
adresses and phone numbers, accomodations, etc. for this year's and future Speedweeks
may be found on Peter
Watkinson's Speedweek pages.
scheduled, for 3rd to the 9th of October 1998. Questions about entering, or logistics?
Try e-mailing Robert Downhill,
or checking Peter's site just above. Want to bounce ideas off other dedicated AYRS
members and speed sailors? Join AYRS' online
e-mail discussion list. It's free!