Benoit Gaudiot: fast at only 16 | Photo:

Benoit Gaudiot was the fastest sailor at the 2014 Weymouth Speed Week, held in Dorset, England.

After eight rounds of speed windsurfing challenges, everyone knew it was one of the windiest editions since 2006. The organization says windsurfers sailed 2000 kilometers, roughly.

Fortunately, the top positions kept changing around all week, and every round was hard fought. Wind was blowing in the 30-knot mark, with gusts of over 40 knots.

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Chris Ballois: disabled speed sailing champion

Chris Ballois has set a new world record for disabled speed sailing. The French kitesurfer hit 42.94 knots, at the 2014 Luderitz Speed Challenge.

Ballois was motivated. He wanted to break the 40-knot barrier, and after an inaugural run at 39.14 knots, he was able to drive his kite at 79.52 km/h over 500 meters. Chris Ballois was able to do what many non-disabled kitesurfers can't.

Meanwhile, the 2014 Luderitz Speed Challenge continues delivering excellent wind conditions. Several new windsurfers have arrived and had their go on Namibian speed channel for the first time.

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2014 Virgin Kitesurfing Armada: Hayling Island gets invaded | Photo: VKS

The British edition of the 2014 Virgin Kitesurfing Armada has broken the national record for the largest parade of kitesurfers, with 344 in the water, at CBK Beach, Hayling Island.

Despite failing to break the Guinness World Record (352 kiteboarders) set in Tarifa, Spain, the British fleet improved last year's mark (318 participants).

"As a keen kitesurfer, I am fully behind the Kitesurfing Armada, at Virgin we are trying to support kitesurfing in a range of ways, and there are big plans for the future. I am sure the Kitesurfing Armada will be a big part of these plans, and it will go from strength to strength over the coming years," underlined Richard Branson, the Virgin founder.

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