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.
On 28 of October, Sebastien Cattelan was the first person to reach a speed of over 55 knots average over 500m with a Genetrix Hydra 9 meter kite and an Xcelerator board.
There are only 8 days left to break a new world speed record. With the right conditions of wind and tide, the kitesurfers are sure to exceed the speeds of last week. The wind should gradually increase to 35-40 knts, being the strongest at the beginning of next week. Hoping they will get more!!
The speed the competitors could achieve yesterday was limited due to choppy water and lighter 30 knot wind. As it is spring high tide, the water came up quickly making the run usable only between 12:30am-1:30pm. It will be hard for all competitors to have a go at the run when the conditions are optimum for that day. It’s going to be a stampeed for the start since no one will want to miss the magical wind and tide window. In the next few days, as the high tide moves later towards the end of the afternoon, keep an eye out for some crazy performance in Luderitz.
A few pictures from Adrien Fréville photographie
There’s no wind today and tomorrow. Friday to Monday still looks promising. The spring high tide will be between 2:30pm and 3:39pm over the weekend. Lets hope the competitors find some flat water and the wind necessary to break some more records. Sunday to Monday might be the last decent wind they’ll have to do so. The wind usually peaks around 3:00pm. Here is what the tide looks like for the next few days.
Fri (Low 8:33 / High 14:38 / Low 20:50)
Sat (Low 9:02 / High 15:08 / Low 21h19)
Sun (Low 9:32 / High 15:39 / Low 21:48)
Mon (Low 10.04/ High 16:12/ Low 22:20)
The Genetrix Team posing at Luderitz Speed Challenge 2010: Martial Camblong – France, Sebastien Cattelan – France, Tim Pumpa – Australia (record), Sophie Routaboul -France, Basil Cambanis – South Africa, Fred Kloren – Netherlands, Marc Avella – Spain (record). Missing on the picture : Zolt Lenkey – Hungary, Taro Niehaus – South Africa (record) and Leila Lelouar – France.