This just in from http://www.mastersofspeed.com/:
The storm has subsided and the dust is settling but what will be remembered as time moves on are the two fast times set by Karin Jaggi (F2/Arrows) at 41.25 and Finian Maynard (F2/Naish) at 48.70.
Off the charts can be the only way to describe these blistering times!!
What a weekend with multiple competitions running at the same time in Les Saintes and Port St. Louis and a Mistral wind that peaked at 70-knots on Saturday evening with the records being set on the Sunday.
The wind for Karin’s record was a constant 35-knots down the entire run and Finian’s time was set in 40-knots with the occasional 45-knot push but nothing as violent as the records set in November 2004.
This proves that windsurfing equipment is the king of speed for the moment with more efficient rigs, faster boards and extremely fast fins that cut the water like a razor.
The power surges over the record runs were less than the past Mistral winds and it has been documented by Christophe Simian (Canal manager) that this particular cycle had more humidity and ‘push’ to it than past northerly record winds. Somehow there was an uncanny resemblance to the SE wind and this could have been the key to the new best times.
The angle on the Canal was exactly 126 degrees for both records and the wind was uncharacteristically even down the entire run. The recent hard work put into the ‘trench’ has paid off with unprecedented high water levels yielding the surface capable of handling speeds that surely must have been over 50-knots.
Unfortunately, unlike Novemeber, no GPS units were on either rider so we will just have to wonder as to what the max speeds were but surely the magical barrier has been breached, even if it is for only a 2 second period.
Not to forget anyone Francesco D’Urso has set a new Italian record with a time of 39.56 knots.
More to come as this developing story unfolds!!!!!!