Monday, November 15, 2010

NEW HOME for the Maui VMax Speed Series

All future updates for the Maui VMax Speed Series and Maui VMax Speed Ladder will be posted on the Black Project Fins website.

Vist the website.

Monday, August 30, 2010

The Black Project Fins SPEED LADDER 2010

The SPEED ladder records the fastest 100m recorded tracks in Hawaii this year. To have your name added or update your fastest speed please email Tom.

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Aloha and thanks.

Chris Freeman

The Black Project Fins Maui Speed Challenge 2010 - RESULTS

As sailors arrived at Spreckelsville they were greeted with 15 knots but it looked promising upwind. Most but not all competitors gambled that the wind would increase and rigged 6.0m to 6.5m sails. Not long after the course opened at 11am the wind had built to 25 knots as expected. What wasn’t expected was the larger than normal summer swell and the reef protecting the course was going off, well if you were riding your wave gear. Six to eight foot ramps were rolling in which made for some sketchy moments as sailors headed back through the break and upwind at the end of their run.

Dan Ellis sets up for his first run.

Peter John powers down the course.

Tamara in her first speed event worked really hard in the dificult conditions.

I couldn't find the speed he was looking for, maybe I was a little distracted by the surf!

The results table below illustrates that there really was two competitions going on in the Open class with Peiter, Peter and Dan in one group way ahead while the others were left to fight it out for fourth and below. It was great to see a few new faces out recording times today with their GPS units with a few others checking out the action it seems that the numbers could grow at future events. It was very interesting to watch the vastly different styles of the top three. Peiter (Neil Pryde Tester) on one hand arrived with a stash of fins to try and sailed in a very precise and calculated manner. Dan Ellis fresh from the PWA slalom circuit blasted down the course time and time again, it looked like he was training and his speeds were extremely consistent. Peter’s relaxed attitude to speed sailing is amazing and he uses his extreme strength to good effect, just think how fast he would have gone if he’d bothered to fix the whole in his sail! In the end Peiter took the honours with an impressive 38.9 knots which was one of the fastest ever recorded 100m tracks on the course, only Eric Beale and Anders Bringdal have gone faster.

Chris’ speed on a wave board is quite remarkable!

It was great to see Tamara at her first speed event, I know that she can go faster and I look forward to seeing her tracks at the next event. I would also love to see a few more of the girls from the Maui Race Series out there, it is great training!

The ever smiling Casey worked hard to improve his speeds, he’s not exactly the biggest sailor in the world, but I am confident that with a few more speed events under his belt he’ll get faster. Again, I would love to see a few more younger sailors at the next event.

No date is currently set for the next round of the series but hopefully we’ll get at least one more before the onset of winter waves distracts everyone! Tracks can still count towards the 2010 Maui Speed Ladder and/or towards the HAM Challenge so if you get a better speed than you current best above please email Tom. If you did not attend the season opener but want your tracks to count towards the ladder please also get in touch. Thanks must go to the event organiser Tom Hammerton for his hard work putting everything together.

All pictures (c) 2010 Jimmie Hepp

NB: 2010 Speed Ladder to follow...

Thanks and Aloha

Chris Freeman

Results Black Project Speed Challenge August 28th 2010

This year we had a long wait for good speed sailing conditions, but it was worth it! We had a good tide between 1-2 feet and solid trade-winds. Things started out a bit light but soon picked up and a small wind-swell was breaking on the reef helping to improve the water condition.

Maui Vmax 2010 Speed Meeting August 28th

Pos Name Class  100m Speed 10 second  Max Speed Points
1 Peiter Bilj Open 38.9 38.0 39.4 15
2 Peter John Open 38.2 37.8 38.8 11
3 Dan Ellis Open 38.0 37.7 38.2 9
4 Tom Hammerton Open 35.8 35.5 36.0 7
5 Jacques Pauvert Open 35.4 35.3 35.7 6
6 Anton Blijlevens Open 34.7 33.4 35.7 5
7 Chris Freeman Open 33.7 33.4 34.5 4
8 Matt Wicks Open 30.2 29.7 30.8 3
9 Sam Bockius Open 30.1 29.8 30.7 2
1 Chris McNeil Wave 34.1 33.5 34.3 15
2 Carl Grundy Wave 30.0 29.8 30.7 11
1 Tamara Bockius Women 25.6 25.1 27.1 15
1 Casey Rehrer Junior 26.3 26.1 27.4 15

Photos of the event by Jimmie Hepp on Facebook here:!/album.php?aid=15128&id=100000830216933

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Black Project Maui Speed Challenge 2010

When: Saturday 28th August 2010
Where: Spreckelsville, Maui
Time: 11am – 3pm
Organiser: Tom Hammerton
Photographer: Jimmie Hepp

This weekend marks the return of the Maui VMax GPS Speed Series. Many of Hawaii’s fastest sailors are currently dusting off their speed boards and GT-31 data loggers in preparation for the first speed meeting of the year. The format is the same as in recent years with the fastest 100m runs counting towards the overall result. Last year’s Maui VMax series winner and overall fastest sailor with a speed of 38.3 knots Peter John has confirmed his attendance as have former world speed record holder Eric Beale who placed third in the series last year logging a best 100m run of 37.7 knots, PWA slalom racing Brit Dan Ellis and fresh from his victory on the PWA in Turkey, current world # 3 Micah Buzianis.

The results will also count towards the HAM Speed Challenge which pits teams of sailors and kiters from The Gorge, New England & Hawaii against each other in search of the fastest 100m, nautical mile and Alpha 500 speeds.

How fast can you go?

This is a FREE event if you own your own GT-31 or GT-11 data logger and for a small fee you can rent one for the day. There will be divisions for Men, Women, Wave & Under 18 so if doesn’t even matter if you don’t have speed or slalom gear you can come down and have some fun. The weather forecast is excellent with 20-30 knots of wind expected; this combined with a high tide should mean that the course (between Spreckelsville and Camp One) will be at its flattest and fastest during the middle of the day.

New for this year is the support of Black Project Fins, the newest fin company to come out of Hawaii who are currently putting their 2011 line of fins through a rigorous testing regime.

More to follow...