Posts tagged “Hydra

Sébastien SALERNO speaks about the Luderitz Speed Channel

A video From Eric Bellande

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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


Happy New Year 2012

Happy New Year from Team Genetrix.


Taro Niehaus’ 51.64 knot speed run video

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.

Source:http://www.speedkiting.org/site/


New from Luderitz

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”.

Source: Basil Cambanis www.speedkiting.org
www.luderitz-speed.com


Luderitz 2011 Kitecam

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.”

 


Two separate speed events attempt breaking 55.65 kts record

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!