21/07/2020 – Prince Baldini, Prince of Speed organizer, officially declares the edition ended 2020 of this record-breaking attempt on the nautical mile:
“Ladies and gentlemen,
Today 21 July 2020 Prince of Speed Mile Record Attempt Officially Closes 2020: 4 World Records and 6 National records the spoils of this third edition!
There have been 7 days of record conditions despite the beach was not in the best condition for the fact that "mysteriously" every now and then it floods and opens in the most unthinkable places creating sandbanks ...
After the first 3 days of sunset, however, the water plan improved from time to moment and the times began to become important.
The absolute novelty of this third edition was the Foil.
For the first time, the speed of a windsurf foil is officially recorded and the German Christian Benzing, here also as a sponsor with his fabulous Chris Benz Watches, enters history as the first Windsurfer to break the world record of Foil!
The same afternoon will come on the beach the President of the Tourism Commission of the region Sebastien Pla and the director of Sport of the Aude Arnaud Fraisse received by the Mayor of La Palme Jean Paul Fauran and fascinated by a passage of the Prince at 85km/h.
From 8 July onwards the forecast is not optimal but the organizers send a message to all riders stating that from the 14 to the 17 July the Tramontana will be the master and that the 17 it's going to be the day with the most wind!
The 15 July at 8 p.m. 6 in the morning already everyone at the beach to prepare the timing system.
Sylvain Hoceini arrives at the 7-50 and at 8.20 local time after 2 Test runs closes with his 6sq 6sq 10m winger a run at 39.11 kts: New Kite World Record on the Boat Mile!! Hero!
All 11, Roger Ornvang returns to the kite and despite a fall 300m from the finish line he gets up and finishes the run by winning the Swedish record on the kite mile, beating his previous record at the Prince of Speed 2018.
In the afternoon Albeau decides to try the foil again after the morning he had, right with the foil, lacerated the heel in bad way ... however he grits his teeth and flies to 30.75kts average on the Mile conquering the World windsurfing record Foil!
The 17 July is the last beach for the world record in Windsurf ... The wind starts quietly ... everything is ready ... waiting for the lion to roar ... and then enters the Tramontana at more than 40kts!
Windsurfing speed legend Thierry Bielak gets into fast run, holds a speed for 1 km to allow him the world record ... Unfortunately though the last 500m of his run are windless and he has to settle for 39.52 kts on the Mile ... 63 Years: A Warrior!!!
Video Timing's Forever Speed Vision team instantly checks the speed... Confirmation... and it's world record!!!
Then it will become impassable due to wind over 100km/h and the chop that arrives for the Mistral in Marseille.
All 19 A small Closing Ceremony ... Present the Mayor of La Palme Jean Paul Fauran and the Deputy Mayor Henri Forgues, Leucate Mayor Michel Py and Deputy Mayor Monique Ching;
departmental board director Patrick Francois, Aude's director Arnaud Fraisse, Defi Wind King Philippe Bru, the WSSRC observer and Speed glory Pascal Maka and Albeau, Bielak, New, Hoceini people, Ulrich, Arnold, Tlattla ... and the organizer and European Champion Prince Baldini!
Albeau urges the Mayor to fully support the Prince who has demonstrated his undoubted skills on the ground!
Next appointment at Plage du Rouet La Palme for the French Speed Cup in September as soon as the conditions will be optimal!
Prince of Speed team thanks fans who followed the event on Via Occitanie, Riding Zone, not to mention the other industry media and not that they talked about the Prince of Speed, thanks to the 500 000 fans (to this day) who visited during these 4 weeks the Prince of Speed facebook page!
Thanks to the speed riders who participated with the heart.
Thanks to WSSRC observer Pascal Maka.
Thanks to Manu Canepa of FFVoileAude.
And a big thank you to all the partners who believed in this beautiful adventure: the Département de l'Aude, Région Occitanie, le Grand Narbonne, La Ville de La Palme, La Ville de Leucate, Chris Benz Watches, Rtech Solution AB, Patrik Windsurfing International, Ultimate Fins Original, Challenger Sails, AL360, Mistral SUP, World of Windsurfing, Banque Populaire du Sud e la Comité de Voile de l'Aude (FFVoile11).
Thanks to the volunteers who helped for this third edition of the Prince of Speed!
World Speed Tour – Prince of Speed
source: POS 2020
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