Weymouth Speedweek 2022
15 October, 2022 - 21 October, 2022
2022 will be the 50th anniversary of Weymouth Speedweek! Although this is not an AYRS event as such AYRS has a long association with Speedweek and the AYRS will once again be holding a meeting on the Wednesday evening of Speedweek. For 2022 this will be October 19th and the meeting will be held at the Weymouth Sailing Club, Nothe Parade, DT4 8TX. I think the clubhouse will be open from 19:00. These meetings are for discussing advances in sailing technology relating to all kinds of boat, not just kites and boards.
In recent years Weymouth Speedweek has become primarily an event for kite and wind surfers, indeed in 2021 these were the only competitors. So if you would like to see what world class kite and wind surfers can do these days just come to Weymouth Speedweek – its a free event for spectators. Both kites and windsurf boards can use hydrofoils and the equipment has improved so much that high speeds are achievable in quite light winds. At the 2021 event, around 30 knots was achieved with both kites and windsurf sails in something around Beaufort 3 – if you don’t think that is possible come to Portland in October and see for yourself!
It would be great so see some boats back at Speedweek in 2022. I mean boats that are not windsurf or kite boards since to my mind these are boats too, just rather tiny ones. At Speedweek 2021 I was talking to the designer/owner of an advanced hydrofoil catamaran which he had on the site but he had not entered the event telling me that he did not want to be the only boat in the event. Boats cannot currently compete directly with kite and board sailors, at least not on sheltered water, but if we can get a few boat experimenters together ideas can be shared and performance can be measured with proper safety boat cover and with the excellent facilities of the National Sailing Accademy to hand. So if you have a boat and are thinking of coming to Speedweek I can add you to my list of potential boat entries for 2022, then others will not need to be discouraged by thinking that no other boats will be there. I would say that I already have four possible boat entries on that list for 2022.