Every day wind and speed sailing with some friends. After the dutch week in July we saw now three German speed sailors pushing each other every day!
With Christian Bornemann, Björn Haacke und myself (Tim Otte) a good competition was done. Various conditions ranging from 20 to 45 knots allowed us to sail and score good results in all categories.
Nevertheless the first two places of the overall scoreboard, still maintained by Twan and Eric, remain untouchable so far. With good overall performance Christian (6th place) and myself (3rd) are catching up. Björn was also pushing hard on rental equipment and we are still waiting for his GPS tracks. Minos and Konstantinos and 4th and 5th place still in good position too.
Total number of sessions uploaded 422, distance sailed 14500 km.
One of the best tavernas on the island of Karpathos is becoming a sponsor of our event. The Four Seasons Taverna in Amoopi is famous for its excellent traditional greek food, as well as for the Pizzas and Pasta courses.
Four Seasons Taverna has sponsored as a prize a dinner for four hungry speed surfers and friends! Very much appreciated!
The persistent winds in the aegean, the famous Meltemi, is continuously blowing every day and delivering perfect conditions almost every day. So on all islands, especially on Karpathos, good results have been scored.
Also on the mainland a lot of sessions have been posted, leading to a very compressed score board, behind the two top guys, Twan and Eric, which remain ‘untouchable’.
So no change at the first two places, but behind the battle is on for the third place and a place among the Top 10. Twan and Eric in the leading two positions, Konstantinos and Minos both in third place. Tim catching up in 5th positions.
Total number of sessions uploaded 372, distance sailed 12700 km.
The dutch battle between Johan, Eric and Twan ended up with outstanding results in all disciplines. Having excellent conditions every day, they were pushing each other to some results never seen before in the ten year’s history of our event.
So the 5×10 sec average of Eric and the 500m, the 1 Hour and the Alpha@500 of Twan are all ‘all-time-best’ scores at the Odyssey of Speed!! In addition Eric also scored the highest speed so far this year with 81,96 km/h (2 sec.).
With this results Twan is now leading in three out of our five categories and Eric in the other two. Logically this gives them both also the lead in the overall ranking. Konstantinos Papandrikopoulos, as the best greek sailor, follows in the third place.
Currently three top speed surfer from the Netherlands are enjoying classical Karpathos conditions on ‘the Rock’! – and rocking the speed strip in Afiartis and our scoreboard.
Among them also Twan Verseput returned to Greece to defined his title at the Odyssey of Speed. Already on his first day he scored great results and went right away to the top of the list. Two of his results are marking even ‘all-time-best’ in the history of our event: at 5×10 sec average he achieved 75,17 km/h and for the Alpha500 51,00 km/h.
With this results Twan his now leading in four out of our five categories and also leading the overall ranking. Still in 2nd place is Konstantinos Papandrikopoulos , followed by the second fastest greek sailor Minos Efstathidis and Eric Groot van Ederen (both with 28 points).
The overall score board:
Twan Verseput 16,8 points
Konstantinos Papandrikopoulos 23 points
Minos Efstathidis and Eric Groot van Ederen 28 points
Due to the crisis situation worldwide also the Odyssey of Speed event has been impacted. But now, since beaches are open again the competition is picking up speed and some nice results have been uploaded. So the 10th edition of our event in 2020 is now on!
So it is time for the first intermediate ranking and give credit to those sailors already scoring GPS speeds.
With Konstantinos Papandrikopoulos the winner from 2018 is back in the race and with a new sail sponsor he took right away the overall lead. In 2nd position one of our most active participants since years Ilias Tsekouras (great!) , followed by the greek speed legend Minos Efstathidis.
Very remarkable is also the best 1 Hour result scored by Sofia Koukouzeli with a distance 36,46 km.