- 18 August 2011 | Windsurfing
Bernd Flessner, the most successful German pro windsurfer has successfully crossed the German Bight. He sailed the 70 miles (130 km) from Norderney to Sylt, on his windsurf board, in only four hours.
Flessner kicked off at 12:45 from the beach in front of Hotel Georgshöhe, on Norderney. After four agonizing hours on the open sea, Bernd got exhausted but happy to step ashore, near the restaurant "Kap Horn", in Hörnum, Sylt, at 16:45.
In the early minutes, the wind was light with only 12 knots and he was not always planning. During his first break, his sail tore due to a contact with the boat. Despite the damage, he continued his way.
At his second break, he Flessner suffered a cut in his thigh. Fortunately, the wetsuit protected Bernd and the cut was not deep. When passing though a military zone, Tornado jet fighters crossed his path in a low-altitude flight.
"After 20 years, a dream came true. In my eyes, this crossing has significant sport value and means a lot to me because it is something very pristine and natural. I'm very proud I could master the physical and psychological challenge!” said Bernd.