4 hours and 13 minutes is the new record set by kitesurfer Maxime Nocher who on Thursday morning stepped onto his board off Monaco’s main harbour wall, heading for Calvi in Corsica.
Having left at precisely 9.00am, covering the 92 nautical miles (170km) at an average speed of 22 knots (40,40 km/h), Maxime arrived in Calvi bay at 1.13pm. It was his second attempt, after he was forced to return to Monaco last week when the wind unexpectedly dropped. But that did nothing to deter this determined young man.
As a result, he has dethroned Frenchman Raphaël Salles who completed the same exercise in 2009 in 5 hours and 19 minutes.
“I am really satisfied to have broken this record by one hour. It’s was very tough!” said a delighted Maxime Nocher on his arrival on the “Ile de Beauté”.
With seven World and nine French Championship titles under his belt, the sportsman has just added another prize to his already impressive tally. Everyone agrees: he is flying high in the kitesurfing world, a discipline to which he has given his all for 13 years.
Maxime is a member of the Yacht Club de Monaco, which supports and accompanies him in his projects: “It’s kind of like a new generation sailing. In any case it’s certainly the fastest in this environment. It’s great to have the opportunity to do this project.”
A sporting feat in the spirit of adventure it may have been, but this latest feat has also helped Maxime raise the maximum amount of sponsorship money for his association in the fight against cancer, having lost his mother to the disease a few years ago.
Winner in Mexico of the first stage of the Hydrofoil Pro Tour on 23rd March, Maxime continues to focus on his season with the singlemindedness he is known for.