The 2007 Midwest Speed Quest is over. This has been a terrific season.
We follow the rules and methods of International Speed Sailing. Our GPS units are the most precise handheld units available. Our speeds can be compared to other Speed Sailors around the World. And the Prize Money remains the best in North American Speed Sailing.
All competitors used a LOCOSYS GT-11 GPS. The speeds were based on the "Average of 5 Ten Second Runs". The GPS data was entered into a computer, and the data was carefully analyzed. Speeds were calculated to .01 knots with great precision. The tools and methods used were consistent with International Speed Sailing Events, and GPS Speed Surfing
And The Final Results are:
First Place: Richard White, Portland Oregon 31.94 knots (36.73 mph).
Second Place: Chris Lock, Plainview, Minnesota 31.24 knots (35.93 mph)
Third Place: Adam Anderson, Eagen Minnesota 29.58 knots (34.02 mph)
Fourth Place: Steve Johnson, Shore View, MN 29.41 knots (33.82 mph)
Fifth Place: Dave Cleveland, Howard Lake, Minnesota 29.35 knots (33.75 mph)
Congratulations the winners. Richard will receive $1000 CASH, Chris will receive $500, Adam $250, Steve $125, and Dave $75.
6th Place Jeff Adamski, Osego, Minnesota 28.98 knots (33.33 mph)
7th Place Jason Swanson, Worthington, MN 27.25 knots (31.34 mph)
8th Place Arden Anderson, Fon du Lac, WI 26.27 knots (30.21 mpn)
9th Place Randy Moon, Minneapolis, MN 26.20 knots (30.13 mph)
10th Place Erick Reis, Edina, Minnesota 26.18 knots (30.11 mph)
First Place Annabel Ferguson, Windsor, Ontario 20.02 knots (23.02 mph)
Second Place Lisa Kremer, Worthington, Minnesota 19.90 knots (22.88 mph)
Third Place Kelly Johnson, Shore View, Minnesota 16.34 knots (18.79 mph)
Fourth Place Lisa Carlson, Worthington, Minnesota 10.15 knots (11.67 mph)
Peter Hartwich, Excelsior, Minnesota 20.86 knots (23.99 mph)
Craig Bergh, Worthington, Minnesota 20.84 knots (23.97 mph)
Arnie Cleveland, Prescott, Wisconsin 18.42 knots (21.18 mph)
See the 2007 Rankings Page for complete Race Results.
This was a great year, with 47 Windsurfers participating, including17 First Time Sailors.
Our Youngest Racers were first time sailors Clair Ludes and Cosmo Morgan, both age 7.
It is important we all support new windsurfers to grow the Sport of Windsurfing.
Over 106 Speed Sailing Sessions and more than 1079 Miles of Speed Sailing were officially recorded on Lake Okabena during the 2007 Season.
The 2007 High Mileage Award goes to Chris Lock with a total of 113 miles recorded over 4 sessions.
The most sessions were recorded by Jason Swanson (12), followed by Jeff Hegwer (10), and Craig Bergh (9).
New for 2007 is the "Spirit of Speed Quest Award". Each year, we will recognize that sailor with the greatest passion for Speed Sailing, and who also shows the most improvement. For 2007, this is awarded to Jason Swanson of Worthington, who added over 2 knots to his best speeds from 2006.. Congratulations Jason!!!
I would like to thank Jeff Hegwer and Jason Swanson for all their assistance during the 2007 season.
And thank you Todd Spence for being a great supporter, and thank you for all the great Photos!
I really want to thank all the Sailors. It is a pleasure to put on an event for guest like ones we had in 2007. Our home remains open to all visiting Windsurfers. We invite you back in 2008!
The Midwest Speed Quest was designed to be different. The purpose is to promote the new Sport of Speed Sailing, and the City of Worthington. Our goal was to bring Sailors of all skill levels together, and introduce them to the new Sport of Speed Sailing. The schedule was open 7 days a week for a 6 month period. Any visiting sailor was assured of the chance to participate anytime he/she was in the area. We provide free or discounted motel rooms at the AmericInn of Worthington, free refreshments on the Beach, and free hot meals at the end of the day. And we have the best Speed Sailing gear available for visiting sailors to try out.
We also provided free on-site Child Care, Pet Care, and Spousal Care (care of the Windsurfing Widow).
All the work associated with this event was was done on a volunteer basis. Meals and refreshments were served beach side all season long without charge. A special thanks to my wife Pamela Bergh for the many fine meals cooked and served over the last 6 months to the visiting Sailors.
The Midwest Speed Quest is made possible by the support of our Sponsors. These Sponsors allowed us to award $2000 in prize money, and the many drawings for many Gift Certificates and Prizes given all season long.
I encourage you to support these the Sponsors. Visit their links on the "Sponsors Page". Call these guys buy your gear from them. Tell these Sponsors you appreciate their support of of the Midwest Speed Quest. This will assure we can do this again in 2008.
I would like to identify and thank our Sponsors at this time.
Thank you E&J Enterprizes. 1-519-357-2761. These guys will build a custom lightweight aluminum windsurfing trailer to your exact specification and deliver to your door! I bought one 3 years ago and it is great. (And I can pull it behind my small car)
Thank you Enxco Energy Services, Inc.; developing and managing Wind Energy Projects throughout North America.
Thank you Aquapac International, manufacturer of the top quality waterproof cases for a wide variety of applications. They provided the all the waterproof cases used in the Midwest Speed Quest. They will protect your GPS unit or cell phone, and they float too. No Aquapac has failed in 2 years of brutal use.
Thank you Windsurf Deal, (1-408-394-9695) and KA Sail Australia. They provided the demonstrator KA Koncept Speed Sails in 2007. These sails were tested by many of our sailors. Some of our best session were recorded using these sails.
Thank you LOCOSYS Technology,manufacturers of premium GPS devices. The GT-11 has proven itself as the most precise and durable handheld waterproof GPS unit available.
Thank you Starboard International and Trident Sports, for the use of the iSonic 105 Board. Adam Anderson used this board to win Third Place in 2007.
Thank you Scuba Center 1-612-925-4818. They are a multi line Windsurfing and Scuba dealer located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Thank you Dakine for being a great supporter of The Midwest Speed Quest. Many Dakine Products were given out this year courtesy of Dakine.
Thank you Murray's Wind and Sport, for supporting this Event. Murrays is a leading distributor of the finest brands of windsurfing and sailing products including the cool Gath Helmets.
Thank you, AmericInn of Worthington. This is the most comfortable motel in Worthington, offering great rooms, great staff, great pool, and a complimentary breakfast.
Thank you, La Azteca Mexican Restaurant of Worthington. Our Sailors recommend your Great Food and Cold Margaritas.
Thank you Sanford Health, and Sanford Regional Health Services. This is a leading full service Medical Clinic with locations across SW Minnesota and SW South Dakota.
Thank you Bedford Industries, Worthington, MN. Innovators in Twist Tie Applications, Product Identification, Bendable Components, and Packaging Solutions. Bedford Industires is also home to two great Windsurfers!
Thank you Worthington Convention and Visitors Bureau who invite you to visit Worthington, and "Spend the Night!".
Thank you Peter Hart, Creator of the Master Class Windsurfing Instructional DVD Series, and to Side Off Video, the largest Distributor of Windsurfing and Kiting Videos in the USA 1-805-927-8838
Thank you, United Prairie Bank of Worthington. A great local bank, with locations across SW Minnesota. Your support is appreciated!
Thank you, Deb's Healing Massage. This is the best Therapuetic Massage Therapy Salon in Worthington.
Thank you Jeff Hegwer and Therapeutic Winds Windsurfing School of Worthington for being the Trophy Sponsor for 2007. These trophies are being handmade out of the finest woods available. A photo of these trophies will be posted soon on the Midwest Speed Quest Web Site.
THANKS AGAIN AND SEE YOU IN 2008!!!
The Midwest Speed Quest
133 Lake Avenue'
Worthington, MN 56187