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Oisin Van Gelderen is Sailor of the Month (Speed Sailing) for November

2nd December 2019
Despite the lucky sail number, the magic 50 knots eluded Ireland’s fastest sailor Oisin van Gelderen by one third of a knot during his November 2019 campaign Despite the lucky sail number, the magic 50 knots eluded Ireland’s fastest sailor Oisin van Gelderen by one third of a knot during his November 2019 campaign Credit: Stefan Csaky

The annual November visits of Skerries windsurfer Oisin van Gelderen to the Luderitz Speed Canal in the Namibian desert in southern Africa continue to fascinate Irish sailors as he battles to achieve a sustained speed above 50 knots. He has broken the 50 knots barrier in short bursts, and did it again in November 2019, briefly registering 51.7 knots. His GPS for the course showed 49.66 knots - still a third of a knot short of the magic 50, but he continues to be Ireland’s fastest sailor.

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