OkoumeFest Ultra Marathon 2015: ducks loved it

Tony Vandenberg sailed a total of 21 hours and 30 minutes to successfully complete the WaterTribe OkoumeFest Ultra Marathon 2015, near Annapolis, Maryland, USA.

The challenge consists of a 70-mile circumnavigation around Eastern Neck Island, Wye Island, and Kent Island. Vandenberg, also known as Bermuda Boy, won the Class 4 Small Sailboats (monohulls) after arriving at the destination 25 hours and 30 minutes later.

The young-at-heart windsurfer set sail with his Maui Sails Titan 9.5, but the journey wouldn't be exciting and fun without ducks, wind lulls, and lightning strikes. Let's hear him, in first person, starting off at Chesapeake Bay Bridge:

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Hans Kreisel: not in Gruissan for a good reason | Photo: Hans Kreisel Archive

Antoine Albeau and Lena Erdil have been crowned winners of the 2015 Dunkerbeck GPS Speed Challenge, in Gruissan, France.

While 1200 windsurfers battled in the windy marathon of the Défi Wind, a total of 190 riders from 13 different countries entered a speed sailing contest set up by the Bjorn Dunkerbeck.

After registering, sailors turned their GPS devices on and tried their best in 500-meter runs. Albeau managed to drive his board and sail at 34.7 knots, leaving Pieter Bijl (33 knots) and Dunkerbeck (32.78 knots) in the remaining podium positions.

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2015 Défi Wind: winds ranging between 40 and 60 knots | Photo: Souville/WindMag/Le Défi

Pierre and Marion Mortefon have conquered the 2015 Défi Wind, in Gruissan, France. The event was run under nuclear Tramontane winds.

Up to 1200 amateur and professional windsurfers experienced powerful winds ranging between 40 and 60 knots, in all three days of competition. As a result, not all sailor made it to the finish line.

Pierre Mortefon, the overall champion, was forced to ride a 4.7 slalom because it was easy to be overpowered in such a challenging arena. Four races were run, and a total of 100 kilometers were sailed. It was really difficult out there.

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