Today, 02 November 2015, the wind has been much stronger than predicted and the angle has been better to be able to sail in a multiple performance speed channel with flatter water surface.
We began the day with 25-30 knots average wind speed starting the race at 12.30. From 2pm, the wind suddenly starting to increase and strongly, reaching more than 50knots in the gusts. Sand was flying and sailing down the channel started to be really challenging due to the strong sand blasts.
After a couple of runs over 50 knots, Antoine Albeau who achieved 51.66 kts 2 days ago was determined to beat his World Record ;set at the 2012 Luderitz Speed Challenge: 52.05 kts.
Antoine Albeau started to go over 51 knots and was joined by Patrik Diethelm- ITA. Just 15 minutes later, Antoine Albeau broke his world record, for the first time, achieving 52.41 kts!
Then he never stopped – and broke it 5 times: 52.50 kts – 52.76 kts – 53.1 knots and then the actual World Record which now stands at a highly impressive 53.27 kts.
ANTOINE ALBEAU today: 32 runs total – 13 runs over 52 knots – 4 runs over 53 knots – amazing!
The LUDERITZ SPEED CHANNEL, masterminded by Sebastien Cattelan, twice World Record Holder in Kitesurfing, is the true diamond of this event. He has proven to all in the world speed sailing fraternity, yet again, that his original well engineered channel (& perfect spot), combined with the famous winds of Lüderitz; smashes world and national records and takes once average speed performances to much higher levels.