Luderitz Speed Challenge: getting ready for 60 knots of wind

The Luderitz Speed Challenge 2013 will attract the world's fastest kiteboarders and windsurfers to Namibia, between October 7th and November 17th.


They call it the Luderitz World Record Race. Year after year, the fastest kiteboarders and windsurfers travel to the one of the most challenging speed strips in the planet.

In 2012, the Luderitz Speed Challenge saw an impressive number of speed records falling, every day. There were new world, national and personal marks being broken constantly.

This year, the world record attempt in speed sailing is welcoming riders from 19 countries. They will get the most out of the warm Namib Desert winds.

These winds accelerate through the surrounding hills and, reaching the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean, thermal atmospheric pressure creates incredibly high speeds.

Statistically, the wind blows at an average of 35 knots, for at least three times a week, during the event, often reaching 40-45 knots and sometimes, even up to 50-60 knots of warm and stable winds.

In 2012, organizers Sébastien Cattelan and Sophie Routaboul managed to dig an artificial channel just outside of the lagoon, ensuring the perfect conditions for new world records.

The world speed sailing record belongs to Paul Larsen, who sailed his Vestas Sailrocket 2 at 65.45 knots in Walvis Bay, Namibia, on the 24th November 2012.

Rob Douglas is the fastest kiteboarder over 500 meters with 55.65 knots, while Antoine Albeau holds the world speed windsurfing record with 52.05 knots.