Makkum: the new speed sailing channel of the Netherlands | Photo: Speed Team Makkum

The Speed Team Makkum have announced the creation of a speed sailing channel in Makkum, a small coastal town located in the northwest of the Netherlands.

The stakes are high. Europe aims to become the speed sailing capital; France and the Netherlands have been improving the conditions and chasing world records in speed sailing.

"Last winter, we've worked on our speed channel under total secrecy. We tested it last Saturday for the first time, and we immediately understood it will be possible to hit records close to those in Luderitz," the Speed Team Makkum explains.

As a result, the 2015 Funsport Makkum GPS Speed Challenge will be open between April 1st and October 31st, 2015. The winner of the speed windsurfing contest will be announced based on the highest average speed (five runs of 10 seconds).

The fastest speed windsurfing record is in the hands of Antoine Albeau. On the 21st November, 2013, the French windsurfer hit the 52.05 knots in Luderitz, Namibia.

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