Two years ago I had the pleasure of interviewing kiteboarder Robert Douglas, a Martha's Vineyard native, after he became the fastest man alive on a kiteboard. Shortly thereafter, French rider Alex Caizergues broke Douglas' record by a mere 0.3 knots. Flash forward a year and history repeated itself, to a tenth of a knot, as Caizergues once again trumped Douglas...by a mere 0.3 knots.
Imagine my happy smile today when I received a text from Douglas, all the way from Namibia, where he is participating in the 2010 Luderitz Speed Challenge.
Just a few weeks ago Caizergues set a new outright speed record of 54.1 knots, but today—thanks to 45-knot winds combing 'the Trench'—Douglas has reclaimed his crown after clocking in at a mind-numbing 55.65 knots.
Rob Douglas 55.65 knots Adrien Freville
While this has yet to be ratified by the WSSRC, the more interesting question remains: with this year's event wrapping up on Halloween, will Caizergues somehow pull a juggernaut move and again usurp Douglas' record?
Meanwhile, the calculators have been put away and the corrected-time winners of the Rolex Middle Sea Race have been established. Hats off to Bryon Ehrhart's TP52 team Lucky (USA) for taking top honors in the IRC Overall.
In the Velux 5 Oceans Race, it's quickly becoming obvious that the real action is between Brad Van Liew, the current leader, and Polish skipper Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski. Currently, Van Liew and Gutek are leading the rest of the fleet by several hundred miles as the fleet approaches the equator.
Next up is the start of the Route du Rhum, which starts on October 31 at 1302 hours off of Saint Malo, France. Eighty-seven boats are currently registered, and, given the race's reputation as a boat eater, it will be interesting to watch this solo transatlantic sprint to Pointe à Pitre (in the Lesser Antilles) play out.
May the four winds blow you safely home,
David Schmidt,Sail-World USA Editor
World Speed Record broken twice - now 55.65 knots + Video x 3 Luderitz Speed Challenge, Ludertiz Speed Challenge Namibia - The wind blew up to 45 knots today and the organisers decided to built a retaining wall after the finish of the run to keep the water in at low tide. This paid huge dividends today and many records were smashed !... [more] Share this story
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Audi MedCup Circuit - Quantum Racing Team name helm for 2011 Audi MedCup Circuit, Audi MedCup Circuit 2011 news: True to the succession planning of a world championships winning team, America's Cup winner Baird was present as an observer with the team in Cagliari at the final event of the 2010 Audi Med Cup season, now official confirmation arrives that Ed Baird will take over the helm next season... [more] Share this story
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ICSA Midterm president's report Mitch Brindley, ICSA Midterm president's report - The fleets of lasers and laser radials are arriving this week. Of course this season will mark an important change from fleet racing to a match format for the ICSA Sloop National Championship.... [more] Share this story
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China Cup Int Regatta 2010 hits a speed bump... in the garage Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club was a-hummin' and a-buzzin' this evening, with all the crews in town – many of them overseas – for the opening cocktails and the skippers' briefing for tomorrow's passage race from Hong Kong to Longcheer, Daya Bay, Shenzhen, the opening event of the CCIR.... [more] Share this story
Bullimore's 33m catamaran capsized - Seven crew rescued Barry Pickthall, Seven British based sailors were successfully airlifted off the 33m racing catamaran 'Spirit of Antigua' late on Wednesday night after capsizing in the Bay of Biscay, 135 miles south west of Brest.... [more] Share this story
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RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships - Can he do it again? Rory Ramsden, This battle is going to go right down to the wire which is from where Michalis snatched the 2009 RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships. 'Will he do it again?' may be the question on Thomas' mind.... [more] Share this story
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Louis Vuitton Trophy: All4One joins six other teams for Dubai All4One, After finishing the Audi MedCup circuit with three podium places in five events, the next and final sailing stage in 2010 for ALL4ONE will be the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai from 12 to 27 of November. This regatta will show once again top-level competition and spectacular duels between worlds best teams racing in pairs of supplied even America's Cup Class boats. The entry list gathers the top te... [more] Share this story
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Feeling lucky? Alex Bocage, Rolex Middle Sea Race - The group of boats that arrived at the finish line in Marsamxett Harbour this afternoon spent most of the 606 miles within reach of each other, and how they made some key tactical decisions along the way would make or break their results. Leading the pack was E1, followed two hours later by Wild Joe, Lucky, Pace, and Cantankerous all within a half hour of each other.... [more] Share this story
Route du Rhum - The Architect of his own success Gaia Coretti, Route du Rhum - Tanguy De La Motte has long and very fond memories of the Route du Rhum start days, having been a regular visitor since he was a babe in arms of six months old. As yacht design student at Southampton Institute in 1998 he took two weeks off ‘school' to help Ellen MacArthur in the dash to prepare the 50 foot former Aqua Quorum for her first Route du Rhum.... [more] Share this story
PCCSC Match Race Championship 2010 Danielle M. Richards, PCCSC Match Race Championship - Saturday: Seven teams arrived at Balboa Yacht Club for the first annual Championship. The Newport/Balboa Sailing and Seamanship Association made available their pristine fleet of Governor 21, boats purpose built for match racing. After a competitors briefing and boat draw teams were towed out to the ocean for a short practice time and the start of the round robin.... [more] Share this story
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Velux 5 Oceans - First blood spilt Velux 5 Oceans, Velux 5 Oceans Polish ocean racer suffers deep cuts to forehead as fleet heads south. It has been another day of drama for the skippers as they head further south. Following on from a manic day on the water yesterday which saw Polish ocean racer Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski became the first skipper to sustain a notable injury after slicing his head open on the blade of his wind generator.... [more] Share this story
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