THE LUDERITZ SPEED CHALLENGE has yielded 45 National Records and 6 World Records to date !!!
It has taken the Organizers almost 2 years to prepare for the 2012 event to ensure that the sport of speed sailing continues to progress and higher speeds are achieved.
A new tried and tested canal will bring new speed sailing records for both windsurfers and kitesurfers.
History of the Event – Official Average Speeds recorded over 500m :
2007 – The very first run made officially was 44 knots, and within 4 weeks 48 knots was recorded.
2008 – A dam of sandbags was built for a flatter water surface, and 50 knots was achieved.
2009 – A channel was built inside the bay for the 1st time and higher speeds were achieved in less wind (51 knots).
2010 – A new channel was built in the bay with a better angle and the top speed hit 55.6 knots.
In 2011 a huge project was undertaken to dig a canal 300 meters away from the lagoon.
The organizers held a private event, and a few select riders were invited to test the new canal. As a result of this, modifications were made which improved the speeds and safety.
Below is a short clip of French kitesurfer Alex Caizergues on a run that broke a World Speed Sailing Record with 54.10 knots, which is 100.19 km/h
Below is a extended video of Luderitz and surrounds with some action from the strip.
The result was faster times in less wind, and the following improvements:
- Competitors can race anytime of the day as the canal is no longer dependent upon tide.
- Valuable time and energy is not wasted having to beat back upwind to the start, as a shuttle is provided at the end of the speed strip.
- The water depth is maintained throughout the length of the run, which is a requirement of the WSSRC for official ratification.
The 2012 Luderitz World Speed Sailing attempt will take place over 6 weeks:
- Windsurfers from 5th of November to the 2nd of December
- Kitesurfers from 3rd December to the 16th December.
Due to limited space on the shuttle vehicles that will be constantly ferrying competitors from the end of the run back to the start, the number of registrations must be limited.
For further information and registrations please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
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