As Hurricane Sandy wreaks havoc on the East Coast of America, the gang at the North American Speed Sailing Invitational took advantage of this late storm's winds... and ended up on CNN. Watch the video here!
This was the 2nd Annual NASSI Event, sponsored by the Black Dog and Lynch Associates, and took place October 15-30th on Sengekontacket Pond, Katama Bay, and off of Cape Poge. Thirteen of the world's best speed sailors came together from around the world to competed for a $30,000 purse.
While the hurricane heightened the anxiety of the event providing strong winds, this group of highly skilled kiteboarders have seen faster speeds at other speed sailing events. It should be mentioned that no one was hurt during this event.
Cabrinha's Rob Douglas of Vineyard Haven won the $10,000 first prize and had the fasted average speed of 48.69. Damien Leroy in second averaged 44.583, Alex Caizergues at 43.075 took third, Brock Callen 44.040 at fourth, and Jamie Douglas took fifth having the second fastest average of 44.853.
The United States claimed the Lynch Cup and $2,500 dollars for winning the team standings over Europe. Honorable mention to locals Morgan Douglas, Brock Callen, and Bill Lynch who raced in the event with incredible performances.
The riders would like to extend a big "Thank You" to Brock Callen Sr, Bill & Beth Lynch, and The Black Dog for all their efforts to host a great event.