New event: ODYSSEY of Speed


New event: ODYSSEY of Speed

Karpathos, Greece
02.08.2011 – 21.08.2011

Notice of Race
The Event
As the event includes various disciplines (challenges) of speed/slalom surfing (see rules
below), the event is named as the  ‘Odyssey of Speed’; in the tradition of the ancient
greek hero Odysseus, who had several adventures to overcome.

The philosophy of this challenge should be to bring together people from around the world,
which enjoy the same passion of windsurfing in strong winds at high speeds. Therefore the
participation is open for everyone in the windsurfing community from all skill levels from
fun sailors up to serious including professional level.

The ‘Odyssey of Speed’ is dealing with various disciplines of speed/slalom surfing, rather
than focussing on max. speed only. This way we would like to attract also the ‘normal’
Greek Summer windsurfers to get involved, who might be reluctant to compete on pure
and specialized speed events and/or who might not have the highly specialized

In addition to the competition it is also most important just to have fun, enjoy the
windsurfing sessions and meet people after the sessions. Generally built relationships and help to grow the community of speed surfers.

The ‘Odyssey of Speed’ will  be based on current GPS-measuring standards and rules.
Due to generous sponsoring we will have (10) LOCOSYS BGT-31 GPS Units incl. waterproof  AQUAPAC cases  available on-site for renting at  no cost. We  also  have  attractive
offers available on-site for purchasing the GPS equipment. (see GPS Equipment below).

The ‘Odyssey of Speed’ will take place on the island of Karpathos, Greece.
The island of Karpathos is famous for its steady and strong wind conditions in summer and
also well known from past World Cup events and championships in Speedsurfing. The
three bays of Afiartis named Paradise, Gun and Chicken Bay are the perfect location
offering various kinds of windsurfing conditions, plenty of space on the water and perfect
infrastructure at the various surf stations.

However, the event shall not depend on a certain location and venue, except sailing in the
waters of Karpathos.

The ‘Odyssey of Speed’ will take place from the 02.08.2011 until 21.08.2011.

The Basic Rules of Version 8.0 (ref. 1) apply.
Within the course of the event the following speed/slalom categories will be considered for
the ranking:

  •  Cat. A: 2 sec GPS max
  •  Cat. B: 5 x 10sec GPS average
  •  Cat. C: 1 hour GPS max
  •  Cat. D: 500 m GPS max
  •  Cat. E:  Alpha Racing (500m)
  •  Cat. F:   Maximum Distance travelled during one day (24 hours)

Each session result needs to be uploaded  to using the
automatic upload function of the approved evaluation software (see ref.1. §8).  Multiple
sessions during a day are allowed (see ref.1 §.11), however should be avoided. Session
uploads are possible until 21.08.2011. 18:00. Any session uploaded after this deadline can
not be considered for the ranking.

All GPS tracks needs to be available for verification by the event organization at all times.

Scoring / Results
Points will be awarded for the best performance in each category within each  calendar
week of the competition, with one (1) possible discard per category during the entire event.
For each calendar week of the event all competitors are awarded points equivalent to their
ranking position in each category, except the first place,  which is awarded 0.7 points.
Competitors who will not supply a result for a category in any week of the event or who are
disqualified score the points awarded to the last possible finishing position in that week.
The Overall ranking will be based the accumulated points out of all categories.
The updated daily results will be communicated  on and in
the race office on-site in Karpathos.

Sailing Equipment
Only windsurfing equipment is approved.

GPS Equipment
The official GPS of the ‘Odyssey of Speed’ is the LOCOSYS GT-31/BGT-31. This are the
only GPS units currently recommended by International GPS Speed Sailing Organizations.
Only sessions recorded by GT-31 (and GT-11) units will be recognized.
(10) LOCOSYS BGT-31 GPS Units incl. water-proof AQUAPAC cases will be available
on-site for renting at no cost. Please contact us before the event to reserve a GPS unit if
needed. The GPS units can be kept for the duration of the event and must be returned at
the end of the event, or before leaving Karpathos.
In the race office on Karpathos we will give support for setting up the GPS units, for the
use of the evaluation software and the data upload to
We  also  have  attractive offers available on-site for  purchasing the GPS equipment.
LOCOSYS is supporting our event and we are able to offer GPS units for the following

  • LOCOSYS GT-31 100,00 €

AQUAPAC is supporting our event by offering discount to subscribed riders  to buy any
products from their website at a 40% discount. For the purchase a code is required, which
can be made available after subscription to our event.

We intend to offer special arrangements on-site at the various surf stations (Club Mistral,
Pro Centre Chris Schill, Planet Windsurfing Centre) for airport transfer, storage, rental
equipment, etc. during the event, e.g. at  Club Mistral storage + airport transfer 1 week
60€, 2 weeks 90€. Further details to be communicated soon.
Our sponsor  NETtoSun is offering for all competitors double mileages in their frequent
traveller program for any booking made through them, this includes flights,
accommodation, rental cars, etc. .

Entry fee 
The ‘Odyssey of Speed’  is free and there is no entry fee.

We do not plan to have prize money.
We will have attractive prizes for the Top riders in the Overall ranking of the contest.

1. Place  NETtoSUN travel voucher of 12.000 Miles in the NETtoSUN frequent
traveller program, equal to a value of approx. 300 €.
2. & 3. Place  LOCOSYS BGT-31 GPS device + AQUAPAC 212 Case

Best  woman and best  youngster (under 18 years) will both receive a GPS bundle
comprising a LOCOSYS BGT-31 GPS device + AQUAPAC 212 Case.
Further prizes to be announced soon, as we are awaiting further sponsoring.

Each participant should take responsibility for himself and can be disqualified if he/she
exposes herself or others at unnecessary risk. If extra weights  are used  a vest must
support the weights or equivalent that provides a positive buoyancy of the weights.
Wetsuit, etc. are not counted as flotation devices.  Sailors who refuse to provide help to
those who show emergency signal will be disqualified.

Every rider has responsibility for himself. He/she has to have all insurances needed. The
organizer will not take any responsibility for rescue operations nor racing accidents.

The ‘Odyssey of Speed’  is supported by the following sponsors:

The event is open for further sponsoring.

The event is organized by Tim Otte, Manoli Kritsiotis and Patrik Pollak

Erik Loots

Erik is windsurfer for 10+ years. In his daily life he is professional in construction dewatering, advisor, troubleshooter. Erik likes adventures, explore and to challenge himself. During his life he is trying to get the best out of it and have respect for the earth, nature and future generations. The modern world is about sharing, in this blog Erik shares his experiences, selfreflection and lessons learned.