Prince Andrea Baldini is the first Italian sailboat that passes the wall of 40 nodes on the nautical mile!
The career of speedman del Principe is dotted with joys and sorrows ... injuries and brute force ... genius ... a big heart and a great desire to transmit those values pure in a tough sport ... for strong and pure, You can put, those who practice it, the sight of himself ... as an inner analysis that helps deal with limitations, stroke them and at times being able even to overcome them!
Part won the F2 Speed Challenge at Lake Como (June 2005) that gives him a flaming missile F2; go to Fuerte, KARPATHOS and Namibia ... Channel of Saintes Maries, Southend on sea, West Kirby, La Franqui, Veldrif salt ... wherever the winds take him in search of the perfect run!
In 2006 (first year in which all races) ends 15° in World Ranking, in 2007 occurs in Namibia in great shape but a fall during the first day's fun race won him two fractures to the ninth rib, one decomposed ... will always succeed to end all 9 races in 7 days of competition with winds from 25 a 45 something not all nodes!
From 2009 with its new sponsors: Challenger Sails, Mistral, Al360 starts to go really loud!
In Karpathos 2009 Despite coming from an injury (23 May) in Down Hill by bike where he had reported the cartilage fracture of conjunction sterno-ribs, It is the second fastest of the year In the World Cup with twice 44 maximum speed knots during a race remembered among the most difficult in the history of Speed: 60 knot winds and violent chop ... 27 July 2009.
In November of the same year, in Ireland, Vince, before heavy names, the last stage of World Cup qualifying European champion Overall Speed.
In 2010 is Third in rolling ranking of Speed World Tour ... but then the World Tour ends and begin only national competitions or amateur events ...
Always in 2010 the Prince gives the supraspinatus tendon rupture of the right shoulder, 2011 rupture of some ligaments in my left foot. But it is the 2012 the year in which he is involved in a horrific accident on the road to Luderitz where reports of fractures 4 vertebrae one collapsed ... but I happen to won and slowly goes back in the saddle ...
In 2014 join the Luderitz Speed Challenge but it breaks 2 trees (He was broken only 3 in the background 9 years) in the first two weeks and stays with Suns 2 trees for 5.0 ... too small to medium conditions of that year ...
Now France is busy with physical therapy for an injury (tow training in) where has brought a tear to the supraspinatus and the left shoulder with a large payout capolungo ...
But nevertheless, on his second attempt to Nautical Mile did 40,62 nodes: 11but performance ever, 3° time of 2016 (behind 2 x 41.8 about).
The Prince is the first Italian ever, sailing in all categories, get past the wall of 40 nodes on the nautical mile!
Alexander Comerlati was the first Italian to exceed 40 knots on 500 m … in 2006 in Namibia.
RIW: Prince compliments, how you feel after this result?
Principle: Thanks ... but then I didn't do anything that ... But now that I realized how long is the best maybe I can do better ... Let me add a couple knots
I greet with affection Comerla ... the handsome dad!!! And he the wall of 40 He had shot down not only with GPS ... even with the video timing … Great Ale!!!
However for the moment is just not where I among other things with GPS place hardly ever ... and where some have done much more than that (see the two flying Dutchmen Hans and Jacques), on days doc!
The good thing is that I saw that I can do this ... the wind was really strong ... and not on-off (as you can see on the video) … I pulled the mile taking precise references (as from boa to boa) I haven't sailed a border 3 km gusts in waiting ...
In the run there were two lulls, one of at least 10 seconds, and for much of the run the wind has been blowing abeam.
It feels good when you feel that there is still room for improvement!!!
Maybe in a record attempt could also do well!!! (Here the Official World Record for windsurfing is 41.14: Bjorn Dunkerbeck)
It was nice ... but gave me more satisfaction the 47 nodes to 20 meters from shore in a straight line, facts on 24 Last April with a chop that was scary and several shoals of 10 cm!!! That was a performance with the big P. ..
There is video of 24 April on my facebook page:
… Let me sing's song goes
RIW: How hard is it to make the mile?
P: Depends on the wind ... If you're lucky you get all slack gusts, Although there's chop, do you want. If half the run you make abeam is harder ... especially with my Board that with the stern close abeam sobs ... I'm just under 90 seconds and you have to keep a building otherwise in lulls you stop or slow down too ...
RIW: Last 13 July did just the run of the mile or there are other attempts?
P: Watch, the wind was gusty and I as usual not having sailed for 100 km
On my lunch break I see getting a flurry slack that bella was flying high at least sand 3 meters ... and fortunately the year taking two ...
Then came right away while I finished chewing on bread and cheese ...
Expect a few minutes and I'll take a decent too (not as strong as that seen from the beach, but good) and I go!
In one part of the run, to keep a straight line, you had to go around 1 Metro from shore ... Unfortunately at that point there was another rider and although he tried to move to the last I had to enlarge and close even if only slightly (In addition to risking his boma in the ribs) But how much is enough for me to delay the entry in gust in trim by at least 3 seconds ... or lost the burst ... so I made "only" 43,64 nodes to 500mt (always a lot for the day) But whereas the speed of 44 nodes, 500Mt last 22 SEC and I had 44,2 on 20 SEC .. those 3 seconds I have hurt ...
Could be a tempone ... in relation to the condition!!! But the feeling was real!
Also because there were right 500 meters with 3 gusts ... and lose before you pry at least one node!!! (and here is the video on my facebook page posted on 13 July)
Luckily at least I have riconsolato with millet!
RIW: Which were the most beautiful of the year outputs?
P: Apart from the 24 April which I have already spoken ... one morning in March the gusts passing suddenly from 50 a 60 nodes ... The very few in the water come out and leave ... others remain spectators of a nature that sometimes seems to show us her wilder side ...
Approaches me Gunnar (Asmussen) When another asks him but Prince mounts? And he: for me it! He looked amused.
At the end of the day I will say: "you have balls ... but you are a bit kamikaze, man ”.
The blond Teutonic engaging smile was just approaching at Speed ... still unaware that he will be the Star of the near future Still there 2 months has already done 49,8 nodes!!! Great Gunnar!!! A great talent!!!
When I got off the water there were several speedsailor ... friends, and I was treated to a very popular applause ...
It was gratifying to hear from a fast English gentleman: "you make it sound easy, davi feels comfortable ... in full control ... With the storm ... "
Here's this day gave me emotions. Not for the speed ... but for having fronted the beast ... without losing control!!
Then of course are all fine releases when I go to Surf and SUP at Hossegor although right now I will for a while due to shoulder injury …
Another day that I remember with vivid emotion is an exit with Vanessa early July, her novice, improvised on my Mistral Slalom 91 and CHS Aero 5.0 ... after 6-7 experiences on sailing ... with SUP 25 knots of wind blows up and without a strap and pulls her first Trapeze planing to 22 nodes!!! This was an achievement to be proud of!!!
RIW: It is true that now live practically in France? Then you get out often?
P: You are lucky for this ... I am having enough time to do the development of materials in view of Run Perfect
And sometimes I do ... the light of sunsets to enchantment!!!
RIW: What are, If there were, the missed opportunity of the season?
P: Certainly won't be able to go in Luderitz (personal problems) just the best year in the history of speed!!! What times ... what condition!!! How many Speed Knight have crowned their dream ... An event from Tolkien's book!!!
Then I missed a couple of good days here in La Franqui:
the 19 Last June I had just come from Rome where I had been 2 days for the funeral of a close friend (UN Uomo perbene, Smart brave ... who believed in their ideals ... But life is strange sometimes so) and proceeded into the water just after lunch when the games were made ...
By 8 All 14 She had been one of the most beautiful days of always according to the present: super flat water, perfect angle and fair wind to fly!!! Think a Belgian 58 years and 65 kg (Hi Koen!) did 45 nodes! And again congratulations to all for temponi!!!
When I arrived the condition was still decent ... but not perfect ... I had to test out a new prototype on a tree 5 (perhaps too radical ) and after three run unhappy I mounted the trusts 5.4 Col 370 standard but now no one walked more .... Then towards evening with choppone strengthened and I stood the taste to do a few accelerations but not in a straight line (so for me uninteresting) too gusty and abeam. Here you have to seize the moment ... or at least half-good days ... Though if you arrive late at least you have the joy of sharing the light emanating from the eyes of others bursting Speed Sailors who touched the sky with a finger!!!
And then the best thing is striving for the perfect day ... free yearn to joy!!!
Another great day I lost it at the beginning of may when I had to sing "de profundis" (break for stumbling on the first edge) the only tree from "20" I had for the 5.0 (... There were 45-60 loose knots and the water level wasn't bad ... I would have eaten her hands!!!
I still haven't found a suitable tree for 5.0 with the hurricane ... but the 5.4 goes great with 370 Serial (too rigid for the 5.0 with +50 nodes) and holds the gusts up to 50 nodes!!!
RIW: Dunkerbeck launched virtual competitions during his Dunkerbeck speed Challenge. On the occasion of the Fuerte enrolled more than 600 people (from 1 to the 6 last June) and you won!
What do you think about Evenus?
P: Bjorn is promoting sports ... This is important ... Sport helps the mind and body ... should not be seen only as an aim for mere victory but as a tool to get to know yourself and your limitations ... helping young people and not only gradually become men!!!
Yes ... it was fun to participate and win ... even if I repeat the spirit is to promote sport and not who wins ... because then with GPS without buoys is "for fun" ... And not to take themselves too seriously ;-)
The nice thing about this event (Unlike other events of Bjorn where joined not anybody outside the main location) is that in the virtual it was over 600 members.
And this is quite an achievement for sports!!!
RIW: What are your ambitions?
P: more than ambitions ... I have a recurring dream ... My gear is perfect ... I am fit ... physics and head ... I go into water, childbirth and in run ... the wind gets in the slack at 135° blows between the 40 and the 50 knots and doesn't stop for nearly two minutes ... I keep closed, don't quit ... the Board flies free on the water and sailing breathes like a Virgin in the party ... The 370 does dance 5.4 like the Cotillion Waltz by Strauss.. Ends the run smoothly ... with the gust "all the way down" adrenaline is a thousand!!! At that point I don't even want to know the result ... I get off and go home with Vanessa .... It's time to celebrate!!!
photo & video: Andrea Baldini
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