Round 1 and Round 2, Cape Pogue Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
WNW winds at 14 to 22 knots, average wind speed 17 to 18 knots.
Rob Douglas US-55 took the first race with an average speed of 43. 281 over 250 meters. Second place went to his younger brother Morgan Douglas US-57 who recently has been training with Rob. Floridian Damien LeRoy US-54 grabbing third position. In Fourth place Brian Kender US-22 a new comer and someone who looks to be a big player in speed. All racers used slalom boards!
In Race two Morgan stepped up his game and won the race with Rob in second and again Damien holding on to third position. It is only the beginning as there are 13 more days left of racing in the 2013 NASSI
It was a beautiful but cold morning in the Vineyard for the 2013 NASSI. We had good pressure with winds gusting 25knots! The temperature was not so ideal as it was in the forties. The wind was a little tricky as it kept shifting, making it very hard for the race comity to start the race. Everything fell into place and we started the 3rd race at about 2pm. As the winds started to build riders switched from SL boards to Speed boards picking their weapon of choice. Challenging conditions to say the least! In the end Rob Douglas and myself followed by Jamie Douglas took the top three spots.
photo courtesy of Jana Halirova
A few personal records broke today: Nicholas Parlier had a top V max speed of 45 knots on a SL board as well as my personal best on a SL board at 45 knots. Rob Douglas had a blistering 47 knot max speed!
The forecast looks promising for tomorrow let the racing continue…
We woke up knowing day 4 was going to be a big day with gusts over 40 knots from the SW. Riders sailed 12 meter kites all the way down to 7’s. The course was set deep and fast! Race 4 and 5 saw the highest speeds of the event so far with a 50 knot average run by Bobby the Bullet “Rob Douglas”. In second the smallest rider “Little LeRoy” hit his all time fastest V max over 50 knots. In 3rd, another Douglas brother Morgan they call “Sully”, stayed in the 3rd spot. New speed rider Nico Parlier “The Kid” aka Le Garcon D’Arcachon hit his best V max on a speed board at over 52.5 knots.
Races 6,7 and 8
A beautiful blue sky day with lighter winds and gusts of only 25 knots. Pristine conditions and butter smooth! It was time for riders like Brian Kender “Kender the Contender” one of the top course racers in the world, to start his battle back to the podium in his first ever speed event. Riders like Jamie Douglas third place for the day and fifth overall, birthday boy was on the hunt! SL boards once again proved to be dominant in the light conditions. Alex Caizergues, 3 time world champ stayed on his speed board the whole time looking for a perfect puff.
A big thanks to rider and main event sponsor Bill Lynch “Green Leader” for making all this possible. Not to mention the oldest rider in the competition laying down 40 knot runs! Amazing!
Top 5 out of 6 spots on Cabrinha kites and Meanline fins!