New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Frenchman Conquers Lüderitz Speed Challenge

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.

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