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BrianB6

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World sailing record
« on: November 20, 2012, 01:20:24 AM »

  A TEAM of Hampshire engineers have broken the world speed sailing record with their revolutionary sailing boat. After two years of repeated attempts, the crew of Cowes built Vesta Sailrocket 2 comfortably beat the record with an average speed of 55.65 knots by clocking up an 59 knot average off the coast of Nambia.Team leader Paul Larsen said: “We are buzzing - no-one has done this with a sailing boat before.“This shows how unique and revolutionary the boat is.”The ship was built in the VESTAS R and D facilities on the Isle of Wight and launched in the Medina River in March 2011.
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Re: World sailing record
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2012, 08:33:38 AM »

Actually 55.65 was the old record.  Sailrocket clocked an average of 59.23 and peaked at 62.53 on the record-breaking run.  And I guess they'll be having a go any day now to raise the record to 60+ knots.  Amazing!

And Brian, Paul Larsen is an Aussie, so although the design and build was a UK effort (in fact an entirely Hampshire/Isle of Wight effort), all our friends Down Under can claim a piece of the action.

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Re: World sailing record
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