Boost for rocket's record attempt

By David Newble

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Boost for rocket's record attempt

Sailrocket 2.

A SAILING speed record being chased by a craft designed and built on the Isle of Wight looks on course to be smashed.

The Vestas Sailrocket 2 is reported to have reached a speed of 61 knots in a world record speed sailing attempt off the coast of Namibia, West Africa.

The craft, designed and built by a team of experts at Vestas in East Cowes, must sustain an average speed of more than 55.65 knots (64 mph) to break the current record, held by a kite surfer.

Sailrocket, which first attempted to break record last November and returned to Africa in September following modifications, is currently averaging 54 knots but reached a peak speed of 61 knots yesterday (Monday).



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by Don Prescott

13th November 2012, at 14:17:24

Perhaps Vestas should concentrate on building and selling Sailrockets instead of wasting time on making wind turbine blades for an industry that will soon be non-existent.
As was proved last night at the Cafe Scientifique, wind power is finished.
Vestas are dining in the last chance saloon and are likely to go bankrupt in 2013 if they persist with this failed energy scam.
Much better to make and sell something that actually works and does what it says on the tin.
Any chance of a Sailrocket that could take cars and passengers?
Interesting that nobody from the CP was at Cafe Scientifique (but also not unexpected, like Mr. Waldings tirade of abuse), to listen to scientific evidence that wind farms are worse than useless.
Nobody there from any of the "radio" stations either.
Still, On The Wight were there and will, no doubt be reporting in depth very soon on an excellent night for facts and a bad night for wishful thinking.

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