Alex Caizergues: the first to reach 100 km/hr | Photo: Craig Kolesky

The World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC) has started the ratification process of the speed records registered during the 2010 Luderitz Speed Challenge.

The Council will announce them in chronological order as they are ratified. This means Alex Caizergues has confirmed his best speed - 54.10 knots - and that he will be holding the world record for a limited period.

The French kitesurfer represents the first sailing craft to achieve 100 km/hr. Caizergues secured the place in history on the 12th October 2010, in Namibia.

Equipment: Fone Proto, Fone Bandit, 4 Kite, 8sqm
Dates: 12th October 2010
Course length: 501M
Current: Nil
Start time: 15;38;53.73
Finish time: 15;39;11.73
Elapsed time: 18.00 seconds
Speed: 54.10 knots

Former world record: l'Hydroptère, 51.36 knots, September 2009.