Guy Cribb: a battle of...er... giants

Guy Cribb, the ultimate British windsurfing champion, has beaten the Extreme 40, a full carbon 40ft catamaran, during the fifth stop of the Extreme Sailing Series 2011, held in Cowes, UK.

After three days of outstanding sailing performances, Cribb's windsurf board proved to be faster than the huge hi-tech sailing craft. The windy conditions were perfect for the speed battle.

"It's been a incredible event again with windsurfers winning overall, yet it must be said, around a course, with any sailing upwind, the X40s are untouchable", says Guy Cribb. Watch Guy Cribb versus the Extreme 40, here.

"Straight upwind and downwind they are insanely quick, around corners and reaching or broad reaching we are faster. I've had speed duals with Red Bull racing with the quadruple Gold Medalist Roman Hagara at the helm and most of the other X40s. Basically on a downwind course, they are not as fast but they get to the finish quicker because they sail straight downwind".

Cribb believes windsurfers are still king of the seas, but around a traditional yacht racing course, the X40s are quicker.

The British rider was sailing in 20-knot winds on his seven-metre NP RS Racing and 101-litre JP Slalom 65. He has consistently been zooming around at over 30 knots even in the rough chop, but hitting peaks of 34/35 knots.

The Extreme 40 was created with two things in mind: action and adrenaline. Shortly after the first built 40ft carbon fibre catamaran hit the water in 2005, Extreme 40’s debuted in the international racing scene during several stop overs at the 2005/2006 Volvo Ocean Race.