The best speed sailors from around the world descended on the island of Fuerteventura for the fourth edition of the Dunkerbeck GPS Speed Challenge which started with epic conditions on Matas Blancas beach. In winds of up to 40 Knots and a massive shore break the fifty plus strong men’s fleet, women and kids made the most of it from day one with peak speeds of over 40 knots.[more]
After five valid heats the men’s open fleet is not going to form! The leader is Dutchman Twan Verseput followed by Sweden’s Marcus Emanuelsson and, surprisingly, 42 times world champion and winner of the three previous editions, Bjorn Dunkerbeck is in third position so far. But knowing Bjorn he will not take this lying down and will be fighting back hard to retain his World Speed title.
The Lady’s fleet is once again clearly dominated by Zara Davis, but she is being kept honest and chased hard by her rival from last year Anne Schindler and the newcomer to speed Miriam Rasmussen from Norway in third.
New this year is the timing measurement system from DotVision.com that provides live-tracking of each rider online. The speeds of the rider can be followed on the computer or mobile phone giving a fantastic interactive experience. If you want to follow the action live, go to www. Motion.dotvision.com/events. You can also replay all the heats so far.
There are three race days left with promising wind conditions remaining. Stay tuned!