World record, historic moment


50.57 nautical miles per hour !, 93.65 km/hr

After one mounth of strong competition on the Luderitz Speed Challenge in Namibia, Alex Caizergues keeps the title and set an historic all classes outright world speed sailing record ! Finally and for the 1st time a kite is officially the fastest sailcraft in the world.

And for the second year running F-one are indisputably the fastest kite. Last year at 47.92 knots ! and now the coveted outright record for 2008 with 50.57 knots ! the L'deritz Speed Challenge saw Sebastien Cattelan become the first person to sail faster than 50 knots (93kph) a world record he held for only 24 hours before Frenchman Alex Caizergues snatched it away from him, with not only one, but three runs over 50 knots, reaching a top speed of 50.57 knots (93.65kph). Over the last 3 weeks of blistering runs and in a fantastic battle, Alex retained the speed record ! Alex kept his cool, and was backed by the whole F-one team.

We congratulate Charlotte who keeps her World Champion title and make the second women rank with 44.74 knots ! Many thanks to all team organisation of the Luderitz Speed Challenge for the extraordinary work and all the riders for their commitment and personal risk at this event. Make no mistake at those speeds there are very serious consequences.

Photo Cr'dits : Craig KOLESKY/SANDISK - Luderitz Speed Challenge

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17-Oct-08 3:11AM