Luderitz Speed Challenge:

The Luderitz Speed Challenge has been a great success in terms of breaking records (including the World record), but it has put windsurfers in a very difficult position.

The world speed record is now under Alexandre Caizergues’ (France) belt with 50,57 Knots (93,65 Kph), but the top kiters in the competition were really close to this speed.

The women’s record was also broken by Sjoukje Bredenkamp (South Africa) with a speed of 45,20 Knots (83,70 kph).

But what can the windsurfers do to catch up with these speeds? A couple of months ago, the WSSRC put a rule about water depth, but even with it, it was impossible for the windsurfers to run in the shallow waters of Luderitz speed strip.

These are all the records broken in Luderitz: (NB – all speeds are still subject to ratification by WSSRC)

Outright world speed sailing record    Alexandre Caizergues (France)    50.57  Knots
Outright world women\’s speed sailing record    Sjoukje Bredenkamp (South Africa)    45.20 Knots  

Outright USA  speed sailing record    Rob Douglas    50.54  Knots 
Outright South Africa (and Africa) speed sailing record    Grant Ross    48.79  Knots 
Outright Netherlands speed sailing record    Rolf van der Vlugt    46.95  Knots   
Outright Namibia speed sailing record    Jurgen Geiger    44.90  Knots   
Outright UK speed sailing record    David Williams    44.78 Knots 
Open water windsurf record    Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Switzerland)    44.74 Knots   
Outright France women’s speed sailing record    Charlotte Consorti    44.74 Knots 
Spain kitesurf record    Marc Avela    42.76  Knots   
Outright Slovenia speed sailing record    Jernej Privsek    43.42 Knots 
Outright New Caledonia (and Pacific) record    Joan Henaff    41.01  Knots 
Outright Belgium speed sailing record    Christian Baret    40.87  Knots   
Outright Netherlands women’s speed sailing record    Katja Roose    39.58 Knots   
UK women’s kitesurf record    Jemma Grobbelaar    38.18 Knots   

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