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Sailrocket runs 65.45 knots (75 mph) to smash World Speed Sailing Record

Sailrocket runs 65.45 knots (7...
Paul Larsen in the Vestas Sailrocket 2 records 59.38 knots (68.3 mph - 110 km/h) on Walvis Bay, Namibia. Meanwhile at the Luderitz Speed Challenge, sailboarders broke more than a dozen speed sailing records with Antoine Albeau recording 52.05 knots (59.9 mph - 96.4 km/h).
Paul Larsen in the Vestas Sailrocket 2 records 59.38 knots (68.3 mph - 110 km/h) on Walvis Bay, Namibia. Meanwhile at the Luderitz Speed Challenge, sailboarders broke more than a dozen speed sailing records with Antoine Albeau recording 52.05 knots (59.9 mph - 96.4 km/h).
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Anders Bringdal on the course of the Luderitz Speed Challenge
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Anders Bringdal on the course of the Luderitz Speed Challenge
The history of the World Speed Sailing Record as measured over 500 meters.
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The history of the World Speed Sailing Record as measured over 500 meters.
The fastest sailboarder in the world - at least this week - Antoine Albeau
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The fastest sailboarder in the world - at least this week - Antoine Albeau
Antoine Albeau is having one hell of a week. A week ago, no-one on a sailboard had run 50 knots - since then Albeau has had five 50.XX kt runs, five 51.XX runs and one of 52.05 knots, and he isn't finished yet.
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Antoine Albeau is having one hell of a week. A week ago, no-one on a sailboard had run 50 knots - since then Albeau has had five 50.XX kt runs, five 51.XX runs and one of 52.05 knots, and he isn't finished yet.
Larsen in the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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Larsen in the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
Larsen in the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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Larsen in the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
Vestas Sailrocket 2. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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Vestas Sailrocket 2. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
Paul Larsen in the Vestas Sailrocket 2 records 59.38 knots (68.3 mph - 110 km/h) on Walvis Bay, Namibia. Meanwhile at the Luderitz Speed Challenge, sailboarders broke more than a dozen speed sailing records with Antoine Albeau recording 52.05 knots (59.9 mph - 96.4 km/h).
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Paul Larsen in the Vestas Sailrocket 2 records 59.38 knots (68.3 mph - 110 km/h) on Walvis Bay, Namibia. Meanwhile at the Luderitz Speed Challenge, sailboarders broke more than a dozen speed sailing records with Antoine Albeau recording 52.05 knots (59.9 mph - 96.4 km/h).
Inside the Sailrocket Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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Inside the Sailrocket Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
Prepping the Sailrocket. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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Prepping the Sailrocket. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
One very happy Paul Larsen after achieving his goal of becoming the fastest sailer in history . Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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One very happy Paul Larsen after achieving his goal of becoming the fastest sailer in history . Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
The Vestas Sailrocket team. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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The Vestas Sailrocket team. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
It's a mobile world. Paul Larsen rings Team HQ before he has even removed his wetsuit. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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It's a mobile world. Paul Larsen rings Team HQ before he has even removed his wetsuit. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
The Vestas Sailrocket team. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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The Vestas Sailrocket team. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
Taking the Vestas Sailrocket out to play. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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Taking the Vestas Sailrocket out to play. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
Paul Larsen lives the dream. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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Paul Larsen lives the dream. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
Larsen and Vestas Sailrocket 2. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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Larsen and Vestas Sailrocket 2. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
The Vestas Sailrocket team. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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The Vestas Sailrocket team. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
The Vestas Sailrocket team. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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The Vestas Sailrocket team. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
Larsen holds the GPS with numbers that indicate he has just become the fastest sailor in history. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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Larsen holds the GPS with numbers that indicate he has just become the fastest sailor in history. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
Diagram of the Vestas Sailrocket Image copyright Vestas Sailrocket.
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Diagram of the Vestas Sailrocket Image copyright Vestas Sailrocket.
Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
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Larsen and the Vestas Sailrocket at high speed. Image copyright Helena Darvelid and Vestas Sailrocket.
The Vestas Sailrocket 2 is capable of harnessing the forces of nature like no other sailing craft in history. Image copyright Vestas Sailrocket.
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The Vestas Sailrocket 2 is capable of harnessing the forces of nature like no other sailing craft in history. Image copyright Vestas Sailrocket.
L'Hydroptere from below
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L'Hydroptere from below
L'Hydroptere from below
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L'Hydroptere from below
The awesome Hydroptere may no longer be the fastest boat in the world over a nautical mile, but it can do it for hours, indeed days, across vast distances
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The awesome Hydroptere may no longer be the fastest boat in the world over a nautical mile, but it can do it for hours, indeed days, across vast distances
The French Hydroptere
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The French Hydroptere
The fastest open water sailing boat in the world - L'Hydroptere
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The fastest open water sailing boat in the world - L'Hydroptere
The fastest open water sailing boat in the world - L'Hydroptere
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The fastest open water sailing boat in the world - L'Hydroptere
The fastest open water sailing boat in the world - L'Hydroptere
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The fastest open water sailing boat in the world - L'Hydroptere
Fascinating infographic of Hydroptere's performance
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Fascinating infographic of Hydroptere's performance
The man behind L'Hydroptere - Alain Thebault
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The man behind L'Hydroptere - Alain Thebault
The fastest open water sailing boat in the world - L'Hydroptere
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The fastest open water sailing boat in the world - L'Hydroptere
The fastest open water sailing boat in the world - L'Hydroptere
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The fastest open water sailing boat in the world - L'Hydroptere
The fastest open water sailing boat in the world - L'Hydroptere
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The fastest open water sailing boat in the world - L'Hydroptere
The fastest open water sailing boat in the world - L'Hydroptere
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The fastest open water sailing boat in the world - L'Hydroptere
The fastest open water sailing boat in the world - L'Hydroptere
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The fastest open water sailing boat in the world - L'Hydroptere
The fastest open water sailing boat in the world - L'Hydroptere
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The fastest open water sailing boat in the world - L'Hydroptere
The fastest open water sailing boat in the world - L'Hydroptere
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The fastest open water sailing boat in the world - L'Hydroptere
The fastest open water sailing boat in the world - L'Hydroptere
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The fastest open water sailing boat in the world - L'Hydroptere
The World Speed Sailing Record for a nautical mile has nearly doubled in less than a decade
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The World Speed Sailing Record for a nautical mile has nearly doubled in less than a decade
Exhibit 1 - evidence of the great camaraderie between rivals. The fastest windsurfer in the world (F-192 - Antoine Albeau) and the fastest kitesurfer in the world (US-55 - Robbie Douglas) are no longer the fastest sailors in the world, at least for now. from Robbie Douglas' Facebook album
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Exhibit 1 - evidence of the great camaraderie between rivals. The fastest windsurfer in the world (F-192 - Antoine Albeau) and the fastest kitesurfer in the world (US-55 - Robbie Douglas) are no longer the fastest sailors in the world, at least for now. from Robbie Douglas' Facebook album
Exhibit 2 - evidence of the great camaraderie between rivals. Robbie Douglas goes for a sail on Hydroptere with Alain Thebault, Yves Parlier, Jean Le Cam and Jacques Vincent (Not shown - he took the picture) from Robbie's Facebook album
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Exhibit 2 - evidence of the great camaraderie between rivals. Robbie Douglas goes for a sail on Hydroptere with Alain Thebault, Yves Parlier, Jean Le Cam and Jacques Vincent (Not shown - he took the picture) from Robbie's Facebook album
The fastest kitesurfer in the world (US-55 - Robbie Douglas) is also the proprietor of Black Dog Clothing Company. From his Facebook page.
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The fastest kitesurfer in the world (US-55 - Robbie Douglas) is also the proprietor of Black Dog Clothing Company. From his Facebook page.
The Yellow Pages Endeavour morphed into a subsequent world record attempt in 2009 with a similar Lindsay Cunningham design dubbed the Macquarie Innovation. The boat ran 50.43 knots in March 2009.
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The Yellow Pages Endeavour morphed into a subsequent world record attempt in 2009 with a similar Lindsay Cunningham design dubbed the Macquarie Innovation. The boat ran 50.43 knots in March 2009.
Björn Dunkerbeck
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Björn Dunkerbeck
Björn Dunkerbeck
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Björn Dunkerbeck
Björn Dunkerbeck, holder of 41 world windsurfing titles
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Björn Dunkerbeck, holder of 41 world windsurfing titles
Björn Dunkerbeck has three times held the outright world speed sailing record over a nautical mile
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Björn Dunkerbeck has three times held the outright world speed sailing record over a nautical mile
Half Danish, half Dutch Björn Dunkerbeck, joined the 2012 Luderitz Speed Challenge a week late after being present for the birth of his child - a few runs later, he clocked 49.53 kts - watch this space!
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Half Danish, half Dutch Björn Dunkerbeck, joined the 2012 Luderitz Speed Challenge a week late after being present for the birth of his child - a few runs later, he clocked 49.53 kts - watch this space!
In November, 2006, Björn Dunkerbeck muscled the first sail craft past 40 knots over the Nautical Mile when he broke the Nautical Mile world speed record for the fourth time at Walvis Bay in Namibia with an incredible speed of 41.14 knots.
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In November, 2006, Björn Dunkerbeck muscled the first sail craft past 40 knots over the Nautical Mile when he broke the Nautical Mile world speed record for the fourth time at Walvis Bay in Namibia with an incredible speed of 41.14 knots.
Björn Dunkerbeck has set seven world speed sailing records in a career dating back to 1986 - he's still at it more than a quarter century later with 41 world titles and ... counting.
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Björn Dunkerbeck has set seven world speed sailing records in a career dating back to 1986 - he's still at it more than a quarter century later with 41 world titles and ... counting.
When you're trying to go after world speed records and all you have is a sailboard, it helps to be big and strong - Björn Dunkerbeck
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When you're trying to go after world speed records and all you have is a sailboard, it helps to be big and strong - Björn Dunkerbeck
On the sidelines of the 2012 Luderitz Speed Challenge
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On the sidelines of the 2012 Luderitz Speed Challenge
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At the time of the publication of this article, Frenchman Cédric Bordes was one of just four people who had run over 51 knots on a sailboard, along with Antoine Albeau, Jurjen Van Der Noord and Anders Bringdal.
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At the time of the publication of this article, Frenchman Cédric Bordes was one of just four people who had run over 51 knots on a sailboard, along with Antoine Albeau, Jurjen Van Der Noord and Anders Bringdal.
The fastest sailboarder in the world - at least this week - Antoine Albeau
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The fastest sailboarder in the world - at least this week - Antoine Albeau
Anders Bringdal at the 2012 Luderitz Speed Challenge
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Anders Bringdal at the 2012 Luderitz Speed Challenge
The world's fastest female sailboarder, Zara Davis of the United Kingdom. Zara's current record is 45.83 kts, but the Luderitz Speed Challenge is not yet over.
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The world's fastest female sailboarder, Zara Davis of the United Kingdom. Zara's current record is 45.83 kts, but the Luderitz Speed Challenge is not yet over.
The world's second fastest female sailor, Lena Ardil of Turkey at the 2012 Luderitz Speed Challenge
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The world's second fastest female sailor, Lena Ardil of Turkey at the 2012 Luderitz Speed Challenge
Zara Davis in an image that demonstrates just how narrow the Luderitz course is
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Zara Davis in an image that demonstrates just how narrow the Luderitz course is
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Zara Davis on the Luderitz Speed Challenge course earlier this week
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Zara Davis on the Luderitz Speed Challenge course earlier this week
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Borneman
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Borneman
Antoine Albeau
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Antoine Albeau
Antoine Albeau
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Antoine Albeau
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Anders Bringdal
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Anders Bringdal
The fastest sailboarder in the world - at least this week - Antoine Albeau
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The fastest sailboarder in the world - at least this week - Antoine Albeau
The fastest sailboarder in the world - at least this week - Antoine Albeau
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The fastest sailboarder in the world - at least this week - Antoine Albeau
Antoine Albeau on the course of the Luderitz Speed Challenge
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Antoine Albeau on the course of the Luderitz Speed Challenge
Antoine Albeau on the course of the Luderitz Speed Challenge
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Antoine Albeau on the course of the Luderitz Speed Challenge
Anders Bringdal on the course of the Luderitz Speed Challenge - of all the speed sailboarders in the world, Bringdal seemingly has the best chance of lifting his friend Antoine's world record.
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Anders Bringdal on the course of the Luderitz Speed Challenge - of all the speed sailboarders in the world, Bringdal seemingly has the best chance of lifting his friend Antoine's world record.
Zara Davis on the Luderitz Speed Challenge course earlier this week
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Zara Davis on the Luderitz Speed Challenge course earlier this week
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Antione Albeau on the Luderitz Speed Challenge course earlier this week
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Antione Albeau on the Luderitz Speed Challenge course earlier this week
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Dream Team - Frenchmen Cédric Bordes and Antoine Albeau try for the tandem record
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Dream Team - Frenchmen Cédric Bordes and Antoine Albeau try for the tandem record
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Zara Davis on the Luderitz Speed Challenge course
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Zara Davis on the Luderitz Speed Challenge course
Dream Team - Frenchmen Cédric Bordes and Antoine Albeau try for the tandem record
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Dream Team - Frenchmen Cédric Bordes and Antoine Albeau try for the tandem record
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Anders Bringdal used a standard Mistral Speed 41cm board, just as you can buy over the counter, to achieve over 51 knots at the time this article first went live, and perhaps more within the next few weeks.
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Anders Bringdal used a standard Mistral Speed 41cm board, just as you can buy over the counter, to achieve over 51 knots at the time this article first went live, and perhaps more within the next few weeks.
Zara Davis on the Luderitz Speed Challenge course
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Zara Davis on the Luderitz Speed Challenge course
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Zara Davis - the world's fastest female sailboarder
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Zara Davis - the world's fastest female sailboarder
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Frenchmen Cédric Bordes
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Frenchmen Cédric Bordes
Anders Brigdal
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Anders Brigdal
Anders Brigdal
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Anders Brigdal
Anders Brigdal
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Anders Brigdal
Antoine Albeau gets a lift back to the starting line at the Luderitz Speed Challenge course
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Antoine Albeau gets a lift back to the starting line at the Luderitz Speed Challenge course
Frenchmen Cédric Bordes on the Luderitz Speed Challenge course
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Frenchmen Cédric Bordes on the Luderitz Speed Challenge course
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Frenchmen Cédric Bordes on the Luderitz Speed Challenge course
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Frenchmen Cédric Bordes on the Luderitz Speed Challenge course
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Jurgen Honscheid was the fastest sailboarder in the world in 1981, though sailboarding was still in its infancy and his speed of 24.75 knots was roughly two-thirds of the speed of Tim Colman's Crossbow II which held the outright speed sailing record at that time.
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Jurgen Honscheid was the fastest sailboarder in the world in 1981, though sailboarding was still in its infancy and his speed of 24.75 knots was roughly two-thirds of the speed of Tim Colman's Crossbow II which held the outright speed sailing record at that time.
The world speed record for sailingboard has been broken nine times in the last week.
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The world speed record for sailingboard has been broken nine times in the last week.
Anders Bringdal on his over-the-counter Mistral board and l'Hydroptere, the fastest open-water sailing boat in history
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Anders Bringdal on his over-the-counter Mistral board and l'Hydroptere, the fastest open-water sailing boat in history
Macquarie Innovation became the fastest sailing boat in the world over 500 meters in December, 2008 Image copyright Steb Fisher photography
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Macquarie Innovation became the fastest sailing boat in the world over 500 meters in December, 2008 Image copyright Steb Fisher photography