Only 95% good last year, what could happen if it is 100% this year?
…last weekend the canal had 60 knots… I’m sure a few people would go over 53 knots.
Last year we had a wind speed peak of 40-45 knots, this only lasted for about 10 to 15 minutes so just a few guys were lucky enough to experience that 95%. However, the canal is actually really really quick with just 40 knots of wind, it is something quite unique. The old canal we used to do our runs in in France would require nearly 55 knots of wind for us to reach similar speeds of around 48 knots.
That said, last year wasn’t ideal, especially as we had heard from Anders Bringdal, who had been there the previous year, that he had had wind speeds of up to 60 knots. Interestingly just last weekend the canal had 60 knots, so it’s looking more promising again this year.
If we get that when the pros are there, it could really be possible that we smash the world record again. It’s not going to be a huge jump because the equipment is evolving at a slower speed, but still there is easily the potential to go faster. If we had winds of 50 knots for a couple of days, this would give us the chance to get used to these conditions and I’m sure a few people would go over 53 knots.