The Lüderitz Speed Challenge 2008 is to be held in Lüderitz, Namibia, from 15 September 2008 to 13 October 2008. This is the second edition of the event.
The event is held under the scrutiny of the World Speed Sailing Record Council (WSSRC) and the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). As such, it conforms to the WSSRC rules and allows for international validation of national, continental or world records established during the event.
The first edition of the Lüderitz Speed Challenge, held in September and October 2007, saw a number of impressive performances, suddenly placing Lüderitz on the world sailing map in a major way! Sjoukje Bredenkamp, a professional kiteboarder from Langebaan in South Africa, established a new outright female speed sailing world record in Lüderitz, becoming the fastest sailing woman in the world, with 42.35 knots over 500m. Alex Caizergues, Manu Taub and Sebastien Cattelan, all French professional kiteboarders, established several new kitesurfing speed records, and took respectively the second, third and fourth outright all-time speed sailing records, with 47.92 knots, 46.98 knots and 46.71 knots.