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 …
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.
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
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
|1- Anthony CHAFFRON
2- Wolfram REINERS
3- Alex CAIZERGUES
4- Rob DOUGLAS
5- Geoffrey MASCAREL
6- Jamie DOUGLAS
7- Morgan DOUGLAS
8- Manu TAUB
9- Damien LEROY
10- Brock CALLEN
11- Sébastien CATTELAN
12- Chris HARDUIN
13- Christophe PRIN-GUENON
14- Jean-Charles PAUPARDIN
15- Maxime RICHARD
16- Bill LYNCH
17- Sylvain HOCEINI
18- Florent GAUTIER
19- Romain RENAUD
20- Emmanuel MOGICATO
21- Sylvain MORET
22- Charlotte CONSORTI
23- Sophie ROUTABOUL
24- Julien TAUB
25- Jean-Yves TERRIEN
26- Bruno DANDINE
27- Jernej PRIVSEK
|1- Thomas GAUDIOT
2- Nick VARDALACHOS
3- Gauthier BOURGEOIS
4- Antoine ALBEAU
5- Cyril MOUSSILMANI
6- Benoit MOUSSILMANI
7- Sylvain MOUSSILMANI
8- Anders BRINGDAL
9- Olivier BERNARD
10- Cédric BORDES
11- Andrea BALDINI
12- Christophe RICHAUD
13- Xavier JOLY
14- Pascal BOULANGER
15- Cyril MICHEL
16- Christophe FIORENTINI
17- Gilles PAREDES
18- Valérie GHIBAUDO
19- Karin YAGGI
20- Romain DONADA
21- Alain MONTAUZOU
22- Damien NICO
23- Jacques VAN DER HOUT
The French team
From left to right: Sylvain HOCEINI, Jérôme BILA, Alex CAIZERGUES, Chalotte CONSORTI, Patrice MENOSSI and Seb SALERNO. Christophe PRIN-GUENON is not on the shot. (He had to leave the competition early due to injury)
The USA team
From left to right: Morgan DOUGLAS, Jamie DOUGLAS, Rob DOUGLAS, Micheal GEBHARDT (olympic coach ) and Bill LYNCH.
France Team wins the “Lynch-Cup” with a total of 109 points set by Alexandre CAIZERGUE, Sylvain HOCEINI and Seb SALERNO
USA Team wins the speed competition with 136 points. Rob DOUGLAS takes the price for Best Average Speed.
The 2011 North American Speed Sailing Invitational comes to a close with 12 races completed. Racing occurred on almost everyday of the event and this was the first ever speed event to have port tack races.
The 2011 NASSI was the second event ever to have speeds greater than 50 Knots. It also featured the biggest prize purse in kite Sailing ($27,000) and the first National team trophy, the “Lynch Cup.”
As the best speed sailors in the world battled storm force conditions they well exceeded there expectations with speeds over 50 knots. Two riders Alex Caizergues and Rob Douglas hitt V max speeds greater then 55 Knots in Martha’s Vineyard.
Final results of the 2011 North American Speed Sailing Invitational:
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:
|1- Alex CAIZERGUES
2- Sébastien CATTELAN
3- Sylvain HOCEINI
4- Sylvain MAURIN
5- Geoffrey MASCAREL
6- Manu TAUB
7- Julien TAUB
8- Bruno DANDINE
9- Christophe PRIN-GUENON
10- Marc-Olivier MARTIN
11- Rob DOUGLAS
12- Morgan DOUGLAS
13- Jamie DOUGLAS
14- Damien LEROY
15- Sébastien SALERNO
16- Sjoukje BREDENKAMPF
17- Charlotte CONSORTI
18- Sophie ROUTABOUL
19- Antony CHAFFRON
20- Nicolas ALLIBERT
21- Marc-Antoine MARIN
22- Florent GAUTIER
23- Maxime RICHARD
24- Benoit JOUFFRET
25- Bill LYNCH
26- Rémy JANISSET
27- Alex ROBIN
|1- Antoine ALBEAU
2- Cyril MOUSSILMANI
3- Anders BRINGDAL
4- Sylvain MOUSSILMANI
5- Benoit MOUSSILMANI
6- Bieuzy MAUFFREY
7- David GARREL
8- Pascal BOULANGER
9- Pierre MORETTI
10- Andrea BALDINI
11- Marion RAISI
12- Gilles PAREDES VINUALES
13- Thomas GAUDIOT
14- Christophe RICHAUD
15- Fabien COURTIADE
16- Wilfried VANHERWEGHE
17- Alain MONTAUZOU
18- Sébastien BONHOMME ALLAIRE
19- Xavier JOLY
20- Jean-Charles MAES
21- Miguel AGERKOP
22- Gauthier BOURGEOIS
23- Christophe FIORENTINI
24- Eric CARRIERE
25- Olivier BERNARD
26- Cyril MICHEL
27- Pascal TOSELLI
Here is the complete video on France 3
Or you can view the different parts of the documentary here:
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.
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.
W = Windsurfer
Only a handful of sailors have broken the 50 knot barrier. In order: Alex CAIZERGUES, Seb CATELLAN, Rob DOUGLAS, l’Hydroptère, Gavin BROADBENT, Seb SALERNO.
They really stamped their dominance on the sport by breaking the record by the biggest single margin in the sport’s history. 54.1 knots is impressive as it exceeds 60 mph and over 100kph…
Let’s not forget to acknowledge the effort put by Seb Cattelan and the event team who have put in long arduous hours to rebuild the channel that mother nature reclaims every high tide. The organizers have continued to optimize the course and have seen the results improve with each iteration.
Today wasn’t a record breaking day. Wind was @ 35 knots but you can see Catman & Bringdal having fun in light wind.
Tomorrow, Friday, apparently it is going to be the apocalypse. Today the run wasn’t usable before 5:00pm because low tide was at 2:20pm. Tomorrow the optimal time to use the run is between 11:00am and 1:00pm, since low tide is at 4:00pm.
Alex’s incredible run will definitely drive the contenders to push the limit! Some insane competition coming up between Alex and Catman.
Alex Caizergues has officially set a new World Speed Sailing Record at 54.10 knots during his 1st run at 15h38 yesterday afternoon.
5 New National records were broken on the same day:
Sebastien Cattelan (France) 52.33 (2nd fastest outright)
Rob Douglas (USA) 51.88 (National Record)
Gavin Broadbent (New Zealand) 50.93 (National Record)
Sebastien Salerno (France) 50,75
Tim Pumpa (Australia) 46.78 (National Record)
Charlotte Consorti (France) 45.23 (French Womens National record)
Anders Bringdal (Sweden) 44.80 (National Record)
Zara Davis (UK) 36.99 (Female World performance with Production Board)
The battle for the title of “the fastest speed sailor in the world” is far from over, with more big winds forecast in Luderitz for not only this week, but for most of October !
F@!#! i wish i was there !!!!
NEW WORLD RECORDS. There are no official results yet but it is a 100% certain that the Hydroptere no longer has the Outright Sailing record. It’s previous record of 51.36 was broken numerous times today by Kite surfers!
The wind nuked up to 47 knots and 5 kiters clock over 50 knots. Right from the start it was apparent this would be a memorable day when Catman did the first run to test the canal out and clocked a 48.5 500m from a standing start near the start line. Shortly after this Alex and Catman nailed 50+ runs.
Unofficially (via word of mouth) Alex set a 53 knot 500m. Seb Salerno and Gavin Broadbend clocked 52 and 51 respectfully, so a big day in every respect. They have joined this exclusive club and they did it convincingly. Tim Pumpa raised the bar on the Australian sailing speed record and clocked an impressive 47.5
The Luderitz’s 2nd Lagoon lived up to all expectations with many new records being broken. There will always be some kinks that need ironing out which attract criticism, but the canal more than proved its worth today.
Currently, they are awaiting for speeds to be officiated by the World Speed Sailing Record Council (WRSSC).
Martial, the designer from Genetrix Kites, has arrived to coach Sebastian and Sophie. He brought some new prototypes for the Hydra and on Monday there are more prototypes arriving. Next week looks promising. Extreme wind conditions are forecast for Tuesday. Last minute preparations are underway so that the channel will be ready when the winds hit Monday or Tuesday. Breaking the sailing world speed record has never been closer.
Already the first day’s “training” session yielded impressive results at Luderitz where 3 new national records have been set.
Kite surfer Gavin Broadbent smashed the existing New Zealand national record: 44.51 knots – the previous record being 40.68 knots.
Swedish Windsurfer, Anders Bringdal broke the Swedish National Windsurfing record. The existing record was 41.96 and his official recorded speed was 42.9 knots.
Australian Kite surfer Tim Pumpa was the 3rd competitor of the day to set a new national record. 40.72 knots. The previous record was 33.94 knots.
All new records are still to be ratified by the World Speed Sailing Record Council (WSSRC).
1st – 44.51 Gavin Broadbent
2nd – 44.09 Rob Douglas
3rd – 43.97 Alex Caizergues
4th – 43.00 Anders Bringdal (Swedish National Record – windsurfer)
A few of the riders were getting quite comfortable in looping the kite while passing the finish line. I must admit respect for them; this separates the boys from the men.
Source: Xelerator Kiteboarding
LUDERITZ SPEED CHALLENGE 2010 will bring together famous Windsurfers and Kitesurfers from all over the world:
The Overall Speed record: 51,36 knots(set by hydrofoil boat)
The Kitesurfing Women’s record: 45,20 knots (set by kite boarding)
The Kitesurfing Men’s record: 50,98 knots
The Windsurfing Men’s Record: 49,09 knots
The Windsurfing Women’s Record: 41,25 knots
COMPETITORS (as of 30 Sep 2010)
– Miss SOPHIE ROUTABOUL (France)
– Mr SEBASTIEN CATTELAN (France)
– Mr SYLVAIN HOCEINI (France)
– Mr ALEX CAIZERGUES (France)
– Mr CHRIS PRIN GUENON (France)
– Mr MANU TAUB (France)
– Mr SEBASTIEN SALERNO (France)
– Mr PATRICE MENOSSI (France)
– Miss CHARLOTTE CONSORTI (France)
– Mr TARO NIEHAUS (South Africa)
– Mr BASIL CAMBANIS (South Africa)
– Miss SJOUKJE BREDENKAMP (South Africa)
– Mr ROB DOUGLAS (USA)
– Mr JAMIE DOUGLAS (USA)
– Mr MORGAN DOUGLAS (USA)
– Mr JERNEJ PRIVSEK (Slovenia)
– Mr FRED FLOREN (Holland)
– Mr STEFAN METZGER (Namibia)
– Mr GAVIN BROADBENT (New Zealand)
– Mr TIM PUMPA (Australia)
– Mr ZOLT LENKEI (Hungary)
– Mr MARC AVELLA (Spain)
– Mr ANDERS BRINGDAL (France)
– Miss ZARA DAVIS (GB)
– Mr FARELL O SHEA (GB)
– Mr ANDREA BALDINI (Italy)
– Mr ALBERTO POSSATI (Italy)
– Mr NICK VARDALAXOS (Greece)
Cela promet du grand spectacle sur le run… Affaire à suivre de près !