Lüderitz Speed Challenge READY FOR THE BIG WEEKEND

The weather system that brings the nuclear 40+ knot winds to the second lagoon in Lüderitz, Namibia,
is building. Moderate winds expected yesterday, building on Friday and peaking on Saturday,
with tides at the right level for many hours of competition speed sailing.
Many lessons have been learned, both about the conditions, and about what equipment works best. In such a young sport, every run, every practice is a learning experience.

Some figures

49.84 knots Rob Douglas (USA): new outright world speed sailing record over 500 metres

49.59 knots: Second fastest speed of all time for Sebastian Cattelan

49.09 knots: Outright world speed sailing record by French windsurfer Antoine Albeau
in March 2008 in the “trench” of Saintes-Maries de la Mer