|Luderitz Registration Open|
|Sunday, 01 April 2012|
Speed Challenge, World Record Attempt has been announced.
The 2012 Luderitz World Speed Sailing attempt will take place over 6 weeks with Windsurfers running from 5th of November to the 2nd of December and Kitesurfer’s 3rd December to the 16th December.
About the site: THE LUDERITZ SPEED challenge has 45 National Records and 6 World Records to its name.
It has taken the Organisers almost 2 years to prepare for the 2012
event in order to ensure that the sport of speed sailing will continue to
progress and higher speeds 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 in order to make modifications and improvements to ensure top speeds in the safest environment.
The result was faster times with less wind and the following improvements:
● Competitors could race anytime of the day without the canal being tide dependant.
● Not having to waste valuable wind time tacking upwind to the start line again (a shuttle was provided at the end of the speed strip).
● The water depth was constantly maintained throughout the length of the run, facilitating the official ratification of the WSSRC.