Please select your home edition
Edition
Southern Spars

Salt and Speed - Kitesurfing world sailing speed record attempt

by Tanguy Blondel on 11 Mar 2013
Alex Caizergues - Salt and Speed 2013 Tanguy Blondel
Salt and Speed is a sailing speed record attempt being held in Salins-de-Giraud, southern France. The two kitesurfers involved are actively preparing for the off. In this way, Thursday and Friday will see them open proceedings for the second edition of the event. Some boisterous weather conditions are expected on site with over 40 knots of breeze forecast.

Initially the two riders are seeking to improve on the World Sailing Speed record for kitesurfing currently held by Rob (55.65 knots), before attempting to up the ante with a 60-knot average speed over 500 metres.

Alexandre Caizergues:
- Born on 14 March 1979
- 3 x World Speed Champion (2007, 2008, 2009)
- 2 x World Speed Record all categories combined in 2008 and 2010
- 2 x World Kite Speed Record in 2007 and 2009
- 2 x FFVL (French Free Flight Federation) French Speed Champion
- European Long Distance Number Two 2008
- World Speed Number Two 2006
- first man to break 100 km/hr on the water, propelled by the wind
- Partners: Ouest Provence – AlpEnergie par GDF SUEZ - Volkswagen Véhicules Utilitaires (Commercial Vehicles) – Zenith – Sosh.

Rob Douglas:
- Born on 16 June 1971
- World Speed Record all categories combined in 2011 with 55.65 knots and 49.84 knots in 2008
- World Speed Champion 2012
- Partners: The Black Dog - Cabrinha - Lynch Associates - NPX - Dakine - Curtis Fins- Mike's Lab custom boards

In figures:
65.45 knots: Sailrocket 2 November 2012
55.65 knots: Rob Douglas 28 October 2010 Namibia
55.49 knots: Seb Cattelan 28 October 2010 Namibia
54.10 knots: Alexandre Caizergues 12 October 2010 Luderitz, Namibia exceeding 100km/hr
51.36 knots: Hydroptère on 6 September 2009
50.57 knots: Alexandre Caizergues 4 October 2008 Luderitz, Namibia
50.26 knots: Seb Cattelan 3 October 2008 Luderitz, Namibia
49.84 knots: Rob Douglas 19 September 2008 Luderitz, Namibia
49.09 knots: World Speed Record Antoine Albeau 5 March 2008 in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France
46.82 knots: Record set by windsurfer Finian Maynard in the autumn of 2004, bringing an end to the hegemony of the sailboat Yellow Pages in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France
46.52 knots: Yellow Pages Endeavour in 1993 at the Sandy Point spot, Australia
38.86 knots: Pascal MAKA the first windsurfer to rack up a new official record with 38.86 knots in Sotavento
26.30 knots: Crossbow Catamaran in Portland in 1972

The outright World Sailing Speed Record is the best average speed over 500m by a sail-powered contraption… As such it is different to a peak speed!

InSunSport - NZWildwind 2016 660x82Southern Spars - 100

Related Articles

Keenly-awaited first act of IKA KiteFoil GoldCup kicks off in 2 weeks
The riders from all around the globe will line-up on the warm, flat waters off Gizzeria’s party-fuelled Hang Loose Beach With southern Italy’s rolling Calabrian hills framing the blue Mediterranean race track, the riders from all corners of the globe will line-up on the warm, flat waters off Gizzeria’s party-fuelled Hang Loose Beach.
Posted on 29 Jun
Freestyle and Big Air World Championship Final venue announced
While the final event - where the 2016 World Champions will be crowned - has been confirmed to be held in Porto Pollo Porto Pollo is probably one of the windiest spots in Europe, and the event site features prevailing side/side-offshore winds often reaching 30-40 knots in perfectly flat water.
Posted on 28 Jun
Nocher and Kalinina claim European Kiteboarding Championship titles
Nocher went into the medal races with an comfortable lead, and took not any risk to allow any upsets. With only the top 10 riders in the platinum fleet, the race committee of the Yacht Club Cagliari around Race Director Andy Curnow set up a six minute two lap course, providing new challenges to the fleet. With a spacious start line, tactics at the start played an important role.
Posted on 21 Jun
My Best Olympic Race – Dorian van Rijsselberge
Reaching an accomplishment can take a matter of days, months or even years but many know what it takes. Reaching an accomplishment can take a matter of days, months or even years but many know what it takes. Tying your shoe laces for the first time as a young child is an achievement, playing your first note on a guitar, getting those grades to get into college or delivering a knockout presentation to seal a deal. We’ve all been there.
Posted on 20 Jun
Rio Vista Grand Slam – Steady breeze awakes competitors on Day 1
The Freestyle event was postponed until today but the crowd was rewarded by a spectacular evening sunset show. To the general onlooker, the quaint and remote cow fields on Sherman island may just be a picturesque escape from the bustling city of San Francisco, but this weekend the Wind Turbines are busy spinning.
Posted on 18 Jun
Top ranked sailors invited to Sailing World Cup Qingdao and Melbourne
Qingdao, China, venue of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Sailing, will host the fifth regatta of 2016 Sailing World Cup series. Qingdao, China, venue of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition, will host the fifth regatta of the 2016 Sailing World Cup series for the fourth consecutive year with 150,000 EUR in prize money for up grabs.
Posted on 17 Jun
2016 is going to be an exciting year for KiteFoil Gold Cup events
A new event has been added to the calendar - on the Burc Beach in Turkey riders will compete for 15000 USD prize money A new event has just been added to the calendar - on the famous Burc Beach in Turkey riders will compete for 15000 USD prize money and 100 points for the 2016 KiteFoil World Championships.
Posted on 15 Jun
Road to Rio – One Olympic venue to the next
Sailing World Cup touched down in Weymouth and Portland last week and it was one of the last official organised regattas The Sailing World Cup touched down in Weymouth and Portland last week and it was one of the last official organised regattas before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. It gave the future Olympians an opportunity to test themselves one last time against their Rio competitors, in a full race setting, before the summer showpiece.
Posted on 15 Jun
Gripping final races brought the Sailing World Cup Weymouth to a close
A consistent south westerly 10-14 knot breeze ensured a bumper day of live Medal Races in Portland Harbour. The Medal Races provided a glimpse of what is to come at Rio 2016 with those aiming to peak for the Olympic Games topping the podium.
Posted on 12 Jun
A waiting game as Sailing World Cup Weymouth and Portland kicks off
London 2012 sailing venue welcomes 330 sailors from 43 nations at what is the final showdown before the Rio 2016 Olympic The London 2012 sailing venue this week welcomes 330 sailors from 43 nations at what is the final showdown before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and competitors found themselves enjoying the warmth of the British summer, albeit with light winds disrupting the opening day’s racing schedule.
Posted on 8 Jun