World Speed Record Attempt Luderutz Challenge 2012

Since the 19th century Lüderitz has welcomed some extraordinary periods:
In the middle of this desert and with a pioneering spirit, the people living there have used the natural resources of this little corner of Namibia to make things happen. Frequently making do with absolutely nothing, but yet able to achieve their dreams and create something. Against the odds and in the face of adversity they have passed the last century discovering new resources and technologies, like finding and mining diamonds. Similarly, a new boundary is being broken, Lüderitz now being the only place in the world to witness those kite and windsurfing performances never reached before and on such a regular basis which really makes us believe that it won’t stop at these speeds.

World Speed Record Attempt Luderutz Challenge 2012

World Speed Record Attempt Luderutz Challenge 2012

The experience that organizers and riders have taken from this part of the Planet has created big international media awareness and a frenzy in speed circle. The little Lüderitz is once again on the “map”. The event has made history and has pushed development & research in the sailing industry since 2007. It is a proving ground for theories and idea. Improvements are made year after year, lots of TV shows as well as specialized magazines and international newspapers have given all the credibility to this community of sailors who have been able to show a brilliant and tenacious side of water sports.

The real “diamond” is the amazing man-made channel, which has been developed by the organizers, which consultation of the Ministry of environment & Tourism, is the fastest water speed-strip in the World, and is regarded as” the center of speed” regarding the results since the beginning of the speed challenge and the historical performances reached during the last 6 weeks.

The concept of the Lüderitz Speed challenge is to take all the best sailors in the World, to put them on a perfect speed strip with the best wind conditions and then let them loose to show what they are capable of. We have seen around 30-40 riders every year displaying great performances as a result of hard work made, persistence, perseverance and dedication, pushing the limits even further. 80% of the performance is from the concept and the efficiency of the channel. This is the place where 50 knots is now a really common achievement (reached by windsurfers and kitesurfers for the 1st time in history) and where the 100 km/h and then the 55 knots were also broken for the very first time in the sailing world: Namibia has the monopoly of the performance.
During November 2012, the windsurfers had 12 good sailing days with relatively light conditions of between 30 and 40 kts of wind (compare to what we can catch), breaking record after record in windsurfing, the Kite surfing World Record Attempt followed during the 2 first weeks of December:
13 Multi-discipline National Records, 3 National Records in Windsurfing and 2 World Records in Windsurfing were broken this year which reveals in total since 6 years:

• 13 Multi-discipline National Records
• 3 National Records in Windsurfing
• 9 Multi-discipline World Records (Male & Female)
• 2 World Records in Windsurfing (Male & Female)

One of the best examples of the the performance of the channel is the new German Multi-discipline Speed Record:
The kitesurfer Jochen Bock who came this year believing in the project, with his personal best speed of 42 knots before this event…
After immediately breaking the German kitesurfing record with 46.6 knots (the German speed record for all sailing disciplines was held by a Windsurfer with 46.75 kts at that time), Jochen Bock smashed it and reached 49.36 kts! 7 knots more than his old best performance!
And, even, if we compare previous speeds achieved, who were the best in the world and made here in strong wind, this year the channel has really revealed its’ magic! In 2010, Rob Douglas needed 45 knots of wind to achieve the world kitesurfing record. This year, Sébastien Cattelan did 53.27 kts in 30-35kts!

The Windsurfer Antoine Albeau broke the World Record in 2008 with 49.09 kts in 60 kts of wind in Saintes-Marie-de- la-mer (France) but did 52.05 kts in 40 kts of wind in Lüderitz.!
Windsurfers have caught up with the kitesurfers and the boats and share the front of the stage now. Everything for the future events looks really promising considering the fact that in Lüderitz everybody goes faster in less wind on those crafts represented here, compared to anywhere else on the planet.

The organizers and some riders have already identified improvements for the channel for next year. We can also anticipate the development of new gears and equipment and the valuable experience after participating in the channel. Should they also catch more wind in 2013, which is a really strong probability in this part of the African coast, we predict the fall of more records and the breaking of the 60 kts barrier quite possible for both disciplines.

The French Kitesurfer Sébastien Salerno has well explained the concept:

 

Catamaran kiteboarding trip Quest Eco Challenge, Paradise anyone?

The Quest Eco Challenge has come to a close.  We got more than 400 inspiring and absolutely amazing entries from people across the globe who care passionately about the Earth and who have challenged not only themselves but their children and neighbors to live more simple and sustainable lives. Choosing the winners was an almost impossible task, and our judging panel had a very, very hard time ranking the many incredible entries.  We used creativity and eco-effectiveness/consciousness as our primary criterion, and the inspiring entries we received made putting some ahead of others almost impossible.  In the end though we feel like we’ve decided on four people who have truly gone above and beyond in living an eco-lifestyle.  We’ll be sharing these stories and more in the coming weeks and hope to create a dialogue that goes beyond borders and creates a wave of change around the world for years to come. We’ll announce the winners shortly and hope to begin a dialogue on solutions these folks have come up with to make a substantive difference to leading healthier, more rewarding…and more simple lives.  Stay tuned!

Catamaran kiteboarding trip Quest Eco Challenge, Paradise anyone?

Catamaran kiteboarding trip Quest Eco Challenge, Paradise anyone?

 

The Grand Prize winner is Mike Hutchings, who will join us in Los Roques, Venezuela for our inaugural voyage.

First Prize goes to Yancy Wright, who will also join us for our inaugural voyage.

Second Prize goes to Neil Townsend, who wins a great bit of kit from Patagonia

Third prize goes to Tristan Fields, who wins a brand new Tronic board from Cabrinha

 

We’ve got a couple of last-minute trips available to non-members of the Cabrinha Quest.  The first is October 26-Nov 5, 2012 in the Los Roques archipelago, off the coast of Venezuela.  Those of you who followed the Best Odyssey, this was one of our best stops on the expedition and cannot be missed.  For more details go here.

The second is in the San Blas, Panama, one of the windiest and coolest flatwater places there is hands-down.  Dates are December 10-20.  We have a full cabin and shared cabin available.  More details here.  Want to join?  Give us a jingle.

 

Kindest regards,

Gavin McClurg and the Cabrinha Quest Team

Cabrinha Quest Eco Challenge Winners Decided

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the Quest Eco Challenge!  We got more than 400 inspiring and absolutely amazing entries from you and others across the globe who care passionately about the Earth and who have challenged not only themselves but their children and neighbors to live more simple and sustainable lives.  This was an almost impossible task, and our judging panel had a very, very hard time ranking the many incredible entries.  We used creativity and eco-effectiveness/consciousness as our primary criterion, and the inspiring entries we received made putting some ahead of others almost impossible.  In the end though we feel like we’ve decided on four people who have truly gone above and beyond in living an eco-lifestyle.  We’ll be sharing these stories and more in the coming weeks and hope to create a dialogue that goes beyond borders and creates a wave of change around the world for years to come.

Cabrinha Quest Eco Challenge Winners Decided

Cabrinha Quest Eco Challenge Winners Decided

 

The Grand Prize winner is Mike Hutchings, who will join us in Los Roques, Venezuela for our inaugural voyage.

First Prize goes to Yancy Wright, who will also join us for our inaugural voyage.

Second Prize goes to Neil Townsend, who wins a great bit of kit from Patagonia

Third prize goes to Tristan Fields, who wins a brand new Tronic board from Cabrinha

 

An extremely rare situation has caused us to have an open cabin on this first trip, October 26th in Los Roques.  Cabins for the Cabrinha Quest come up very rarely to non-members, but I want to extend an invitation only to you, the Eco Challenge entrants at a huge discount to join us in Los Roques with Reo Stevens.  I wish we could provide a free cabin to everyone who enterred, but alas, this isn’t possible, but I do hope you can maybe still join us?  Cost for a cabin (two person occupancy) is $3900 USD, all inclusive (a 50% discount off our normal price). If you are interested, please email mail@offshoreodysseys.com immediately so we can make arrangements to get you on board.

 

Again I thank you for not only entering the Quest Eco Challenge, but more importantly for sharing with us and inspiring others to live more sustainable lives.

 

Kindest regards,

 

Gavin McClurg and the Cabrinha Quest Team

Luderitz Speed Challenge kiteboarding speed World Record attempt

SUMMARY:

The scene is set around the gathering of various kinds of enthusiastic personalities from all over the world at a far-off spot. Surrounded by enchanting desert colors, the universe has created the best conditions to allow this group of privileged persons to push and expand the limits of the possible. Once again this very special place where the time stand still promises glory and the writing of new history… It is this timeless environment which will remain the favorite playground of the adrenalin fighters where the intoxicating “need for speed” and the taste of victory echoes with historic fulfillment …
An exciting and packed adventure where the characters on the fastest spot of the world will discover the power… not of ONE but of THE Canal …
Researched and designed to reach speeds never before imagined, this Canal is the master-feature of this incredible and action-packed story, on which the participants rely and trust, with promising potential.

Luderitz Speed Challenge kiteboarding speed World Record attempt competitor

Luderitz Speed Challenge kiteboarding speed World Record attempt competitor

Who knows, maybe it will be you next year or maybe there is even time for this year??

Luderitz Speed Challenge 2011 from ByAdrienFreville on Vimeo.

 

What you would need?? :
It’s simple: skills in windsurfing or kitesurfing + having the desire to go fast on the water, the drive to expand your limits and to reach your personal goals (a national record, a personal best time, or even the ultimate record) + stopping at nothing + a spirit to adapt to this context (share the passion with competitors who come to be part of a unique adventure taking place in the middle of a desert and knowing how to face the elements).

A CALCULATED GAMBLE!
Since 2007 records have been smashed successively, performances have increased tremendously and the « Lüderitz Speed Challenge » has become a major event with major media impact. This has progressed the “speed” discipline and has significantly contributed to further development in the Kitesurfing industry. The event organizers, Sébastien Cattelan (European record holder and GPS world record) and Sophie Routaboul (second fastest woman in the world) have here also realized the opportunity for Windsurfing to come back to the main stage and utilize this special location with the best of conditions to express the speed aspects of this sport. After several tests, the report states: the potential is certainly there – THE FAMOUS CANAL FROM LUDERITZ HAS MADE IT’S ENTRANCE…

This next episode in the Namibian Saga will this year again enlarge its casting. Having raised the interest of the biggest names in the sailing world, our idols will be there andmany will join them! We shall meet there those who decide to raise the challenge.

Luderitz Speed Challenge kiteboarding speed World Record attempt competitor

Luderitz Speed Challenge kiteboarding speed World Record attempt competitor

 

fastest sailors on Planet Earth in Lüderitz Speed Challenge Namibia’s Africa

Gets ready to crown the  fastest sailor

Sebastian catalan speed  world  record  in in  Lüderitz Speed Challenge Namibia's Africa

Sebastian catalan speed world record in in Lüderitz Speed Challenge Namibia's Africa

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)