London, Dec. 12 (ANI): A British woman has set a new windsurfing world speed record after reaching 53mph – in the desert.
Zara Davis, 46, recorded an amazing 45.83 knots along a narrow channel in Namibia, west Africa, which is known for its high winds.
Davis broke the previous record of 41.25 knots and then bettered her speed three times to reach 53mph, faster than most speed boats, the Daily Mail reports.
Zara, who has been windsurfing from the age of seven, juggles her training with her full-time job as an osteopath in Portishead near Bristol.
“The hard work and dedication has been worth it,” she said.
“I am not a professional sailor and I hold down a full-time job as an osteopath and have to fit my sailing in around my patients,” she added.
‘The record is really great for women in sport and in particular windsurfing, which is very male dominated,” she said.
According to the report, Zara’s record-breaking run took place last month at the Luderitz Speed Challenge 2012, held near the coastal town of Luderitz in south west Namibia.
A new men’s speed world record was also set at the Luderitz Speed Challenge 2012, and Antoine Albeau reached a massive 52.05 knots at almost 60mph, the report added. (ANI)