June 21, 2019
New kite speed record
American kiteboarder Rob Douglas set a new world record: on the beach of the French town of La Palm, he overcame the dimensional nautical mile at an average speed of 39.04 knots (72.30 kilometers per hour).
Tramontana (cold north and north-east wind) blew during the record-breaking race, which took place in the framework of the Prince of Speed tournament, at a speed of 30 to 45 knots.
The previous record – 35.78 knots – belonged to the Frenchman Christophe Ballua and was set a year ago.
It remains to add that the record (it is now to be ratified by the World Sailing Council on Registration of Records – WSSRC) was set on June 10th. But information about reaching Douglas came just now – not at all with a record, but rather with a snail's speed.
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