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Lüderitz, Namibia. Kiteboarder and Cape Town resident Dr Wolfram Reiners has set a new German speed record for kitesurfers and at the same time a new Outright Speed Sailing Record for Germany. This is the record of all classes of crafts under sail. The record was set at the 2011 Lüderitz Speed Challenge, which was running for four weeks during October and November. He achieved an average speed of 46.26 knots (85.67 km/h) over the distance of 500 meters with a peak of almost 50 knots of speed. Never has a German sailing craft been faster.
Speed sailing records take place under the auspices of the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC) following strict requirements. The record is still subject to ratification because all national committees have the right to check the measurements, which usually takes a few weeks.
Wolfram Reiners grew up in Germany and is a South African permanent resident. He lives and trains in Cape Town, Sunset Beach, where is the director of kitesurfing school Kitekahunas. Reiners has set the record in wind speeds between 32 and 41 knots (60-75 km/h). For more than 40 years boats, windsurfers and kitesurfers are in fierce competition to reach speed sailing records. Teams from France and USA dominate speed sailing. In this discipline not only glory is at stake but also the impressive demonstration of high-tech developments in sailing sports, sometimes with teams equipped with multi-million Dollars budgets. The speeds reached by these sailing crafts prove, which outstanding results can be achieved with sustainable forms of energy and with wind power. In 2008 kitesurfers broke for the first time in history through the magical barrier of 50 knots of speed and set a new world record, which was considered to be unreachable for a long time. Last year kitesurfers set the new record beyond 55 knots, which is more than 100 km/h. Since then kitesurfers have established themselves as the fastest crafts on water that operate without an engine or other forms of stored energy.
Reiners, who has set the new German record, was an inventor and entrepreneur in information technology before he changed to professional sports and kitesurfing. He developed several innovations in Internet and mobile technology. In 2003 he was called from South Africa to Germany to take over the first professorship in E-Business at a German university. He was distinguished in 2007 with the renowned European ICT Prize of the European Union, the worldwide foremost reward for innovations in information and communication technology. He changed in 2008 from science and business to professional sports as a speed kiteboarder.
I am very happy and proud about my German Outright Record of all sailing classes, says Dr Wolfram Reiners. "It was always my dream to achieve highest awards in all three fields: science, business and sport. All my achievements started with a clear vision, where I wanted to be, and then hard and focussed work and tenacity to reach my goals." The kitesurfing school of the new German champ KITEKAHUNAS is based in Cape Town, South Africa. It offers advanced kitesurfing courses in freestyle / freeride and in wave-kitesurfing. Beginners who really want to learn the sport are also welcome for one to three weeks intensive training courses.
Wolfram rides for Genetrix kites: www.genetrixkites.fr/en
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