Portland Harbour, Dorset
Speedweek '97


Icarus

Will Lightning Strike Yet Again?

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 books.
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.

Speedweek '98!
Already 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!

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SpeedWeek '97 is brought to you via the tireless efforts of the likes of Robert Downhill, Bob Spagnoletti, Norm Phillips, Sandra and Phil Gollop, Michael Ellison, Graeme Ward and a host of other volunteer dogsbodies whom I shall be very sorry I've neglected to mention--webmaster@dcss.org