From Vector fins rider Pieter Bijl ( PWA slalom Sylt )
This is what I have to say about the new Vector 46 carbon Volt with little extra rake. It puts the board on the rail and allows it to fligh, in these super choppy, gusty and shifty conditions with current it feels awesome. Really nice low end power with amazing high end control and speed. I didn’t roll 3 guys on one reach all year this year, but I did today!!! The fin is the only thing that changed. It basically takes the board out of count.
Thanks a lot
WA Surf Mandurah Marathon – Crasher Cup
PWA approved Slalom racer Jesper Orth (AUS-10) starts the year with a 1st place
With a total distance of 42 km and reaching legs of 7 km in a figure eight slalom set up, it was indeed a “leg burner” distance for the group of 43 sailors.
The forecast was a solid 15-20 kts and the big Peel inlet, near Mandurah Westers Australia and delivered quite smooth water and steady wind.
With a standing start in the water from the sand bank, spectators saw the 43 fleet of sailors going for the distance, where the big outside mark could only be spotted from halfway there.
“Gear choice is critical for this type of event, as you would spend just around an hours’ time on the water. I knew my new set up of F2 SX 82 / 135L with my Vector G10 Volt 42had amazing speed and KArace 7.9 would deliver all the horsepower / speed and comfort for the distance. All in all it was a fast and comfortable set up and I could lead the race from the start to finish, but with Chris Lockwood, Rowen Law, Matt Langer and Isaac De Virus pushing hard to the first mark. It was great to see this event finally happening, after the local organisations and WWA had worked hard to get it going for some time. I’m very happy to win it and it also gives me good confidence in my gear setup for the upcoming season.”(JESPER ORTH, AUS-10)
Jesper and a few other guys, who did well in the Mandurah Marathon, are well prepared for the prestigious Lancelin Marathon, which will be held in 10 days on January 14th.
1st Jesper Orth (KA/F2)
2nd Isaac De Virus (Severne/Starboard)
3rd Chris Lockwood (NP/Mistral)
4th Matt Langer (Maui/Carbon Art)
5th Rowen Law (Severne/ PD)
© Jesper Orth 2012, Steve Schneider, continentseven.com
Ben van der Steen riding a Vector Fins Volt going over 43 knots – a slalom fin with max speed!
This past October 21st Ben and pals Jordy Vonk and Coen Swijnenburg took to Tarifa Spains’s speed sailing spot and rigged up their slalom gear. Ben combo’d uphis new Loft 7.0 sail with a Vector Volt and strapped on the GPS posting a top 2 second speed over 43 knots on regular slalom gear! Check out the GPS Data Here.
The 2010 Hawaiian AMerican (HAM) Speed Challenge just updated their speed rankings and Vector Fins Pieter Bijl was the top windsurfer at 38.58 knots over 100 meters. Pieters top Speed came as he was winning the Maui VMax Speed Challenge. (pictured Pieter Bijl)
August 28th saw the return of the VMax speed challenge to the islands with Vector Fins Pieter “The Flying Dutchman” Bijl taking the honors followed by Peter “Little John” John and Dan “The Man” Ellis. Chris “The Prisoner” Freeman also set a new P.B. at 33.48 knots, the question is will he hit his goal of a 40 knot peak in his allotted 60 days.
Name, Date, 100 M, Jibe, N. Mile (knots)
Pieter Bijl 08/28 38.58 22.65 22.71
Peter John 08/28 38.09 22.3 24.38
Dan Ellis 08/28 37.73 18.92 21.87
Tom Hammerton 05/06 37.18 22.22 27.80
Diony Guadagnino 05/05 34.74 23.30 30.62
Chris Freeman 08/28 33.48 22.74 25.39
The HAMS prescribes to the KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) rules as follows:
- Best 3 100 m., best 3 Nautical miles and best 3 alpha 500 jibes from 3 different sailors for each team
- Team position in each category is added together and averaged
- Speeds for Gorge team anywhere on the Columbia River Speeds for Maui team can be anywhere in Hawaii
- Speeds for New England team anywhere in New England
- Speeds in doppler from GT-11 or GT-31 GPS units
Check out the Official Hawaiian American Speed Website where riders have until December 31st to better their speeds.