Gets ready to crown the fastest sailor
Fasten your seatbelts. The fastest sailors on Planet Earth are ready for the 2012 Lüderitz Speed Challenge, held in Namibia’s most famous speed strip.
The international speed sailing event has been taking place, since 2007, in the southern coast of the African country and, since then, many national and world records have fallen.
Interestingly, the Lüderitz Speed Challenge is a battle of two fierce and eternal rivals: kiteboarders and windsurfers. This year, it is expected a tougher side-by-side war, as kiteboarding got the Olympic free pass over windsurfing.
The 50-knot speed barrier was broken in Namibia, for the first time ever, by the French bullet Sébastien Cattelan, but the world speed sailing would be broken again.
Right now, the level is very high. The US kiteboarder Rob Douglas holds the title of “fastest sailor on Earth”, having clocked at 55.65 knots with his gear.
Meanwhile, Lüderitz has improved the speed sailing conditions. A new channel has been built to push the limits further improving the conditions of all contestants.
The Lüderitz Speed Challenge 2012 will be one of the most antecipated boardsport events of the year. More than 15 different nationalities will battle for both national records and the ultimate world speed record.
Also, women from England, France, New Zealand and Turkey will compete against each other for the title of “Fastest Female Speed Sailor”. Let the hurricanes blow Lüderitz.
Some quotable quotes and peak speeds:
Hennie Bredenkamp (58 knots): “electric, it’s my best speed ever!”
Alex Caizergues (59.5 knots)
Basil Cambanis (52.5): “I went maybe too late in the water”
Sebastien Cattelan (61.8 knots): “It was spectacular. We hope to push the limits further and maybe to break the outright record again. The dream gave me wings to run the event and motivated me to ride like never before.”
Sophie Routaboul (40 knots)
Charlotte Consorti (43 knots)