The Speed Record

WORLD SPEED SAILING RECORD ATTEMPT
SOTAVENTO – PLAYAS DE JANDIA
JULY 31st 2002




Bjorn Dunkerbeck (33) thirteen times Windsurf World Champion is challenging the world speed sailing record on the island of Fuerteventura, Spain.

Following several days of setting up the speed course and testing some of the newly designed equipment, Bjorn is carefully monitoring the wind and wave developments near the Atlantic coastline of Morocco.

Between now and August 15th Bjorn will be using custom shaped boards by Carlos Sosa of Proof, sails made by NeilPryde as well as fins designed by the Barcelona engineering office ‘50 knots’.

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Since 1993 Simon McKeon has held the current world speed sailing record, clocking over 500 meters an average speed of 86.16km/h (46,52knots or 53.53mph) at Sandy Point, Australia with Yellow Pages Endeavour  www.mko.freesurf.fr/innovoile/YPE_e.html






  



  

         





































DUNKERBECK SPEED SAILING RECORD ATTEMPT DENIED
SOTAVENTO – PLAYAS DE JANDIA
August 15th 2002



Björn Dunkerbeck (33) thirteen times Windsurf World Champion was denied to break the world speed sailing record on the island of Fuerteventura, Spain.

Says Dunkerbeck: "We certainly gave it our best shot, but we could not overcome the lack of the Passat winds. Instead of the 40 to 50 knots they typically reach this time of the year, all we had to work with were 20 to 30 knots which made it impossible to challenge the existing record."

After two weeks of racing near the Atlantic coastline of Morocco, which saw speeds in excess of 43 knots, Dunkerbeck vowed to return for yet another attempt soon.

Tens of thousands of fans stayed in close touch with Dunkerbeck via the Internet, giving well wishes and obtaining daily updates, to a backdrop of global media coverage.

Dunkerbeck and his team partner Roddy Lewis of Hawaii, used specially designed windsurfing equipment, with boards shaped by Carlos Sosa of Proof, sails by NeilPryde as well as fins designed by '50 knots.'



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