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The World Sailing Speed Record Council has ratified the Outright World Speed Record of 49.09 knots set by Antoine Albeau of France. Antoine Albeau set the new outright world speed record mark on the purpose built canal in Les Saintes Maries de la Mer, France.

The Record:

Record: Outright World Speed Record
Venue: Les Saintes Maries de la Mer. France
Name: Antoine ALBEAU (FRA)
Equipment: Custom Starboard. 4.8 Neil Pryde
Date: 5 March 2008
Course length: 500 metres
Current: Nil
Start time: 12:12:36.53
Finish time: 12:12:56.33
Elapsed time: 19.80 seconds
Speed: 49.09 knots

Previous Record:

Record: Outright World Speed Record
Venue: Les Saintes Maries de la Mer. France
Name: Finian MAYNARD (IVB)
Date: April 2005
Course length: 500 metres
Speed: 48.70 knots

Source: ISAF