KIEL LIGHT HOUSE CHALLENGE RECORD ATTEMPT

Storm surfer fails just short of natural forces

The Kiel-based Vincent Langer – reigning world champion and multiple German champion in Formula Windsurfing – has missed the new world record set by 1 minute 14 seconds. The stormy gusts with a wind force 8 from the west and a wave height of almost two meters on the open sea made the “Lighthouse Challenge” from the Kiel inner fjord around the Kiel lighthouse an extreme challenge.

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In Kiel, on 6.12.2017 freezing and visibly exhausted, the windsurfer and reigning World Champion in Formula Windsurfing came ashore at Strande near Kiel at 11.30am. With 38 minutes and 14 seconds, he just missed the existing record of 37 minutes from the year 1998: “It was extremely gruff, as soon as I was out of the inner firth. The wind was gusty and the waves were high, I had to adjust my course, which cost me precious seconds. ”

Accompanied by several boats and a helicopter, the 31-year-old surfer was equipped with a 6.2 square meter sail and a double layer of neoprene at 10.30 am local time. The route led from the Kiel Inner Fjord to the open Baltic Sea around the Kiel Lighthouse and back. A distance of about 18 km, depending on the course driven. On the way back the changing winds forced him to criss-cross upwind. A total of four times, the world champion had to tack, while trying to keep his speed.

Drehbegleitung Spot "Vincent Langer",  VW Nutzfahrzeuge. Foto: Joern Pollex/Hoch Zwei
Drehbegleitung Spot “Vincent Langer”, VW Nutzfahrzeuge.
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Nevertheless, Langer and his team draw a positive conclusion: “We knew that the record is a very ambitious goal and we did our best. But everything has to come together and unfortunately the surprisingly turning wind barely prevented us from achieving the record.

“And after warming up in his Volkswagen California, Langer looked ahead optimistically:” At the time, the reigning record holder had eight attempts to the current best optimal wind conditions needed. I am confident that I will break the record on the next try, because all good things come in threes! “


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Vincent Langer The 2017 Formula Windsurfing World Champion

14 races on five event days is the result of the 2017 Formula Windsurfing World Championships that took place during the Multivan Summer Opening on Sylt. It was as thrilling as never before. Nine different competitors were able to win a race. The decision about who would be the 2017 Formula Windsurfing World Champion was taken until the last day of the competition. The top-4 of the overall ranking around Vincent Langer (GER-1), Steve Allen (AUS-0), Sebastian Kördel (GER-220) and Alexandre Cousin (FRA-752)  all had the chance to take this years title. In the end it was Vincent Langer from Germany who won against his contenders and became Formula Windsurfing World Champion 2017 for the first time. Steve Allen (AUS-0) from Australia  came second in front of Alexandre Cousin (FRA-752) from France on third place.2017 MultiVan FW WC SYLT-WorldofWindsurf-Final (1 of 3)
It was a very exciting last event day on Sylt. Optimal conditions allowed another four races. Only the last race brought the decision about the Formula Windsurfing World Champion 2017. Especially Gunnar Asmussen (GER-2) had a great start into the day. He won two races in a row. This however did not affect the chances on the title anymore and he finished fifth in the overall ranking. Also Sebastian Kördel, who was fighting with the strong winds and could not place himself under the Top-5 in the several races had to give up his chances on the title. He finished fourth in the overall ranking.
2017 MultiVan FW WC SYLT-WorldofWindsurf-Final (17 of 25)During the last two races Alexandre Cousin gave way for the final duel between Vincent Langer and Steve Allen. Steve Allen would have needed a victory in the last race with at least two places in between him and Langer. With Casper Boumann (NED-52) winning the last race of the day Vincent Langer was crowned the new Formula Windsurfing World Champion 2017.
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Vincent Langer is really happy about his victory: „Yesterday I was quite sad because of  the one race that I had to cancel, but I forgot about that quickly. This morning I got out on the water at 9am already to get everything prepared. The day went very well for me. Now I am absolutely happy about the World title.“
The Formula Windsurfing Vice-World Champion Steve Allen is also happy about his second place: „Congratulations to Vincent Langer. He sailed very smart and really consistent. In general it was a great fight between the two of us. I am a bit disappointed whit my performance. I made lots of small mistakes which actually cost me the win.“Alexandre Cousin (FRA-752) is pleased with the third place: „I am really happy to have finished on the podium. Although I could not win the title like last year it was a great competition with all the others. The event itself was very nice and well organised. There were lots of spectators and Sylt is one the best places in the world to host such an event.“The Youth fleet (U-20) also showed a great performance among the big field of competitors. Julien Pockrandt (GER-18) took the victory in front of Michele Antoine Becker (GER-277) and Martins Dzirnieks (LAT-188). The first place among the Grandmasters (Over-45) went to Ulf Sjöstedt (SWE-8) followed by Arvydas Moliusis (LTU-789) and Bernd Timme (GER-1961). The positions one to three in the category Masters (Over-35) went to Steve Allen, Gunnar Asmussen and Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (ARG-3).

With over 120.000 visitors at the Formula Windsurfing World Championships and the Kitesurf Masters the Multivan Summer Opening 2017 were a full success. The surrounding program with live bands and DJs made the event spectacular for everybody. The Multivan Summer Opening will be back next year and will again guarantee a great start into summer.


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Steve Allen (AUS-0) takes back the lead

The sixth day at the Formula Windsurfing World Championship on Sylt was absolutely thrilling.

Optimal race conditions with wind speeds of 13 to 16 knots allowed for four races. Each race had a different winner which kept the spectators on their toes. At the end of the day Steve Allen (AUS-0) took back the lead in the overall ranking.

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After two days of relaxing the wind finally came back. The first race started at 10:00am and brought a victory for Vincent Langer (GER-1) who was the leader of the overall ranking until then. Steve Allen came second in front of Sebastian Kördel (GER-220) and Gunnar Asmussen (GER-2). But already in the second race Langer had to give way to his contenders. The winner of the second race was the defending Formula Windsurfing world champion Alexandre Cousin (FRA-752) followed by Vincent Langer, Steve Allen and Sebastian Kördel.

After a short lunch break it was Sebastian Kördels big hour. With a victory in the third race he collected valuable points on his way to the world title. He left Steve Allen, Alexandre Cousin and Vincent Langer behind. Just before the last race Vincent Langer and Sebastian Kördel both ranged first in the ranking. It was obvious that the winner of the last race of the day would also take the lead in the overall ranking after ten races.

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And then Vincent Langer had very bad luck: Being first in the last race his luff tensioner (downhaul) broke and he had to cancel the race. The way for his contenders was now free. Steve Allen used the chance and finished this race on the first place. This victory and a better discard helped him to take back the lead in the overall ranking (17 points). Sebastian Kördel, who came second in this race also has 17 points and lies on the second position in the overall ranking. The Top-3 are completed by Vincent Langer, who has 19 points. The defending Formula Windsurfing world champion Alexandre Cousin lies on place four (21 points) in front of Gunnar Asmussen (GER-2) with 39 points.

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Tomorrow will be the final day of the Formula Windsurfing World Championship. There are four more races to go and four riders are left in a position to win the Formula Windsurfing World title 2017. The forecast looks excellent with expected wind between 14 and 20 knots from south-west. Vincent Langer: „I am looking forward to the last day here on Sylt. Today I was unlucky but tomorrow we all have the same chances again and it will be an exciting day for everybody.“. The skippers meeting is planned for 09:30am.

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Vincent Langer the new leader

Vincent Langer the new leader at the Formula Windsurfing World Championship in Sylt

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The third day of the Formula Windsurfing World Championship brought back the perfect conditions for formula racing. Wind speeds of 10 to 14 knots and a bright sunshine were the ideal set-up for completing four races. Especially the German top riders Vincent Langer (GER-1) and Sebastian Kördel (GER-220) showed a great performance. Langer was able to take over the lead from Steve Allen, who held the first place of the overall ranking until today. Langer leads after a total of six races in front of Alexandre Cousin (FRA-752) and Sebastian Kördel (GER-220).

Reaching at the top of the ranking today was everything else but easy for Vincent Langer. He improved from race to race but had to give way to Sebastian Kördel in the last two races of the day. Kördel took victory twice in a row and finished the race day on the third place overall.

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Vincent Langer is happy about his lead in the overall ranking: “Well I am happy to be competing in the Formula World Championships here in Sylt as I missed out on last years event in the Azores due to a broken foot. Actually this event is going well for me as you can see with my results so far: a 4th – 3rd – 2nd a 1st – another 2nd and a 5th I am right up there at the top. For the next 2 days the forecast looks quite bad, but on Sunday it looks very promising so we will have a couple of more races for sure. And it is very tight at the top, Steve Allen, Gonzalo, Costa Hoevel and Sebastian Koerdel are all there as well.”

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Also the defending Formula World Champion Alexandre Cousin, who is currently on second place in the overall ranking, had a good day on the water: “Its been a great battle on the water so far, there a lot of good competitors racing, the level is pretty high and I hope I can defend my title in this Championships. I am confident with my board speed but today I managed to do well, but also mad some mistakes here and there. The top 5 competitors are all great sailors and have been able to win previous championships before so the races are intense but nice. I am very motivated and physically prepared and wont make any changes. Anyway its 1 of the many days and I look forward to the next racing days.”

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The Top-5 of the formula overall ranking are completed by Steve Allen on fourth place and Gunnar Asmussen (GER-2) on fifth. The next days forecast predicts light winds only. The skippers meeting is scheduled for 10:30am.

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Steve Allen (AUS-0) takes the lead

Steve Allen (AUS-0) takes the lead at the 2017 Formula Windsurfing World Championship

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„We are very happy to welcome such a top-class fleet of racers on Sylt. Lots of former world champions are here to fight for the title. We can look forward to some really exciting races.“, says Matthias Regber (CEO Choppy Water GmbH).

The competitors had to wait the whole day before the first race could finally start at 7pm in the evening. This gave all competitors enough time to get their equipment ready. The first race started with 10 to 12 knots on the course and delivered some head-to-head fights between the top favorites Vincent Langer (GER-1), Steve Allen (AUS-0), Alexandre Cousin (FRA-752) and Nico Prien (GER-7). Finally Nico Prien chose the right tactis and could win his first race at a Formula Windsurfing World championship. A great success for the young German rider.
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The second race of the day was started directly back to back after the first one. This time it was another German rider that took the victory after a strong performance on the race course. Sebastian Kördel (GER-220) left his opponents behind him and finished first in front of Steve Allen (AUS-0) and Vincent Langer (GER-1).
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Overall leader after two races is Steve Allen with four points in the overall ranking. He is followed by Vincent Langer on second place (7 points) and Alexandre Cousin (also 7 points). The Top-5 is completed by Nico Prien (GER-7) with nine points and Gunnar Asmussen (GER-2) with 12 points.
It was a great start for the 2017 Formula Windsurfing World Championships as the wind finally came trhough in the late afternoon.
Tomorrow will be another exciting day with the skippers meeting scheduled for 09:30.

 

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