Final Overview 2013

Chris Benz Lüderitz Speed Challenge

Sébastien Cattelan and Sophie Routaboul the 2 organizers of this amazing records factory in Luderitz delivered the 2013 edition: Chris Benz World Record Race with;
18 different nationalities competing and producing better performances in lighter wind conditions. The channel for this year’s event was further improved in length, width and better angle. The follwowing records were broken:

36 RECORDS from 11 different nationalities!

BELGIAN (Record was: 40.87 kts / Now: 47.74 kts)
Alain de Gendt (Windsurfer): has beaten the Belgian Record four times: 42.14 kts / 44.94 kts / 45.38 kts/ 45.7 kts!
Patrick Vanhoof (Windsurfer): beat the Belgian Record twice: 46.82 kts / 47.74 kts!

CROATIAN (Record was: 44.47 kts / Now: 46.51 kts)
Boris Vujasinovic (Windsurfer): has beaten twice the Croatian Record: 46.33 kts / 46.51 kts!

UKRAINIAN (Record was: 44.47 kts / Now: 46.49 kts)
Alexander Goncharov: has beaten the Ukrainian Record four times: 44.11 kts / 44.69 / 44.96 / 46.49 kts!

DANISH (Record was: 34.92 kts in Kitesurfing and National: 42.31 kts/Now: 50.43 kts)
Ole Kjaer (Kitesurfer): has beaten the Danish Record four times: 39.67 kts in Kite / 46.26 kts / 47.11 kts / 50.43 kts!

LUXEMBOURG (None previously / Now: 47.83 kts)
Nicolas David Garrel (Windsurfer): beat the Luxembourg record twice with: 46.37 kts & 47.83 kts!

SWISS (Record was 40.75 kts / Now: 47.0 kts)
Remo Diethelm (Windsurfer): has beaten the Swiss Record three times with: 45.72 kts, 46.07 kts & 47kts!

RUSSIAN (None previously/ Now 46.51 kts)
Denis Vladimirov (Windsurfer): beat the Russian Record twice with 40.92 & 44.61 kts!

SOUTH AFRICAN (was 51.64 kts / Now: over 53.04 knots)
Taro Niehaus (Kitesurfer): has beaten the South African and African Records: 53.04 kts!

SWEDISH KITESURFING (None previously/ Now: 41.0 kts)
Roger Ornvang: has on three occasions beaten the Swedish Kitesurfing Record:36.92 kts, 37.63 kts & 41.0 kts!

AUSTRALIAN WINDSURFING (was 42.78 kts / Now: 47.23 kts)
Tony Wynhoven: has beaten the Australian Windsurfing Record no less than four times with speeds of: 43.39 kts / 43.93 kts / 44.84 kts & 47.23 kts!
Andrew Daff: beat the Australian Windsurfing Record twice: 44.29 kts / 44.75 kts
Jacques Kint: also twice beat the Australian Windsurfing Record: 44.09 kts/45.76 kts!

GERMAN WINDSURFING (was 46.75 kts / Now: 47.86 kts):
Manfred Merle (Windsurfer): achieved a new German Record in Windsurfing of 47.86 kts!

The aim of this event is to give the opportunity to sailors to go faster than ever before in a confident atmosphere, providing the best conditions for many nationalities to defend their national flag and to have the “best speed experience of their life”!
This World Record Attempt in speed sailing is an unique event where a community of dedicated sailors get together in the Namib Desert to push their physical and mental limits beyond their personal best!

This Speed Challenge has proved year on year to be the most efficient place for numerous riders to achieve new records which now total:
64 National and 11 World Records – amazing!

The aim of this ambitious project since 2007 has been to develop the sport through performances never before reached for skilled sailors; sharing together the same passion for the sport. And, where the best athletes from different nations come together to prove to the world that nothing is impossible and that unique place is; Lüderitz in Namibia. The event has provided a unique identity to this small Namibian coastal desert town and has helped to put the south west African coast firmly on the speed sailing map.

This special place did not offer all its full, raw and powerful potential at this year’s event especially for the pros but during the first few weeks when it welcomed new sailors, the wind revealed its power and greater speeds were achieved in less wind!

The only place now where you can see the Legends of Windsurfing such as Bjorn Dunkerbeck, Antoine Albeau and Anders Bringdal, together defying the elements and competing to be the fastest in the world, is in Lüderitz, Namibia.

The 2013 event was opened by the Honourable Minister of Environment and Tourism of Namibia on 06 October and the event held its closing ceremony in the brand new Crayfish Bar Lounge of the Lüderitz Nest Hotel. The Crayfish Bar Lounge was constructed especially for the 2013 World Record Attempt, with the riders, the organizers, sponsors, the Lüderitz Town Council and TV crews all there to congratulate the winners of this year’s event.

The prizes were; N$20 000 for winners offered by BSi Steel and a fabulous Chris Benz Digital DEPHTMETER GOLD watch.

The 21 times World champion and current World Record Holder in Windsurfing Antoine Albeau who was leading the race with 50.07 kts in light conditions was passed by the Swedish Anders Bringdal , World Record Holder on a production board who reached 50.43 kts.

Zara Davis (UK), World Record Holder in Windsurfing, once again performed very well by reaching the best speed in Windsurfing female ranking with 43.77 kts.

The French Kitesurfer, organizer and double World Record Holder Sébastien Cattelan, reached the best overall performance this year with 55.36 kts. He was really close to breaking the World Record again this year and this despite the huge effort and energies required to ensure that the event runs smoothly like his co-organiser and partner Sophie Routaboul, who achieved the best performance in Kitesurfing (ladies) with an impressive 45.44 kts!

At the 2012 event, Dutch Jurjen Van der Noord was the revelation and at this year’s event, Hans Kreisel, also from the Netherlands impressed everyone with his performances. He is also one of the youngest sailors.

The 2013 event, now in its seventh year, delivered the following;
58 riders / 14 race days / 2005 finished runs & 70 hrs15mins of racing!
(Overall information still needs final ratification)

The 2014 edition preparations are already underway with other big names in the Windsurfing and Kitesurfing World eagerly awaiting further news…

Until next time…thank you all for your involvement!

Raffaello Gardelli & Mark Grinnell

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