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geohaye



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:23 am    Post subject: New Windsurfing Speed World Record Set in Luderitz Reply with quote

Luderitz is a natural...Antoine Albeau has done it again!

New world record:
49.41 knots

News from the Luderitz Speed Challenge HQ

Luderitz, Namibia, on WindAlert:
http://windalert.com/spot/45604



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rigitrite



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yet don't kiters still hold the record for ALL sail powered craft at like....55+ knots?
If we can go 48+ knots in 38 knots of wind.....then wtf!?!? Find a windier place and go fast enough that kiters can't touch us!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rigitrite wrote:
Yet don't kiters still hold the record for ALL sail powered craft at like....55+ knots?


Is kite a sail? Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why the big/high/airborne wake? Isn't that logical and technical indication of wasted energy which, if harnessed or eliminated, would allow or actually produce lower drag and/or higher speed? He's the world's best, yet it takes (i.e., robs) energy to throw that much mass that high.

Mike \m/
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is an unavoidable consequence of bearing off on the fastest point of sail. You should see the rooster tail the speed-record kiters throw off: it looks like drag-racing boat. And yet.....their fastest guy is still faster than our fastest over-weight Frenchman.
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Brian_S



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

isobars wrote:
Why the big/high/airborne wake? Isn't that logical and technical indication of wasted energy which, if harnessed or eliminated, would allow or actually produce lower drag and/or higher speed? He's the world's best, yet it takes (i.e., robs) energy to throw that much mass that high.

Mike \m/


I think Mike has got a point here. Something about the way the water releases from the board, or the way the tail/trim of the board is kicking up that water should point to a place for improvement.
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rangerider



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone know the details on the sail used? Thanks.
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sunchips



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 2:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ugly_Bird wrote:
rigitrite wrote:
Yet don't kiters still hold the record for ALL sail powered craft at like....55+ knots?


Is kite a sail? Laughing


Yes. We are all sailors, whether on sailing, windsurfing, or kiting. Spinnakers are often referred to as kites too. Laughing

Having said that, that windsurfer is hauling! Props on the new record!
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Sailboarder



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rangerider wrote:
Anyone know the details on the sail used? Thanks.


It looks like a NP racing EVO V sail. They state that their 5 and 5.4 are built for GPS speed.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wait, I read somewhere that the powers-that-be declared kiteboards to NOT be sailing craft, because the "sail" is attached to the person, not the board, and they were going to have to have their own records, not compete with windsurfers.

Can anyone confirm or refute this? I'm not positive.

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