FINAL RESULTS for 2010 event : 1 55 Rob Douglas (WR & NR) 55.65 2 69 Sebastien Cattelan (NR) 55.49 3 21 Alex Caizergues 54.93 4 64 Sebastien Salerno 54.28 5 53 Sylvain Hoceini 52.90 6 11 Gavin Broadbent (NR) 50.93 7 45 Basil Cambanis (NR) 50.72 8 1 Taro Niehaus 50.62 9 4 Charlotte Consorti (Ladies WR & NR) 50.43 10 57 Morgan Douglas 49.69 11 56 Jamie Douglas 49.46 12 19 Stefan Metzger (NR) 49.28 13 13 Manu Taub 49.09 14 40 Patrice Menossi 48.74 15 7 Sophie Routaboul 48.64 16 46 Marc Avella (NR) 48.55 17 9 Christophe Prin-Guenon 47.18 18 14 Fred Kloren 46.93 19 18 Tim Pumpa (NR) 46.78 20 59 Jernej Privsek (NR) 46.60 21 10 Anders Bringdal (NR) [W] 44.80 22 5 Sjoukje Bredenkamp 44.25 23 6 Zsolt Lenkei (NR) 43.65 24 52 Bill Lynch 42.32 25 81 Farrel O-Shea [W] 41.02 26 2 Afrit Foued (NR) 39.81 27 800 Nick Vardalaxos [W] 38.06 28 223 Andrea Baldini [W] 37.21 29 47 Zara Davis (PR) [W] 36.99 30 3 Leila Nouar 34.71
Rob Douglas (WR & NR)
Sebastien Cattelan (NR)
Gavin Broadbent (NR)
Basil Cambanis (NR)
Charlotte Consorti (Ladies WR & NR)
Stefan Metzger (NR)
Marc Avella (NR)
Tim Pumpa (NR)
Jernej Privsek (NR)
Anders Bringdal (NR) [W]
Zsolt Lenkei (NR)
Farrel O-Shea [W]
Afrit Foued (NR)
Nick Vardalaxos [W]
Andrea Baldini [W]
Zara Davis (PR) [W]
WR = World Record, NR = National Record, PR = Production Record, W = Windsurfer
22 March 2011On the 18th of March 2011, the French TV channel "Thalassa" released a documentary about the Luderitz Speed Event.
You can watch it HERE
11 Nov 2010When you see 38 knots forecast on Windguru for Ludertiz, you'd better button down the hatches it'll probably blow 50+ !
I'm not sure who's in striking distance to make use of all this wind on Friday, but best of luck to those that do.
30 Oct 2010
The wind is dropping so there will be no more racing.
The closing ceremony will take place at the Yacht Club at 4pm.
Today marks the end of an event that saw the most new records ushered in. This was a combination of excellent wind and near perfect water state created by the canal. Racing could also be done for much longer once the end of the run was closed to keep the water in during low tide.
29 Oct 2010
Stefan Metzger improved on his Namibian record with 49.28 knots
28 Oct 2010
Fabrice the time keeper has checked these speeds, but not the WSSRC yet. He asked that we state :Demands of speed records under sail, are subject to the official ratification by ISAF/WSSRC.
Rob Douglas is the new Outright Record holder with 55.65 knots.
Photo by Adrien Freville - www.byadrienfreville.fr
Sebastien Cattelan is the new record holder of France and Europe with 55.49 (1st to 55 knots).
He held the outright for 1 hour before Rob improved upon it.
Photo by Adrien Freville - www.byadrienfreville.fr
Charlotte Consorti did 48.5 on the display, followed 30 minutes later by Sophie Routboul with 48.64 speed.
Sophie could only do 2 runs as she has a broken hand.
Charlotte went back out later and did 50.43. The first lady over 50 knots !!!
Photo by Adrien Freville - www.byadrienfreville.fr
New South African record set by Basil Cambanis with 50.72 knots.
New Namibian record set by Stefan Metzger with 48.57 knots.
New Solvinian record set by Jernej Privsek with 46.60 knots.
Taro Niehaus had 50.59, he beat the SA record few days ago with 50.60 knots.
25 Oct 2010
The wind blew up to 35 knots today which is less than what was expected, and the high tide was just after 4pm which meant riders had to contend with more chop than normal to make use of the best wind. Riders took a break during the high tide and returned later once water had receded, but the wind was on the decline by then.
Algerian record improved twice in the same day by Afrit Foued (No. 2), firstly at 14:40 with a speed of 39.78 knots (24.48 secs over 500m), then again at 18:10 with a speed of 39.81 knots (24.46 secs over 500m).
Hungarian record beaten twice by Zsolt Lenkei (No. 6), firstly at 14:59 with a speed of 39.75 knots (run took 24.50 secs), then again at 18:04 with a speed of 42.16 knots (run took 23.10 secs).
Namibian record beat again by Stefan Metzger (No. 19) at 13:35 with a speed of 46.60 knots (run took 20.90 secs).
Sophie Routaboul came close to female world record today with a 44.92, and this despite breaking her hand only a week ago !
3 people managed to clock over 50 knots today in less wind, so the canal is definitely working.
Seb topped the list with a blistering 52.81 knots.
There's a decent forecast for tomorrow (Monday), Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday; so there's a lot of action to look forward to.
23 Oct 2010
Today marked the start of the next wind cycle at Luderitz and it blew 25-33 knots.
19 Oct 2010
Today was spent training. It was not an official day of racing. Wind speeds averaged in the mid 20's, peaking for about 30 mins at 30 knots - not strong enough to open the race.
The next big winds are forecast for later this week, giving competitors a few days break.
New competitors have arrived from the USA, France and Algeria. They spent their first day getting used to the channel and the general environment of Luderitz 2nd Lagoon.
We will keep you updated as soon as the wind starts to blow.
Today is a stunning warm day in Luderitz, virtually wind free with temperatures of about 27 degrees.
The local Luderitz Sponsors and general townsfolk are hosting a barbeque for us at 2nd Lagoon. The Event Organisers are introducing the locals to kiting by giving them introductory lessons about Kiting and showing them how to fly a kite.
The next few days are windfree until Tuesday when wind is forecast again, giving competitors time to rest.
Another day of wind and 4 more National records were broken today. High tide was at 9.30 am so it was an early start for everyone. The Skippers meeting was at 7.45 with a start of racing at 9am. Again the new speed strip proved to be a winner - with 4 new National records being set:
Rob Douglas - USA, 52.58 knots
These records have not yet been officiated by the WSSRC - we are waiting for them to be officialised.
Conditions were good in late morning but by afternoon the tide had receeded and the strip had to be closed as the WRSSC deemed it to be too shallow. The strip opened again late afternoon at around 6pm however the wind had dropped by then.
Another day of "training" in Luderitz and another record broken. Today it was the turn of Marc Avella from Spain to set a new National record at 48.33knots!
The water in the channel was very low today, ensuring a super smooth ride for the competitors. Wind speeds were about 30 knots.
Yesterday was a quieter day at 2nd Lagoon, most riders again using the day for training in preparation for the big blows forecast for Friday.
The Mens Results:
Gavin Broadbent - New Zealand - 50.23knots - 93.03km/h
The Ladies Results:
Charlotte Consorti - France - 42.34knots - 78.41km/hr
Keep checking here for the Official Results of this battle of the greatest Speed Sailors in the world!
Alex Caizergues has officially set a new World Speed Sailing Record at 54.10 knots during his 1st run at
15h38 yesterday afternoon. Sebastien Cattelan from France is placed 2nd in the world speed sailing
rankings at 52.33 knots.
5 New National records were broken on the same day:
The battle for the title of "the fastest speed sailor in the world" is far from over - with more big winds
forecast here in Luderitz for not only this week, but for most of October - we will keep you updated
with the OFFICIAL WSSRC records as soon as they are released.
It’s official – after today the Hydroptere is no longer the fastest sailing vessel. It’s previous
record of 51.36 was broken numerous times today by Kite surfers!
Scores of competitors dramatically improved on their Personal Best sailing speeds and 5
competitors reached 50 knots and more!
winner for competitors. Once again the organizers of the Luderitz Speed Event have
produced record breaking conditions for competitors to be recorded in the Speed Sailing Hall of Fame.
(WRSSC) to officiate these incredible new speed sailing times, which will be released later tonight.
Today was another excellent day of training for competitors before the big winds forecast for tomorrow.
We saw Sebastien Salerno from France improve on his best personal time ever with 44.5 knots. New Zealander
Gavin Broadbenthad 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.Winds were light today - averaging between 20-30 knots. The digger
was back again this morning to continue clearing the channel after last Thursday'sSpring High Tide, which saw
4 weeks of preparations for the event destroyedas sand that had been excavated streamed back into the channel.
Tomorrowmorning will see the finishing touches being done to the speed channel.With wind forecasts of 40knots
upwards tomorrow, Luderitz 2nd Lagoon willnot be a place for the faint-hearted. Those who are brave enough
to ventureonto the speed strip tomorrow stand a good chance of being cited in theSpeed Hall of Fame by the end of the day...
The 1st National Speed Record was broken within minutes of the start of the Luderitz Speed Event 2010
on what was expected to be simply a training session in anticipation prior to the big winds forecast for next week.
Kite surfer Gavin Broadbent smashed the existing New Zealand national record within 13 minutes of the
opening of the first day of the 2010 Luderitz Speed Challenge on Friday 8th October at 2nd Lagoon,
Luderitz Bay, Namibia. After only 3 runs his official average speed over 500m was recorded at 44.51 knots
– the previous record being 40.68 knots.
Windsurfing record. The existing record was 41.96 and his official recorded speed was 42.9 knots.
Kite Speed record for Australia with an official speed of 40.72 knots. The previous record was 33.94 knots.
All new records are still to be ratified by the World Speed Sailing Record Council (WSSRC).e wind forecast
for Friday is 30 knots. This will mark the 1st day of racing for the 2010 Luderitz Speed Challenge.
Swedish windsurfer Anders Bringdal has set a new Swedish national windsurfing record after only 90 minutes into
the first day of the event. The existing record was 41.96 and his official recorded speed today was 43 knots.
Today was meant to be a day of training and warming up in anticipation for the big winds forecast for next week.
As predicted by the event organisers, Sebastian Cattelan and Sophie Routaboul, this event promises to be the
most exciting speed sailing event in the history of the sport.
The wind forecast for Friday is 30 knots. This will mark the 1st day of racing for the 2010 Luderitz Speed Challenge.
Conditions should be perfect to warm up and train, preparing for Monday and Tuesday, which look promising with
winds of 40 - 45 knots being forecast. Friday is also Spring Tide - which is at 3.30pm - with high water in the channel -
perfect conditions for the Windsurfers.
Competitors are enjoying Luderitz Town, meeting each other and sharing their passion for wind driven sports.
The official opening of The 2010 Luderitz Speed Challenge was marked with a ceremony at
Luderitz Bay Yacht Club on Saturday the 2nd October.
Competitors from 15 different countries gathered at the Yacht Club along with prominent
business people from Luderitz, The Deputy Mayor of Luderitz Town, sponsors and the media.
Guests were welcomed by the event organizers, Sebastien Cattelan and Sophie Routaboul.
The Deputy Mayor welcomed everyone and thanked them for their continued support in
promoting Luderitz Bay not only as a tourist destination but as the new Mecca for wind driven sports.
Monday the 4th October sees the start of this prestigious Speed Sailing event.
Early resullts from canal look very promising, Seb managed to clock a 52.12 knot 5x10 second
average, 57.4 knot peak, and 49.45 500m in the canal yesterday in wind averaging between
30 and 35 knots. These speeds would not have been possible in wind like this in the past.
As expected, peak speeds are lower, but the averages have dramatically improved.
The forecast for Luderitz has lit up right on cue, there's non-stop wind about to hit from
Thursday until Monday (23-27 Sept).
This is a good sign of things to come, as it means the high pressure system is beginning
to plant itself off the West coast which means plenty of wind at Luderitz.
How's this for a forecast, and it under estimates
Speed sailing has become an international and interdisciplinary sport which includes kite surfing,
wind surfing and sailing.
For many years the different sailing disciples have competed to smash record - capturing the
imagination of the media in a battle where barriers are constantly being pushed.