The video was recorded on an average day in Karpathos, Devils Bay. Wind was around 30 knots. Rider: Tim Otte, chasing my friend and team mate Roberto Hofmann. Board is the legendary Starboard ISonic Speed Special W54, powered by a Severne Mach4 6.2 sail. For me one the best combos for Karpathos!
The run starts in the second bay next to Devils Bay which is my preferred procedure, as this allows me to get into Devils bay and into the speed run with maximum speed and highest upwind position.
So full speed half wind passing the island and the reef, then upwind towards the beach, and then going downwind parallel to the beach, and not forget to stop in front of the rocks. Top speed was 39,8 knots.
Another group of speeders is currently competing on Karpathos. After ten days of preparing and waiting, the 14th of August brought the expected good speed conditions. Christian Borneman, Tomislav Jaklin and myself (Tim Otte) scored all PBs on that day, Christian scored with 72,60 km/h (39,2 knots) the third best 5×10 sec average this year!
No change at the top of score board, Twan and Eric sitting in a solid lead position, with Alex, Konstantinos and Minos the greek speed elite behind, and four germans now under the Top Ten – and still some time to go!
In the middle of the competition period the scoreboard has been drastically changed by a group of durch speedsurfers having fun on Karpathos. Twan Verseput, Eric Groot van Ederen, Marco Lambers, Johan Huitema and Wouter van Hilst have pushed hard and a lot of great results have been achieved. With a lot of personal spot records, sport records and even all-time bests at the Odyssey of Speed the ranking is now dominated by these group!
Twan Verseput, two-times champion of the Odyssey of Speed, delivered remarkable results and is leading in four out of our five categories.
Also on greek main land some nice results have been scored again, and quite a number off new entries are showing up. This is very much appreciated, as having fun on the water and pushing each other is the top priority of our event!
Currently some of the fastest dutch speed sailors are enjoying typical Karpathos conditions in ‘Devils Bay’. Among them are again Twan Verseput and Eric Groot van Ederen, who are competing every year in the Odyssey of Speed.
Obviously this is creating a very competitive environment and they are pushing each other every day. So some incredible results have been already scored.
Twan scored two all-time bests for the Odyssey of Speed: 76,00 km/h (41.04 knots) for 5 x10 sec average, and 51,76 km/h (27,95 knots) for Alpha@500!!
Apologizing for this late first ranking while already in the meltemi season.
Plenty of sessions has been uploaded already and a lot of new names appear this year on our list. The Odyssey of Speed continues with the same rules in its 11th year.
Eric Groot van Ederen is this year quite early on Karpathos and took the lead already in two categories. Intelligence information tells us some more fast Dutch sailors will arrive soon. Also on greek main land some nice results have been scored, in particular by Minos and Alex. Alex is leading in three out of our five categories. So there is now a triple lead by the greek speed elite – The battle is on!
Breaking News: This year we go for a Speed Training Camp in Karpathos!we are happy to offer a training camp together with Rob Hofmann, one of the most recognized windsurfing coaches in the world. For one week you will have the chance to tune yourself and your equipment for maximum speed! Professional support by video analysis and a lot of fun is guaranteed! Where: Location will be at the Meltemi Windsurfing Station in KarpathosWhen: from 5th of August until 12th of AugustFull cost 250€ for the full week (Limited to 10 participants)in case of any question and/or support needed do not hesitate to contact me here or under info(at)odysseyofspeed.com
Without any doubt our event won’t be possible with the strong support from gps-speedsurfing.com, and even more this year we have been granted with two free Premium membership at GPSSS, which we are happy to give to two participants,
This year first time sponsoring our event with a prize. The ‘Four Seasons’ is very famous among windsurfer in Karpathos offering one of the best pizzas and traditional greek food on the island. Perfect for restoring your energy level after some hard speed session.
The prize of a free dinner for four persons goes to 7. Place Man Johnny Tuijn.
Enjoy the food and atmosphere at this stunning place!