3 Essential Speedsailing Tips

A handful of the UK’s best speedsailors are heading over to the Dunkerbeck Speed Challenge, which is a combined event with the European Speed Championships. The event will be held in Fuerteventura from the 8th to the 13th of June, check out more details on our sister site Boardseeker here.

Boards catches up with three of the UK entrants to find out their speed tips and more…

Ant Baker
Ant Baker

Name:

Ant Baker

Sail no:

K77

Top speed:

46.8

Favourite speed equipment setup:

Fanatic Falcon 45 with my new awesome 5.2 North Warp.

Top speed technique tip:

If it’s broad let the outhaul off. If it’s tight put more on.

Why are you heading to the event and what results are you hoping for:

In my old age I am going to start to get into more international speed events where I feel I can go well, at the event I would like a top 3

Jim Crossley
Jim Crossley

Name:

Jim Crossley

Sail no:

K33

Top speed:

47knots

Favourite speed equipment setup:

5.2 North Warp, Moo custom board, Select hotrod fin.

Top speed technique tip:

If you’re going to push your limits wear a some protection, including a helmet. Wiping out at speed can not only hurt but can cause serious injuries.

Why are you heading to the event and what results are you hoping for:

This is my first international event…I just want to give it a go, give it my best effort and have fun!

Sponsored by: Fanatic/North Sails, Select, Puravida Boardriders

Zara Davis
Zara Davis

Name:

Zara Davis

Sail no:

K47

Top speed:

45.83 knots over 500m (Women’s world windsurfing record)

Favourite speed equipment setup:

5.5 Simmer SCR and Mistral Speed 41 with a 20 cm Sonntag assay fin.

Top speed technique tip:

Read the course, dig deep in the gusts and glide trough the lulls.

Why are you heading to the event and what results are you hoping for:

As the current European champion I am hoping to retain my title!

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