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Words and images: Bruno de Comarmond
The annual Lüderitz Speed Challenge event, Namibia’s most famous annual sporting spectacle, is once again taking place at the second lagoon just seven kilometres from the historic town centre of Lüderitz from 21 October to 1 December 2019.
The most famous windsurfer on the planet, Bjorn Dunkerbeck (42x World Champion) confirms that “This location has been and remains the fastest water on the planet, where windsurfers and kiteboarders continue to push the limits to go faster, faster and faster!”
The Lüderitz Speed Challenge has thus far produced an astonishing 130+ national and 17 speed sailing world records in both windsurfing and kiteboarding. All records achieved at the event have been officially ratified by the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC). It is the only Namibian sporting event to appear in multiple editions of Guinness World Records and this year’s event has attracted various national champions. All will be competing to break their PBs and if possible, the world record of 53.27knots/98.65kph achieved by Antoine Albeau (FRA) at the 2015 event.
According to Ulf Grünewald, General Manager of the award-winning Lüderitz Nest Hotel, the event’s longest-running sponsor, “The 2019 event will surely deliver more national records and who knows, perhaps yet another world record. Our hotel remains a proud sponsor and I encourage all visitors to Lüderitz during sailing days, to travel down to the second lagoon to see these courageous speed sailors in action!”