Sailrocket Breaks Wind Powered Speed Sailing World Record [Video]

November 15, 2012 comment-icon 8 Comments
Sailrocket 2

Vestas Sailrocket 2 was built for speeds over 60 knots

UPDATE

Just days after setting the peak speed record, the Sailrocket Team have taken the coveted outright speed sailing record measured over 500m. Watch the video of their outright speed sailing record run.

10 years in the making, the Vestas Sailrocket 2 has cracked the 60 knot barrier. Launched in 2002 the team had a goal of building the fastest speed sailing vessel the planet had ever seen. Their dreams came true in Walvis Bay, Namibia where they have just smashed the previous peak speed record at 61.92 knots, 10% faster than the former record of 55.65 knots.

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“Im pretty happy to be standing in front of the fastest boat in the world” exclaimed pilot and team leader Paul Larson after their record breaking run. They fell short of claiming the coveted 500m average speed record, but keep an eye on these guys as foil design developments have seen their speeds increasing this year.

Check out the video below to see the Vestas Sailrocket’s record breaking run:

 

The best natural speed sailing venue in the world.

To set their records the UK based Vestas team have made the trek down to the windy Walvis Bay in Namibia. Renowned as the best natural speed sailing venue in the world, as you can see below the consistent wind blows up the African coast and across a perfectly formed sandbar. It’s this unobstructed breeze that provides the perfect spot for setting records.

Here is a screenshot from PredictWind wind forecast map showing breezes coming up the coast this weekend:

PredictWind Map View of Welvis Bay Namibia Speed Sailing Location

 

To check out the wind forecast and plan your next assault on the speed record check out PredictWind’s forecasts.