2014 Luderitz Speed Challenge: more water in the channel | Photo: Luderitz Speed Challenge

Two national speed sailing records have been improved in the 2014 Luderitz Speed Challenge, in Namibia.

The third day of competition saw 20-35 knots blowing through the artificial channel built in Luderitz. Fortunately, wind was more stable and hitting the speedway in a shallower angle.

Andrew Redfern has improved his own Fijian record set on the first day. Helped and coached by Anders Bringdal, Farrel O'Shea and Sébastien Cattelan, the windsurfer reached 40.87 knots.


Windsurfing: learn how to tie basic knots | Photo: Creative Commons/Parkis

Windsurfers are sailors, and knots are part of the daily sailing life. Learning how to tie a knot is a compulsory skill in windsurfing.

There are hundreds of knots for multiple situations. In windsurfing, there are masts, booms and sails to be tied properly. You don't want to be sailing and, suddenly, wipeout or lose part of your gear to the ocean floor.

You can only tie a knot with rope. And there are up to ten knots that you should definitely learn. But if you only want to get a basic knowledge, you must, at least, memorize three general knots - the bowline, the clove hitch, and the square knot.


2014 Luderitz Speed Challenge: driven by wind | Photo: Luderitz Speed Challenge

Patrik Diethelm has smashed the Italian speed windsurfing record at the 2014 Luderitz Speed Challenge, in Namibia.

The Swiss rider is now the fastest windsurfer in the event, after two days of competition. Diethelm raced at 51.09 knots to beat the previous record of 50.49 knots.

Wind is definitely picking up at Luderitz. It reached 35 knots with stronger gusts exceeding 40knots plus, and more records are expected to be broken in the upcoming speed sailing sessions.