Lüderitz — Antoine Albeau will forever be remembered for storming the recently concluded 2012 Lüderitz Speed Challenge, where the French speed sailor received a Lüderitz-produced diamond as a prize for the fastest mark in windsurfing.
After so many records were broken, many riders were hoping that last Thursday would deliver more wind that would enable them to push their speeds to greater heights, but unfortunately it was not to be. However, the event went down as one of the biggest speed sailing competitions in history, where various speed records were broken.
The Namibian speed strip was generous to all windsurfers, as more than 10 world, national and personal records were smashed and everyone improved their previous best speeds. Pascal Maka, who clocked at 38.86 knots in 1986, set the first-ever windsurfing speed record.
The distance for kiteboarders is narrower, although kiters will still have a chance to improve their marks.
List of windsurfing records at the 2012 Speed Challenge:
Antoine Albeau | 52.05 knots | New World Speed Windsurfing Record
Anders Bringdal | 51.45 knots | New Swedish and Production Speed Record
Jurjen Van der Noord | 51.26 knots | New Dutch Speed Record
Bjorn Dunkerbeck | 51.09 knots | New Swiss Speed Record
Nikolaos Vardalachos | 50.56 knots | New Greek Speed Record
Patrick Diethelm | 50.49 knots | New Personal Speed Record
Cédric Bordes | 50.17 knots | New Personal Speed Record
Mark Grinnell | 49.66 knots | New South African Windsurfing Record
Farrell O'Shea | 48.82 knots | New British Speed Record
Matthias Rottcher | 47.51 knots | New Namibian Speed Record
Martin Van Meurs | 47.16 knots | New Personal Speed Windsurfing Record
Christian Bornemann | 46.75 knots | New German Speed Sailing Record
Zara Davis | 45.83 knots | New Women's Speed Windsurfing Record
Lena Erdil | 45.74 knots | New Women's Turkish Speed Record
Alberto Possati | 44.47 knots | New Italian Speed Record
Boris Vujasinovic | 44.47 knots | New Croatian Speed Record
Alexander Goncharov | 40.95 knots | New Ukrainian Speed Record.