Luderitz Speed Challenge: a fantastic speed sailing event

The 2010 Luderitz Speed Challenge is over and records kept falling until the last minute. Despite a dropping wind, the water channel was perfect for a few speed improvements.


Stefan Metzger improved his Namibian record with 49.28 knots. Zsolt Lenkei bettered his Hungarian record with 43.65 knots. Also, Morgan Douglas and Jamie Douglas improved their personal best records to 49.69 and 49.46 knots.

It a great year and another fantastic competition. It is quite clear that the Luderitz Speed Challenge, held in Namibia, is one of the best water sports events in the world.

Congratulations to the biggest winner and the happier kiteboarder in the globe, right now: Rob Douglas, from USA, is the fastest sailor on Earth after setting a new world record of 55.65 knots. Watch how Rob Douglas broke the world speed sailing mark.

Final results of the 2010 Luderitz Speed Challenge:

Rank Name Country Speed
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
Rob Douglas (WR & NR)
Sebastien Cattelan (NR)
Alex Caizergues
Sebastien Salerno
Sylvain Hoceini
Gavin Broadbent (NR)
Basil Cambanis (NR)
Taro Niehaus
Charlotte Consorti (Ladies WR & NR)
Morgan Douglas
Jamie Douglas
Stefan Metzger (NR)
Manu Taub
Patrice Menossi
Sophie Routaboul
Marc Avella (NR)
Christophe Prin-Guenon
Fred Kloren
Tim Pumpa (NR)
Jernej Privsek (NR)
Anders Bringdal (NR) [W]
Sjoukje Bredenkamp
Zsolt Lenkei (NR)
Bill Lynch
Farrel O-Shea [W]
Afrit Foued (NR)
Nick Vardalaxos [W]
Andrea Baldini [W]
Zara Davis (PR) [W]
Leila Nouar
USA
FRA
FRA
FRA
FRA
NZ
ZA
ZA
FRA
USA
USA
NAM
FRA
FRA
FRA
ESP
FRA
NL
AUS
SL
SWE
ZA
HUN
USA
UK
ALB
GR
IT
UK
FRA
55.65
55.49
54.93
54.28
52.90
50.93
50.75
50.62
50.43
49.69
49.46
49.28
49.09
48.74
48.64
48.55
47.18
46.93
46.78
46.60
44.80
44.25
43.65
42.32
41.02
39.81
38.06
37.21
36.99
34.71