1. July 2011 05:47
Speed Sails found true form at Staunton Harold, with 3 firsts and discarding a seventh. Sailing the new Vapor and using the FJ1 sail is proving a great combination.
Tight competition at South Staffs saw a tie on points and end up third on count back, Speed results were a first, second and a Third.
29. March 2011 19:55
Martin took part in the Optimist spring championships at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy this weekend. 208 sailors from all over Britain and abroad took part. 4 races were sailed over two days at WPNSA Martin finished 9th overall. Wind was fluky and the results were up and down it was felt that it was a bit of a lottery.
He was happy having done his first competion in the LaserPerformance Vapor sponsored by Speed Sails. He also beat the Vice Champion of France Victor Migraine which as he's a French national (He also has a British Passport! Dual nationality) he was very pleased, Victor commented that Martin was very quick. He said "Tu est vraiment vite." (You are really quick). The last race saw Martin in a tacking duel with Max Clapp who won the event. Martin won it to finish 2nd and had many a cheer from the rest of the fleet and a mention from Alan Williams in the debrief. Arran Holman told me as they came ashore 'he is the man in a tacking duel!'
Martins next event is the World and European team selection trials in Pwllheli.
14. March 2011 18:56
Below we've put together some pictures and a nice youtube video of Martin who is now a Speed Sails Sponsored Sailor in his new Laser Performance Vapour sponsored by Speed Sails, which was supplied by Speed too. Martin has been using Speedsails since he bought his first measured Optimist in 2006.
Martin is hoping to get selected for the Europeans or a Worlds team place and win a Major event this year.
- 1st West Zone Championships 2009
- Selected for the National Intermediate Squad 2009/2010
- 26th Winter Championships2009
- 8th Joint Squads (National & Intermediate) WPNSA
- 11th Gold fleet Burghfield Open 2009
- 1st New Years Day pursuit race 2010
- 16th Optimist Spring Championship 2010
- 2nd Barnt Green Open 2010
- Selected for World/ European team selection trials 2010
- 33rd Optimist Inlands 2010
- Selected for French Nationals La Rochelle 2010
- 17th British boat Optimist National Championships 2010
- 3rd Optimist End of Seasons Championships 2010
- Selected for the National Squad 2010/2011
- 3rd Optimist Winter Championships 2010
14. October 2010 05:00
313 boats entered the End Of Season at Rutland, all squads attended as it was the last event before the worlds in Langkawi, Malaysia.
Rutland hosted fantastic conditions with 17knots on Saturday and 12-13 knots on Sunday.
SpeedSails Martin showed excellent pace through out the weekend with 2 race wins, Martin finished 3rd overall.
Well Done Martin!
29. June 2010 19:33
Speed Sails very own Andrew Kilburn was in action again this past weekend this time at the Hayling Open down in Southampton. Overall Andrew finished 5th with a solid set of results 7, 7, 4, 7. 8 & 3. His Speed sail showed good pace in the conditions which varied from 6 to 10 knots.
24. June 2010 23:20
Well done to Andrew Kilburn using one of Speed Sails very own Optimist Sails for finishing first at the Optimist Midland Area Champs, competing in windy conditions with a range of 8-15 knots, Andrew pulled out all the stops and won emphatically with 3 bullets.
For the full article in detail
1. January 2010 18:49
Speed Sails are the most successful UK sailmakers in the Optimist fleet and have a long association with the class. Through the 1980's Speed won an unprecedented 5 UK National Championships in succession and since then, following the introduction of the F1+ and F2 sails, have also won the European Championships, World Selection Series and Inland Championships.
In 2006 two new radial designs, the FX and FX+ were launched and became an immediate success helping to send Jonathan House to the World Championships
The current Speed design is continuing this success both in Europe where they are winning 100 boat + regattas and on the local scene as well. Speed Sails work closely with Optimist sailors of all levels to help ensure the sails provide the best possible performance for each individual. Anyone wishing to contribute their own feedback and work with us to develop even faster sails should contact us via this website.
F1: Sailors up to 40kg
F1+: Sailors over 40kg
F2: Sailors heavier than 45kg
Speed offer three crosscut and two radial mainsail cuts to cater for the different weights of Optimist helms. The F1 is the standard Optimist sail. The F1+ is slightly fuller in the bottom of the sail to provide more power in medium conditions for the slightly heavier sailor. The F2 provides a more powerful sail for the heavier helms without compromising on pointing ability. The FX is the equivalent radial design of the F1 while the FX+ is a careful balance between the F1+ and F2 cuts.
Mainsail: 140B HTP Dimension Polyant; Sail comes complete with battens, sailbag, sail numbers, class association button and Speed Sails tuning guide.
For more Sails Visit us online at www.speedsails.co.uk
Speed Optimist Tuning Guide: Click Here
1. January 2010 00:28
Speed Sails have put together this tuning guide to help you set your boat up close to its ideal settings. These settings should be regarded as a starting point for fine tuning as individual boats and crews may need to alter them slightly for best performance. When you have your boat set up, remember to mark everything so that the settings can be reproduced quickly.
Speedsails Optimist Tuning Guide