If you've got a GT31 GPS in the UK chances are you might already know Tris Haskins. Tris has been selling the GT31 GPS units for speedsailing since 2009, before that he sold the GT11 and Garmin Foretrex 201. With direct contact to some of the UK's fastest sailors like Farrel O'Shea and Steve Thorpe, Tris decided to get himself a speed board and see if he too could join the 40 knot club.
Armed with a 5 year old X15 5.2 and a 6 year old Tabou Manta 49 Tris spent the best part of 3 years blasting around the 37 - 39 knot range - but not the elusive 40 !
Time to think. At only 74 kilos and 5'8" Tris isn't the normal giant of a speedsailor. With some wise words from the Thorpedo Tris got himself a smaller board, a Starboard iSonic W44 and a weight jacket (7 kilos) - 6th October 2011 .... 40+ knots achieved over 100m and 250m with 5 x 10sec averages of 40.54
2012 - fully equipped with a new quiver of Tushingham X15 4.6, 5.2 and 5.8 - Tris has bettered his PB to 41.61 average and 43.54 knot max. There's more to come - Tris is now the proud owner of Daisy the Speedboard - the very same board Steve Thorp touched 50 knots on - so we expect to see a move up the ranking in 2012 now Tris has 40cm Daisy to help him along.
15 May 2013
West Kirby 13th May 2013. Forecast 22-25mph with 35 gusts. PURE WEST.READ MORE
8 Feb 2013
Bad day for me at W.Kirby the other day on the Moo …READ MORE
24 Aug 2012
I am really pleased to be joining the Tushingham Speed Team with the aim of improving my rankings over the coming months!READ MORE