Speed Challenge

Catch me if you can!

Paul Larsen and his team “Sail Rocket” have shattered the 60 knots (65.45 knots over 500m or 121 km/h) in Walvis Bay in Namibia. This is a real technological feat and the result of years of hard work. Congratulations to him and his team.

The team is currently in Walvis Bay, Namibia and the least we can say is that there is now a huge gap between the record holder  and the runner up (55.65 kts held by the kiteboader Rob Douglas).

The 500m record:

1 – 2012 – Paul Larsen (sailrocket) – 65.45 kts  World Record Speed ​​Sailing

2 – 2010 – Rob DOUGLAS (kiteboarding) – 55.65 kts  Kitesurf World Record

3 – 2010 – Sébastien CATTELAN (kiteboarding) – 55.49 kts

4 – Alexander Caizergues (kiteboarding) – 54.93 kts

5 – Sébastien SALERNO (kiteboarding) – 54.28 kts

6 – Sylvain Hoceini (kiteboarding) – 52.90

7 – Antoine Albeau (windsurfing) – 52.05 kts Windsurf World Record

etc …


Windsurfers break the 50 knot barrier!

THE 50 KNOT BARRIER IN WINDSURFING IS BROKEN!

After the previous days promising results, everyone felt that breaking the 50 knot barrier was a done deal.
On the 4th race day, this never-before-broken barrier was smashed! Records kept tumbling almost with every run this afternoon. Some of the speeds still need to be confirmed by the Time Keeper.

First, the Swedish Record Holder Anders Bringdal broke the 50 knot barrier twice, with 50.41 and then 50.46 knots improving the world Record on Production Board as well!
After that Antoine Albeau surpassed Anders’ performance with 50.62 knots recovering his position of World Record holder in Windsurfing, which was also shortly held by Cédric Bordes in the afternoon with 49.66 knots.

Zara Davis has also improved her World Record in Windsurfing with 44.92 knots and also Lena improved her Turkish Record with 43.81.

The record on Tandem has been also broken (1 board / 2 sails / 2 riders) with 38.12 knots!

And lots of other National Records were smashed!
Mark Grinnell from South Africa and Matthias Röttcher from Namibia were successively improving their national records which they had already broken earlier during the day.

Mark: 46.49 kts and Matthias: 46.69 kts.

Jurjen Van Der Noord, the Dutch competitor who has just made his first runs today broke the Dutch Record with 47.53 kts.

Patrick Diethelm has improved his Swiss Record and is the 3rd time in the Windsurfing world as well with 49.71 knot!

Nick Vardalachos from Greece and the British Farrell O’Shea improved their record.

Nick: 48.84 kts and Farrell: 48.21 kts.

Christian Benzing who was battling with his German fellow countrymen, broke the German Record in Windsurfing with 45.57 knots.

This incredible day has now gone into the windsurfing history books.The world’s windsurfing community was waiting for a “come back” in Speed Sailing. The goal of the 2012 “Lüderitz Speed Challenge” was to work on that point and offer the best conditions to finally break this mythical barrier. We can expect even better results during the coming days.

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Windsurfing World Record Attempt: More Records!

Windsurfing World Record Attempt: Day 3

Even though the forecast has announced only moderate wind, riders were really motivated to hit the gust again today!

The atmosphere was unusually peaceful – this group of competitors is really enjoying the conditions and the event, without hesitating to put their hands into the sand to help achieve the common objective: break records.

The current speed windsurfing Namibian record holder Matthias Röttcher watched the event in the media and decided to take his 4×4 across the desert to join us early this morning and take the chance to claim a new record! After testing the channel he improved his existing record of 41.44 kts to 42.32 kts.

Windsurfers from all over the world are following the event and are starting to realize that the Luderitz Speed Challenge is one of the biggest opportunities for them to be in the speed sailing limelight together with boats & kitesurfers.

The international support to riders and organisers is unbelievable. Encouragement from all corners of the world is streaming in.

On day 3, Zara was again the 1st to jump into the water, and it is paying off: thanks to her we open the race every day by celebrating a new record, and thereafter it does not stop!

Antoine Albeau was leading the day with 48.57 kts but Anders Bringdal went further with 48.60 kts, improving the World Windsurfing Record on production board, and claiming the new Swedish Record.

Dieter Gerichhausen again beat the German record in Windsurfing with 44.01 kts, but – like yesterday – was followed by Christian Bornemann who was faster still, ending with a new German record with 44.41 kts.

Their German team mate Christian Benzing went faster in less wind today and come closer with 42.81kts!

Patrick Diethelm went faster in less wind with 46.55kts, improving his Swiss Record from yesterday.

Lena improved her Turkish record with 42.6 kts.

Cédric Bordes managed to reach the 3rd best speed of the day with 47.83 kts.

 


Windsurfing World Record Attempt 2012: World Records broken !!

During the 2012 “Lüderitz Speed Challenge” 16 different nationalities will come together over 6 weeks.
This week France, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Turkey and Sweden have sent their representatives.
The first 2 days of this Windsurfing World Record Attempt have already created a communication buzz all over the world!

Antoine Albeau, who is currently – and has been for 20 times in the past – the World Champion in Slalom held the previous World Windsurfing Record of 49.09 kts (2008), has just broken it again today with 49.41 kts!
The fact that this close-to-50-knots record was set in only 38 knots of wind, makes us all see the possibilities of the next days with more serious wind conditions!
The Swedish legend Anders Bringdal, who lead the 1st day, broke the World Record in Windsurfing on Production board twice on day two – and he improved his national Record to 48.38 knots!
The Female World Record in Windsurfing was broken twice by Zara Davis who obviously enjoys the news concept and the new “Lüderitz Speed Challenge” channel! With 44.19 knots she is also the fastest Female British sailor.
Lena Aylin Erdil has also learnt how to go fast in a few runs, breaking the Female Turkish Record several times during the past two days, reaching 41.53 knots.
Farrel O’Shea has expertly defended his colours by beating the UK Record twice, ending with 46.15 knots!

Patrick Diethelm who holds the Italian Record is a double Record Holder. Sailing under the flag of Switzerland this year, he broke the Swiss Record with 46.29 knots.
The French rider Cédric Bordes managed to sail the exact time of the previous Windsurfing Record showing 49.09 knots!

The German competitors are on track and produced excellent times, alternating the record position among them. Christian Bornemann broke the German record in windsurfing twice during the past two days, and he currently holds it at 43.93 knots while Dieter Gerichhausen reached 42.92 knots, holding this record for a time during the day. Christian Benzing from “Chris Benz watches” reached a personal best with 40.33 knots, not far behind his fellow countrymen.


The legendary Luderitz Speed channel

The new Luderitz Channel where the 2012 speed tentative will happen!

In 2010 the Luderitz Speed channel was dug adjacent to the water line, to the right of an area covered with vegetation. In 2012, it was moved inland and dug directly into the sandy soil so as to maximise the speed approach at the start. New speed records will surely fall.

Good luck to all competitors.

 

 


Antoine takes it all

Photo credit: mondial du vent

80 kiters on the starting line for the Orange Speed Crossing Pro Am but Antoine Albeau remains the man to beat. He takes all four heats in front of Bordes, Bringdal and Douglas.
More tomorrow…

 


Orange Speed Crossing Pro award ceremony

Congratulations to Rob and Charlotte for winning the Orange Speed Crossing Pro!

Rob was untouchable on the runs and won 3 out of four heats. He broke the 1998 Leucate speed record of 42.25 knots held by the windsurfer Jose Bahadour from Guadeloupe with 43.32 knots.

Rob Douglas, winner of the OSC Pro, in front of Anders Bringdal and Antoine Albeau (photo credit Jef Valet kite race.fr)

Charlotte Consorti, winner of the OSC Pro, in front of Sophie Routaboul (photo credit Jeff Valet kite race.fr)

Charlotte Consorti and Sophie Routaboul were the only two women competing in the OSC pro.
Charlotte took the lead from the start and won all 4 heats.

They will all be competing this weekend in the Orange Speed Crossing Pro AM in Leucate.

As for Seb, it looks like his race boards got misplaced and didn’t make it on time to Leucate. He (scored?) a downwind race board from Xelerator to competed with an ankle injury on the fourth day and was the first kiter to cross the finish line.

See the results here:


Orange Speed Crossing 4th Heat

Four innings were validated on the Orange Speed Crossing and Rob Douglas remains untouchable. Yet, behind him, windsurfers multiply the runs but that’s not good enough. The American is still the fastest. The day had started well for windsurfers.

From the start, the wind angle is most favorable to the windsurfers and they score the first 6 spots. After an hour into the heat, Antoine Albeau displays a nice 33.5 knots on the clock. Rob Douglas with 29 knots is the first kiter to cross the finish line.

Rob and Antoine (Photo credit Mondial du vent)

The kiters were able to make a come back as the wind turned and got stronger for about 20 min.

Sylvain Hoceini links run after run smoothly close behind Antoine. Rob Douglas finally cuts short any suspense by burying the competition with a remarkable time of 39.5 knots.

The breach is open and the two Douglas brothers waste no time diving in and taking the second and third places. This Round is the most disputed, the wind is changing, forcing the organizers to add an additional fifteen minutes. Rob Douglas, still in the lead continues to smoke the run. Sylvain Hoceini disturbs the ranking as he sneaks by Jamie Douglas to take the second place. Anders Bringdal ranks second overall.

The Tramontane wind was particularly erratic in the afternoon! The organizers attempted to initiate a fifth inning, but the wind was changing so much in strength and direction that it was impossible to confirm anything!

Kiters finish well in front of windsurfers:

1 Rob Douglas

2 Sylvain Hoceini

3 Jaime Douglas

4 Antoine Albeau (1er windsurf)

OSC overall results after 4 innings (57 participants):

1 Rob Douglas

2 Anders Bringdal

3 Antoine Albeau

5 Jaime Douglas

9 Morgan Douglas

10 Christophe Pringuenon

16 Sylvain Hoceini

17 Philippe Planas

20 Alex Caizergues

24 Benjamin Petit

25 Geoffrey Mascarel

26 Jean Yves Terrien

28 Bruno Dandine

29 Jochen Bock

30 Wolfran Reiners

31 Manu Taub

34 Chris Harduin

35 Jean Charles Paupardin

36 Jernej Privsek

37 Florent Gautier

38 Renaud Romain

40 Maxime Richard

41 Emmanuel Mogicato

42 Bill Lynch

44 Anthony Chaffron

45 Julien Taub

46 Sebastien Cattelan

47 Brock Collen

48 Sylvain Moret


Orange Speed Crossing Pro: Interim Results

Here are the interim results after the first 3 races of the OSC.

Long Distance

Overall standings after 3 races – Men

Overall standings after 3 races – women

Vas y Sophie!!!  **** the team is cheering you on ****

 

 

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Could Seb be back in the race?

On Tuesday, the organizer of the Mondial decided to make use of the light 20.25 knots of south east wind and put on the “Funny Race”.  The Long Distance Race is an 8 km and back to the start.  From the start, the windsurfers took the lead with Antoine Albeau and Cédric Bordes.  The strong south east choppy conditions are not favorable to kite surfers.

Antoine Albeau crosses the finish line first leaving a gap between him, Ross Williams and Cédric Bordes

SEB CATTELAN  with the Genetrix Origin and Xelerator board (photo Tisag)

Sébastien Cattelan takes the lead and is the first kitesurfer to cross the finish line in front of Rob Douglass and Sylvain Hoceini.  He was riding a 12m Genetrix and the Xelerator 198×40 board.

Until now, Seb had not been able to compete due to his missing boards.    We are glad to see him back in despite an injury to his ankle.

You can find out more re the board he is using here: http://www.xeleratorkiteboarding.com/

The strong Tramontane is announced again for tomorrow with a skipper’s meet at 8:00 am.


Alex Caizergues et Geoffrey Mascarel are out!

During the second heat, two of the top kite surfers got injured.  Alex Caizergues injured his right knee and Geoffrey Mascarel his wrist!  Rob Douglas is the only kitesurfer left facing the top windsurfers.

For now, no news re Seb Cattelan …

 


Orange Speed Crossing 3rd Heat

Today, the best times had been recorded in the early part of the day due to a declining Tramontane as the day wore on. 4 windsurfers finished in the top five but Rob took the lead again with the fastest time over 42 knots. In the absence of Alex Caizergues it was Geoffrey Mascarell who was the second kiter to finish.


Orange Speed Crossing 2nd Heat

Rob Douglas (42.5) winner of the second heat of the Orange Speed Crossing in front of Antoine Albeau (41.5)

We are sorry to hear that Sebastian Cattelan wasn’t able to take part in the last 2 races. “My racing gear is somewhere on an airport carousel between Maui airport and South Africa. I was able to borrow some equipment left and right, but it is not easy without my personal settings. Plus I’m cold, so for now I stay on the beach (smile).”

Alex Caizergues also had no chance today. He fell hard in the second inning and had to be evacuated by firefighters, having apparently suffered a knee sprain. He was in fourth place in this heat! This might compromise his season.

Charlotte Consorti consistently finished in the first half every time at the scratch, leaving behind about thirty men!

Anders Bringdal, who won the first round is 7th in this second round and falls back overall.

Heat 2 results:

1 Rob Douglas Kite

2 Antoine Albeau Wind

3 Cedric Bordes Wind

4 Alex Caizergues Kite

5 Geoffrey Kite Mascarell


Le mondial du vent 2012

Leucate, France will host the Mondial du Vent from April 7th to 15th 2012. The worldwide event was created in 1996. 16 years later, Leucate is still the first kitesurf and windsurf meeting in France and one of the most important international events in these disciplines.

see more here: http://www.mondial-du-vent.com/home.php

ORANGE SPEED CROSSING Pro: 7 to 12 April

For the fourth consecutive year, the Mondial du Vent et Orange have organized the Orange Speed Crossing in Leucate from 7 to 15 April for the 16th edition of the Mondial du Vent. A unique opportunity to watch the world’s best athletes of kiteboarding and windsurfing go head to head on speed runs.

A total of 30 professional athletes including kitesurfer Rob Douglas (world speed record holder), Alexandre Caizergues (3 times world speed holder),  Sebastien Cattelan (50 and 55 knot recordbreaker) and windsurfers Antoine Albeau (speed and slalom windsurfer world champion)  and Anders Bringdal, will participate in this unique event. Charlotte Consorti and Sophie Routaboul will also compete to see who is the fastest woman on the water.

In 2011, kitesurfers proved to be fastest. Will the windsurfers take the speed record back this year?

As of now, here is the list of the riders in the Orange Speed Crossing.
10 riders will compete using Genetrix kites
Kitesurf Windsurf
1- Anthony CHAFFRON France
2- Wolfram REINERS Allemagne
3- Alex CAIZERGUES France
4- Rob DOUGLAS Etats-Unis
5- Geoffrey MASCAREL France
6- Jamie DOUGLAS Etats-Unis
7- Morgan DOUGLAS Etats-Unis
8- Manu TAUB France
9- Damien LEROY France
10- Brock CALLEN Etats-Unis
11- Sébastien CATTELAN France
12- Chris HARDUIN France
13- Christophe PRIN-GUENON France
14- Jean-Charles PAUPARDIN France
15- Maxime RICHARD France
16- Bill LYNCH Etats-Unis
17- Sylvain HOCEINI France
18- Florent GAUTIER France
19- Romain RENAUD France
20- Emmanuel MOGICATO France
21- Sylvain MORET France
22- Charlotte CONSORTI France
23- Sophie ROUTABOUL France
24- Julien TAUB France
25- Jean-Yves TERRIEN France
26- Bruno DANDINE France
27- Jernej PRIVSEK Slovénie
1- Thomas GAUDIOT France
2- Nick VARDALACHOS Grèce
3- Gauthier BOURGEOIS France
4- Antoine ALBEAU France
5- Cyril MOUSSILMANI France
6- Benoit MOUSSILMANI France
7- Sylvain MOUSSILMANI France
8- Anders BRINGDAL Suède
9- Olivier BERNARD France
10- Cédric BORDES France
11- Andrea BALDINI Italie
12- Christophe RICHAUD France
13- Xavier JOLY France
14- Pascal BOULANGER France
15- Cyril MICHEL France
16- Christophe FIORENTINI France
17- Gilles PAREDES France
18- Valérie GHIBAUDO France
19- Karin YAGGI Suisse
20- Romain DONADA France
21- Alain MONTAUZOU France
22- Damien NICO France
23- Jacques VAN DER HOUT Pays-Bas

GENETRIX at the Mondial du Vent 2011

From the 23rd of April to the 1st of May, Genetrix will attend the Mondial du Vent in la Franqui, one of the windiest spots in the south of France.  Windsurfers go head to head against kitesurfers during the Orange Speed crossing, starting tomorrow 26 Apr  – 1 May.
For the first time, 60 competitors (32 pros and 28 amateurs) will compete to see who is fastest on the water.
The 55 knot speed record-breaking champion Sebastien Cattelan (France) will be competing against the other giants in the sport like Rob Douglas (USA), current world record speed holder, and Alex Caizergues (France).

At present, the list of competitors is as follows:

Kitesurf Windsurf
1- Alex CAIZERGUES France
2- Sébastien CATTELAN France
3- Sylvain HOCEINI France
4- Sylvain MAURIN France
5- Geoffrey MASCAREL France
6- Manu TAUB France
7- Julien TAUB France
8- Bruno DANDINE France
9- Christophe PRIN-GUENON France
10- Marc-Olivier MARTIN France
11- Rob DOUGLAS Etats-Unis
12- Morgan DOUGLAS Etats-Unis
13- Jamie DOUGLAS Etats-Unis
14- Damien LEROY France
15- Sébastien SALERNO France
16- Sjoukje BREDENKAMPF Afrique du Sud
17- Charlotte CONSORTI France
18- Sophie ROUTABOUL France
19- Antony CHAFFRON France
20- Nicolas ALLIBERT Canada
21- Marc-Antoine MARIN France
22- Florent GAUTIER France
23- Maxime RICHARD France
24- Benoit JOUFFRET France
25- Bill LYNCH Etats-Unis
26- Rémy JANISSET France
27- Alex ROBIN France
1- Antoine ALBEAU France
2- Cyril MOUSSILMANI France
3- Anders BRINGDAL Suède
4- Sylvain MOUSSILMANI France
5- Benoit MOUSSILMANI France
6- Bieuzy MAUFFREY France
7- David GARREL Luxembourg
8- Pascal BOULANGER France
9- Pierre MORETTI France
10- Andrea BALDINI Italie
11- Marion RAISI France
12- Gilles PAREDES VINUALES France
13- Thomas GAUDIOT France
14- Christophe RICHAUD France
15- Fabien COURTIADE France
16- Wilfried VANHERWEGHE France
17- Alain MONTAUZOU France
18- Sébastien BONHOMME ALLAIRE France
19- Xavier JOLY France
20- Jean-Charles MAES France
21- Miguel AGERKOP Pays-Bas
22- Gauthier BOURGEOIS France
23- Christophe FIORENTINI France
24- Eric CARRIERE France
25- Olivier BERNARD France
26- Cyril MICHEL France
27- Pascal TOSELLI France


Luderitz, Seb, and their stories

Here is the complete video on France 3
Or you can view the different parts of the documentary here:

LÜDERITZ SPEED CHALLENGE

50 NOEUDS

MER ET DÉSERT

BEACH PARTY

LA ZONE 7

AU BOUT DE L’EXPLOIT


Thalassa documentary part one

Here is the first part of the documentary of the Luderitz Speed Challenge 2010 in Namibia which will be aired on Friday the 18th of March on Thalassa France3.


Genetrix on Thalassa French TV 18th March @ 8:35pm

For those who are interested, Genetrix will be featured in the Thalassa TV documentary to be shown on Friday 18th of March 2011, starting at 8:35 pm Paris time on the French TV channel “France 3”. This documentary was filmed during the Ludertitz Speed Challenge in Namibia last October 2010.

La date de diffusion du sujet Thalassa que nous avons tourné en Namibie à l’occasion du Luderitz Speed Challenge sera diffuse le 18 Mars 2011 sur Thalassa France 3 A partir de 20h35


MARTIAL CAMBLONG INTERVIEW

The Luderitz Speed Challenge has finally come to a close.  Martial, founder and owner of Genetrix gives us his impressions

MTL: Rob Douglas got the world record by going 55.65 knots.   What is your reaction?

I’m not ready to forget that infamous day! First, Seb pulverizes the previous record and becomes the first to pass the 55 knots speed barrier making history one more time.  14 minutes later Rob Douglas improves the time by 15 hundredths of a second. I was incredulous.

These two men have really set the bar very high. It is a very good victory for Rob Douglas who is a great guy and this will help bring recognition of the speed discipline to the U.S, which is very positive for the sport.

Q:  First to 50 Knots / First to 55 knots and the record gets snatched by only 15 hundredths of a second.  That must be a bit annoying, no?

Of course it is annoying because we put so much work and energy for this record.  With Seb, we gave it everything: me in the development of new wings, and him, working on improving the speed canal, but it is the harsh nature of the sport. But, I am very proud of what he was able to accomplish under the conditions and circumstance he had to go through. It is truly an extraordinary and historic accomplishment, even though he did not end up with the overall speed record at the end of the day, he still made his mark on the history books.

Q:  7 national records, 1 European record.  Gentrix took most of the national records on this event:

It was fantastic to see a sky filled with Genetrix kites and to see the various national records falling to so many different Genetrix riders.  The competition led the team riders of the same nationality to try to surpass each other for their national records. The Genetrix Hydra demonstrated its superiority and helped many riders express their full commitment even at world-record speeds.  At times, there were only Genetrix kites on the water. Unfortunately, Sophie Routaboul was injured during one of her runs. But, she was still able to exceed 48 knots with a broken hand, respect …

I’m really proud of the riders in the team and the spirit that they have portrayed throughout this event. CARE, RESPECT, FAIR PLAY.  It is great for the boss of a brand to have such a solid team.  Beyond victory it is extremely important for me, because this spirit of teamwork and sportsmanship is our strength, I am a very happy man.

Q:  What equipment did team Genetrix use?

Sebastian established the 55 knots with the new HYDRA 9 m V5 on 25 meter lines.

All other National Records were made with the new HYDRA v5 8 m (also with 25 meter lines). It is a wing that we have developed this year with Seb and it is simply AMAZING. The evidence is in the results!

Q:  Do you have any regrets?

It did not work out very well that Seb had to wear two hats as event organizer and competitor. He had the entire project of the organization on his shoulders and, of course, had to manage the enormous daily pressures that such an event creates. Imagine, having to organize an event of this level in the depths of Africa with only primitive means available!  Getting up every morning for nearly two months at 6:00 am and having to brave the cantankerous mechanical digger or the shovel (I know how hard it is from personal experience!) to fill sand bags and make dams all along the canal to get the water level right. Every day,  the same endless chores because of tides that damage the run during the night …. Eat a sandwich, get to the run and then compete!!  Personally I do not know where he gets his energy to achieve such performance!

I really regret that Seb was not able to race in a physically fresher state.  But, even in his depleted state his performance was exceptional: 6 Runs at more than 53 knots, one at over 54 knots and 2 runs over 55 knots.  I lost track of how many runs he exceeded 50 knots, which has become routine for him!

Q:  The competition is over: what are your plans now?:

We are going to do a photo shoot in South Africa of the new Origins.

Q:  Can you tell us more?

Not yet — I do not want anything leaking out quite yet.  But, I will say that the new kite is simply extraordinary. Just wait until you have one in your hands. Its flying characteristics are amazing! (photos soon).



Congrats to all Participants and Organizers

GENETRIX IS FIRST TO 55 KNOTS – NEW WORLD AND NATIONAL RECORDS ALSO SET IN NAMIBIA

The Luderitz Speed Challenge has finally come to a close.  Congratulations to all the competitors, the organizers, sponsors and Sebastien Cattelan for making this event possible.  It wasn’t always easy to please everyone but in the end, the new course proved to be a winner making speeds of more than 55 knots attainable for the first time ever.

12 national speed records were also achieved, and 7 of them were set on the Genetrix Hydra!

Catman was the first one to break the 50 knot sailing speed record in 2008 which was taken from him by Alex Caizergues 24 hours later.  History almost repeated itself in 2010.  This time around, Catman was the first to reach 55 knots and again became the fastest sailor in the world on the Genetrix Hydra with 55,49 knots (102.6 km/hr).  But only an hour later Rob Douglas edged him out by 15 hundredths of a second and managed to set another new world record of 55,64 knots, taking it back home to the US. Congratulation to Rob for being the fastest man.

Seb remains the new speed sailing record holder of France and Europe!  Congratulations also to Charlotte Consorti for being the first woman to reach speeds over 50 with 50.43 knots.


2 National Records broken despite lighter wind

Stefan Metzger improved on his Namibian record with 49.28 knots
Zsolt Lenkei improved his Hungarian record with 43.65 knots.

Unfortunately today’s wind was lighter than yesterday, so these are excellent speeds.
It is a lot of work to keep the channel free of sand without the rivers filling it back up or keeping the water in when the tide goes out.  The start of the run was also improved, and all rivers were closed off in time this morning. By having the retaining wall at the end, this raised the water depth of the channal and gave the riders a bit more width to play with. The canal had a constant water depth the entire day.

UNOFFICIAL results up to Day 12 – 29 October 2010 (excuse any errors & omissions) :
Visit www.luderitz-speed.com for the OFFICIAL Results.

Rank No. Name Nat. Speed
1 55 Rob Douglas (WR & NR) USA 55.65
2 69 Sebastien Cattelan (NR) FRA 55.49
3 21 Alex Caizergues FRA 54.93
4 64 Sebastien Salerno FRA 54.28
5 53 Sylvain Hoceini FRA 52.90
6 11 Gavin Broadbent (NR) NZ 50.93
7 45 Basil Cambanis (NR) ZA 50.72
8 1 Taro Niehaus ZA 50.62
9 4 Charlotte Consorti (Ladies WR & NR) FRA 50.43
10 57 Morgan Douglas USA 49.69
11 56 Jamie Douglas USA 49.46
12 19 Stefan Metzger (NR) NAM 49.28
13 13 Manu Taub FRA 49.09
14 40 Patrice Menossi FRA 48.74
15 7 Sophie Routaboul FRA 48.64
16 46 Marc Avella (NR) ESP 48.55
17 9 Christophe Prin-Guenon FRA 47.18
18 14 Fred Kloren NL 46.93
19 18 Tim Pumpa (NR) AUS 46.78
20 59 Jernej Privsek (NR) SL 46.60
21 10 Anders Bringdal (NR) [W] SWE 44.80
22 5 Sjoukje Bredenkamp ZA 44.25
23 6 Zsolt Lenkei (NR) HUN 43.65
24 52 Bill Lynch USA 42.32
25 81 Farrel O-Shea [W] UK 41.02
26 2 Afrit Foued (NR) ALB 39.81
27 800 Nick Vardalaxos [W] GR 38.06
28 223 Andrea Baldini [W] IT 37.21
29 47 Zara Davis (PR) [W] UK 36.99
30 3 Leila Nouar FRA 34.71

WR = World Record, NR = National Record, PR = Production Record, W = Windsurfer

Source:
http://www.speedkiting.org


Big final at Lud

One big day still to go for the competitors at the second lagoon. Rob will not take part as he broke his wrist and has to return to the US .  Alex and Seb will definitely give it all they have today.

The UNOFFICIAL results up to Day 11 (excuse any errors & omissions) :
Visit www.luderitz-speed.com for the OFFICIAL Results.

Rank No. Name Nat. Speed
1 55 Rob Douglas USA 55.65
2 69 Sebastien Cattelan FRA 55.49
3 21 Alex Caizergues FRA 54.93
4 64 Sebastien Salerno FRA 54.28
5 53 Sylvain Hoceini FRA 52.90
6 11 Gavin Broadbent NZ 50.93
7 45 Basil Cambanis ZA 50.72
8 1 Taro Niehaus ZA 50.62
9 4 Charlotte Consorti FRA 50.43
10 13 Manu Taub FRA 49.04
11 7 Sophie Routaboul FRA 48.64
12 46 Marc Avella ESP 48.55
13 56 Jamie Douglas USA 47.90
14 57 Morgan Douglas USA 47.34
15 9 Christophe Prin-Guenon FRA 47.18
16 14 Fred Kloren NL 46.93
17 18 Tim Pumpa AUS 46.78
18 59 Jernej Privsek SL 46.60
19 10 Anders Bringdal (W) SWE 44.80
20 5 Sjoukje Bredenkamp ZA 44.25
21 52 Bill Lynch USA 42.32
22 6 Zsolt Lenkei HUN 42.16
23 81 Farrel O-Shea (W) UK 41.02
24 2 Afrit Foued ALB 39.81
25 800 Nick Vardalaxos (W) GR 38.06
26 223 Andrea Baldini (W) IT 37.21
27 47 Zara Davis (W) UK 36.99
28 3 Leila Nouar FRA 34.71

W = Windsurfer

Source:
speedkiting.org


New records!!

New world record by Rob Douglas (USA) with 55.65
New french and european record by Seb Cattelan (FR) with 55.49
New world record feminine by Charlotte Consorti (FR) with 50.43

Still awaiting the ISAF and the WSSRC official results.


Catman did it. First over 55

Rob Douglas and Catman have both exceeded 55 knots today, but we’re still waiting for the official results.
Catman was the first one today to have broken the 55 knot ( over 101 kmh / 63 mph) speed barrier but not for long as Rob Douglas also clocked in above 55 knots.

Stay tuned…