Zara is crowned the queen of speed

PUBLISHED: 14:29 11 January 2012

Zara Davis.

Zara Davis.


Windsurfing Zara Davis has been voted UK windsurfer of the year for 2011.

ZARA Davis, an osteopath from Clevedon, has been voted UK windsurfer of the year for 2011.

Zara has had a fantastic year which was rounded off with the nomination for the award.

Her record breaking year started with a new women’s production speed record in Namibia, where she set the record at 36.99 knots/ 42.56mph followed by becoming the women’s world record holder at 34.74 knots/ 39.97mph and finally achieving the women’s British record, clocking up 37.24 knots / 42.8mph.

After back to back wins in three rounds of the European speed tour to become the women’s ISWC European champion for the second time in her career, she also won the UK Weymouth speed week for a record sixth time as well as the women’s British GPS 2011 speed ladder.

She was up against some tough competition from the other nominees from the cream of UK windsurfing, including Adam Simms (freestyle) Ben Proffit (wave sailing), Ant Baker (slalom) and Kieran Martin (racing).

The winner was decided by online voting and Zara won by a clear margin over her rivals and means she joins a long line of previous winners including Bryony Shaw and Nick Dempsey, who are Olympic medal winners.

“I was absolutely thrilled to have been nominated in the first place, but to win against such a well-known line up is fantastic,” said Zara. “This tops a great year for me. I would like to thank all the people who voted for me, especially my patients at Walnut Grove Clinic in Portishead, and fellw members of PAC Tri Triathlon Club,” she added.

This prestigious award which can only be won once in a sailor’s career does not mean she will be sitting back on her laurels. Zara is planning an attempt at the women’s world speed record to be held in Namibia later this year. For more information please visit

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