Isle of Wight boat smashes world record

By Ross Findon

Friday, November 16, 2012

 

Isle of Wight boat smashes world record

Sailor Paul Larsen in the cockpit of Sailrocket 2, the Isle of Wight boat that has smashed the world speed sailing record. Picture courtesy of www.sailrocket.com

A BOAT designed and built by a team on the Isle of Wight has smashed the world speed sailing record this evening (Friday).

The Vestas Sailrocket 2 team announced they had achieved an average speed of 59 knots, beating the previous record of 55.65 knots held by US kite-surfer Robert Douglas since 2010.

The record-breaking effort was made off the coast of Nambia at about 5.30pm UK time.

The boat was designed and built by a team based at Vestas Research and Development on the Isle of Wight and was launched on the River Medina in March 2011.

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by David Charlton

18th November 2012, at 00:08:07

Great achievement by this team, pity sarcastic comments from don and John are on here due to their personal problem with vestas. This boat was only sponsored by vestas not built by them! Very small minded from the usual suspects I'm afraid. Well done sail rocket guys.

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by James McAdder

17th November 2012, at 23:38:41

Great achievement, though I still think the 51.36 knots achieved by Le Hydroptère is more impressive due to her size. I believe she still holds the mile record at 50.17 knots.

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by Don Prescott

17th November 2012, at 13:10:44

"I can't see much of a market for this product either though."
Oh, I don't know.
They could use the backdraft to blow the blades round for an off-shore wind farm and flog their blades to the wind farm.
Double whammy!
Or what about Somali pirates?
They could buy one each.
They need a quick getaway!

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by John Lovell

17th November 2012, at 09:55:23

That's as long as they remain in business. I can't see much of a market for this product either though.

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by Don Prescott

17th November 2012, at 09:47:34

Maybe Vestas will now go into production of this world leading vessel and stop wasting time and taxpayers money on wind turbines.

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by Stephen Elliott

16th November 2012, at 22:31:26

Well done, great news and a fantastic achievement

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