Sebastien Cattelan

Sebastien Cattelan, the driving force behind the Lüderitz Speed Challenge, has just returned from a preparation and testing session where he once again exceeded 60 knots.

He reached 61.77 knots last year just after the 2008 Challenge ended after the run was closed, and also recorded a speed of 60.5 knots early last year during training.

This serves as convincing evidence that Lüderitz Speed Challenge 2009 will see new records (some just a few months old) tumble.

Cattelan reached 60.67 knots on his 9m Genetrix kite at second lagoon with an average speed of 53.37 on the GPS track, with the wind doing a strong, steady 40 knots.

There was no chop-killer mounted in the lagoon at the time. While the chop-killer helps in some respects, it also creates some of its own problems -- some smooth water and some very rough created by chop killer interacting with surface waves. A chop-killer will be implemented at Luderitz Speed 2009 (note:  this story has been updated, it previously gave the impression that the 2009 event would not have the chop-killer installed).

Interest is starting to peak, with most of the top sailors from last year registered for the event, and a number of exciting new additions.


SOURCE: Luderitz Speed Challenge