9th of October 2010
Luderitz Speed Challenge 2010
3 National Records broken on 1st Day of Luderitz Speed Challenge
The 1st National Speed Record broken within minutes of the start of the Luderitz Speed
Event 2010 on what was expected to be simply a training session in anticipation prior
to the big winds forecast for next week.
Kite surfer Gavin Broadbent smashed the existing New Zealand national record within 13
minutes of the first day of the 2010 Luderitz Speed Challenge on Friday 8th October at 2nd
Lagoon, Luderitz Bay, Namibia. After only 3 runs his official average speed over 500m was
recorded at 44.51 knots – the previous record being 40.68 knots.
70 minutes later, also on his 3rd run, Swedish windsurfer Anders Bringdal broke the Swedish
National Windsurfing record. The existing record was 41.96 and his official recorded speed
was 42.9 knots.
Australian Kite surfer Tim Pumpa was the 3rd competitor of the day to set a new national
record – Best Kite Speed record for Australia with an official speed of 40.72 knots. The
previous record was 33.94 knots.
All new records are still to be ratified by the World Speed Sailing Record Council (WSSRC).
As predicted by the event organizers, Sebastian Cattelan and Sophie Routaboul, this event
promises to be the most exciting speed sailing event in the history of the sport.
For all the latest updates check out the official Luderitz Speed Event website www.luderitz-
Luderitz Bay Namibia: 13 Oct 2010
It's Official - 1 New World Speed Sailing Record and 5 New National Records in the same day!
Alex Caizergues has officially set a new World Speed Sailing Record at 54.10 knots during his 1st run at 15h38 yesterday afternoon.
5 New National records were broken on the same day:
USA - Rob Douglas, 51.88
Namibia - Stefan Metzger 45.02
New Zealand - Gavin Broadbent, 50.93
French Women’s National record - Charlotte Consorti, 45.23
Australia -Tim Pumpa, 46.78 (best kite speed record performance)
Sweden -Anders Bringdal, 44.80.
U.K - Zara Davis, 36.99, Female World performance with Production Board
Sebastien Cattelan from France is placed 2nd in the world speed sailing rankings at 52.33 knots.
The battle for the title of "the fastest speed sailor in the world" is far from over - with more big winds forecast here in Luderitz for not only this week, but for most of October - we will keep you updated with the OFFICIAL WSSRC records as soon as they are released.
For official WSSRC records of this historic Luderitz Speed Challenge and daily updates go to: www.luderitz-speed.com
Wednesday 13th October,
>> Kitesurfer Alexandre Caizergues at 100km/hr!
>> New outright world speed record under sail: 54.10 knots
>> The 100km/hr barrier is smashed!
Yesterday, kitesurfer Alexandre Caizergues beat the outright world speed record under sail with an average of 54.10 knots (100.19 km/hr) over 500 metres of the Luderitz channel (Namibia). The young Frenchman is the new outright speed record holder. He has deposed Hydroptère and its 51.36 knots.
The 12th October 2010 will go down in the long history of speed records under sail. Alex Caizergues, a native of Port Saint-Louis in southern France, had an absolute blinder of a day. During his first run, with 45 knots of breeze blowing along Luderitz’s legendary lagoon spot, Caizergues immediately powered off at blistering speed, well positioned on his board and harnessed to his 8 m2 wing.
At the end of an incredible 500 metre straight, the fastest kitesurfer on the planet gave free rein to his delight on discovering that he’d broken the 100 km/hr barrier across the water (54.10 knots). It was a top drawer performance, reminiscent of the sprints by a fellow champion, Usain Bolt!
Alexandre Caizergues thoroughly prepared himself for this feat. Since the start of the year, he has been going over his equipment meticulously as well as linking together an incalculable number of training sessions, both at sea and on land, in order to hone his physical condition. Arriving in Namibia last week, Alexandre tested the race zone twice, on Friday and Monday, so as to familiarise himself with the new facilities at the spot. This comprised a channel dug out parallel to the beach, which enabled the total optimisation of speed records under sail.
The French kitesurfer took back what was his as he had already been the outright world record holder in 2008 with 50.57 knots. This new record was achieved within the context of the Luderitz Speed Challenge, which each year gathers together the World’s top kitespeeders for a month-long event.
Alexandre Caizergues: “It’s phenomenal! I’ve excelled myself. I feel like I’ve done something crazy! I knew I had the ability to get back the outright speed record under sail but to go this quick is something else. We had very good weather over this fantastic spot in Namibia. I’ve still got more in me too. We can go even quicker over the coming weeks. I’d really like to thank my partners, without whom this type of great performance would not be achievable. Thanks to Ouest Provence, F One, Alp'Energie and Volkswagen Utilitaires”.
54.10 knots: new outright world speed record under sail achieved on 12th October by Alexandre Caizergues
51.36 knots: world speed record for a yacht achieved by Hydroptère on 6th September 2009
50.98 knots: the world’s outright second best time, world speed record on a kitesurfer achieved by Alexandre Caizergues on 14th November 2009
50.57 knots: third best performance in October 2008 in Namibia. Alexandre Caizergues held the record for this run for a long time, earning him the title of outright world speed record holder
49.09 knots: the world speed record on a windsurfer passed into the hands of Antoine Albeau on 5th March
46.82 knots: Finian Maynard’s record in the autumn of 2004, bringing an end to the hegemony of the Yellow Pages yacht
500 metres: the length of the spot
1986: Pascal MAKA is the first windsurfer to have a new approved record of 38.86 knots.
NB: the outright speed record under sail is the best average speed over a length of 500 metres by a craft with a sail… As such it should be differentiated from a peak speed!
This new record is awaiting definitive approval by the World Sailing Speed Record Council. An observer, Marcus Ellison, was on site…
Luderitiz Speed Event 2010.
First to 55 knots - Records still being smashed!
Sebastien Cattelan is the 1st to 55 knots and is the new speed sailing record holder of France and Europe with 55,49 knots (102.6 km/hr).
60 Minutes later Rob Douglas from the USA managed to set another new record of 55,65 knots.
Alex Caizergues, also from France was 3rd with 54,93 knots.
For the ladies, 2 French girls battled it out and Charlotte Consorti set new French and European Women's Record – 50.43 knots. Sophie Routaboul was close on her heels and managed 48.64 knots (with a broken hand from crashing the previous week).
The wind was 45 knots max and the Organization decided to create a wall of sand at the end of the run to retain the water level to the minimum depth of 18cm as required by the WSSRC. Sebastien Cattelan had attempted to do this 2 weeks previously on a day of extremely strong winds, however had faced stiff opposition from certain competitors who forced him to re-open the channel and as a result the water level dropped to below the required 18cm and the race had to be abandoned. It appears that only now, in the last week of the event, do competitors realize the benefits of his foresight.
Two more Frenchmen managed to go over 50 knots - Sebastien Salerno with 54,28 knots and Sylvain Hoceini with 52,90 knots.
Taro Niehaus who held the previous South African record of 50.60 managed 50,59 knots.
Other records set on Day 10 of the event:
South Africa - Basil Cambanis: 50,75 knots and Solvinia - Jernej Privsek: 46.60 knots
We are still waiting for the WSSRC to ratify these results.