As anticipated by the RIWmag service on the Defi Wind, Prince Andrea Baldini, great ambassadors of speed, organized in France one of the biggest demonstrations of Speed the latest 10 years in Europe : Prince of Speed.
A new format: 4 weeks of waiting period, race to call and the rest of the time trying to record on mile.
A few rules: You can walk around the shore to return to the departure or return the van as in Luderitz.
1) Only one rider at a time in 150 meters before start.
2) The word of the organiser is final (and all was well).
3) At the end of the run you can stop at least 100 metres after the finish line otherwise you freak out.
With its association Forever Speed Prince has worked extremely hard to 1 year and a half to get all permits from local and State administrations (and by ecologists) in order to have the beach for 10 days (consecutive or not) from 25 June to 23 July.
We hear directly from the Organizer the way things are going.
RIW: Hello how is Prince POS?
P: The great, However, it is extremely difficult to read the weather forecast because the hot wind usually offsets in England is invoked through the Pyrenees from the Atlantic-Mediterranean heat exchange.
RIW: How was the race of 500?
P: POS is essentially the month of speed with a race about 500mt per call.
The call was risky because they postponed the wind forecasts from day to day ...
I finally called for the 5 and the 6 July with first skipper meeting at 11.30 and it went well!
The first heat won "Ivan Drago" Thorsten Luig ( North/Patrik Board)
All 8 in the morning of the 6 July came some local politicians to attend to the skipper meeting.
And at 14.30 Mayor de La Palme offered an aperitif with Open Bar until closing time of the restaurant of Salina (17.30).
RIW: What were the awards?
P: Until the last I hoped for a grant (that never came) the region that would allow me to donate prize money 25.000 euro ... but then things went differently ...
The Department Aude gave me the money to pay the WSSRC. The Grand Narbonne gave me a first part and soon the balance, to buy the material for the Video Timing.
Thanks to the generosity of some companies of the sector and not, We could reward different Rider:
BOMA Asymmetrical AL360 for the fastest of the event Albeau that is had to go back to the Ile de Re before the end of the calculations of all run by the equipe time keepers (will be awarded at the next opportunity).
Gasoil From ASY 21 for the winner of the heat 1: the Teutonic Thosten Luig
Gasoil From ASY 20: VIncent Valkenaers for his constancy (many run all fast)
Gasoil from ASY 20: for the fastest riders under 75kgs: Fabrice Robert
The fins gasoil came on 7 and mail it to the respective winners!
Two trophies offered by the Mayor of La Palme for Dirk Jan Knol and Birgit Hoefer: the second fastest among the men and women (Marion Mortefon was absent).
Fun awards ceremony at night the light of Palm phones Saline with pizza and some 50 beers!!!
RIW: You gave anyway satisfactions?
P: See above, immense: We did ratify Plage du Rouet as a Spot of Speed (and it is very difficult to obtain offshore commercials for an endless number of reasons as current, buildings on the beach etc.) According to the WSSRC, what they have failed to attract other famous spots in Europe and beyond.
In the silence of the press came the French TV!!!
France 3 Languedoc Roussilion
RIW: And then there's also the record attempt on mile ...
P: The first taste was there on the morning of 5 for 50 minutes from the meeting of the race skipper of 500mt.
Two days before it was demolished a tropical storm with rain and hail ... the beach was completely flooded and it was impossible to bring video cameras and computers to 2 km on the beach ... but eventually working from 5 in the morning with Vanessa, Manfred and Michael Ellison (of 84 years!!!) We did it!
In 30 minute run opened arrived 3 records!!!
Antoine Albeau: 41.02KTs France record to 0, 12kts from world record!!!
The water level was very difficult: 40cm chop and wind at 135°
Antoine has worked a miracle!!!
Now it's not over yet ... other records will come ... and I hope I will have the opportunity to get into the water in a condition such as that of 18 last June when I was 48kts in a straight line!!!
See you soon, Forever Speed!
photo: courtesy Andrea Baldini
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