Kitesurfer Rob Douglas broke last Friday in Namibia the sailing speed world record, and Sjoukje Bredenkamp is also the new fastest woman on earth with 45,20 knots.
With a speed of 49,84 Knots, Douglas is the new fastest man sailing in the world. Bjorn Dunkerbeck was also at the spot, together with Benoit and Cyril Moussilmany, but there was nothing they could do to get close to the kiter’s speed. When the wind was perfect with 40 to 45 knots, there was places on the run where the water was no more than 10cm deep, and when the water was finally enough later in the day, the wind had dropped to 25 knots.
Antoine Albeau, who held his record for just over 7 months wasn’t there, and he says now, he made the right decision not going, as he thinks the place is not well adapted for windsurfing. However, he think this is the best motivation to try to get the record back when the canal opens again.
Apart from this major news, other national records were broken, like the South African one, that now is hold by Hennie Bredenkamp with 47,59 knots, the Namibian one, hold now by Jurgen Geiger with 44,90 knots, the Spanish one now hold by Marc Avela with 42,76 knots, the Slovenian record, now hold by Jernej Privesek with 39,76 knots and the UK kite record by David Williams with 43,32 knots.
The competition is now on hold and they expect some more competition next Thursday when the wind will be back.
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