New GPS Speedsurfing World record!The Record Committee at has validated the claim for a new world GPS record by KA team sailor Craig Spottiswood. The new record is 47.58 Knots (best 10 sec speed).
Craig “Spotty” Spottiswood also claims the fastest GPS 5×10 sec for 2011!

An overview on the excellent speed arena of Sandy Point, Australia.


At Sandy Point in Victoria, Australia, just some hours southwest from Melbourne, which is renowned to produce some unreal conditions for speed sailing, we saw KA Sails team sailor “Spotty” sailing on fire. He – Craig is 39 year sold, 197 cm tall and gets around 11o kg on the weighing machine – was amongst a group of sailors that closely followed the forecast and got it right on the day.
Spotty is a well known speed sailor and is still claiming the fastest “unofficial” 10 sec of 49.05 kts from 2009. To make a valid GPS World Record you have to use 2 x GPS GT31 units, and unfortunately he only had one on him in 2009. The 1 unit recording was however enough to use for the Overall Ranking that he still leads. This time he made no mistake to have 2 x units on him and could claim the official World GPS Record.
He just managed to sneak past his friend and other KA team sailor Tony Wynhoven, that was holding the record of 47.52 knots for a long time!!


Spotty with his record gear.

Here are some “fast” words from Spotty, the new GPS World Record holder:
“Some good conditions today for those to PB some great averages. It was windier earlier in the session and a bit up and down towards the end, but the tide did co-operate and produce some great flat long runs. I rigged the 2011 Ka Koncept 5.0 for the second time with Ka21 fin, the sail worked really well in the last big session and was looking forward to using it again.
First shake down run started real slow ending up in the channel unable to water start as I drifted down the towards the east bank.  Finally a gust and able to get going and have a solid “safety run” with a 47.6 peak, 46.9 10sec, sail was feeling sweet with heaps of controllable power.
Second run peaking at 48.4 with 47.7 10sec confirmed it could be a good session.  Third a 48 pk  47.1 10 sec,  Fourth 47.8 pk 46.4 10sec.   Took until the 8th run to get a 5th contender for the 5×10 (to use for the 2011 GPS Top 10 ranking) as the wind was starting to back off, so I fitted the Ka23 with its damaged leading edge from running aground at Rye earlier in the year and got a 48.1 pk 47.1 10sec.
Witnessed Peter’s crash from what looked like an unrecoverable spinout, was clear he had broken his nose with plenty of blood showering my goggles as he recouped on the bank before walking back and heading off to hospital, get well!!
I’m really pleased with this recent 5×10 result of 47.12, as it was getting near my 2009 PB of 47.76 result but in much less wind strength.”

Sandy Point definitely delivers flat water conditions!

And Spotty also added:
“It´s great to see the light weight riders like Andrew Daff, Mathew Robertson and Adrian Bonomi (70,73 and 76kg), make some very impressive speed (all above 45 knots on their 2 sec peak speed) on their KA Koncept 4.0 and 4.4 despite their weight. It seems like some good technique and tuning for your personal weight can take you a long way!”


Back on the way upwind.


Between all the awesome speeds there was some drama as Peter Johnston was unlucky to spin out and face planted onto the board, that left him covered in blood with a broken nose and possibly damaged eye socket?

Here is what KA team rider Peter Johnston had to say:
“I was wearing a helmet, but due to no flying sand (lots of recent rain) I had some soft goggles around my neck, but not on my face. I think a light weight full face helmet like ski racers use could be a good move. I am so glad that the board didn’t hit lower and take out my teeth! I am pretty upset with myself as it was a stupid avoidable fall. It was a lousy run anyway – only my second after a cautious first run with a virginal 4m KA Koncept.”

And the crash was definitely avoidable Peter explained afterwards:
“I had plenty of warning the fin was going, time to unhook (from hazy memory) but chose to hang onto the gear rather than leap off the back as a fleeting thought told me it might blow across the inlet. It wasn’t that crazy windy at that point anyway – maybe 30knots at best – but went a bit nuclear while on the long walk back up the run.
Huge thanks to Spotty, who watched my stupid crash for checking in on me. I gave the thumb down as I knew it was a bad bump on the head – I recall just seeing a white flash as the board leapt up at my schnoz. Luckily I was only in chest deep water.”

Peter Johnston after his horrible crash at Sandy Point.

Peter additionally added:

“My nose was bleeding so fast it was literally being blown off my nose back downwind onto Spotty’s goggles! And all over my sail – which luckily is red anyway! Spotty was also kind enough to drive me back to Melbourne. Huge thanks also to Daffy’s very kind and patient wife who took me to Foster hospital and waited patiently for about the 3-4 hours it took to get the bleeding stopped.”
“I have some kind of mini-tampon like wad jammed far up into my nose which might have to stay for three days! And two very black eyes. The worst part really was missing more good runs and the bollocking my partner gave me after Spotty left! She offered to punch my nose back into line if it needed re-setting. Thanks also to team members for taking time out from an epic day to check in on me, help out with gear etc.
Huge congratulations to Craig for a new world record! – Even though we all know you went nearly 2 knots quicker “unofficially” on Big Sunday 2009.”


More info on the record time can be found here:

Jesper Orth / KA Sails


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