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The Lüderitz Speed Challenge 2012
Since 2007, records were smashed successively, performances have increased, the « Lüderitz Speed Challenge », World record Attempt in Speed Sailing has become a major event with a media impact which has developed the “speed” discipline and has well participated to the kitesurfing industry evolution. Nevertheless, its organizors, Sébastien Cattelan and Sophie Routaboul have seen there the opportunity for the windsurfers to come back in front of the stage and find a location with the best conditions to express themselves. So, from 2009, after several tests, the report sets: the potential is there, let’s build a CANAL…
2010 EDITION set a new record and all the nations know that Lüderitz is the fastest spot in the World!.
THANKS TO THE NEW CANAL BUILT IN THE BAY, THE ULTIMATE RECORD IS SMASHED: 55.65 Knots.
Only two years after the 50 knots barrier was broken, the 55 Knots (103 km/h) barrier was smashed: 100km/h (54.10 knots) and “The Lüderitz Speed Challenge” have managed to get back the title from the multi-million boat “L’Hydroptère” (51.36 knots). Only 2 competitors in the world have reached the 55 knots so far:
Sébastien Cattelan (55.49 kts-European Record) and Rob Douglas (55.65 kts-Ultimate World Record)
2011 WAS THE BEGINNING OF A NEW AREA from an historical project:
Although the 2010 canal made the world of a difference, the conditions still need improvement for faster records to be set, especially to represent the windsurfing community which is huge in the World. Thus Sébastien Cattelan, Sophie Routaboul and his team have invested a lot of money and time to research the possibilities of widening and lengthening the canal, and creating even smoother water surfaces for faster speeds, deeper water but also improving the safety of the finish area.
After 1 year battling to set up the project and get the authorizations, they manage to dig that canal with the support of the Namibian Ministry of Environment & Tourism,according to what they have learnt from performances, tests and experiences they made during their career.
The legend Anders Bringdal took part of this new edition as a windsurfing consultant to be able to invite all the top sailors in the world.
SUCCESS: never before a windsurfer have reached a top speed of 50,7 knots (94 km/h).
0n 10 competitors of this testing-team, 5 records were broken.
The test of this Team is a revelation: this new canal which was improved step by step until the end of the 2011 event is THE solution and will be the playground of many competitors next year as they all have realized its potential.
LUDERITZ SPEED CHALLENGE 2012 PROJECT: Old records are no news, however… Chase the unimaginable 60 knots barrier now: The Lüderitz Speed Challenge has this as its main goal and sole focus.
No other event or place in the world would be more suitable to attempt this crazy record. Organizers have worked really hard to create the right environment conducive to making it happen. It’s the combination of all their experience from previous years and of course the location which gives them the criteria they need (strong and stable wind, good angle…) which will operate.
All the arrangements have been made to manage to create a canal with all the skills that windsurfers need to join kitesurfers (record: 55,65 knots) and boats (record: 51,36 knots) in that real challenge. After obtaining the authorizations, an artificial canal was dug 300m from the bay: 1 month of hard tests and researches, making improvements, were realized during the 2011 edition to be able to present the big 2012 Challenge which will be even more watched and followed in all over the world, where the best top sailors will battle for the World title or their nation.
The list of the selected competitors will be communicated in the beginning of July for an Attempt which will happen from the 5 November to 2 December for windsurfers (registrations number being more important) and from 3 to 16 December for kitesurfers, to avoid the comparison between 2 different crafts.
Here are the interim results after the first 3 races of the OSC.
Vas y Sophie!!! **** the team is cheering you on ****
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.
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 Kiteboarder’s video review of the 2012 Genetrix Origin V2 kite. For the complete review (including comments directly from our testers) on this and 52 more 2012 kiteboarding kites and boards, download the TKB 2012 Freeride Gear Review in the TKB Store.
Happy New Year from Team Genetrix.
Taro Niehaus breaking the African Speed Record on November 10 2011
Sebastien Cattelan improved to 52.6
Stefan Metzger set a new Namibian record of 51.36 knots which equals Hydroptere’s record, Anthony Chaffron improved to 42.92 despite being injured, and Humberto Torrinha improved the Angola record to 41.21.
Anders Bringdal had yet another 50 peak (50.1) and improved his Swedish record to 47.44 knots. This should land him first place on the windsurfing GPS rankings.
13 November 2011:
Mother nature had the final say today, and it only blew 30 knots with occasional gusts. Seb clocked the best speed of the day with 51.36 knots. He was the only contender over 50 knots.
Congratulations to Anders Bringdal (50.72 Vmax) and Taro Niehaus (51.64 knots) for their performance record, and to Seb, Sophie and the rest of the team and sponsors for making this event possible.
Sébastien is confident he can reach 60 knots in kitesurfing, and is making it his goal. Windsurfing speeds currently trail that of kitesurfing, but Sebastian has made it his first priority to create optimal conditions in the canal for the windsurfers to push the limits.
Positive energy is needed to manage this adventure, and an interesting challenge lies ahead for us to discover how best to achieve this. We need to share ideas and opinions with people who have different experience with the sea so we can collaboratively create the ideal run.
The new canal has proved to be more beneficial for windsurfers than for kitesurfers thus far, but some options still remain to improve this for both disciplines.
Although the organizers treated this year as a test for the new canal (which was dug just before the start), the results look very promising and windsurfing legend, Anders Bringdal, managed to reach truly impressive speeds on his first day. He had a 50.72 Vmax, which is a first in windsurfing history.
Kite surfing records and performances will follow – step by step the dream of this Team has been realized over the past 5 years, and the much improved run in the ideal location will usher in a new era in speed sailing and become the perfect platform for international and outright records.
Sponsors who choose to be part of this will play a pivotal role in shaping sailing history.
Taro Niehaus of team Genetrix has set a new South African record of 51.64 knots, and Seb had 51.2. I’m not sure what Anders’s 500m average was, but he had another 50+ peak today (50.3 kts).
This is a phenomenal effort and well deserved; Taro didn’t hold back, which takes a lot of guts and confidence in your equipment and ability. It was not easy going out there, and despite this he came out unscathed and clocked the best speed so far.
Well done Lighty, I salute your achievement !!!
Strong wind is forecast until Sunday, so I’m sure the speeds will climb further.
Seb took a break over the past week and I have not doubt that he will dial it in before Sunday, which is forecast to be the strongest day.
Source: Basil Cambanis
A few days into the event and the athletes are doing a little cross training. This video captures a glimpse of the life these athletes live as they push the 50 knot threshold in the beautiful waters off of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
Source: The 2011 North American Speed Sailing Invitational
The Hydra and Luderitz
23 October 2011
Today was a light wind day (in the 20’s) and marked the start of a new wind cycle. It was a great introduction for the riders to the new canal. The finishing area is wide and long, and instills the confidence needed to cross the finish at full speed. The depth is more than adequate, and we’ll test out windsurfers on it within a few days time.
The wind was very gusty today, and the Genetrix kites helped prevent unnecessary accidents due to unforeseen gusts and lulls mid-run. They handle gusts like no other and have the biggest depower range, which makes them ideal for Luderitz.
The best average speed was 45 knots, with peaks just less than 50 knots. The wind is expected to blow stronger tomorrow, so let’s see what speeds the new canal can yield.
“What I found is there seems to be a lot more wind towards the end of the run, but time will tell when it blows stronger. Getting back to the start was done by either beating back upwind in the lagoon and walking the rest of the way, or catching a lift on the back of a bakkie. The timing system worked flawlessly, so we’re all set for the big day to see what speeds are possible”.
Another one from Basil but this time the view is from the kite. He does get pretty close to the bank at one stage. Probably looking up at the cam 🙂
“I stuck my camera onto one of the struts today to get an areal view of the canal. It’s alignment was slightly off, but not bad considering. The wind was a mild 20 knots at the time and I used my 12 sqm v4 Genetrix Hydra kite. As you can tell from the footage, the water state is excellent. We’re waiting until next week when stronger wind is forecast, then things will get interesting.”
Here is a video from Basil Cambanis. Take a ride with him on his Genetrix Hydra down the speed run in Luderitz, Namibia. The new canal has been built in the salt pan a few hundred meters upwind of Second Lagoon. It looks impressive, and with the longer run-up and finish it’s bound to be faster.
At the same time, there is a speed event organized by The North American Speed Sailing Project (NASSP). SOME of the Fastest Sailors are competing for the $27000 prize at Martha’s Vineyard in October 2011.
It will be interesting to see who will break the 55.65 kts over 500m set by Rob Douglas in Luderitz in 2010.
NASSP———————————————————-or the Luderitz Speed Challenge ???
One of them looks like a holiday and the other like suicide. Good luck to all and be safe!
The World Record Attempt in Speed Sailing
Namibia: October 20th – November 17th 2011
The “Lüderitz Speed Challenge” has been held in Namibia since 2007, and is a World Record Attempt in Speed Sailing that has produced more than 40 World & National Records to date.
The organisers, Sophie Routaboul and Sébastien Cattelan have constantly innovated in their attempt to push the limits, and have recently obtained authorisation to dig a new channel away from the Second Lagoon shoreline, which has been used thus far. This is necessary to make it possible to break the 60 knot barrier (over 500m), which is the new challenge (115km/h under sail). Last year, the famous hydrofoil boat “L’Hydroptère” held the Outright Record with 51.36 knots (95km/h over 500m), but was beaten during “The 2010 Lüderitz Speed Challenge” by the kitesurfers who established the World Record in Speed Sailing with 55.65 knots (64/mph, 103km/h over 500m).
This has been a large scale and difficult project to undertake, which made these two driven extreme sports enthusiasts decide to officially test the newly built channel before taking on the responsibility of organising a fully-fledged event. A full scale event is planned for 2012 where numerous international competitors will be invited.
As the stakes increase and the speeds achieved are pushed higher, the organisation of each event has become more challenging in itself.
The consequences of this recognised official record attempt are far reaching. This event combines an environmental aspect together with the efficiency of wind power, and the human, tourism and commercial aspects, while bringing to the front stage an African country: Namibia. This is where kitesurfing (while still in its infancy), has been propelled into the headlines as being the world’s fastest craft on water.
Will this incredible and daring feat allow them to beckon in the dawn of a new playground for the windsurfing community, and give them access to the exclusive 50+ knot club? The results speak for themselves: over the past four years everything possible has been done to increase the potential of this unbelievable site, which has made the constant climb of speed sailing records possible.
The answer will be revealed between 20th October and 17th November 2011, which are the dates of the event during which windsurfing and kitesurfing performances will be done…. with the kind support of the sponsors : LM Wind Power, Genetrix and its team, SunPass Cream, The agency Chaffron Insurance, Kitaddict and the Lüderitz Community.
Wow, first kite expo where we actually got some wind. Not that we don’t like to speak to people on the beach and all but it’s nice to be able to show the stuff. Long Beach kite Expo is organized by the SCKA. Southern California Kiteboarding Association. Thanks again to Jim and Dan for their wonderful work in putting together what is arguably the best Kiteboarding event in South Cal.
The highlight of the day were the smiles of the 1000+ students from the inner city, coming to experience the different events on the beach. Our team really enjoyed spending time with the kids, showing them the ropes of this sport. Fun was had by all.
The annual Long Beach Kite Expo, organized by the SCKA (Southern California Kiteboarding Association), allows participants to demo the HOTTEST kitesurfing gear, race SUPs, LAUNCH off the water in JUMPING CONTESTS, COURSE RACES and have lots of fun on the beach with games.
This year is unique because they are teaming up with the Long Beach Sea Festival and the L.B. Parks and Recreation department to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Long Beach Airport.
Parks and Recreation brought in over 1,500 kids on Friday from the inner city to experience different events on the beach.
Events like this go a long way to foster goodwill between the kiting community and the city.
Pics by Blast Kiteboarding. Thank you Marc for the pictures and the Vid.
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