At St. Maries de la Mer, in southern France, on 17th November 2005, Allison
Shreeve of Australia set a new world speed record of 27.70 knots, equal to
51.3kph. With her 10.7m NeilPryde RS5 sail and F2 FX106L slalom board, Allison
broke the world speed record three times in one day, which was previously held
by Marianne Tertian of France (26.36 knots).
Allison still has her sights set on breaking the current women’s world speed
record held by Karin Jaggi of Switzerland (41.25 knots), and continues to wait
patiently for stronger winds to reach the purpose-built canal at St. Maries de
la Mer. (Sponsors – NeilPryde, F2, Deboichet and Linfox)
17/11/05 I have been waiting in southern France for one month for
speed record conditions and today it was going to be good enough for the A
class (above 10m sail) record. At 9am the wind was 20-25knots. With the
equipment that I rigged up, and with the wind at a really square angle to the
canal, I found it difficult to hold the board down in the gusts. So with my
10.7m NeilPryde RS5 sail and F2 FX106L slalom board, I hit a successful run
breaking the record with 27.21 knots. I was able to better that new record two
more times with 27.3 knots, and finally 27.70 knots which is equal to 51.3kph.
A broken fin put an end to any more attempts.
I am really happy to have this record, and am most grateful to the MOS team for
their support and for giving me the opportunity at this wonderful facility.
Thanks also to my sponsors Neil Pryde, F2, Deboichet, and Linfox.
I came here though to have a crack at the outright womens world speed record,
and will continue to wait patiently for the stronger winds to kick in for the