Zara Davis breaks women's speed windsurfing world record

November 24, 2017 | Windsurfing
Zara Davis: the fastest windsurfer on the planet | Photo: LSC

Zara Davis has broken the women's speed windsurfing world record, at the 2017 Luderitz Speed Challenge, in Namibia.

The world's most famous speed sailing canal has once again delivered the goods. British speed windsurfer Zara Davis broke a record set in 2015.

Two years ago, Swiss bullet Karin Jaggi raised the women's bar and stole the world record from Davis by sailing at 46.31 knots in a 500-meter run.

But revenge for Zara Davis arrived this year. The experienced windsurfer set the new mark at 46.49 knots, improving the previous world record by 0.38 knots.

"I am so stoked to have achieved this record for the second time and especially to do it on the new Simmer Speed Demon 40, which was incredibly stable at speed and so fast," said Zara Davis.

"I have been with Simmer sails now for nine years, so I know how good they are and broke the last record on them. But this year's SC Speed sails are a big step ahead and super fast. The combination is a real winner."

The record is subject to ratification by the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC).

At the 2017 Luderitz Speed Challenge, Davis has also peaked at 49.35 knots, and became the fastest women on GPS speed surfing of all time at 5x10 seconds.

Zara Davis: she sailed at 46.49 knots at the 2017 Luderitz Speed Challenge

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