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Introduction

The objects of the ISWC are to promote and further the interests of the Speed Windsurfing Class throughout the world including:

a) To co-ordinate and manage the affairs of the class.

b) To make recommendations on the control of the class to the International Sailing Federation (ISAF).

c) To encourage and co-ordinate national and international competition in the class.


Events/Tour Manager: Pete Davis

Speed world Champions and locations

Luderitz Speed Challenge 2014 Now On . . .

The Chris Benz Luderitz World Record Chase is seeing another page of the adventure being written.  The hard work, dedication and training have paid dividends! The level of riders participating in the 2014 event is very high and the new records prove it.

The wind increased throughout day two reaching 35 knots with stronger gusts exceeding 40 knots plus.  A passionate battle was fought between Anders Bringdal, the Swedish legend, and 2013 event winner, Patrick Diethelm, the Italian Record Holder, and Hans Kreisel, the young talented Dutch rider.

Hans Kreisel who has lead most of the day has reached 49.66 knots followed by Anders Bringdal with 49.61 kts and then, Patrik Diethelm killed it, exceeding 50 knots 4 times, achieving a new Italian Record with 51.09 kts (was previously 50.49 kts).

Martin Toth from Czech Republik has improved his Record from yesterday on his first run today with 41.42 kts (was 39.96) and increased it with44.63 knots.

Franz Grabner, Austria, who was close to his country's national Record yesterday with 42.09 kts, pushed hard, very hard and achieved an excellent 47.88 knots!

Remo Diethelm the Swiss Record Holder with 47 knots went close to his record today with 46.87 knots.

Andrea Baldini, Italian Windsurfer beat his best speed today with 42.79 knots (was 41.94 knots) as did the South African, Hennie Bredenkamp, with 45.3 knots (was 42.99 knots).

Jacques van der Hout from Netherlands who also competed with the best and achieved the 4th time in the ranking day: 48.28 knots!

Erik Beale, the famous British windsurfer, is launching his comeback at Luderitz! He was the first person to go to 40 knots in the 80's and is a legend of the speed sailing world. He arrived only late today but had set up his equipment and got the feeling of the channel to be ready to tackle the windy days ahead.

For Friday the conditions are not good enough to race so let's see on Saturday how it goes . . .

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Luderitz Speed Challenge 2014 Preparation Is On . . .

This year, 20 riders (max per week) will fight to break National & World Records. It will further push performance limits.  Like in previous years, Research & Development of the canal continues to improve year on year due to relevant feedback from competitors and maximizing the canal's conditions. The result? Faster speeds in less wind!

The spirit of this unique event is to share, learn and compete in a Community. This country is exactly the area where this atmosphere is largely felt everywhere. Performance & Collectivity is our aim.  The adventure is experienced on all fronts.

Luderitz and Namibia has become a place which has revolutionized our sport. It has inspired the speed industry all over the World and has pushed other events and grown the interest in our sport in general.  Each year, our Community of speed riders with Legends and numerous Record Holders promote the sport and share their passion and skills with the local children. In this wonderful and unique union, event after annual event, a special relationship has formed joining two very different worlds.

We are convinced that the 2014 Event will be equally if not more exciting and exhilerating than previous Luderitz Speed Challenge Events.

06 October to 02 November!  Find out more:  Website / Facebook

2014 ISWC European Champions crowned

The Dunkerbeck European Speed Championships are over and the 2014 ISWC European Champions have been crowned.

The racing was hard fought over 6 days with some very fast speeds of over 40 knots. The men’s fleet, was dominated from the start by Bjorn Dunkerbeck who had nine straight wins, with Anders Bringdal, Jurjen Van Der Noord and Serge Beumer all fighting for 2nd and 3rd place. Jurjen with his consistent high speeds came out top taking the second spot and Anders in third.

In the women's fleet, Zara Davis was also dominating over her rival from Luderitz, Lena Erdil with 7 wins out of the nine and finishing 18th overall. Lena took second place from newcomer Anna Schindler.

The organisers were also keen to encourage all comers to the event. Highlighted by the fact the 3 generations of Dunkerbeck's were taking part from Grandfather Eugene at 71 down to Liam at 10. The junior fleet and had an afternoon slot for them to race by themselves with encouragement from the crowed and the rest of the fleet. The clear winner was Robin Van Linden followed by Alexa Escherich the only junior girl and Liam Dunkerbeck following in his fathers footsteps in third.

The event was great success and a credit to the hard work of the organisers, race director and rescue team. They are planning more of these speed events in the future with the aim to have one on every continent by 2016. The Pro Am concept is designed to encourage more Windsurfers even with free ride equipment to try Speedsailing and rub shoulders with the legends of the sport.

Results / Photos and more on Facebook

ISWC European Championships

We are pleased to announce the Official ISWC European Championships for the Dunkerbeck Fuerteventura Pro Am event with European titles for men, women and youth.  The event will take place at Matas Blancas on Fuerteventura from 8-13 June.

Top stars are lined up for this event, including Anders Bringdal SWE, Jurjen Van Der Noord NED, Zara Davis GBR.  And, for the first time, three generations of Dunkerbeck's will be competing at this event.  That's right, Bjorn Dunkerbeck will be competing with his son Liam and his father Eugen.

A large turnout is expected with riders from all over Europe View poster

Speed Stars Share Their Secrets...

Martyn Ogier, from Guernsey, was another top rider and talented speedsailor to take on the might of the Luderitz canal. Martyn managed a top speed of 45.17 knots in the tricky conditions this year, but we’re sure he and all the others could have really pushed their numbers with a little more wind.

Follow Martyn's journey to Luderitz and his time there in the vide Martyn Ogier, Luderitz 2013 from Pierre Bisson on Vimeo.

We cannot help wondering how much faster the Brits could go next year, if the conditions come through. Or even if they could be breaking some more records in the near future at our home speed strip of West Kirby. With the likes of Farrel O'Shea, Zara Davis, Ian Richards and more all here and going faster and faster, 2014 certainly looks like it will be a year to remember for speedsailing!

Want to check out more on speedsailing on Boards? Here's our favourite features:

The Golden Rules for your perfect speedsailing setup
Hitting the Big Five-O
10 secrets to smashing your top speed with Steve Thorp
A beginners guide to speedsailing with Farrel O’Shea

Read more at http://boards.mpora.com/news/speed-stars-share-their-secrets.html

2013 Speed Challenge In Luderitz - The Chris Benz World Record Race

Sebastien Cattelan and Sophie Routaboul the 2 organizers of this amazing records factory in Luderitz delivered the 2013 edition: Chris Benz World Record Race had 18 different nationalities competing and produced better performances in lighter wind conditions. The channel for this year's event was further improved in length, width and better angle. A total of 36 records from 11 nations were broken.

This Speed Challenge has proved year on year to be the most efficient place for numerous riders to achieve new records which now total 64 National and 11 World Records.

The only place now where you can see the Legends of Windsurfing such as Bjorn Dunkerbeck, Antoine Albeau and Anders Bringdal, together defying the elements and competing to be the fastest in the world, is in Luderitz, Namibia.

21times World champion and current World Record Holder in Windsurfing Antoine Albeau was leading the race with 50.07 kts in light conditions but was surpassed by Swede Anders Bringdal, World Record Holder on a production board who reached 50.43 kts.

Zara Davis (UK), World Record Holder in Windsurfing, once again performed very well by reaching the best speed in Windsurfing female ranking with 43.77 kts.

The French Kitesurfer, organizer and double World Record Holder Sebastien Cattelan, reached the best overall performance this year with 55.36 kts. He was really close to breaking the World Record again this year; his co-organiser and partner Sophie Routaboul, who achieved the best performance in Kitesurfing (ladies) with an impressive 45.44 kts

At the 2012 event, Dutch Jurjen Van der Noord was the revelation and at this year's event, Hans Kreisel, also from the Netherlands impressed everyone with his performances. He is also one of the youngest sailors.

www.luderitz-speed.com

Zara Davis, from Namibia

The UK's very own Zara Davis has been out in Namibia at the world famous speed trench in Luderitz. Already known for inflecting far too much pain on herself, Zara racked up a pretty hefty stitch count last year, we heard in excess of 50 stitches! Despite this, she showed her no fear approach and returned again this year, so how could it possibly get any worse?

"The first 3 days of the challenge were good with winds up to about 40 knots and some national records were broken . . . I had a bad crash on my last run of the day - unlucky, I twisted my knee and ruptured a ligament on the inside."

Whilst waiting for a brace from Ossur to come from the UK so she can sail on, Zara passes on her Top 5 Speed Tips and Top 5 Fin Tips

 

The Luderitz Speed Challenge is an annual speed sailing event, held since 2007 in Luderitz, Namibia, in the southern hemisphere spring. It is observed by the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC) and the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). ......( more )

A Beginner's Guide to Speedsailing

Want to get into speedsailing, but not sure where to start?

Boards have teamed up with record breaking speedsailor Farrel O’Shea to guide you through everything you need to know to enter the world of speedsailing:

More on Boards

10 Secrets to Smashing Your Top Speed

…with Steve Thorp.

Day two of the Boards 'Speed Week' and today we're catching up with another British speed superstar, Steve Thorp. On Monday Farrel O'Shea shared his wisdom in the 'Beginner's Guide to Speedsailing', now we ramp things up a little as Steve Thorp divulges his 10 speedsailing secrets.

More on Boards

The Golden Rules for your Speedsailing SetUp

Feeling the need for speed? It's time to get tooled up with Oisin van Gelderen and his guide to all the equipment and know how you need to become a successful speedsailor….

More on Boards

Luderitz 2013 - the 7th edition!

"There is one place on the planet where the trees seem to tremble and the earth shakes . . . here there is certainty, precision, absolute focus . . . We have the ability to do anything and yet we choose to risk everything . . ." This year's world record race in Luderitz Namibia from 7 October to the 17 November will send riders into unknown territory. The best riders from all over the World in Windsurfing & Kitesurfing will come to smash National & World Records. "The battle to be the fastest is not only about challenging someone else it's about challenging themselves."

Watch the Speed Challenge Trailer 2013

Competitor List

ESSENTIALLY A BIG WINDSURFER

When Australian Paul Larsen shattered the outright speed record in Namibia on November 24, 2012, piloting Vestas SailRocket to 65.45 knots on theWalvis Bay 500 meter track, it was the result of a decade of diligence.

But what is Sailrocket, and how did it eclipse the speed of 55.65 knots set by American kiter Rob Douglas in 2010?

One of the fundamental keys to Sailrocket's performance is eliminating the heeling force, but she's not the first to this by a long way. By canting their rigs to windward and with the sails above their heads, windsurfers do it all the time to balance out the forces. Once in equilibrium, as they hammer along in straight line, there is no heeling moment on the board itself. Instead, it's all about balancing the sail forces against the skeg.

In practice, Sailrocket is rather more complex because of her size, but essentially she is just a big windsurfer with the hull and crew pulling down on the tip of the mast and a strut lower down instead of sitting in a harness attached to the wishbone.

Yachting World has posted a descriptive diagram to demonstrate how Sailrocket functions: http://www.yachtingworld.com/fileBank/PNG/how_sailrocket_works.png

The WSSR Council announces the establishment of two new World Records

Venue: Luderitz, Namibia.
Name: Antoine Albeau. FRAEquipment: RRD Custom board. NP evos 5.4 sail
Dates: 21st November 2012
Course length: 501 metres
Current: Nil
Start time: 13;32;04;13
Finish time: 13;32;22;84
Elapsed time: 18.71
Speed: 52.05 kts

Comments: Antoine Albeau broke his own previous record on 7 occasions over 3 days of attempts.


Record: World 10 Sq m/Windsurfer Division Women's Record
Venue: Luderitz, Namibia.
Name: Zara Davis. GBR
Equipment: Mistral 41 board. Simmer Sail 5.5 SCR
Dates: 17th November 2012.
Course length: 501 metres
Current: Nil
Start time: 12;38;35;42
Finish time: 12;38;56;67.
Elapsed time: 21.25 secs
Speed: 45.83 kts

Comments: Current record: Karin Yaggi. SUI, 41.25 kts in 2005 at Les Saintes Maries. Zara Davis broke the record on 4 occasions over 3 days of attempts.

Luderitz Concludes

The annual competition held on the man made canal in Namibia has come to a close for another year.

After so many records were broken many riders were hopeful that the last Thursday would deliver more wind that would enable the speeds to be pushed a little further, but unfortunately it was not to be. Yet this will surely go down as one of the best speed sailing competitions in history, with many record broken, many times, and of course the overall speed record not only being taken over 50knots, but over 52 by Antoine Albeau!

Here on Boards we have covered the event every step of the way, so to check out all the coverage just head here; posts include videos, interviews with Antoine Albeau and Zara Davis, images and of course details of even record broken and top speed reached!

We would also like to congratulate all the riders that took part this year, it has been incredible to see everyone pushing the top speeds and it's certainly inspired us to get the GPS out! Article on Boards

Zara Davis on BBC 1 Breakfast Talking about her trip to Namibia and Her new womens world record

50 knots+ at Luderitz!!

Both Antoine Albeau and Anders Bringdal broke the 'Holy Grail' half century threshold at the man-made channel in Luderitz, Namibia.

Sweden's Bringdal was the first man over-the-line, smashing through with an average speed over 500m of 50.41 knots followed closely by a 50.46 knot run. Shortly afterwards France's previous record-holder and 2012 PWA Slalom World Champ Antoine Albeau logged an astonishing 50.59 knots!

Tonnes of other national records and PBs followed, including Farrell O'Shea who achieved a new UK record of 48.21 knots. At this point it is unclear whether Bringdal's top speed constitutes a Production board record or not. The speeds quoted here are as-quoted by the Luderitz Speed event organisers, but the GPS 'Speed Surfing' website is showing some even higher peaks and ,although no official WSSRC confirmation has been received, currently displays Anders Bringdal as holding a mammoth 50.62 knot (500m) run at the top of its all-time speeds ladder.
Report from Windsurf Magazine

Great news and bad news for Zara Davis . . . She broke her women's world record again with an amazing run of 44.69 knots. But on the last run of the day she fell past the finish line and was caught by a gust and hit the mast hard and had to be taken to hospital for 7 stiches. Zara says "it was a great day and I'm fine and will be back for the next session on Saturday when I hope to go faster!!!"

More news on the Official Luderitz Event Website

Luderitz Speed Challenge 2012

The first 2 days of this Windsurfing World Record Attempt have already created a communication buzz all over the world!

Antoine Albeau, who is currently - and has been for 20 times in the past - the World Champion in Slalom held the previous World Windsurfing Record of 49.09 kts (2008), has just broken it again today with 49.41 kts! The fact that this close-to-50-knots record was set in only 38 knots of wind, makes us all see the possibilities of the next days with more serious wind conditions!

The Swedish legend Anders Bringdal, who lead the 1st day, broke the World Record in Windsurfing on Production board twice on day two - and he improved his national Record to 48.38 knots !

The Female World Record in Windsurfing was broken twice by Zara Davis who obviously enjoys the new concept and the new "Luderitz Speed Challenge" channel! With 44.19 knots she is also the fastest Female British windsurfer. Read more . . .

Final round of the European Tour is over

The 40th Anniversary of Weymouth Speed Week was the host to the final round of the European Speed Tour. Light winds for the first few days but they built towards the end of the week. The conditions were tough on the first 4 rounds with winds from the east meaning a course set in the harbour and the inevitable chop! the final two rounds on the last day was the best with winds from the traditional SW and a flat course along the beach.

The racing was close between the top 4 contenders David Garrel LUX Last years winner, Thorsten Mallon GER 2nd last year and leading coming in to this event, Daniel Borgelind SWE on the back of a win from Germany was on great form and so was his fellow countryman Anders Bjorqvist.

Read more . . .

Walvis_Bay_2012_Men_Windsurfer_Winners

The Walvis Bay Speedweek wrapped up with the prize giving ceremony on Saturday 29 September after a highly successful event.
There were three days during the week were the course was open for speed sailing and the competitors took to the water in challenging conditions.
The open format where the sailors would go out and record their runs over the gated 500m course on a GPS worked very well. There was no time pressure and sailors could tune their equipment and recharge their energy levels when they needed to. This lead to very good performances by the competitors and a lot of personal bests were recorded.
Steve Thorp by Sarah Jane Owen
The Walvis bay Speedweek is making a comeback in 2012!

This will be a recognised event by the ISWC and the winners will be awarded the title African Speed Windsurfing Champions.

The event is being staged by the legendary Hennie Bredenkamp and will run from the 23rd to the 29th of September. Full details can be found including details on accommodation, NOR and Entry forms on their website.

http://walvisbayspeedweek.co.za/

Steve Thorp by Sarah Jane OwenLuderitz Speed Challenge Confirmed

The dates of the 2012 Luderitz Speed Challenge have been confirmed and registration opened. Scheduled to run from the 5th November until the 2nd December, the 2012 Luderitz World Speed Sailing attempt is set to be better than ever before.

Two years have been spent constructing a new course in Namibia and this will be the first time many of the top names have fired themselves down it attempting to break the 50-knot barrier. Built 300m further inland from the original course, the new speed run is said to have cleaner wind and be set at a better angle to the prevailing wind - all essential factors in world record attempts.

Current entries include Anders Bringdal, Farrel O'Shea, Andrea Baldini and Zara Davis, who will join them in November? Keep an eye on http://www.luderitz-speed.com/ to find out!

For further information and registrations please contact luderitz.speed.challenge@gmail.com.

Steve Thorp by Sarah Jane OwenSteve Thorp hits 50.48 knots in West Kirby

Steve Thorp has hit the 50.40 knots, in West Kirby, England. The British windsurfing torpedo enjoyed a very fast speed sailing session during the first days of the year 2012.

Thorp got the most out of the 40-80 knot winds that blew over UK and Ireland and he may have become the fastest windsurfer in the world, if the GPS records are ratified.

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Zara Davis the UK's queen of speed has been voted UK windsurfer of the year

The UKWA (United Kingdom Windsurfing Association) is very pleased to announce the winner of the UK windsurfer of the year Zara Davis.
Zara had a fantastic year to gain her nomination including achieving a new women's production speed record in Namibia. Then back to back wins, in three rounds of the European speed tour to become the ISWC European champion for the second time in her career. She also won the UK Weymouth speed week for a record 6th time as well as the women's British GPS 2011 speed ladder.

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Anders Bringdal Interview.......

During the month of November, the Luderitz Speed Challenge 2011 took place in one of the windiest places on Earth, in the howling landscape of Namibia in Africa. Winds often reach 60 knots, and blast offshore across a flat barren beach - which is the ideal recipe for speedsailing!

Long time Windsurfing legend Anders Bringdal, who now spends his all time running Mistral Windsurfing, jumped at the chance to test out the course in Luderitz, and in doing so instantly became the fastest windsurfer in the world!

Boardseeker thought it was high time to catch up with Anders, and get the low down on Luderitz :

2012 EVENTS

Date Title Factor Contact Status
8-13 April Fanatic/North Powered by Sonntag
Gruissan Speedweek
Gruissan, France
1.0 patrick.vanhoof@skynet.be
8-15/15 Sept German Championship
Fehmarn, Germany
1.0 roswitha.merle@hiho-hannover.de
TBC Irish Championships 1.0
6-12 Oct

British Championships
Weymouth, England
WSW 40th Anniversary Year

1.0 http://www.speedsailing.com/

Fast Facts for Milking Maximum Thrust on almost any Gear
from Windsurfer International
This time we concentrate in the all-important Slingshot to ping you down the course and focus on how to push through the 35-knot barrier
from Windsurfer International

40-knots is the kind of speed at which you want to be pretty sure of what you're doing, because a crash can be pretty painful, plus do some serious damage to your equipment. First of all you need to be able to completely rely on your gear, without having any spinouts on any of your runs.
from Windsurfer International


pics by Tim Daish

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