Yesterday, kitesurfer Alexandre Caizergues beat the outright world speed record under sail with an average of 54.10 knots (100.19 km/hr) over 500 metres of the Luderitz channel (Namibia). The young Frenchman is the new outright speed record holder. He has deposed Hydroptère and its 51.36 knots.
The 12th October 2010 will go down in the long history of speed records under sail. Alex Caizergues, a native of Port Saint-Louis in southern France, had an absolute blinder of a day. During his first run, with 45 knots of breeze blowing along Luderitz’s legendary lagoon spot, Caizergues immediately powered off at blistering speed, well positioned on his board and harnessed to his 8 m2 wing.
At the end of an incredible 500 metre straight, the fastest kitesurfer on the planet gave free rein to his delight on discovering that he’d broken the 100 km/hr barrier across the water (54.10 knots). It was a top drawer performance, reminiscent of the sprints by a fellow champion, Usain Bolt!