Friday, October 15, 2010

Kitesurfer breaks 100 kph speed sailing mark

French kitesurfer Alex Caizergues has become the first person to break the 100 kmh speed sailing mark, setting a new world record at an event in Namibia, organisers said on Wednesday.

Caizergues clocked an average speed of 54.1 knots (100.2 kmh) during his first run Tuesday at the 500m
Luderitz Speed Challenge, an annual speed sailing event held on a windy lagoon off Namibia's Atlantic coast, organisers said on the event's web site.

'I am extremely happy about this world record,' Caizergues told AFP.
'It is my second record for speed sailing. I have two other records in kiteboarding and all four of them I broke in Namibia,' he said from Luderitz, a small harbour town some 750km south-west of the capital Windhoek. (
Location in the Marine GeoGarage)

Organisers said the record has been officially recognised by the World Sailing Speed Record Council (
WSSRC). The WSSRC awards records based on average speeds clocked over a 500m course.

Caizergues, 31, broke the previous record of 51.36 knots (95.1 kmh) held by fellow Frenchman Alain Thebault, who set the record last year using a hydroptere, an experimental multi-hull sailing craft that Thebault designed especially for speed (see GeoGarage blog).

This record also checks off the 60-mile and 100-kph mark, which have been coveted, and it raises the bar considerably for speed sailing programs that develop "real boats" like l'
Hydroptere, Sail Rocket, SpeedDream etc.

Second-fastest was Sebastien Cattelan at 52.33 knots, who was the first person breaking the elusive 50 knots mark - the holy gral of speedsailing in 2008.

Five other national records were broken, including the US record by Rob Douglas, who pushed his own personal best to an average speed of 51.88 kts. measured over the 500-meter distance.

More records are expected as more big breeze is forecast for
Luderitz on Friday and all through October.

1 comment:

  1. Rob Douglas sets new world speed record with 55.65 knots
    American Rob Douglas is the new fastest person under sail
    Luderitz, Namibia - The fastest keep getting faster, and the "barriers" are falling like dominos in the world of speed sailing.
    Rob Douglas of Boston USA, the man who brought kite-boarding into the speed sailing arena in 2008 with a record run of almost 50 knots, has reclaimed the crown in Namibia.
    In wind speeds of 45 knots, Douglas has smashed the double-nickel barrier by averaging a top speed of 55.65 knots over 500 meters.
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