September 19, 2011
Hello Fellow Windsurfers,
The winds have finally returned to Lake Okabena in Worthington, Minnesota!!
The Wind Forecast for Tuesday September 20 is excellent, with base winds of 26 mph, and gusts of 36 mph from the Northwest.
These are great speed sailing conditions, and the best winds we have had in a long time.
This has been an unusual year, with a late spring and the most windless summer on record.
We look forward to lots of high winds and great speeds for the remainder of the 2011 Season.
We award the highest prize money in North American GPS Speed Sailing, with $1000 CASH to the fastest speeds recorded before October 15. We will also pay $500 for 2nd Place, $250 for 3rd, $125 for 4th, and $75 for 5th.
We will also pay $500 for the best Alpha Speed on Lake Okabena in 2011. Alpha Racing is a measure of average speed through a 500 meter jibe (complete 180 turn at high speed). This sounds complicated, but is easily calculated by the GPS Speed Software.
This is the highest Prize Money in North American Speed Sailing!
So far for 2011, our 2011 Rankings are as follows:
Ed Melechson 29.83 knots
Adam Anderson 29.31 knots
Jason Swanson 28.13 knots
Ken Gacke 24.94 knots
Piotr Waszcuk 21.04 knots
Richard Stirn 18.66 knots (This is a very impressive speed for Richard's first year)
We follow all Rules and Methods of GPS Speed Surfing.com. This is a group of Windsurfers from the Netherlands who promote GPS Speed Sailing everywhere. Thank you to the GPSSS Team for your support and assistance year after year. The Results of the Midwest Speed Quest can be compared to Speed Sailing Events from around the World!!!
This is the 7th year of the Midwest Speed Quest. See our Web Site for complete information.
As always, the Midwest Speed Quest is free to all participants. There are no fees or expenses of any kind. This Event was created to promote the City of Worthington, and the Sport of GPS Windsurfing.
The real success of the Midwest Speed Quest is due to the support of our Sponsors. We are fortunate to have great Local Sponsors including:
Worthington Convention and Visitors Bureau
Avera Medical Group Worthington
Jason Vote State Farm Insurance
Buffalo Billfold Company
United Prairie Bank
Worthington American Inn
Deb Healing Massage and Day Spa
Each year we search the World for the finest speed sailing gear available, and have it here for our guests to try out. This is a great way to test the newest boards, sails, and speed fins. Thank you KA Sails Australia, Windsurf Deal of California, Carbon Art Boards New Zealand, Vector Fins Maui. We have Gath Helmets available for use by all racers courtesy of Murrays Sports.
The LOCOSYS GT31 is the official GPS of this Event. This is the most precise hand held GPS available, and will be provided to all racers, along with a Aquapac 212 Case.
The fastest speed recorded on Tuesday will win their choice of either $100 CASH, or a free Gath Helmet courtesy Murrays Sports, or a free WINDTRONIC ll WIND METER courtesy Kaindle Electronics of Germany, or a DAKINE Harness, courtesy DAKINE USA!
All competitors on Tuesday will win their choice of a free copy of THE WINDSURFING MOVIE ll (only the coolest movie ever), and a free T Shirt Courtesy of The Buffalo Billfold Company.
While you are here, be sure and get the latest issue of WINDSPORT MAGAZINE, courtesy SBC Media.
The nights have been cool recently, so a wet suit is recommended.
Free Beverages will provided on the Beach.
If you are spectator or a beginner Windsurfer; you are invited to come on down. Meet the Sailors. GPS Speed Sailing is a great spectator Sport!
All racers will receive a coupon for free or discounted meals at La Azteca Mexican Restaurant of Worthington. They are famous for their Hot Food and cold Margaritas.
Please contact us if there are any questions.
The Midwest Speed Quest Team
Craig, Pam, and Carissa
133 Lake Avenue
Worthington, Minnesota 56187