Wind- & Kitesurfing – Sunday, November 19, 2017
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Saturday, November 18, 2017
Saturday, November 18, 2017   

Wind- & Kite-Surfing - Speed Challenge - Lüderitz NAM

 Wind- & Kite-Surfing - Speed Challenge - Lüderitz NAM The wind condition in Lüderitz improve from day to day and on the coming weekend, the seabreeze will probably be at its peak. Yesterday, Sylvain Hoceini FRA was the fastest with 54,03 kn (100,03 km/h) becoming the sixth speed kiter passing the 100km/h barrier.
The news.The event facebook page has not yet been updated early this morning UTC.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Thursday, November 16, 2017
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Wednesday, November 15, 2017   

New Kiteboard World Record: 57.97kn - Les Salins de Giraud FRA

 New Kiteboard World Record: 57.97kn - Les Salins de Giraud FRA We reported yesterday on the new Kiteboard Speed World-Record established on Monday. With 57,97kn (107,32 km/h), Alexandre Caizergues FRA was over one knot faster compared with his previous record. In the coming days, the wind will be rather light. The channel will be open for more record attempts until December 3. Tomorrow, the fastest American Kiter Rob Douglas USA will arrive.
The official report (in French).
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Tuesday, November 14, 2017   

Speed-Kiting - Les Salins de Grimaud FRA - 57,97kn - new Kiteboard speed record

 Speed-Kiting - Les Salins de Grimaud FRA - 57,97kn - new Kiteboard speed record Not only in Namibia, but also in the Camargue/South of France, speed record attempts have been started. A very strong Mistral of up to 60kn did set the stage for top speeds. Sailing with a 6,4 m2-Kite, Alex Caizergues FRA established a new speed record for kiteboarders with 57,97kn (107,32 km/h). The record attempts will continue until December 3rd.
The news.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Monday, November 13, 2017
Monday, November 13, 2017   

World Sailing - Annual Conference - Puerto Vallarta MEX. Technology in Sailing

 World Sailing - Annual Conference - Puerto Vallarta MEX. Technology in Sailing On the occasion of the World Sailing Annual Assembly in Mexico, Stan Honey and Richard Slater made an impressive presentation on 'Technology, Tracking, Telemetry and Electronic Umpiring'. Honey is not only an excellent sailor/navigator, but as a Stanford graduated engineer also a leading head regarding position tracking of any kind since 1978, as e.g. the ETAK project. Honey's CV (PDF) does not need any explanation.
The 40-minute presentation can be replayed within the video of the Friday session (begins after 6h 42min). While Stan Honey gives a short overview on the technology yesterday, today and in the future, Richard Slater presents the practical implementation at the Bermuda America's Cup as experienced from the teams' side as well as race direction and umpires.
Monday, November 13, 2017   

Wind- & Kite-Surfing - Speed Challenge - Lüderitz NAM

 Wind- & Kite-Surfing - Speed Challenge - Lüderitz NAM After several days without substancial winds, the weather forecast for today predicts 'normal Lüderitz conditions', and the chase for speed records will resume in Namibia. Normally, this seabreeze is building up during several days, and record speeds can be expected in the time ahead.
The event facebook page and a video interview with the record Kitesurfer Sébastien Cattelan FRA, who had launched the Lüderitz Speed-Week six years ago digging the speed channel with a bagger himself .... to fix a first world record with 55kn as a consequence.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Sunday, November 12, 2017
Sunday, November 12, 2017   

World Sailing - Annual Conference - Puerto Vallarta MEX

 World Sailing - Annual Conference - Puerto Vallarta MEX Full transparency at World Sailling !
World Sailing's Council concluded their meeting at the 2017 Annual Conference in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico yesterday Key reports on Committee activities and upcoming events were delivered and the submissions with recommendations of the expert committees were put forward to the Council for vote. Decisions were made on a wide range of topics that were not solely connected to the Olympic Games. Decisions on offshore sailing, keelboat racing, Para World Sailing and Racing Rules of Sailing were made as well. Here the Saturday Session Review with a summary of all decisions taken. The whole Session can be followed in a an integral video (9h30min).
Of interest for all sailing (and gaming) enthusiasts is the decicion to launch an eSailing World Championship. Here the report. To learn more about the details, see the 20min presentation before the Council decision on integral Session video (starting after 4hrs 58min).
A review of the Friday Session is available here as well, including also an integral 7-hour video.
Browse these videos to get a feeling, how decision making is done at World Sailing.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Saturday, November 11, 2017
Saturday, November 11, 2017   

Wind- & Kite-Surfing - Speed Challenge - Lüderitz NAM

 Wind- & Kite-Surfing - Speed Challenge - Lüderitz NAM The Wind- and Kite-Surf specialists are still on stand-by at the Lüderitz Speed Channel waiting for sufficient winds. The hope is for next Monday, according to the weather forecasts. What it is all about to successfully complete a fast ride on the 500 meter channel has been explained by the British record holder Farrell O'Shea GBR (51,2 kn) in a 20min video.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Friday, November 10, 2017
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Wednesday, November 8, 2017   

World Sailing - Annual Conference - Puerto Vallarta MEX - Marit Bouwmeester NED and Peter Burling NZL World Sailors of the Year

Yesterday, at the World Sailing Gala Dinner in Mexico, the World Sailors of the Year 2017 were proclaimed. The America's Cup winner Peter Burling NZL takes the title in the men, while the Laser Radial Olympic and World Champion Marit Bouwmeester NED was elected in the women.
The video of the prize giving.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Friday, November 3, 2017
Friday, November 3, 2017   

Wind- & Kite-Surfing - Speed Challenge - Lüderitz NAM - Day 4

 Wind- & Kite-Surfing - Speed Challenge - Lüderitz NAM - Day 4 As every year, the fastest wind- and kitesurfers meet in Namibia at the Lüderitz-Speed-Challenge to chase for new speed records on an artifical race channel, digged about 50 cm deep in the mud flats at an ideal angle to the fresh thermal breeze. Here the video.
Many of the fastest speed riders are on the entry list, among others Sébastien Cattelan FRA, Antoine Albeau FRA, Björn Dunkerbeck SUI, Patrick Diethelm ITA, Karin Jaggi SUI, the fastest woman.
Up to now, the Japanese speed records have been improved. The fastest ride up to now belongs to the kite surfer Sébastien Cattelan FRA with 51,57kn. The event facebook page and the event website.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Monday, October 30, 2017
Monday, October 30, 2017   

Olympic Classes - Olympic Week - Enoshima JPN - Final results

 Olympic Classes - Olympic Week - Enoshima JPN - Final results The 2017 Olympic Week at the 2020 Olympic venue Enoshima JPN was concluded yesterday morning with all Olympic classes except the Nacra-17. Moderate winds and rain prevailed during most races.
Luke Patience/Chris Grube GBR won in the 470 men. In the 470 women, Benedetta Di Salle/Alessandra Dubbini ITA were the dominators. In the 49ers, the favorites Dylan Fletcher/Stuart Bithell GBR were on top. Clear winners in the 49ersFX were the Olympic medalists Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL. No surprise was the victory of Giles Scott GBR in the Finns, while the Gold Medals in the Lasers went to Thomas Saunders NZL in the Standards and Erika Reineke USA in the Radials. Last but not least the RS:X windsurfers, where Lilian De Geus NED finished first in the women and Mengfan Gao CHN in the men.
All ranking lists and the event website.
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