Lüderitz Speed Challenge, Namibia

2012 Lüderitz Speed Challenge is officially opened

The Lüderitz Speed Challenge 2012 is officially opened.
The ceremony gathered the members of the Town Council, the sponsors, the local committee, the inhabitants of Lüderitz, and the riders.
In a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, windsurfers attended the very first briefing.
On Monday, the Windsurfers start their mental and physical preparation as they become familiar with the canal !
With the arrival of Antoine Albeau, Alberto Possati and Cédric Bordes, the team is being assembled for the first week of the Lüderitz Speed Challenge 2012.
Full of Energy, The Windsurfing team is headed up by Anders BRINGDAL, who is spokesman for the group, which is promising. There is a feeling of “Unity is strength”…

2012 INTERVIEWS !!!!

Van der Noord Jurjen – ALBERTO POSSATi – ANTHONY CHAFFRON – NICK VARDALACHOS – Hennie Bredenkamp

Lena Erdil – CHRISTIAN BORNEMANN – Björn Dunkerbeck – MARTYN OGIER – Alexander Goncharov

Patrick Diethelm – Christian Benzing – Antoine Albeau – Wolfram Reiners – Cédric Bordes

Dieter Gerichhausen – Boris Vujasinovic – Humberto Torrinha

THE LUDERITZ SPEED CHALLENGE has yielded 45 National Records and 6 World Records to date !!!

It has taken the Organisers almost 2 years to prepare for the 2012 event to ensure that the sport of speed sailing continues to progress and higher speeds are achieved.
A new tried and tested canal will bring new speed sailing records for both windsurfers and kitesurfers.

History of the Event – Official Average Speeds recorded over 500m :

Sebastien Cattelan (aka Seb) is the original founder/organiser of the Lüderitz Speed Challenge.  Due to his dedication, vision, energy and achievements, the event has achieved enormous global success. Seb is also the first-person ever to break the mythical 50 & 55 knot barriers.

2007 – The very first run made officially was 44 knots, and within 4 weeks 48 knots was recorded.
2008 – A dam of sandbags was built for a flatter water surface, and 50 knots was achieved.
2009 – A channel was built inside the bay for the 1st time and higher speeds were achieved in less wind (51 knots).
2010 – A new channel was built in the bay with a better angle and the top speed hit 55.6 knots.

In 2011 a huge project was undertaken to dig a canal 300 meters away from the lagoon.
The organizers held a private event, and a few select riders were invited to test the new canal. As a result of this, modifications were made which improved the speeds and safety.

The result was faster times in less wind, and the following improvements:

Competitors can race anytime of the day as the canal is no longer dependent upon tide.
Valuable time and energy is not wasted having to beat back upwind to the start, as a shuttle is provided at the end of the speed strip.
The water depth is maintained throughout the length of the run, which is a requirement of the WSSRC for official ratification.
The 2012 Luderitz World Speed Sailing attempt will take place over 6 weeks:

Windsurfers from 5th of November to the 2nd of December
Kitesurfers from 3rd December to the 16th December.
Due to limited space on the shuttle vehicles that will be constantly ferrying competitors from the end of the run back to the start, the number of registrations must be limited.
For further information and registrations please contact below on the page…

Chris Benz Lüderitz Speed Challenge
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