A video From Eric Bellande
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.
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
A video of Seb Salerno analyzing his GPS run of 50.25 knots:
He enters the run @ 50.56 knots, goes up to 53.11 and keeps his speed between 52 and 53 knots until the last leg. By the end of the run the wind drops and water entering into the channel from the surrounding creeks and rivers slows him down.
Despite lower than expected 35 knot wind and choppy water, 3 riders achieved speeds of over 50 knots today. Catman, Rob Douglas and Sed Salerno all did it in less wind that was previously required. Zsolt Lenkei improved on his personal best from 39,75 to 42. As the wind was increasing, the tide was too high to go on.
Sophie Routaboul got close to female world record today (45 flashed on the display), in spite of breaking her hand only a week ago.
The above speeds are not official yet.
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.
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).
With wind forecasts of 40+ knots tomorrow, Luderitz 2nd Lagoon will not be a place for the faint-hearted. Those who are brave enough to venture onto the speed strip tomorrow stand a good chance of being cited in the Speed Hall of Fame by the end of the day…
In winds averaging between 20-30 knots today, Sebastien Salerno from France was the fastest man today with 44.5 knots. New Zealander Gavin Broadbent had an excellent day again with top speeds of 44.3 recorded over 500m average. Rob Douglas from USA had the 3rd top speed of 43.9.
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 !