Windsurfer, well 2 windsurfers actually. Yesterday 2 windsurfers broke the 50knot barrier with a spped of 52.64 knots on a Tandem, in winds of only 34knots. The board in question was a custom design that was narrow enough to allow such speeds, it also took a lot of fin and sail testing to get the most effective combination. The windsurfers Steve Todd and his wife Jane also said they had to try loads of different fins but eventually they found that the 32cm FOIL from Australian brands Ka PRO A series was up to the job.
Windsurfers from Australia had stumbled across a little known lagoon north of Gnarloo that offered perfect flat water with a 100 metre run in to the 500 metre speed strip. The angle to the wind was between 120 and 140 degrees, but they found because of the extra area of the sails they could go a lot broader.
The Australian Windsurfing Association were there to record the speeds from all competitors and are just waiting for the ISA to ratify the results. This is an amazing achievement for windsurfing and you read it here first.
Steve Todd had this to say: “Amazed! PResently I\’m Loving Feeling Ontop Of Life. To be the fastest water craft in the world is just something else”!
Unfortunately we do not have the pictures, but will get them as soon as we can. Next issue we will be investigating this further as we put head to head the new Starboard Gemini Tandem with the orignal shortboard Tandem from F2.